Below a list of some unusual places to go adventure. For each country you can read a little summary about top activities to do and some tips for women traveling solo.
- Costa Rica
Top Activities to Practice:
Bhutan: Trekking is the best way to see Bhutan. High passes which once carried traders between Tibet and Bhutan cut through the mountain ranges, glaciers tumbledown slopes creating mountaintop lakes and fast-flowing rivers that rush through narrow gorges and wind through lush valleys.
Suggested Itineraries: Kathmandu, Paro, Thimpu, Punakha
Botswana: Botswana is the perfect safari destination, with vast areas of clean wilderness teeming with wildlife.
Suggested Itineraries: Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert, Mombo, Jao Reserve, North-Eastern Okavango Delta, Linyanti Concession, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
Costa Rica: Costa Rica is the perfect place for those who savor the outdoors. This tiny 51,000 sq km Central American country offers a myriad of thrilling and exciting activities to enjoy. There is plenty to do here from hiking and trekking dense jungles, to surfing some of the most incredible waves on the planet. And with its conservationist attitudes, Costa Rica has a superb array national parks, reserves, and protected zones, which are home to the most stunning array of wildlife in the world.
Suggested Itineraries: San Jose, Pacuare River, Corcovado National Park, Cerro de La Muerte
Nepal: The best ways to visit Nepal are by: jungle safari, mountaineering—climbing, rafting, canyoning, rock-climbing, and surely trekking.
Suggested Itineraries: Nepal and Tibet From Lhassa To Katmandou—This itinerary dives us into Tibetan tradition through discovering main cultural sites of central Tibet. Lhassa dips us immediately into Tibetan and Buddhist land with its many sites dedicated to spiritual thinking.
- Bhutan: Right from the beginning, we saw no discrimination against women. In fact, women are more equal than men! Traditionally, daughters inherit their parents’ property. Where there are several husbands the offspring equally inherit because they don’t know who is the father.
- Botswana: There is some of sexism and women are politely treated.
- Costa Rica: Costa Rican women, as for Costa Rican men, are at a crossroad between traditional roles and modern ones. In the Country traditionally rules the machismo, a system in which the woman is the weaker gender and has limited roles and behaviors. Under this system the woman can be: a prostitute or a saint.
- Nepal: With the globalization of women’s issues, Nepalese women from different parts of society are also raising their voices against discrimination and exploitation.
Tips for Solo Women Travelers
- Trust your instincts. If you feel something is off, wrong, strange—get out, move on, flee, scream, whatever is suitable. Do it quickly.
- Body language: keep your head up, swing your arms and act confident. Adopt a no nonsense attitude. Walk with purpose and you’ll be less of a target for hustlers who prey on disoriented or timid tourists.
- Try to sit or stand next to other women or family groups in restaurants, on trains or buses, and in other public places. It is unlikely that you will be approached or harassed if you’re in the company of other people.
- Consider wearing a wedding ring, if you don’t already.
- Clothing that is fashionable and proper in the USA may project a provocative image in another culture. Leave the revealing clothing at home.
- Expect potential problems. For example: if a group of men or young boys approaches you on the sidewalk on your side of the street, cross to the other side to give them space and you, peace of mind.
- Avoiding travel theft: Thieves often see females as easier targets for theft than men. After all, are they not the weaker sex? (Not!) The most obvious solution is sticking to the safer parts of town, but you’ll miss adventure if you do.
- Let the bag go: Most experts say not to resist—let your bag go and then shout for help rather than risk assault. Opening your wallet and handing over your money may be enough for the thief and you can keep your bag—it also may make a thief think you’re reaching for a weapon. Better available over the bag.