But while going out into the big wide world by yourself can be one of the most empowering things you'll ever do, the realities of solo travel as a woman are a far cry from Eat Pray Love.
Going it alone can be intimidating, and in some cases, it can be extremely dangerous.
We hear regular reports of female tourists being the victims violence, rape and even murder - but is travelling solo something we should stop doing?
Crime can happen anywhere, but of course statistically it is more likely to happen in some places than others.
While the Foreign And Commonwealth Office do not have a list of the most dangerous places in the world for women to travel - their advice is constantly being updated - a YouGov Poll previously established a list of the cities with the most unsafe transport systems for women in the world.
The survey asked 6,550 women and gender experts about their perceptions of safety for women in 15 out of the 20 largest world's largest capitals.
These were found to be the worst cities (1 is the worst):
1. Bogota, Colombia
2. Mexico City
3. Lima, Peru
4. New Delhi
5. Jakarta, Indonesia
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10. Manila, Philippines
12. Seoul, South Korea
16. New York
Its list is for women tourists and consists of places "they are likely to consider for travel purposes", meaning that destinations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Somalia, which fall under their “don’t even go there” list are not included.
The list is as follows (1 is the worst):
8. Papua New Guinea
9. Saudi Arabia
Writing on the site, Marta Turnbull points out that our attitude while abroad may also change our safety risk.
"Women are at risk of harassment, sexual assault, rape, abuse and murder, even in own home country. While traveling in a foreign country, this danger can be increased because you are unlikely to understand cultural differences in communication," she says.
"Just because you are on vacation, you cannot assume you are immune from dangers. Whether traveling alone, in a group, or with a significant other, your safety and well-being is your responsibility. Knowing how to read the situation around you, and what steps to take to protect yourself gives you the freedom to travel to extraordinary places."
Just as Turnbull says you should not assume you are safe because you are in "holiday mode", blogger Lisa Edwards says assuming you are in danger can be just as detrimental.
"The only times I've particularly felt unsafe while travelling were when I had let my preconceptions about a country fuel my fears. I have been holidaying alone for nearly five years and taking those first steps into a Thai town, a Turkish city or an Egyptian village are incredibly scary," she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle.
"I once allowed myself to believe I'd been drugged in a shop in Dahab by a shopkeeper, when in fact it was probably a panic attack brought on by fear. Similarly in Kenya, a scary group of men on motorbikes I kept seeing when out running on my own turned out to be a taxi rank.
"Of course, women are viewed differently in these countries, and it would be stupid to not be on your guard, but as someone who is fully aware of the potential hazards, I walk in confidently and try to see things as they really are."
Travel blogger Chloe Gunning, who runs the site Wanderlust Chloe, adds that it's not just women who sometimes feel intimidated abroad. She says anyone, male or female, can feel in danger when in a foreign country because you're in unknown territory and communication can be difficult if there's a language barrier.
Having said that, she's had a positive experience.
"If I've learned one thing while travelling solo, it's that the majority of people are good, honest and helpful," she says.
"I've actually felt less safe in areas of my home city of London than places people would often be nervous about visiting like Honduras or Brazil."
Gunning says fear of the unknown shouldn't stop women from travelling.
"I've definitely become a braver, more confident person since travelling the world solo - there are so many benefits to travelling, I'd hate for anyone to let the fear get in the way," she says.
"If you're not confident, then look into group tours run through companies like Intrepid, Contiki or Trek America. They allow you to travel in a group of like-minded individuals, with the safety of a local guide who can help in any difficult situations."
According to Gunning, the most important thing when travelling solo as a woman is to use your common sense.
"If something seems risky, don't do it. The most common issue I came across during my travels in Central America last year related to date rape drugs. I was always extra cautious with my drinks, and never walked alone after dark in areas I didn't know well," she says.
The Foreign And Commonwealth Office offer advice on staying safe as a woman travelling abroad.
1. Think about how your clothing will fit in with local customs – what are local women wearing?
2. Don’t wear expensive jewellery
3. Wear a wedding ring (even if you don’t normally) to help avoid harassment
4. Be wary of new ‘friends’, even if they are fellow holidaymakers
5. Don’t tell strangers where you are staying or give out too many details about your travel plans
6. If you’re travelling alone you may attract unwelcome attention and you may receive unwelcome propositions or remarks – it is usually best to ignore them
7. Act confidently
8. Plan your daily itinerary - know where you’re going, what you’re doing and how to get back
9. Some hotels and hostels have cards with contact details and directions – take one
10. Never hitchhike or accept car rides from strangers
11. Ask your hotel or hostel to recommend a taxi firm – try to pair up with someone you know when travelling by taxi
If you ever feel uncomfortable or in danger, don’t be afraid to draw attention to yourself by shouting and making a fuss.
More advice can be found on their website.
So, is it safe for women to travel alone?
No matter how careful you are, nothing can be certain in life. But if you want to explore the world, don't let gender get in your way.
Being aware of the possible risks, and aware of how to avoid them, is the best way to look after yourself.
Where: Iceland Outdoor activities are king in Iceland. Base yourself in the capital for easy day trips to virtually any corner of the country, beauty spot, or adventurous activity. Iceland frequently tops solo travelers' lists of most user-friendly destinations. In Reykjavik, hang out at The Laundromat Café, a social meeting hub where travelers and locals casually dine, wash laundry, drink coffee, read books, and share travel tips. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Reykjavik Guide
Where: France With an extraordinary array of bistros and cafés, Paris is a city where you can while away hours poring over a café au lait, chocolate chaud, and sumptuous patisseries while observing French culture through thefenêtres (windows) on the Champs-Élysées. Solo travelers gravitate towards Café de Flore and Deux Magots, which serve as meeting places for solo travelers to join up to explore the city. Also of note: Paris is a relatively safe European city for women traveling alone. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Paris Guide
Where: Indonesia Yoga, spirituality, spas, massages, beaches, organic eateries and markets— are you sold, yet? With such diversity, Bali is a staple for solo travelers from across the globe. People drift into its ease of life and wealth of fellow traveler-settlers. It helps that food is delicious and cheap, as is the cost of living in general. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Bali Guide
Where: Thailand Solo travel and Bangkok have a long and convoluted history. It’s often said that you’d be lucky to meet a Thai in some parts of Bangkok. Luckily, other parts retain deep-rooted authenticity, which still attracts even the worldliest travelers. Temples, floating markets, cheap shopping, and nightlife galore keep the most active visitors busy traversing the city thanks to its excellent infrastructure. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Bangkok Guide
Where: Spain The capital of Andalusia reflects all the romantic notions of Spain, as it plays home to Moorish architecture, bullfighting, and flamenco. Easily navigable on foot, Seville offers colorful ceramics, cobbled alleyways and mouth-watering markets. The city is a photographer’s dream with inexhaustible charm, luring enthusiasts to stay a while. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Sevilla Guide
Where: Croatia With an infrastructure geared for tourists, solo travel is straightforward in "The Pearl of the Adriatic," as christened by Lord Byron. Shoulder season is warm and not yet overcrowded. Take day trips to Montenegro or Bosnia and Herzegovina. If adventure gets you going, take a hiking or rock climbing tour with Croatia Traveller, where you'll meet others with the same interest or relax on an island cruise with others while sipping sundowners along the dramatic Dalmatian coastline. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Dubrovnik Guide
Where: Ireland Anyone anywhere could make friends over a pint of Guinness. And Irish hospitality is world-famed for warmth and friendliness, especially in Dublin. Head to a traditional Irish pub; havens of chatter, to converse with locals who are completely used to tourists, even in the most remote countryside spots. Join walking tours exploring the literary greats, from Oscar Wilde to George Bernard Shaw, earning Dublin its UNESCO City of Literature status. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Dublin Guide
Where: New Zealand The adventure capital of New Zealand’s South Island can leave you exasperated trying to fit it all in. From bungee to zorbing to horseback riding, Queenstown is a mecca for adventure travellers. Squeeze in superb gastronomy and nightlife too. Travellers often end up staying longer than planned – you’ve been warned! It’s easy to rent a car or join a group trip. The latter is a sure-fire way to meet others travelling through the country reputed on its safety. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Queenstown Guide
Where: Chile Consistently raved about by travelers for its advanced transportation networks, excellent restaurants, and beautiful public spaces, Santiago is a sophisticated and accessible yet authentic South American city. Head straight for Bellavista, a trendy bohemian quarter with bars, quirky buildings, and artistic graffiti. Within easy reach from Santiago are colorful Valparaiso and glitzy Vina del Mar. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Santiago Guide
Where: Kenya Nature has a way of bringing people together. In the Masai Mara’s vast Big 5 terrain, a safari plunges visitors deep into the grasslands. Independent travellers are joined up with others on Jeep safaris, providing an instant set of friends. June to October is best to witness Migration, a movement of millions of wildebeest. But during low season, many lodges waive single supplements. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Masai Mara Guide
Where: Canada Summer is kicking in the bohemian and laid-back city of Vancouver. Live music festivals, such as Osheaga, are a big draw here. Non-stop summer sunshine guarantees plenty of outdoor fun, allowing you to bask in the rays in the signature, relaxed ambiance for which Vancouver has become known. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Vancouver Guide
Where: Belize The coolest Central American destination right now has to be Belize. Ambergris Caye lives up to the hype, and there are bars, beaches, and natural beauty in huge quantities. Interspersed with Mayan ruins, a spectacular barrier reef, and rainforest, this English-speaking nation appeals to expats and solo travelers alike. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Ambergris Caye Guide.
Where: Japan You'll need 3–4 days in Tokyo at the very least. Indulge in the cuisine with sushi, ramen, and tempura that's better than you've ever tasted. If you’re keen to meet English speakers, head to Pink Cow bar in Roppongi, known for its expat following. The Hub is a chain of pubs, popular with younger crowds, where it’s easy to meet people organically. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Tokyo Guide
Where: Southwest USA This beautiful vast Grand Circle spans 5 states loaded with national parks and monuments, interwoven by designated Scenic Byways. It’s an attractive route to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and more.
Where: USA Whale-watching, dog-sledding, horseback riding through the mountains and eating fresh salmon are just a few of the highlights on board an Alaska cruise. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Alaska Guide