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Safest places to solo travel
You’re ready for the trip of a lifetime, but the thought of traveling solo does make you worry a little bit. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out for you and highlighted some of the safest places for you to travel to, all by yourself.
15 Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is a pretty big deal right now on the tourist scene, if not for its completely Photoshopped looking attractions, like the Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights, it is also the epicentre of Icelandic culture and life. It is an eclectic city, full of beauty and teaming with well-run tourism daytrips to all the main Icelandic sites.
The added bonus is that Iceland ranks number one on the Global Peace Index. This is a report by the institute for Economics and Peace that rates the world’s regions in order of peacefulness. This doesn’t just mean you won’t get caught up in a national or international spat, but it is one of the safest places in the world to solo travel for any gender.
14 – Portugal
Portugal has been having its time in the sun as a tourist destination. The country has been hashtagged over 23 million times and steadily rising. The colourful tiles, the white sandy beaches, turquoise water and amazing food all make it top of the To Do list for globetrotters.
But its appeal doesn’t only lie in its history, culture and beautiful landscapes, Portugal is also one of the safest places for solo travel. The country has a long track record with forward thinking in terms of women’s rights and women’s culture.
It is a country grown up to respect women, making it a safe option for the trip of a lifetime.
13 – Finland
Whether you’re chasing the Northern Lights in Lemmenjoki National Park during the eternal days of winter or dipping into the vast number of lakes throughout the endless days of summer, you’re safe in Finland.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitive Report Finland is ranked number one in terms of safety. In Europe, it is the safest country to travel alone, and one of the safest countries worldwide for women to travel alone.
12 – Kyoto
Japan is geared up to get tourists around safely. And not only safely, but also affordably, even the national rail service offers tourists a special rail pass called the Japan Rail Pass.
This is a discounted ticket that gives tourists the freedom to get around safely and cheaply. There’s added comfort for women, as all trains and subways have female-only cars available.
Kyoto is one of Japans safest cities, attracting a vast number of tourists at any given time. Locals are so used to the influx of foreigners they are attuned to their guests. If you seem lost it won’t be long before a local will approach you and offer to help. The Japanese are keen to speak with foreign travellers and will gladly assist you in finding your feet.
With such friendly and accepting natures, it is no wonder then that Japan is one of the safest countries for tourists in the world.
11 – Montreal, Canada
If you’re looking for all the old-world charm of Europe without the jetlag, head North to Montreal in Canada. This modern city has a rich culture and heritage evident in the 17th century buildings and cobblestone streets There’s a scenic riverfront Old Port and plenty of French dining. Add this to the already friendly Canadian culture and you’ve got one of the safest and most delightful cities to enjoy on your own.
You won’t be short of conversation, as the chatty Canadian’s will engage with you in interest everywhere from the famous Montreal Botanical Gardens to the bustling bars and nightclubs.
10 – Botswana
Botswana has never experienced a civil war and has won many accolades as one of the most peaceful nations in Africa. The Positive Peace Index has listed Botswana as the best-governed country in Africa making it the perfect destination for solo travel if you are looking for a soft landing on the African continent.
Apart from peace, the country has a lot going for it. Botswana became independently wealthy after diamonds were discovered at the end of colonial rule, leaving Botswana to reap the benefits of her precious resources. Another asset is the protection of 30 percent of the countries land for the purpose of national parks. This has left Botswana with a unique and unrivalled tourism angle as safety partnered with safari has a massive international appeal, leaving Botswana with the lion’s share of the tourism market.