Solo female travel is a rewarding and life-changing experience. Many people think that it isn’t safe for you to do so, but that’s a common misconception. Bad things can happen to you anywhere and at any time, even in the comfort of your own home. The fear of bad things happening shouldn’t stop you from living out the adventure of your dreams. As with anything you do alone, it’s just a matter of staying alert and taking certain precautions to ensure your safety. For added security, here are some of the safest destinations to hit up for your next big adventure.
The capital of England is one of the safest cities to visit for lone female travelers. The busiest areas of London are filled with people all throughout the day and night, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be on your own when traveling in London. It’s also quite easy to communicate with people and ask for help when you need it. When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of secure hotels near the city center and London hostels with private rooms. Of course, since the city is a major tourist attraction, it’s still important to be alert and use your common sense.
Iceland is a country that is brimming with magnificent natural wonders to behold. The country has been consistently ranked number one in the Global Peace Index (GPI) and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. This makes it ideal for solo female traveling. The biggest risks you’ll face in the country are related to unpredictable weather, road safety, and unique geological conditions. The best way to get around safely is by booking a tour that allows you to see the best of what the country has to offer.
Belgium is a small, underrated gem at the heart of Europe. The country ranks 10th in the International Women’s Travel Center’s list of the best countries for women to travel alone. It’s incredibly easy to get around since transportation is cheap and accessible, and the country itself is also relatively flat (which means it’s easy to stroll around on foot) and compact. There is plenty of food to eat, history to learn about, and sights to see in its major cities: Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp.
Japan has a stellar reputation when it comes to safety. Crime rates are low and the country ranks sixth in the Global Peace Index (GPI). Tokyo is also considered one of the cleanest and most organized cities in the world, so it’s difficult to get lost, despite how big the city can be. Obviously, petty theft may still happen given that many areas in the mega-metropolis of Tokyo can be a tourist trap, but it’s still generally safer to travel to than most countries. Japanese people are generally helpful and inviting, so you should have no trouble asking for help. If you need immediate assistance, you can head to a local koban, which is a small police box found all throughout Japanese neighborhoods.
These are just the tip of the iceberg since there are plenty of other destinations that are great for solo female travelers. When it comes to traveling alone, the best thing to do to keep safe is to plan accordingly, use your common sense, and pay attention to your surroundings.