You may have heard that solo female travel has been trending recently, and it’s true! With more and more women packing their bags and taking the trip they have been thinking about for a while, there are more countries that are emerging as great options for solo female travelers.
The solo female traveler of today has evolved. Many are older, in relationships, mothers, or first-timers. What used to be a post-breakup rite of passage, or a single girl’s way of enjoying her freedom, is now an ideal way of traveling for many women, coupled up or not.
Regardless of what walk of life they come from, there is no denying that more and more women are heading out on solo adventures of their own nowadays.
To add to the ever-growing list of great destinations for the solo female traveler, we have the Central European country of Poland. Rich in history, beautiful landscapes, fantastic food, and iconic postcard-perfect cities, Poland offers a great bang for your buck for a European trip.
So, whether you’re coming for a healthy dose of history or a healthy dose of Polish potato pancakes, there are many reasons to visit Poland for solo female travelers.
5 Reasons Why Poland Is Perfect For Solo Female Travelers:
1. It’s Budget-Friendly
As Poland uses the Zloty, favorable exchange rates with the USD, Pound, or Euro make it a budget-friendly destination for most travelers. The country is actually considered to be one of Europe’s cheapest to visit and live in, and while prices have risen compared to what they used to be, it’s still a far cheaper destination than other popular European tourist hotspots.
When booking accommodation, you should be able to find decent prices in safe areas, meaning you don’t have to skimp on safety and book places in seedy parts of town. Poland is known for its amazing cuisine, and restaurant prices are wallet-friendly (especially when compared to the U.S.), so make sure to take advantage of the food scene.
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2. It’s Safe
Since joining the European Union in 2004, tourism has steadily increased, therefore meaning there are more tourist-friendly places, making it safer and more welcoming. However, with more people comes an increase in petty crime, so do be aware of places that are prone to pickpocketing and practice normal precautions as you would anywhere.
The Global Peace Index of 2021 ranked Poland the 17th most peaceful country in Europe and the 24th most peaceful country in the world. Crime is low and violent demonstrations are rare nowadays, meaning it’s a very safe place to visit.
When in the major cities, be aware of petty crimes and common scams, which include transportation and bar scams, and remember to trust your gut: if something feels off, it probably is.
3. It’s Accessible
The main cities of Warsaw, Krakow, Wrocław, and Gdansk are all easily walkable, meaning there’s no need to worry about navigating local transportation. Uber is readily available as well, so there’s no need to worry about hassling with taxis outside train stations and airports.
Getting from city to city is made easy with busses and trains, both of which are easy to book in English and online. Trains are safe and clean, and most offer good wifi on the journey, not to mention amazing views of the country.
Arriving into the country itself is easy via low-cost carriers from anywhere in Europe or trains from neighboring countries such as Germany or Czechia. Poland is also connected to the U.S. with direct flights, and if you are flexible with your dates and can travel in the lower seasons, great deals on nonstop flights can be found.
4. It’s Solo Friendly
One bonus in Poland is the seemingly endless group tours you can join, from free walking tours around the city to multi-day trips across the regions. While joining a group might defeat part of the charm of traveling alone, sometimes you just want to do something with others and possibly meet friends in the process.
Solo dining is also quite common in the big cities of Warsaw, Gdansk, and Krakow, and you won’t be met with stares or questionable looks as you enjoy your pierogies in peace.
5. It’s (Kind of) Underrated
Ok, I am not sure how a place can be underrated yet one of the most visited countries in Europe, but somehow Poland walks this line. What used to be an under-the-radar secret amongst travelers in the know is now booming with tourism in most corners of the country.
It seems, though, that especially with American travelers, saying you are going to Poland can be met with surprised looks. While it might not have the same clout as a trip to Italy or France does, Poland still attracts its fair share of tourists, most coming from eastern European countries.
Because it’s not as Instagram-famous as Greek beaches or French vineyards, you can still explore many areas without being hounded by selfie seekers. Leaving you to wander in peace without having to elbow your way to the front of every tourist attraction as much as you would in the more popular countries.
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