15 Best Places for Female Solo Travelers

From Portugal to the Philippines.

From Portugal to the Philippines.

Empowering, exciting, challenging: Few things are more rewarding than solo travel—and research shows it's on the rise, especially with women. Sure, you might have to ask a complete stranger to take that photo of you walking across Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing or standing outside of Barcelona's Sagrada Família, but it's a small price to pay for the freedom to plan a trip exactly how you want it, when you want it. That said, traveling alone isn't always easy and choosing the right destination can be equal parts exhilarating and overwhelming. Here, the 15 best places for solo female travelers. Counting down...