Women walking home alone can be scary enough as it is but what if you’re thinking of travelling the world as a woman solo traveller? Unfortunately, when planning to travel anywhere as a woman, safety is a factor that we have no choice but to think about. Specialist Sports Insurance provider SportsCover Direct has uncovered the safest countries for solo female travellers and the best countries for women travelling alone based on women’s safety scores, tours and activities, as well as the number of five-star hotels.
Although numerous laws for women’s rights have been introduced worldwide, women are still unsafe in many countries worldwide. Of course, there is no such thing as the safest country for women in the world, but some countries for female solo travellers can obviously be safer than others.
Google searches for solo travel locations have seen a rise of 160% in the past year and a recent study found that 58% of millennials travel alone. But according to Tourlane’s women solo travel survey, nearly 50% of women said concerns around safety were the biggest blocker when travelling alone and 31% had anxiety about it. So what are the safest countries for female solo travellers?
Safest Countries for Women Travelling Alone
According to the research by SportsCover Direct, the safest country for female solo travellers at the moment is Spain, which has an overall ‘safety’ score of 47.4/50. The country is the safest for women and also has a high number of solo tours, including a nine-day trip which starts in Madrid and ends in Barcelona.
Speaking about female solo travel, SportsCover Direct’s Digital Marketing Executive, Elina Illieva said: “Travelling alone can be intimidating as for many it’s a new experience, you’re on unfamiliar ground and adjusting to different cultures. But, bad things can happen anywhere and this shouldn’t hold people back from enjoying a rewarding experience. Here’s how you can enjoy travelling by yourself without fear and with the confidence to go on an adventure alone.”
Solo Travel Tips
- Do your research. Whether it’s researching the neighbourhood you are staying, the accommodation and activities, if you have all the information you need you’ll be prepared for anything!
- Make sure you’re covered. When travelling it’s always important to have the correct insurance for the activities you may want to explore. From kayaking to hiking, there are many sports activities that won’t be covered by your travel cover policies – make sure you’re covered in case an accident happens while you’re away.
- Find people with similar interests. Solo tours that tie in with your interests are a great way to find connections with similar interests when travelling – solo travel doesn’t necessarily mean travelling alone.
- Stay Somewhere With Multiple Positive Ratings. When travelling alone, you can feel more vulnerable when in an unfamiliar place. Before booking your accommodation, only stay in a place which has multiple positive reviews. The reviews typically give you an idea of the host, neighbourhood and the standard of your accommodation.”