Travelling solo can be very rewarding, but it can also be very risky, unfortunately even moreso if you are a woman travelling alone. But no fear, here are 10 postcard-crushing destinations with safety at the core. Enjoy your solitude with peace of mind that you'll be taken care of.
1. Reyjakvik, Iceland
is one of the safest cities to travel alone
in the world for women. It sits at number one on the Global Peace Index: a report released by the Institute of Economics and Peace regarding the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world. Reyjavik
is the cultural hub of Iceland and a great place to visit to see many of Iceland's gorgeous attractions, like the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is widely revered as one of the best places to travel alone
in Europe, and you will not be short of things to do whilst there. Walk along the gorgeous canals, explore the museums, dazzle at the magnificent architecture and party the night away in one of the city's many clubs, there is something for everyone in Amsterdam!
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is known for having very low crime rates,
and is a very compact and easy to navigate city
, making it perfect for solo female travellers
. The locals are also known for being very hospitable, and great guides for a city full of culture, beautiful architecture and vibrant nightlife. You may need to save your pennies for this one though, as Copenhagen is known for being a bit on the pricey side.
4. Montreal, Canada
The Canadians are famously known for being incredibly friendly, with violent crime pretty much non-existent in tourist hotspots. Known as Canada's cultural capital, Montreal boasts beautiful architecture, art and music in nooks and crannies you won't feel unsafe wandering through alone. You can even bust out your rusty A-level French!
Singapore is one of the safest cities to visit
in the entire world, so is perfect for women travelling
alone. It is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, amazing food, bustling nightlife and beautiful sights, so well worth a stop on your solo round-the-world adventures.
6. Tokyo, Japan
It's not uncommon to find women travelling
alone in Tokyo. With female-only accommodation options and safe streets, it's an attractive choice for the solo adventurer. If you're a foodie, then Japan is the perfect destination for you as it is known for having an incredible culinary scene - from Hello Kitty-shaped buns to tantalisingly
good noodles. A stop in Tokyo also offers great shopping, fun nightlife and an interesting and vibrant culture to explore.
7. Melbourne, Australia
Female solo travel is quite common in Melbourne, so chances are, you won't be the only person there alone. The locals are known for being incredibly friendly and helpful, offering their expertise on some of the best things to do and sights to see. Ask nicely and they might even point you in the direction of their favourite
coffee joint. In previous years, Melbourne has been voted the world's most liveable city, which is a big pick on the travel safety checklist!
8. Bali, Indonesia
If you want to get away somewhere quiet and peaceful, then Bali is a perfect choice. A very safe option for travelling alone
, Bali has beautiful beaches, inexpensive accommodation and a backpacker culture to boot. You can relax with a meditation retreat, explore the ancient temples, chill out in the hot springs and get active with watersports and hiking.
9. New Zealand
New Zealand appears often on lists of safe places to visit as a solo female traveller
. The locals are friendly, and solo backpacking has a big culture, much like in neighbouring
Australia. There is beautiful scenery, lots of outdoor activities, both the more high octane for adrenaline junkies and the more relaxing, a plethora of sea life for the nature lovers and plenty of bars in Wellington for those who love operate better after dark.
10. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a peaceful haven. With great budget travelling
options and safety-conscious hostels and hotels, it's a top destination for lone female travellers
. It's catnip for nature lovers, with tons of wildlife to be seen, volcanos and hot springs, beautiful rainforests and plenty of outdoor activities. There is also plenty of nightlife in the Jaco area for those who like a dance!