Traveling solo as a woman can be a rather scary prospect. Safety is clearly your utmost concern, who can enjoy taking in a new cultural experience with imminent fear looming? To be fair, safety is subjective. One woman may be immune to catcalling while another may feel angry or still another might be downright scared by a group of gawking men. However, with a bit of advanced preparation and practical precautions, there’s no limit to where you can go! Safety is a judgment call only you can make for yourself. Although this list won’t guarantee your safety, it can point you toward places many women travelers consider as safe as possible. I can personally vouch for almost this entire list.
Greek men have a marked reputation for being macho but that is probably the most worry you’ll ever have. Greek isles like Mykonos and Santorini are heavenly retreats, enjoy their beautiful beaches and meandering pebble-stone laid streets riddled with quaint shops and restaurants.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
A beautiful and vibrant city known for its liberal lifestyle and chill vibe, Amsterdam will not disappoint with remarkable canal scenery and cultural resources. Enjoy its many museums, including the renowned Anne Frank and Van Gogh options, and discover the destination’s unique culture and nightlife. Rent a bike or chat it up with some friendly and laid back Dutch locals at one of the famous cafes.
3. Costa Rica
La pura vida awaits you in this tropical retreat. As a country with no standing army, Costa Rica is muy friendly with lots of opportunity for outdoor adventure. Zip line through forest canopies, hike a volcano or enjoy a surf safari, Costa Rica has it all. Concerned that you don’t know Spanish? No need to worry, the locals are warm and welcoming and will help you find your way around if your Spanish isn’t the best.
4. Scandanavia: Sweden, Norway, Finland
Northern Europe is easily the safest region on the globe. Enjoy the amazing art and architecture with numerous Art Nouveau style buildings, stunning landscape (especially the Norweigan fjords) and eco-friendly shopping choices with environmentally friendly clothing and restaurant choices. Beautiful, clean and modern, Scandinavians generally enjoy a comfortable life and are kind and helpful to tourists.
China is massive and absolutely beautiful. The country offers a plethora of travel experiences from big cities to beaches and relaxing small towns. The cities of Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Hong Kong all offer unforgettable adventure. In Beijing, visit the Great Wall, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. The renowned Terracotta Warriors are in Xian and the incredible Panda Sanctuary is located in Chengdu. What to do in Hong Kong? Ride the trolley to the top of Victoria Peak, take a ferry around the bay and shop at the city’s multiple markets. Oh and the food is amazing, eat everything.
6. Ho Chi Min, Vietnam
Speaking of food, travel to Vietnam just for the grub and you’ll be completely fulfilled. Bonus: the Southeast Asian nation is home to cheerful locals who will be glad to point you in the right direction or recommend their favorite dish. Like its neighbor Thailand (and ignoring its pricey visa) Vietnam is a quite inexpensive place to visit. Make sure to grab a popular Vespa tour around the city and don’t forget to visit to the War Remnants Museum, it’s a must.
Thailand remains a universal destination for tourists across the globe for obvious reasons. It’s a Buddhist country with thousands of visually stunning temples scattered throughout the mainland and neighboring islands and lush greenery that nestles among unique animal reserves like the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai and Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi. There are also many opportunities to explore its beautiful beaches and enjoy delicious street food like Thai banana pancakes. Whether your a baller or on a budget, Thailand is the perfect destination.
Check out the rest of Ky’s travel suggestions over at Geek Treks.