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Inspiration for Solo Female Travellers

Not everyone has a snuggle bunny or a bubba bear to take away on romantic weekends, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Sometimes the best travelling is done with the person that knows you and your interests the best – yourself.

Here are our favourite destinations for spending some time with yourself – and the new friends you’ll make along the way.

Fly off to Fiji

Yes, it might have a reputation for being a honeymoon destination, but don’t let that stop you considering Fiji for your solo adventure. Away from the honeymoon resorts and couples cruises are sumptuous spas, lively bars and beautiful beaches for lying back and doing some soul-searching.

Whether you want to mingle with other travellers at one of the many backpacker hostels or want to treat yourself to some 5 star luxury, you’ll find the perfect option.

If you want plenty of socialising opportunities or want access to the most activities, the main island of Viti Levu is the place to stay. The outer islands tend to be much quieter and more suited to couples.

Relax in Byron Bay’s Hinterland

We’re fortunate here in Australia that we have some of the world’s best locations right on our doorstep. With a country as big as ours there’s always somewhere new to explore.

Byron Bay, however, is one of those places that you can keep going back to. The chilled-out vibe, the happening nightlife and the fantastic boutiques and markets – it’s hard not to fall in love with this beachside town.

Although most people head straight to Byron Bay’s beachfront the real magic is a short drive west into the Hinterland. You’ll feel a world away from the backpackers paradise of the main town and can indulge yourself at one of the spa retreats. Spend a day, weekend or even a week or two at one of the retreats and you’ll feel like a new you.

If you want to meet people while at a spa, join in with yoga classes or simply introduce yourself to someone new.

Sex and the City

Just think how much more shopping you can get done on your own!
Just think how much more shopping you can get done on your own!

Relive your favourite Carrie moments on a trip to the Big Apple. While it’s not the best choice for the budget conscious – as your credit card will undoubtedly take a hit – one of the best ways to see New York is on your own. Think how much shopping you can get done without someone else there!

The public transport network is extensive and the famous yellow cabs are easy to use – so you won’t have any trouble finding your way around. Try to stay in the centre of New York – close to Times Square – so everything is close by.

None of these tickle your fancy? Try these:

– A city break in Sydney or Melbourne

– Join a Contiki tour in almost any part of the world – you’ll make friends and see the sights

– Spend the weekend visiting the museums and markets in Hobart, Tasmania

World’s Most Luxurious Spa Vacations

Spa vacations are gaining more and more popularity by the minute. They allow people to tend to their aches and pains, relax, take care of their appearance, and much more. While an ordinary beach vacation does offer a chance to take a break from reality, it doesn’t offer the same level of TLC as you will receive at a Spa. So if you have decided in favour of the Spa for your next vacation, where should you go?

The Spa at Coworth Park in Berkshire, England
This is the most eco-friendly spa you could find anywhere. Natural light floods the entire building all throughout the day and there is a plethora of available organic and natural treatments. On top of enjoying amazing procedures, you will be able to indulge in mouth-watering, yet very healthy dishes at the Patisserie.

The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France
If you want to feel like royalty, this spa is the easiest and most amazing way to do it. Everything from the interior to the treatments and the cuisine is absolutely astounding and filled with elegance and sophistication. Massages, facials, body scrubs, hair treatments, dining… everything is breathtaking and certainly worth its price.

SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain
This clinic is renowned as one of the best European medical spas, offering a chance for spa-lovers and for those with health issues to experience true bliss. The treatments include the best from all over the globe, from traditional Chinese acupuncture to cutting-edge Western ultrasound. All of this is accompanied by serene surroundings and mouth-watering cuisine.

The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily
This is an amazing resort where guests can enjoy a wide range of detoxing, anti-ageing and fitness treatments, mostly involving Mediterranean products and ingredients like mud, seaweed, seawater and olive oil. The resort offers many additional amenities such as swimming pools, beauty centres, bars, saunas and more.

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA in New York, USA
This spa offers an amazing chance to enjoy the bustling city of New York from a calm and relaxing environment. The treatments cater to a wide range of needs and come from European, Ayurvedic and Asian traditions. There are even some exclusive treatments which you can’t find anywhere else and are definitely worth their money.

The Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, India
The perfect place for those who want to experience the true wisdom of the ages, this spa offers amazing Vedanta and Ayurveda yoga programs which are bound to leave you relaxed and refreshed. You will be surrounded by magnificent views and cared for by welcoming staff, all of which will take you to a dream world you never imagined even existed.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia
This spa is mostly known for its amazing facials which can take years off your skin. But its other treatments are also amazing – you can enjoy anything from acupuncture and Chinese Gua Sha to traditional massages, body wraps and Ayurvedic treatments. The staff are highly renowned for their care for their guests so you are guaranteed an amazing experience.

The One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives
This spa focuses mainly on the amazing benefits of the sun, and the staff make sure that all guests get enough of it. The treatments are mainly aimed at preparing your body for the exposure and tending to it afterwards. The spa is also renowned for the luxury accommodation and the amazing oceanic views guests can enjoy from their rooms.

The COMO Shambhala Retreat in Bali
This spa is very tradition-oriented and not only offers its guests various treatments, but actually makes them feel and understand how connected their bodies are to nature. You can indulge in various types of massages, take yoga classes early in the morning, or just enjoy the beautiful and well tended gardens.

Despite the expensive price of a spa vacation, nothing can top the feeling of complete rejuvenation. Visiting such a resort doesn’t just take care of your body, but also takes care of your soul. Although it’s absolutely worth the expense, you won’t always have to pay full price for your spa. From time to time, either the spas themselves or the travel companies will promote special offers and it’s worth being patient in order to get your luxury vacation at the best price.


Rita Rova is a luxury holiday writer for discount code website, – where you can find the latest travel deals from top UK companies online.