7 Safest Cities to Travel Solo for Women

There was a time when solo travel was a distant dream for women, but those days are long gone. Cities around the world are becoming safer, and many hotels and establishments now offer exclusive facilities for female travelers. So if you’ve been toying with the idea of venturing into the vast unknown, now is the perfect time to do so.

Here are ten of the safest cities for women to travel solo:

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, as per the Global Peace Index 2017. This makes the capital, Reykjavik, the safest city for female explorers. The city is practically crime-free, and there’s a friendly, small-town vibe that you are sure to enjoy. With tourism flourishing in Iceland, most locals speak and understand English, so language won’t be an issue. Women can easily rent cars, sign up for tours or book horseback rides around the city.


“It’s SO important to trust your instincts. If they tell you something is off, it probably is.” Milou, Explorista


 

    1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne has endless entertainment options with its food culture, art galleries, energetic nightlife and shopping malls. Add to that, it is one of the safest cities in the world. The locals are very friendly and welcoming towards travelers. Female tourists can even roam the streets late at night. Language isn’t a barrier either, as virtually everyone speaks English. Women can thus easily navigate and go where they want in Melbourne.


“Group tours are great if you are new to solo travel.” Janice Waugh, The Solo Traveler


 

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  1. Bali, Indonesia

If you love to party hard, Bali is the place to be! Food and accomodations are pretty affordable on the island, so it’s a good option for a budget-friendly trip. The locals are friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. There are many villas where female travelers can stay and enjoy complete privacy. Bali has a thriving backpacking culture, making it very easy to mingle and make friends with other travelers.


“Don’t spend all your time looking through a camera lens. Don’t worry about seeing everything because that will never happen.” Evelyn Hannon


    1. Singapore

Solo travel doesn’t get any better than a trip to Singapore. Not only is it one of the most happening places in the world, it’s also one of the safest. The environment is friendly and relaxed, and you can easily ask for directions or help if needed. The people are courteous and respect personal boundaries, so you needn’t fear any harassment. Crime rates are very low and the streets are safe to walk around alone.


“Scheduled days with nothing on the itinerary are important. Don’t feel guilty about taking a tiny vacation from your travels!” Alexandra Baackes, Alex in Wanderland


 

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in Europe. It is a great destination for female travelers of all ages. Crime is low and the streets are safe for walking and/or biking even at night. The public transportation is excellent and you can reach wherever you want with minimum hassle. There’s no dress code and you can wear whatever you’re comfortable in. If you’re looking for female-only accommodation, Hostelle is a clean and safe option.


“As cliché as it sounds, you’ve gotta hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” Gloria Atanmo, The Blog Abroad


    1. Barcelona, Spain

One of the most welcoming cities in Europe, Barcelona should be on every solo traveler’s bucket list. There’s an excellent Metro system and getting from place to place is no hassle. If you prefer cab rides, an Uber is just a few clicks away. There is very little crime and the city is safe even for night travel. While accommodation can be rather pricey, you can find some budget options that are both comfortable and safe. Most taxi drivers and hotel staff speak English fairly well, so communication is not problematic. Be sure to have confidence and use your intuition. Don’t feel confident? The old adage is right: fake it until you make it.

  1. Hong Kong, China

One of the safest cities in the world, Hong Kong is perfect for solo travel. Crime rates are very low, the infrastructure is well-maintained, and medical and police services are excellent. Women can comfortably roam the city streets day and night. The public transportation system is amazing and you will face no problem getting around. There are many budget-friendly accomodations that welcome solo travelers. Most people speak English and will willingly help you out in an emergency.


“Make sure you have someone who knows where you are all the time.” Nicola Easterby, Polkadot Passport


The above are some of the safest destinations for female travelers. Happy adventuring!

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