Best travel destinations for women in 2022
Gaslight, girlboss and globe-trot. It's time to get out there and explore - here are our top picks for the best destinations for women.
Really we'll find any excuse to include Iceland in a guide about top destinations – it's firmly up there in our favourites. There's something about the almost otherworldy beauty of the country, the mystery of either 24-hour light or dark (depending on when you go!), the amazing food and the friendly locals – that makes Iceland a country we love to visit again and again.
Iceland is arguably one of the most feminist countries in the world and for the last 12 years it's topped the Global Gender Gap Report – so add it all together and you have an amazing destination that looks after its women. Win win!
Whether you're fresh out of school or you're 30, flirty and thriving, Thailand is the mainstay of solo backpacking destinations. At this stage it's almost a right of passage to go backpacking here – which, if you're travelling solo, makes it an excellent destination. After all you're likely to find plenty of like-minded individuals in the wide range of hostels – and trust us there's no better way to make friends fast then checking in to a hostel alone.
If you're nervous about heading out there alone then why not book onto a island-hopping tour! You'll meet plenty of like-minded individuals – and you'll have a blast on some of the very best beaches in the world.
It's time to embrace your inner 'Eat, Pray, Love' – oh how we'd love to spend 4 months eating in Italy! With affordable flights aplenty, why not take the plunge and explore Italy this summer? Whether you hit the shops in Milan, wonder at the art in Florence or eat your weight in pizza in Naples, you really can't go wrong. Travelling around Italy is a breeze, with most of the major cities easily reached via rail – plus tourism is widespread here so if this is your first solo trip you're never going to be far off the beaten track.
If it's your first holiday since Covid became a thing then Mexico, with its easygoing entry requirements, is a solid choice for getting back out there. Mexico is great for travelling solo as there are plenty of hostels, it's affordable and tourism is popular – meaning the infrastructure is in place to travel easily and safely.
You could head to Cancun and chill out on the beach by day and party by night, or do something a bit different and sample the best wine on offer in the vineyards of Baja California.
Though we could debate women's rights in America all day, there is something to be said for travelling solo in a place which feels familiar – even if you've never been there before.
Big cities like New York, Chicago or San Francisco are easy to explore by public transport or on foot and as long as you follow the same safety advice you'd apply at home, they're perfectly safe for women. So go on, have your dream Sex in the City moment!
America of course is not just about the big cities though, from sea to sea you'll find some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world – why not get adventurous, hire a campervan and hit the open road with your friends.
If we were to ask you the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Namibia we reckon sand dunes will be up there with the top answers – it has some of the best in the world. But what might not immediately come to mind is that Namibia ranks 6th in the Global Gender Pay Gap report – to put that in perspective the UK is 23rd!
So grab your bucket and spade ladies, it's time to go make sandcastles. Plus, did you know Namibia is one of the 8 best places in the world to go stargazing – so lay back, look up at the stars and imagine that they're the light reflecting off the glass ceiling shattering above you.
Awesome beaches, magnificent mountainous, volcanic and desert landscapes, breathtaking surf, and bags of morabeza (the Creole word for hospitality)... Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is a volcanic archipelago 300 miles off Senegal on the northwest African coast. It's become a hot spot among western travellers for chilled tropical getaways. Consisting of 10 islands, this Atlantic paradise is still relatively undiscovered but fast gaining a reputation as the African Caribbean.
Plus Cabo Verde is one of our favourite eco destinations thanks to the recommendation from our friends at the Travel Foundation.
It's no surprise that the Nordic countries rank highly on the best places to travel (and of course live!) for women – after all four out of five of the prime ministers in the Nordic countries are women. Power to us ladies!
There may be something ironic about us suggesting a city break in Copenhagen – after all it's the home of the famous Little Mermaid statue and we're not about a woman giving up her voice for a man! However, Copenhagen is a beautiful city and a great choice for your solo travels. Embrace your inner child and head to Tivoli Gardens, the third oldest operating amusement park in the world, for some good old fashioned fun.