Traveling as an Independent Woman

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Traveling is one of the great pleasures in life, but for women going around the world as a solo traveler can be particularly empowering. As an independent woman, booking holidays and seeing more of the world isn’t just a right, it’s a privilege and an absolute treat too!

You can travel at any time of the year, depending on your time and budget, but one of the best things to do as a solo female traveler is to plan your holidays well in advance of your date of travel so you can get the best out of your destination. So, where should you go on your solo quest? Why not start with the Canary Islands, where each island is as different as they are spectacular?

Gran Canaria

The most populated of Spain’s Canary Islands, Gran Canaria has much to offer female travelers. But first of all, you must get beyond the beautiful (but really very touristy) city of Las Palmas and explore. You can travel around the island on foot, or by public transport, such as bus or your own private rental car and head for villages like Puerto de Mogán and wander through past the canals that flow through the area.

Have a pit stop at the promenade and enjoy a cocktail (or two) as you watch the boats come into the harbor. This is a great place to meet people and practice your Spanish, although English is widely spoken on the island. Once you’ve done this, wander down to the local shops and see what gifts you can buy people back home, or yourself!


Another gem in the Canary Islands is Lanzarote, an exceptional volcanic island that is home to some of the most beautiful, if not slightly otherworldly landscapes in the world. This landscape can be found in Timanfaya National Park and visitors can access the area by a designated coach, which takes them to the highest and hottest spots in the park.

Lanzarote is a great place for an adventure; where you can explore and really get your hands dirty as you learn and meet new people too!



The agreeable weather on Tenerife has kept the tourists coming for years, with some of the most popular areas on the island being Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, where most of the hotels, hostels and other holiday accommodations can be found.

The island itself is home to a number of natural and manmade wonders, such as Teide National Park, which is home to Mount Teide volcano and Masca; an isolated village that was cut off from the rest of the island until the 1970s — take a white knuckle drive up into the mountains and sample the great food and hospitality there.

If you want to have a fun holiday as a solo traveler, prepare, get out of your hotel room and talk to people everywhere you go, because travelling alone doesn’t have to mean staying alone.

Image by Son of Groucho and Lubo Jurik, used under Creative Commons license

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