Women who enjoy traveling solo know it is essential to consider their safety when choosing where to travel, especially in the current global climate. One way to make an informed decision is to research the safest countries for women to travel to alone. Unfortunately, knowing where to go can take a lot of research, and an unpleasant experience can have disastrous results.
One woman took to an “Ask Women” forum, wanting to know where it would be safe to travel alone, and women with genuine experiences were quick to give their recommendations.
Scotland was the top-ranked answer, with several people commenting on how safe they felt.
One saying:“Yes! For my first solo travel, I went to Scotland! Very lovely and safe place.” Another confirmed: “I did that too a few years back and can confirm it was really safe! Was sleeping in a van on the side of the road and didn’t even get slightly murdered.”
This traveler had only positive experiences in Denmark: “Lived there for three years in the biggest city and never felt unsafe, even when going alone by bus across the entire city at midnight. A huge contrast to my country where single women get immediately targeted … at any time in the day.” Another added: “I’ve got to recommend Denmark too. Beautiful part of the world and probably the most beautiful people in the world.”
#3 South Korea
There was a lot of love for South Korea in the comments. One commenter said: “Super safe in (South) Korea. I have traveled there extensively alone and never felt threatened, even late at night.” Another enthused: “Come to Korea! Korea is one of the safest countries to travel alone for ladies! Plus, the internet is everywhere, and you could find more English-speaking population than most parts of Asia.”
A local praised Sweden, saying: “I’d recommend Sweden (my home country). I go hiking and running alone any time of the day/night. Walked home alone, from the bars at 3 am hundreds of times with no issues.” This commenter had a more pragmatic view: “No country in this world is completely safe for us, but mostly I feel safe here.”
Australia got multiple shout-outs in the thread as being very safe for women. One fan humorously addressed the definition of ‘safe’: “Isn’t there a decent danger of getting attacked by wildlife in Australia?”
#6 New Zealand
New Zealand was highly recommended right along with Australia. One fan said: “Australia, I’d say, is pretty safe. Same with New Zealand.”
This contributor had a great experience in Ireland: “I traveled to Ireland, and I agree. I was with my partner but still felt like I could’ve been alone. No weird interactions or vibes from anyone. Y’all are nice folks!” A long-time local agreed: “Lived here all my life. As a woman, I find it safe.”
Singapore was suggested several times.
One fan said: “Singapore (in Southeast Asia) is very safe. It’s common to see people jogging at 4 am… while others are coming back home from the club.”
Another added: “I’ve done Singapore … super safe. Everyone is super friendly … One up for S’pore is that everyone speaks English, so if you get lost, you can always find someone to ask…”
Iceland was a surprise contender. One commenter broke it down: “Iceland, as long as you’re comfortable with the driving conditions (lots of wind, snow, and rain). The people are so kind, the crime rate is SO low, and the police don’t carry firearms. I felt incredibly safe there.”
One woman was happy to give Albania credit.
One explained: “I recently traveled to Albania, and it’s one of the safest countries I’ve been to. The people are so friendly, honest, and willing to help!”
Japan was divisive in the comment section, but the majority of women said they felt very safe while traveling there.
A resident stated: “I live in Japan, and I feel completely safe all the time.”
One was surprised by her experience: “It was actually alarming how safe I felt in Japan.” If you are traveling to Japan alone, check out our 10 tips for traveling to Japan alone post.
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