Best Solo Travel Destinations For Black Women
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Solo travel can be rewarding in many ways. Without the pull of other’s agendas, interests, and travel worries, you are left with much more time for self-reflection, growth, and personal exploration. For many women, solo travel also offers a sense of empowerment. You are your own travel guide, safety net, and voice of reason. You get the chance to choose every leg of your journey and walk away with memories that will trigger a smile for the rest of your life.
San Francisco, CA
For the first-time solo traveler, San Francisco offers a domestic location where the language and culture will be familiar while still offering a range of experiences. From sunset views of the Golden Gate Bridge to a stroll through Fisherman’s Wharf, you will not be at a loss for things to do and places to visit to fulfill your solo-travel needs.
Exploring some of San Francisco’s decadent dining scene is also a must. Jackson Square offers the extravagant dinning experience of many Michelin star restaurants, while Chinatown, The Fillmore, and The Mission offer a range of food options. With 14 neighborhoods, there is something for everyone.
While in town, you can also check out a solo show at one of the numerous historical theaters including the San Francisco Playhouse and the SHN Orpheum Theatre where Hamilton is currently making its run through September 2019.
If it’s your first time out of the country, London is a great place to get that first stamp in your passport. Without having to deal with the language barrier, you can easily get around and connect with locals. One of the best ways to get to know a new city is to explore it on foot — and London has a lot of neighborhoods to explore!
For sightseeing, head to South Bank and Bankside where you will find big attractions like the London Eye, Tate Modern, and The Shard. Some of the best dining and theatre options can be found in Covent Garden. Centrally located, Covenant Garden offers options for every pallet and budget. The Soho neighborhood is perfect for an afternoon stroll, with narrow streets lined with restaurants, bars and shops.
In the evenings, head to Soho, Camden, or East End for a full taste of the London night scene.
Though flights may be expensive, Phuket is a safe and budget-friendly option for someone looking for something a little different. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Phuket is an island located in the Andaman Sea. With thirty stunning beaches to choose from, you can also enjoy some of the neighboring islands by speedboat.
Some of the must-see attractions include Phang Nga Bay where limestone cliffs jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. The natural beauty of this bay will allow you for plenty of self-reflection.
Phi Phi Island lives up to its hype. With sheer cliffs, jungle, and sea, being alone with yourself will feel more magical than you could have ever imagined. Other attractions include Big Buddha, visiting one of the many night markets, and Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples to round out your Thailand experience nicely.
Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city and the capital of Kenya, offering many options for your solo travels. The Ngong Hills, located southwest of Nairobi, overlooking the Great Rift Valley is a great place to meet people and explore the hiking trails through the picturesque landscape.
For nature and animal-lovers, Dame Sheldrick’s Elephant and Rhino Orphanage located inside the Nairobi National Park, is a game nursery that takes care of orphaned elephants and rhinos. The Giraffe Center is a breeding ground for the rare Rothschild Giraffe and the Nairobi National Park is the only capital city in the world with a game park.
After a day in nature, Carnivore Restaurant, known for its game meat, is a great place to try local dishes and meet new people to the sounds of live music and cultural celebrations.