While visiting new places with friends and family is undeniably fun, solo travel is a different experience altogether—especially if you’re a woman.
Traveling on your own will be one of the most exhilarating and eye-opening experiences you’ll ever have. From the new friends you’ll make to the quiet moments alone, a solo trip is well worth the top spot on your bucket list. If you haven’t yet decided where to begin, the Philippines is always a great idea.
Home to the friendliest locals and the most picture-perfect natural wonders, here are the best places for solo female travelers:
Eleven hours might sound like an outrageously long time for a road trip, but trust us when we say that the journey alone is worth it. On your way to Pagudpud, make sure to schedule a side trip to the historic town of Vigan.
Step back in time as you walk among the centuries-old buildings along Calle Crisologo and recharge with a steaming bite of their famous empanada.
Before reaching the coastal town, it’s also a good idea to visit the Bangui Windmills which is about 30 minutes away.
But of course, minus all the possible side trips, Pagudpud is still a destination in itself. The town is known as the Boracay of the north for its long breathtaking stretches of powdery white sand (sans the crowds).
Known for its dreamy landscapes, rolling hills, and storybook lighthouses, the northernmost province has been on everyone’s radar for good reason.
But more than just its undeniable beauty, Batanes is a great place for solo travelers who want to unplug. Since the island often takes the brunt of the coming storms, cellular and internet connection here is not as reliable compared to other destinations.
Instead of getting validation over social media, travelers are forced to immerse themselves in the island’s culture, get to know the locals, and appreciate the views that don’t need any filter.
Make the most out of your visit by booking a guided tour of Batan island—explore picturesque spots like the Basco Lighthouse, Valugan Boulder Beach, and Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. If you have an extra day, you may also want to go on a one-day tour of nearby Sabtang Island.
The sleepy town of Sagada has long been a must-visit destination for its people, rich culture, and collection of stunning views and attractions.
While there, you can visit the hanging coffins, explore caves and limestone cliffs, or simply breathe in the cool mountain air. To make the most out of your experience, visit during months of November to early February when the temperature goes below 10°C.
A first-timer when it comes to solo travel? Ease in to the experience by going on a three-day guided tour of Sagada. Don’t forget to take snaps of the rice terraces, the hanging coffins, and the colorful houses!
The surf town five hours north of Manila is one of the top weekend destinations for city dwellers. Beyond its world-famous waves, Baler is dotted with colorful cafes, quaint shops, and dozens of other spots worth discovering.
Find out why hundreds of visitors choose to abandon their city lives for the little town. Don’t be surprised if one day you find yourself being pulled north with no plans of returning home.
Cebu is blessed with pristine waters with the brightest shades of blue and fine white sand beaches with towering palm trees. And since the Queen City of the South is home to what many claim is the world’s best lechon, there’s no better way to enjoy paradise but with a plate of crispy pork skin.
The province is a treasure trove of historic spots and beautiful coves that are all tourist-friendly. So whether you decide to stay in Mactan or head out to the other islands, you won’t have a problem getting around. Public transport—by land or by sea—is easily accessible from pretty much anywhere.
If it’s your first time in Cebu, hit the basic tourist spots like Plaza Independencia, Magellan’s Cross, and Mactan Shrine by booking a full-day private tour of Cebu and Mactan.
The island of Coron has constantly been shortlisted for Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Islands in the World. So you’ll find tons of foreigners and solo travelers wandering about and extending stays beyond their return tickets.
It’s hard to explain the sheer beauty of Coron. Down to the nooks and hidden corners of its many shipwrecks all the way up to its jaw-dropping mountaintops, the island is bursting with wonders as you’ve never seen.
You’ll never run out of things to see, but if your time is limited, you can book a day tour and visit Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Banul Beach. For a more unique experience, go firefly watching at night.
If you want to complete the “Eat” part of your Eat, Pray, Love journey, then Bacolod has you covered. Of course, you might already know about their famous chicken inasal, but it goes beyond that.
You’ll find the freshest seafood cooked in hundreds of mouthwatering ways, to-die-for pastries, and comforting bowls of cansi (or kansi) that could cure the worst of days.
In between feasting, you can easily explore historical spots like The Ruins in Talisay or drive to Sipalay for a taste of tropical paradise.
Possibly one of the most underrated destinations in the country, Antique boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines and views. It’s a great place to visit if you’re up for a combination of adventures.
Hike up the hidden rice terraces and caves and cap off your days with some kitesurfing at the tiny island of Seco. Despite its untouched nature, Antique is filled with enough activities to try and mountains to explore to last you weeks.
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