I get asked all the time if I feel safe traveling by myself… the answer is YES. Of course there are some instances where I get a little scared if I get lost or if something doesn’t go right but for the most part, I do feel safe. A lot of that has to do with choosing the right destination. Not all countries are safe for females traveling alone. Do your RESEARCH! Here, I have come up with a list of countries that I have been to that I think are very safe for solo female travelers.
Don’t be scared and spread your wings! There’s so much to see and do out there… don’t let anyone hold you back! I hope this list helps motivate you to start planning your first solo trip!
10. Costa Rica – With all of the beautiful jungles, waterfalls, and animals… there is so much to see and do here! The people are all very friendly and nice! I traveled around Costa Rica for about a week and a half. Definitely check out Manuel Antonio for the beach and La Fortuna for the amazing volcano! I recommend white water rafting and zip lining! Imagine zip lining right above a waterfall! It was one of the most memorable things I have ever done and the pictures are definitely Instagram worthy!
9. South Korea – Though, everyone knows that Japan is probably the most safest country in Asia… I can’t say from first hand experience because I haven’t been there yet. I would say that South Korea comes in a close second. South Korea has one of the best street food scenes in the world! The shopping here is also AMAZING. Take a stroll down the famous Myeong Dong area, one of the busiest streets in Seoul. Here, you’ll find miles and miles of shops, bars and restaurants!
8. Scotland – Unfortunately, I was only in Scotland for a day. I had one day in Edinburgh, but I definitely made the most of it. I walked around the city and hopped on and hopped off some buses. I never felt unsafe here… even at night. Travel tip: if you only have a day or two in a city… do the hop on hop off bus tours! They’re a great way to see a city on a short amount of time and on a budget.
7. Finland – Scandinavia (Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland) is known to be one of the safest areas in the world. Last year, I made my way around all of Scandinavia. That was one of the best trips of my life! Scandinavia is known for having incredibly low crime rates. I stayed in Helsinki for about 3 days by myself. I explored the city mostly by foot. Definitely take the ferry to the island of Suomenlinna. You can easily spend an entire day on the island.
6. Denmark – This country is known for having more bicycles than cars! It was crazy to see so many bicycles on the roads. I really wanted to try and ride one around the city but it looked a little intimidating. Next time I go to Denmark, I will try it for sure! Denmark is another very walkable city. I took the train from the airport and was right in the heart of the city. It was about a 10 minute walk from the train station to my hotel. You must go to Nyhavn where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee right on the canal. The colorful buildings are great for taking some photographs!
5. Sweden – Quite possibly, some of the nicest people I have ever met. Everyone was so helpful in giving me directions when I found myself lost. Such a beautiful country with some of the most beautiful architecture. Make sure you make your way to Gamla Stan, Sweden’s old town. Grab yourself some lunch at a cute, outdoor cafe and watch the street performers sing some beautiful tunes!
4. Norway – Known to be one of the most sustainable countries in the world… Norway is definitely well on it’s way to being one of the greenest countries! Beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, amazing mountain scapes, and glaciers… there’s no way you can’t appreciate the outdoors in this country.
3. Canada – Oh, Canada. You’ve heard of all those people recently saying they want to move to Canada. There’s a reason why. Canada has one of the lowest crime rates. These factors include, low homicide rates, low level of violent crimes and the impact of terrorism deaths from internal conflicts. I traveled solo to Vancouver a few months ago. Although, my trip was short, I quickly fell in love with the city. One of the cleanest, safest, friendliest cities I have ever been to. I’d love to live here but the price tag to call this place home is pretty hefty!
2. Ireland – My first ever solo trip was to Ireland. I immediately fell in love with this country. I am obsessed with castles and there are so many here… I didn’t have enough time to see them all on one trip! The Irish are known to be quite friendly… make your way down to the Temple bar area and grab yourself a Guinness and chat one up with the locals.
And the number one safest destination for female solo travelers is……….
Iceland! If you’ve read anything about traveling these days or follow any travel blogs… this comes as no surprise. Iceland has been ranked the number one safest country in the world for an astonishing 6th time in a row! From the moment I stepped off my plane and made my way into the city of Reykjavik, I felt completely safe and at ease. When I travel alone, I usually try not to go out into the city late at night. Here, in Iceland, I felt completely safe walking around all alone at all times of the day.
Have you been to any of these countries solo? I’d love to hear your travel stories! Or if you have any other countries to add, let me know in the comments below!