Solo travel can be an incredibly fulfilling, liberating and life-changing experience, giving you a sense of absolute freedom and autonomy. While solo travel is usually a rewarding and safe experience for both genders, women, in particular, are more aware of the safety implications and risks involved and may feel discouraged by well-meaning friends and family or by common misconceptions about particular countries. However, travelling solo to another country as a woman is actually not as precarious as it may seem.
Unfortunately, unstable political landscapes and terrorism across the world add to our concern, making it harder to judge where exactly is safe to travel to. It is, therefore, no surprise to know safety is often the top priority for the solo female traveller, no matter how experienced or mature she is. While the safety rating of a country isn’t a fool-proof measure by any means (crime can happen anywhere, at any time after all), it can be reassuring for the first time solo traveller and for putting loved ones’ minds at rest, to visit a country which is deemed a low-level threat.
There are a number of global surveys that measure how safe a country is. One such is the Global Peace Index which provides a comprehensive analysis of the state of peace in 162 countries and compares them for the risk of personal violence. According to the Global Peace Index 2017, the most peaceful countries in the world in numerical order are: