Solo female spontaneous travel
April 25, 2014 6:51 PM Subscribe
In a couple weeks I'll have the opportunity to travel before starting at a new job. Since it's so short notice I'm looking for suggestions on great places to go at this time of year where a solo female can travel safely. More beneath the fold.
posted by raw sugar to Travel & Transportation (22 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
After a long and arduous job search I finally got an amazing job offer! I'm waiting on the official offer letter to come before giving notice, but once I do, I'm planning on taking an impromptu trip before I get started at the new place- work has been so crazy I haven't been able to take a real trip in 3 years, and I expect I won't be able to travel for awhile after starting at the new place.
Since the trip is going to be so impromptu (I'm not even sure now when I can give notice- we're waiting for my background check to finish before the official offer letter comes, and the recruiter quoted me 7-10 days- but it could complete faster) I expect that I most likely will be going by myself. I'm looking for suggestions on where to go this time of year that will have good weather, not be super crazy expensive, and will be safe for a solo female traveler.
I like art and food, and am looking for something without arduous physical activity (like hiking, etc)- the last 8 months have been super taxing emotionally and physically and I'm looking to take a trip to relax and refresh before starting at my new job. I'm also looking for a place where I won't get super stressed out about getting around on my own (not sure about driving in foreign countries, etc), and somewhere I won't get super bored on my own.
In terms of location, I'm open to most places, particularly Europe. I've been wanting to go to Italy for awhile, but I'm not sure that's a good fit for a solo trip or for my requirement of going somewhere it's easy to get around in by myself.
Also- I am a small Chinese female and am looking for the type of place where I wouldn't potentially be targeted and kidnapped as a "rich Chinese tourist" (e.g. Phillipines, etc)
I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking to go outside of the US.
To help narrow things down- places I have traveled or lived in before and am not interested in going to for this trip (I'd like to go somewhere I've never been before)
Thank you in advance!