Post # 16
A lot of Central and Eastern European countries can easily be done with $1000: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, etc.
Central America: Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras
Post # 18
Greece or Spain but not the main cities like Crete instead of Athens it’s cheaper and you scan still get the beach vacation
Post # 19
Latin America in general is very inexpensive.
We went to Costa Rica last year for under $800 a person, flight (from upper Midwest) and hotel stay included in that, for 7 days/6 nights. Busses can take you across the country for $1 once you’re there too, so you don’t have to stay in one city. Police presence is ample so you’ll never feel unsafe. I could go on and on. Best trip I’ve ever done.
Post # 20
Thank you so much for your suggestions! I have never traveled alone, but really want to before I’m married (plus Fiance can’t get time off of work.) Are all of the aforementioned places safe for a solo female traveler?
Post # 21
Meglin: I LOVE Poland so definitely second that suggestion. Having said that, if you’re a first time traveler and are going to be alone, you might feel more comfortable traveling to an english speaking country. Ireland, Scotland, and England are all fantastic choices. Stay in AirBNB or hostels to cut down on costs. You could rent a car and visit different Scottish cities for a few days each, for example.
Post # 22
Meglin: I have traveled a lot of places on my own. I have never had an issue, but I would probably, if I were you, stick to a western style country (western Europe, Canada) with a lot of tourist culture and public transportation. I did Spain on my own, but looking back at this point I think I was completely nuts for doing so. Espeically since my Spanish is not strong. I felt safe, but I’m not sure what I would have done if something happened.
Post # 23
Thanks for the feedback! It is a good idea to consider an English-speaking country; I will have to investigate further. I found that a lot of places that are English-speaking were a bit more pricey, however.
I’m really considering Costa Rica but have heard mixed reviews on how safe it is for a solo female adventurer.
Post # 24
Meglin: another vote for Poland.
Post # 25
You can’t go wrong coming to Canada. No language issues and as a single female traveller, you’ll be very safe. Quebec City is amazing and if you can make it to the Rockies, all the better.
Post # 27
South Africa is pretty cheap and a lot of the safaris are relatively inexpensive. If you’re going alone, I’d stay away from Joburg but Cape Town is a lovely city and there is a lot to do in the area.
Post # 28
try a tour company like G Adventures- no extra cost for single travelers and you get the comfort of a ‘guide’ but without the regimented ‘be here by 8:20 or we’re leaving without you’ deal.
either way, you can easily do most places for $150-200/day- Paris included! Haha if you’re open to staying outside the city center and commuting in you can easily stay at a great place in some very expensive cities.
also- time of year makes a HUGE difference. If you’re thinking of going this summer, it may be too late for any good deals!
Post # 29
Im a big fan of Romania and I travel solo there for work and have had zero issues in that regard. But I travel almost every week and internationally ever other month for work so my views might be a bit skewed.
Post # 30
- Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead
Meglin: Eastern Europe can be very cheap, but language barrier can be difficult. However I love Europe and promote it all the time!