If you are a girl looking for a getaway idea, read on for ten of our must-visit places for ladies—from the best places to visit solo to soul-searching vacations, learning holidays, and more.
10. London: Go for tea at the Ritz.
It’s a classy affair that has taken place for hundreds of years—and to be honest, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than taking in tea at the Ritz. It’s great not just for its tasty crumpets and sultry tea selection, but for some good old people watching.
9. Singapore: Get a taste of Asia.
How could a girl not love a place that bans spitting on the floor and chewing gum? Not only is Singapore clean, but it’s orderly, people are friendly, it has awesome tropical weather, everyone speaks English, the shopping is fantastic—and it’s especially wonderful because they have chili and black pepper crab that will change your life.
8. New York City: Get wild in the city.
Even before Gossip Girl and Sex and the City made New York City even larger than life, this city has always been a rite of passages for every girl. Maybe it was When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle that did it, but every girl has got to stroll through Central Park, skate in Rockefeller, shop on Fifth Avenue, and visit the top of the Empire State Building.
7. Tuscany, Italy: Go for cooking classes.
Many women are taking on “learning vacations” as a fun way to travel and learn a new skill at the same time. One of the best places to do this is in the Italian countryside, where you can retreat to a quaint country home in Tuscany for a cooking vacation and to experience la dolce vita. Learn about farm-to-table cooking and discover traditional Italian recipes to impress your friends at home.
6. Marrakech, Morocco: Get hammam’d
There are spa treatments, and then there are hammam spa treatments. If you’re looking for a truly thrilling, exotic holiday, make your way to Morocco. In Marrakech, stay at a chic hotel like La Mamounia while you explore the souks for carpets, leather goods, silks, and spices. While you’re there, make your way to a local hammam for a steamy exfoliating experience that you’ll never forget.
5. India: Go on a yoga retreat.
They say that if you’ve traveled to India, you can travel anywhere. From its stunning rich palaces to its remote villages and shantytowns, India will pull you and your heartstrings in a hundred different directions and open your eyes to the world. And when in India, do as the Indians do—and learn the practice and discipline of yoga in the place that it originated.
4. Out Islands of the Bahamas: Escape to a deserted beach getaway.
If you’re looking for a place to really get away from it all, then try the Out Islands of the Bahamas—a grouping of some of the most secluded islands in the world. There are no cruise ships, no high-rise hotels, no crowded buffet lineups, no fighting for beach chairs—there’s just you, white sands, and the Caribbean as it was meant to be. This is the sexy secluded beach getaway you’ve always dreamed of.
3. Amsterdam: It’s the best place to go solo.
If you’ve never traveled alone before, then here’s your chance—and Amsterdam is the best place to do it. Most locals speak English, and although there’s definitely a wild side to this city (I’m looking at you, Red Light District), people couldn’t be friendlier and it couldn’t be safer to walk around on your own.
2. Kauai, Hawaii: Time for some soul-searching.
They say that the island of Kauai is feminine in its very nature, and for those who are willing, the island can embrace, give energy, and heal. As the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, it is also filled with legends that tell of the role of goddesses and women in creating and leading the society. For women looking to do some soul-searching, the natural, fertile landscape of Kauai—from its beaches to its lush green valleys, palm trees, mountain regions, gushing waterfalls, peaceful rivers, and red-rock canyons—will leave you refreshed and inspired.
1. Paris, France: Fall in love.
Time and time again, Paris, with all its wonderful clichés, draws me to its cobblestone streets, delicious foods, beautiful museums, lovely Seine, eccentric locals, and bohemian flavor as though it were a seductress in a red dress. Paris is a must-visit for every girl, not just for its high-end couture and shopping, but for its culture that permeates with freedom, beauty, and love through and through.
Originally published on TripAtlas