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Want to get away but don’t want to wait for someone to travel with? Solo travel is on the rise, and women are the largest group of travelers who prefer to travel alone.
So many women are interested in solo travel, but a new report found that as many as 24% of women considering solo travel are put off by safety concerns.
Factors such as independent city reviews, safety research and insights from local experts contribute to how safe a city is perceived to be.
And these are the 5 safest cities for solo female travelers according to a new study:
5. Madrid, Spain
Madrid is a lively city with a friendly buzz. It is one of the best cities in Spain to get an authentic Spanish experience and is full of culture, architecture and art.
Madrid is considered the city that never sleeps, so a solo trip here is an unforgettable experience.
Highlights of a trip to Madrid include exploring the Royal Palace, relaxing in El Retiro Park or wandering the Gran Via. It is the city’s main tourist and commercial artery, a rich historical site and a great place for people-watching.
Like any big city, pickpocketing is a risk in Madrid, so it’s important to keep your belongings close and safe. The Lavapies neighborhood and Retiro Park should also be avoided at night.
Otherwise, there are minimal safety concerns in Madrid and the city has excellent public transport links that make getting around incredibly easy.
Except it counts as 4th the safest country in the world for solo travelers Singapore is also considered the cleanest city in the world.
The laws are very strict and you can get fined just for throwing gum on the floor. This means crime rates are very low and female solo travelers can feel safe exploring.
Another huge factor that makes Singapore so attractive to solo female travelers is that the country has an easy and efficient transportation network. You can reach all the main tourist attractions of the city with ease.
In this Asian metropolis you will find temples, skyscrapers and even an artificial beach. Head to Raffles Hotel for one of their famous Singapore Slings or do some shopping. The city is known for high-end shopping.
3. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a great destination for solo female travelers. World-class attractions, lively nightlife, wine tastings and excellent tours for solo female travelers make this city incredibly attractive.
If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful stay, Buda is the place to be. If vibrant nightlife, action and fun are on your checklist, cross the river and stay in Pest instead.
Budapest boasts many rich historical sites and is a world-class city in terms of the cultural attractions it offers. Highlights include Buda Castle, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the breathtaking Hungarian Parliament Building.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you are new to solo travel, then San Juan, Puerto Rico is a great place to visit. US travelers don’t need a passport to explore the island, so it’s a great choice if you intend to dip your toes into the waters of solo travel.
San Juan counts as 2n.d the safest destination for solo female travelers. It is a popular destination thanks to its beautiful scenery, rainforests and wonderful mix of Caribbean, American and Spanish heritage.
Travelers head to San Juan to indulge in a few days of sun, relax on the beach and soak up the Caribbean culture.
The Caribbean isn’t an obvious hot spot for solo female travel, but San Juan is an exception to that rule. People are friendly and hospitable. There are many tours specifically aimed at solo female travelers. And Old San Juan is an easy destination to explore on foot and on your own.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
The city officially considered the safest in the world for solo female travelers is Reykjavík. Iceland’s capital is such an easy place to visit as a solo female.
The combination of low crime statistics and high respect for gender equality makes Iceland in general and Reykjavik in particular an ideal destination for solo female travelers who have safety concerns.
The travel infrastructure is spectacular; there is minimal language barrier as most people in the country speak excellent English.
Highlights of a trip to Reykjavik include the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the many fascinating volcanoes that surround the city.
Taking your first solo trip to an easier country like Iceland will give you the confidence to take on more challenging destinations in the future.
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