Are you a solo female traveler looking for a safe and secure destination for your next adventure? I would not be surprised – as most solo travelers are female, with only 16% being male. I’m not kidding! It really is true. We are a vast majority, so I would guess (almost) nothing can stop us.

While traveling alone can be empowering, fun, and exciting, it’s important to remember that safety should always come first. Especially for us – women. But the good news is that plenty of countries around the world are safe, welcoming, and just perfect for solo female travelers. So pack your bags, grab your passport, and get ready to explore the world safely!

Always do Your Research

So, what actually makes a destination safe for women traveling alone? While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, we can find a few factors to consider.

  • Look at the country’s political stability and crime rates. It’s essential to check the destination’s current situation and assess whether it is safe for travelers, especially ones traveling solo. Countries experiencing frequent conflicts, increased levels of crime, or political unrest may indicate a huge risk for travelers. 
  • Definitely take into consideration the country’s attitudes toward gender equality. I personally like to feel safe and respected when I’m traveling alone. Countries with a strong record of gender equality and women’s rights tend to be a lot safer for female travelers. 
  • Where women are treated with respect and given equal opportunities, female travelers are less likely to face discrimination and harassment. 
  • Cultural attitudes can also significantly impact your travel. Always try to understand the cultural context of the destination and be aware of any cultural norms that could make your travel way more challenging. In some countries, women face restrictions on their behavior or dress, which can impact their safety and comfort. I can’t stress enough how important it’s to research the cultural norms and expectations of the destination and adjust your behavior, and dress accordingly. By understanding the cultural context, women can prepare and adapt to the local culture, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip.
  • In addition, you may also consider access to healthcare. In case of an emergency, it might be essential to have access to quality services. Countries with a good healthcare system can provide peace of mind for travelers, as they know that they will be able to receive the care they need if something unexpected happens. 
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SwitzerlandZurich, Switzerland

Switzerland is a stunningly beautiful country that is known for its picturesque landscapes, pristine lakes, and snow-capped mountains. According to the Passport Photo crime index ranking, it’s also the no. 1 safest European country, making it an ideal destination for solo female travelers. One of the most popular destinations there is Zurich – a picturesque city known for its stunning architecture, beautiful parks, and world-class museums. Here, you can take a stroll along the Limmat River, explore the charming old town, and indulge in some high-end shopping at the Bahnhofstrasse. In Switzerland, you can go skiing in the winter months, hike during summer, or take a scenic train ride through the Swiss Alps. Switzerland is also famous for its chocolate and cheese, so be sure to indulge in some delicious Swiss cuisine while you’re there!

Thailandchiang-mai-thailand

Thailand is known for its stunning beaches, friendly people, and delicious cuisine. It’s also one of the safest countries I’ve ever been to! It could be the only place in the world where I felt safe, leaving my bag by the table. 

One of the most popular destinations there is Bangkok – vibrant capital that offers a mix of ancient temples, modern skyscrapers, and bustling markets. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are must-visit sites for any traveler to Bangkok, while the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a shopper’s paradise that offers everything from clothes to handicrafts.

And definitely visit islands – Phuket, Ko Chang, or Koh Samui. They offer clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like snorkeling, diving, and kayaking.

Thailand might have the best food in the world, which includes dishes like pad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. The country’s street food scene is particularly famous, with vendors selling everything from grilled meats to fresh fruit.

Safety is also a top priority in Thailand, with a low crime rate and a welcoming culture that makes it easy for solo female travelers to navigate the country. The Thai people are known for their friendliness and hospitality, making it easy for travelers to feel welcome and at home.

New Zealand

New Zealand has become increasingly popular among solo travelers in recent years. With breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, and a reputation for safety, New Zealand is the perfect destination for those looking to explore on their own. From the rugged mountains of the South Island to the pristine beaches of the North Island, there’s no shortage of incredible scenery to explore. Milford Sound, in particular, is a must-visit destination – towering peaks and waterfalls surrounding this stunning fjord is truly a sight to behold.

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If you’re looking for adventure, New Zealand has plenty to offer. Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of the world, offers bungee jumping, jet boating, and skiing, among other exciting activities. The Franz Josef Glacier is another popular destination for adventure-seekers – here, you can take a helicopter tour over the glacier or even go ice climbing.

But if you’re more interested in culture and history, we got you covered too. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands offer an opportunity to learn about Maori culture and history, while the Te Papa Museum in Wellington showcases the country’s rich cultural heritage. You can also visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you can immerse yourself in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Japan

With a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern technology, Japan offers a fascinating and diverse travel experience. Definitely head to Tokyo, the bustling capital famous for its neon-lit streets, towering skyscrapers, and innovative cuisine. Here, you can explore the many temples and shrines that dot the city, sample delicious sushi and ramen, or indulge in some retail therapy at one of the many shopping districts. When it comes to nature, you can hike in the Japanese Alps, visit the iconic Mount Fuji, or soak in a hot spring bath surrounded by stunning scenery. Japan is great for winter sports, with world-class ski resorts like Niseko and Hakuba attracting visitors from around the world.

The Japanese people are known for their hospitality and kindness, and crime rates in Japan are generally very low. With a highly efficient transportation system and a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget, Japan is a great destination for solo travelers.

Embracing the Adventure

As a solo female traveler, it’s important to prioritize your safety and take necessary precautions. However, that doesn’t mean you should shy away from exploring the world on your own. With the right preparation, you can have a life-changing experience in some of the safest countries in the world.

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Remember, traveling solo as a female can be a transformative experience that allows you to connect with yourself, other cultures, and the world around you. So pack your bags, take a deep breath, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Safe travels!

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Guest Author: Aleksandra Staromiejska is a travel, food, and wellness passionate who has visited 50+ countries on four continents. She is a Travel Leader for the adventurous travel company Solisci Adventure Club and the Digital PR Specialist at PhotoAiD. After spending a couple of months in Thailand and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, she is getting ready for another adventure – spending four months in Argentina and Chile.

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