The Best Destinations for Women Over 50

Updated June 26, 2023

best destinations for women over 50

The best destinations for women over 50 may surprise you. All share one special quality. They celebrate and appreciate women.

Perhaps you’ve traveled in your time but now you might be on your own, over fifty and want a different travel experience. One where you’ll feel supported, secure and inspired. Even if you haven’t traveled much before, now is the time to get packing! Why wait?

Why not make a beeline for the kind of destinations that put you at ease. Somewhere you can feel comfortable, safe and appreciated for the interesting woman you are? If you’re like me, your brain needs to get fed and you get bored easily by the same old same old. Laying by the pool every day isn’t going to cut it, although you’re not opposed to somewhere warm and sunny. As long as there are delicious restaurants, gorgeous scenery and cultural tidbits to pique your interest right?

We don’t have to jump out of a plane or hang from a zip line to be adventurous. Culture, interesting people, (perhaps even interesting men) are just a few of the benefits to finding a destination worthy of YOU.

The Best Destinations for Women Over 50

Let’s focus on destinations where women are celebrated and appreciated! Being invisible is not our thing. Although we don’t require constant attention, we like to be heard. Why not choose to travel where women have a better quality of life?

Whether you decide to travel alone, with friends or a group, here are some of the best travel destinations for women.

These 14 countries top the lists for being female friendly according to the Women’s Peace and Security Index. (source)

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Switzerland
  4. Slovenia
  5. Spain
  6. Finland
  7. Canada
  8. Netherlands
  9. Sweden
  10. Belgium
  11. Singapore
  12. Denmark
  13. Germany
  14. UK

According to the US News & World Report, Business Insider  and INSIDER; these are the 10 best countries to be a woman. 

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands
  5. Finland
  6. Canada
  7. Switzerland
  8. Australia
  9. New Zealand
  10. Germany

World’s 9 Best Countries to Grow Older (source)

  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. US
  4. Netherlands
  5. Japan
  6. Ireland
  7. Denmark
  8. Germany
  9. Finland

European countries where men outnumber women or a male surplus is predicted: 

  • Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and UK (source)
Most affordable European destinations:
  • Rome, Porto, Florence, Prague, Athens, Vienna, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Brussels (source)
  • Prague, Paris, Crete, Krakow, Rome, Lisbon, Budapest, Barcelona, Berlin, Riga (source)

best destinations for women over 50

Putting it all together: Best Destinations for Women over 50

As it turns out Europe is where you’ll find the most countries supporting women.

Most affordable destinations that also rank well for women: 

Spain, Belgium, Germany

Destinations that rank positive for women and where men outnumber women: 

Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, UK

Destinations that rank positive for both women and seniors: 

Germany, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland

Have you noticed most of these countries are in Northern Europe? Unless you’re a snow bunny you might want to plan a visit in summer first to get acclimated. If you prefer a warm place in the sun and a predominantly Mediterranean vibe,  Spain should be at the top of your list.

Love gravlax and the Northern Lights? Head to Sweden, Norway or Denmark. You may even find yourself enchanted by the surplus of tall men!

When you’re ready to explore the world, a trip to one of these destinations may restore your belief in girl power.

Dip into my travel resources and inspiration before you go!

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