Solo female travel has grown in leaps and bounds, with many dedicated female travellers venturing abroad by themselves. We explore five destinations that are perfect for solo female travellers all across the world. From rand-friendly Portugal and sunny Spain to an Italian adventure, here\u2019s where you should be travelling in 2020. Plus, top tips for solo female travellers!\n\n\n\nPortugal\n\n\n\nPortugal is possibly the trendiest country\nto visit this year and a favourite for 2020. With a mild and moderate climate,\nstunning beaches and a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, it\u2019s a\nyear-round destination. For South African travellers, in particular, it\u2019s\npossibly the most rand-friendly Western European country. \n\n\n\nLocals are friendly and individual female travellers are welcome, although, as with any country anywhere in the world, do your research and know which areas to avoid. Carry those South African street smarts with you!\n\n\n\nThe stunning coastline of Madeira, Portugal.\n\n\n\nSpain\n\n\n\nAh, Spain\u2026 land of sangria and sunshine.\nYou\u2019re sure to bump into many solo female travellers in Spain, so in most of\nthe major cities, you\u2019re unlikely to garner any special attention. \n\n\n\nBarcelona is a favourite. Everything is in\neasy reach if you don\u2019t want to travel far or move around too much. You can,\nhowever, go from sunning yourself on one of the nine beaches one day to\nmarvelling at the Sagrada Familia the next. \n\n\n\nItaly\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s for good reason that Eat, Pray, Love\ncharacter, Elizabeth Gilbert, chose Italy as the starting point of her solo\nadventure. As the \u2018eat\u2019 portion of the trio of countries Liz visits in the\nstory, Italy was a grand choice, with more gelato, pizza, pasta and red wine\nthan you could eat (if you don\u2019t come back with tight jeans, you haven\u2019t done\nItaly justice). It is a foodie\u2019s delight.\n\n\n\nHowever, the culture vulture traveller will\nalso find plenty of history and culture in Italy. The country is extremely used\nto solo female travellers. \n\n\n\nUK\n\n\n\nDon\u2019t let the exchange rate put you off. \u201cNow is the time to plan those 2020 holidays and save on inflation, especially useful if you\u2019re travelling to a country such as the UK,\u201d recommends Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation in South Africa. \n\n\n\nWith its network of clean and reliable public transport, the UK is ideal for females travelling alone. Spend days exploring buzzing London, before making your way to the countryside. Bath, Windsor, Edinburgh, the Lake District and the multitude of grand castles and estates are every bit as beautiful and romantic as they appear in all those movies. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThailand\n\n\n\nThailand has long been a favourite for solo\ntravellers. Female travellers might want to shop until they drop in Bangkok,\nrelax on the beaches and islands, or eat their way through the foodie and\ncultural hotspot of Chiang Mai.\n\n\n\nRemember to be respectful of local customs. The locals are generally conservative, so it's best to dress respectfully, especially when visiting temples, and don\u2019t go wandering the street in your bikini. Do some research before departure so you know which areas are especially popular for tourists. You can either avoid them or follow the crowds. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTop tips for solo female\ntravellers\n\n\n\nPreparation and research are key, no matter\nwhere you are travelling. The Travel Corporation\u2019s Teresa Richardson has\ntravelled to more than 70 countries, many of them solo, and has some advice for\nother women travelling alone:\n\n\n\nTravel can be stressful, especially if you leave everything to the last minute. Ensure that your travel documents are always valid, and don\u2019t forget important documentation at home. It\u2019s always a good idea to leave a copy of these documents with a trusted friend or family member back home as well.Book early. For example, Trafalgar is offering selected 2020 European holidays at 2019 pricing, plus a 10% discount valid for bookings until 3 October. This is the best chance to save on your dream European holiday and beat inflation by getting your 2020 holiday at 2019 rates.Pack at least two days before you leave, and never pack for longer than one week, even if you\u2019re travelling for two weeks or more. Find ways to mix and match so that you can travel light. \u201cI always love picking up a few clothing items along the way, so it\u2019s a pleasant surprise when I discover I\u2019ve forgotten a clothing item behind\u2026 rather than panic about it,\u201d says Richardson. Always carry a change of clothes with you on your flight. If for any reason your baggage is delayed, or you have hours to wait before your hotel check-in, you can freshen up and change the clothes that you travelled in. Again, this helps to take the stress out of travelling.