Looking to go solo for the first time? The second time? The hundredth time? You’re in the right place! Europe is at the top of many solo traveling women’s bucket lists, but then comes the hard part: Narrowing it down!
The perfect Eurotrip is the one you take, so to help you feel (maybe) a little less overwhelmed, I’ve narrowed it down to my top 10 recommendations. Tap on any of the headings to explore a dedicated page about each of the countries on this list!
From the culture and history of Vienna to “the hills are alive” of Salzburg and beyond, Austria is such a fabulous solo travel destination! The train system makes it easy to get around the country, and once you’re in the city you want to explore, you can do so on foot. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. You’ll be climbing the same Alpine mountains as the von Trapps. You’ll be eating authentic Weiner Schnitzel, Sachertorte, and Apfelstrudel!
I absolutely loved everything about Salzburg, and Vienna was fascinating with its palace and gardens and historic architecture! Or maybe quiet, tucked away Hallstatt is more your speed. Or perhaps you want Innsbruck’s breathtaking mountain views–it’s known as the “Capital of the Alps!” Wherever you’d like to go, Austria has something for you!
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Wow! Croatia is one of the most beautiful, most friendly countries I’ve ever visited. It had been on my list of places to go for several years, and I finally got a chance to make it happen! The people in Croatia are resilient, friendly, and kind, making this a great place for solo female travelers. Popular destinations are Split, Hvar, Plitvice, Zadar, and Dubrovnik, pictured below!
Wow. When I mention the Baltics to most people, I get a funny look. These three countries in northeastern Europe are stunningly beautiful, as are the people who live there. Honestly, this area wasn’t even on my list of places to go, but when I had the chance, I took it. It ended up being one of my best trips ever!
Traveling to and among these three countries is easy and affordable. I took “Lux Buses” from capital to capital, and once there, every place I wanted to visit was walkable. My recommendations are Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; and Tallinn, Estonia; but if you have a chance to visit other towns, take it!
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Greece is such an epic solo destination! The Athens Combo Ticket makes Athens a very affordable capital city to visit, and the food is some of the most incredible in the world. Island hopping by ferry is a popular and affordable way to explore the Greek Isles, but even flights to the islands can be very inexpensive.
Every Greek person I met was helpful, kind, and happy. Exploring Greece was such a positive experience, I can’t say enough good things about it. I can personally recommend Athens and Santorini, but truly, anywhere you go will be a delight!
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While Iceland can definitely be on the more expensive side, it doesn’t have to break your bank, and it’s long been a safe and exciting place for solo female travelers! The dramatic landscape, volcano, ice fields, and hot springs are so different from almost anywhere in the world. Waterfall chasers, animal lovers, and adventurous gals will all find plenty to see and do here!
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That’s amore! Italy is one of the most picturesque places in the entire world. Their iconic architecture is some of the most photographed, most historic, most distinctive in the world. Their food is some of the most beloved (hello, pizza and pasta!), and their language is beautiful, even if you don’t understand it!
Because Italy is so popular with all travelers (solo or not solo), it’s easy to meet people if that’s something you need on a solo trip. And with several international airports across the country, it’s easy to travel to and around the country. Some cities to consider include Rome, Verona, Naples, Florence, Milan… And so many more!
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I’m a huge fan of Norway! It’s easily one of the most charming countries I’ve had the privilege of visiting. Their history goes so far back, so it’s an amazing trip for solo history lovers. The seaside towns look like something out of a fairytale, and between the open-air museums, art museum, and cultural museums, it’s a perfect place for museum lovers, too!
Pro tip: If you’re planning to visit both Bergen and Oslo, be sure to take the “Norway in a Nutshell” tour to get up-close and personal with fjords, mountains, and one of the windiest roads in the world!
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I can’t get over the kindness and helpfulness of the Portuguese people! This country of explorers has always been open to the world, and that includes visitors. It’s easy to see a lot of the country in a short time, since it’s relatively small, giving solo travelers a chance to truly experience it from one end to the other. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful Moorish, and Moorish-inspired architecture, as well as the western-most point in continental Europe!
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One of my most memorable solo trips ever took me to Eastern Europe, and it changed my life! Slovakia was another place that was never really on my radar, but everything fell into place, and I ended up in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. While I was there, I explored multiple castles, ate sheep’s cheese for the first time, and took pictures with Napoleon! There was so much to see and do, my only regret was not spending more time there.
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You know one of the coolest things about the United Kingdom? You can visit four countries in one fell swoop! I was once in London with my husband, and he got an unexpected notification that he needed to take a work trip right after we were supposed to arrive back home. So, I changed my ticket to extend my trip and took a bus to Wales for a few days! You could also pop up to Scotland in a matter of hours, and take a half hour flight across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland to check another country off your list!
Aside from the ease of travel among the countries of the U.K., there are also about four zillion things to do for every interest, every taste, every preference, and every person! Whether you want to have authentic afternoon tea, explore some of the most famous museums in the world, or explore the British countryside, you can do it all and more here!
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