For quite some time, I have been a devoted solo traveller. I’ve travelled to 30 countries so far, some of which I visited entirely on my own. I am more than delighted to provide my female readers the names of a few nations where going solo for them is considerably safer.
The “safest” countries for a solo woman vacationer are challenging to categorise, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer because safety differs significantly from country to country and is dependent on a variety of factors, which include local laws, cultural norms, location, time of day, personal circumstances, current affairs, and crime statistics. However, some countries that are typically regarded as safer for female travellers travelling independently include the following. Let us check then!!
- Switzerland: One of my most favourite destinations, Switzerland is a must do with its low crime rates, high living standards, and first-rate infrastructure. Switzerland is a safe nation. Due to its welcoming residents and breathtaking natural landscape, it is also a fantastic choice for female travellers travelling alone.
- Iceland: Iceland is recognized for its peaceful communities, magnificent landscapes, and welcoming citizens. Furthermore, it ranks among the nations with the highest gender equality rates.
- Finland is regarded as one of the safest places in the world for female travellers travelling solo due to its low crime rate and commitment to gender equality. I haven’t yet gotten over the sweet memories of being there years ago.
- Sweden: Sweden is a similar nation to the others in that it has a low crime rate, good infrastructure, and amiable citizens. It is also renowned for its progressive views on women and dedication to gender equality. I personally feel it is more contemporary than old, but why don’t you find for yourself what your view is.
- Denmark: With minimal crime rates and a good standard of living, it is acknowledged as one of the safest nations in Europe. I still fondly remember exploring the outer sides of Copenhagen and remaining in silent awe for hours together. Also wandering on the cobblestreet pavements under the starry sky past midnight until early hours satiating my soul to its full appeasement.
- Germany: Travelling alone as a female is safe in Germany. You should feel comfortable strolling around, especially outside of metropolitan areas, because there is a low crime rate. It is a fantastic location for a single female to explore and experience touring in a different way. It’s the ideal place to speak, share travel advice, and make friends to tour Germany with because there are fantastic hostels, tons of exciting things to do, and a ton of other female travellers doing what you’re doing. I fell in love with the arts and local culture the most during my visit there.
- Canada: Canada is renowned for its strong legal system, welcoming citizens, and first-rate infrastructure. Because of its unique culture, breathtaking natural settings, and exciting cities, it is also a fantastic place for female travellers travelling alone. A must on every woman’s list should be this country with its never ending exploration sites and spots ranging from genuine natural habitats, picturesque to some amazing fun activities to do.
- Australia: Due to its low crime rate and welcoming, laid-back culture, Australia is a favourite destination for solitary female travellers. Again, I won’t say it is going to offer you expansive natural sightings like Canada, however this country too doesn’t fall short to amaze the traveller with its most comfortable tourist experiences.
- New Zealand: New Zealand is a well-liked location for women travelling alone due to its natural beauty, outdoor experiences, and strong emphasis on safety and security. It is one country that one would want to visit over and over again thanks to its magical charm that magnetises and enslaves the explorer’s mind.
- Singapore: Singapore is one of the safest places for women to travel by themselves. The “Gateway to Asia” is frequently referred to as Singapore. It is one of Asia’s most developed city-states, one of the safest places for women to travel, and heavily diversified. One can feel at ease enough while strolling around numerous neighbourhoods with a backpack and a wild spirit to engage in normal tourist behaviours like gawking, taking pictures, and pausing in the middle of the sidewalk to check the map or merely to catch one’s breath. It is completely safe to roam the streets alone, even if you have the inclination to venture outside of the typical tourist hotspots. The city is well-organised, there is little crime, and getting around is as simple as it would be in one’s own hometown. I visited Singapore for the third time last week and believe me I still could not have enough of it and I may travel there again soon.
- Japan: One of the safest places in the world, even for female travellers travelling alone, is Japan. It is an incredibly comforting place to visit. The majority of tourists who keep an eye on their belongings and practice caution experience no safety concerns in Japan. Intriguing, hospitable, and remarkable experiences can be had while travelling alone in Japan. Japan is a clean country with numerous temples filled to the brim with lanterns. On a chilly night, Japan is boiling bowls of ramen. Japanese culture includes platform sandal-clad, hurried geishas, bullet trains that rip through the countryside, and bubbling hot springs that are tucked away in the mountains. And a whole lot more to offer if one has the appetite to take them.
- Russia: Last but not the least. A country that tops my list of favourites is this. A woman can never feel unsafe here no matter what time of the day or night she chooses to simply step out and indulge in the never ending Russian beauty. Nature, food, culture, architecture, arts, fashion, party places, music shows, parks, embankments etc., one can only think of more and find it there for the appeasement of a traveller’s inquisitive soul. From Moscow to St. Petersburg, from Kazan to Baikal, the length and breadth of Russia is inclusive of everything that a true wanderer may be seeking for. Go there and see for yourself to join me in vouching the same.
Most of these places, which I have personally visited, have my unwavering endorsement. In spite of this, it is crucial for female travellers travelling alone to use caution and pay attention to their environment. To ensure a safe and happy trip, please keep in mind that safety can also depend on individual circumstances and personal safety standards. As such, it is always essential to take the required safety precautions when commuting, research the specific area you plan to visit before travelling, and stay up to date on local news and current events.
Happy Travels My Fellow Female Solo Travellers!!
Dr Mita Sharma