Traveling alone can be a rewarding and educational experience, forcing you out of your comfort zone and allowing you to meet new people from all walks of life. However, visiting unfamiliar places on your own can come with increased risks, which is why opting for somewhere that is known for being safe is advised.
By choosing a safe destination, you can travel and explore freely without worrying as much, enhancing your overall experience. In this guide, we take a look at some of the safest countries in the world that are ideal for solo travelers.
Considered one of the safest countries in the world, Iceland is a beautiful destination filled with adventure, nature, and highly friendly locals. The island is perfect for budding explorers seeking stunning landscapes such as waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers.
There are guided tours throughout the country for those who want to traverse Iceland with an expert guide and other like-minded individuals. If you do decide to go it alone, the locals are always happy to help and speak very good English.
With a very low crime rate and stellar gender equality, it’s also a great place for women to travel alone. The country has a great support network of women, meaning visitors needn’t hesitate to ask for help should they feel uncomfortable.
Canada’s reputation for safety, friendly residents, and natural beauty, make it an excellent choice for solo travelers. In fact, it is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world, thanks to low crime rates, reliable transportation, and a low risk of natural disasters.
As a solo traveler in Canada, you’ll never find yourself lacking in things to do. As the second-largest country in the world in size, there’s so much to discover that it’s impossible to fit everything in your itinerary over the space of one trip. With tremendous ski slopes, rugged coastlines, and a multitude of museums, parks, and galleries, you’re sure to live your best life.
While a flight to Canada is longer than the other countries on this list, you can still choose from a range of direct flights from airports like Glasgow International, London Gatwick, and Manchester. There are various public transport options to reach these airports but if you’d rather drive, you’ll find Manchester Airport parking directly outside each terminal, as well as parking at Gatwick North and South Terminal, and parking at Glasgow.
With social safety nets, quality healthcare, a strong sense of equality, and effective policing, the Netherlands is a highly safe location and one that is amazing to explore. The country is renowned for its canals and windmills, cycling culture, and unique cuisine, making it a must-see destination for millions every year.
The warm hospitality and English fluency of the locals means that women should also feel safe even at night, given the bars are always flowing and the streets are well-lit. However, as with any location, keep your wits about you and don’t be distracted. Where possible, avoid tourist hotspots as this is where pickpockets tend to operate.
Not only is the Netherlands safe but it’s also a very walkable country, especially the capital Amsterdam. This is perfect for those who want to see more of the city without spending on public transport or taxis.
It’s recommended that you stay within the city limits as there is CCTV in almost all areas and a high police presence, meaning a lower crime rate. The only real crime is bike theft, so as long as you use common sense and don’t flash valuables you should be fine.