The Safest (and Coolest) Cities for Women to Travel Alone

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There are many places in the world where it may be unsafe for a woman to travel alone. Consider all the aspects of the trip – will you be walking alone at night? Will you have a tour guide or be exploring the city on your own? Do you have friends or family there that can provide safety when you need it? These are all important questions to ask yourself before heading to your destination.

Some would argue that solo traveling is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. While it may put you out of your comfort zone you may be surprised by how much you like it. After all, without having to accommodate the ideas and opinions of another person, you’ll have the freedom to create your own schedule. While some places are known to be very unsafe, today we’re focusing on the cities that are safe for female solo travelers. To create this list, we looked at the rights and wages of women in particular countries as well as where each country ranked according to the Global Peace Index. Enjoy and savor every moment of your trip but more importantly, be safe.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and it is the largest city with almost two million people in its metropolitan area. This busy city sports beautiful architecture and renowned shopping.

Consider checking out the goddess Gefjun fountain, which tells the mythological story of how Denmark was created. Stop by at night, where the fountain lights up with a blue glow, alluding to the magic in the Norse religious history.

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2. Rome, Italy

The city of romance is calling your name. Rome, Italy’s capital, is teeming with famous artwork, stunning architecture, fashion, and delicious food. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city and what better way to take it all in than to explore it on your own.

Traveling to Rome solo means you’ll have the freedom to make your own schedule. Keep in mind, you’re going to want to explore a lot of Rome on foot, so be sure to pack a pair of comfortable shoes – your feet will thank you!

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3. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, sporting 1,400,000 residents. It is known as the “City of Sails” because of the high amount of yachts in its harbor.

Be sure to check out the beautiful beaches and see the ships sailing. Enjoy 3 kilometers of pristine white beaches in the township of Orewa. After a sunny day, relax in the natural thermal springs at the Waiwera Thermal Resort.

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4. Melbourne, Australia

More people are traveling to Australia than ever but there is no question as to why. Australia is admired for its stunning beaches, natural wonders, culture and so much more.

As a solo female traveler be sure to add Melbourne, Australia to your bucket list. Melbourne has a lot to offer between the culture, live entertainment, and topnotch food. Soak up the sun while you explore museums, parks, and while you take in the Victorian-era architecture.

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5. Hilo, Hawaii

There are many safe cities for women in the United States, but for a vacation, you can’t beat Hawaii. Hilo is on the island of Hawaii, also known as the “Big Island” to avoid any confusion over the name. Hilo is the largest settlement on the island, with over 40,000 people.

Be sure to check out the natural scenery with a trip to the Akaka Falls State Park, where a beautiful 400-foot high waterfall will amaze you. Hilo is also home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, so snack on delicious chocolate-covered macadamia nuts as a treat.

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6. New York City, United States

Exploring New York City, as a solo female traveler is not only safe but easy to do so too. When you plan your stay be sure to stay somewhere that is close to subway access. The subway will help you get across the entire city on a budget! However, if you don’t feel comfortable traveling alone on the subway there other great options such as taking an Uber.

Further, New York has plenty of activities for solo travelers. Consider taking a walk through Central Park, visit a museum, or see a show by yourself. Be sure to grab a slice of New York-style pizza and don’t worry, it’s totally normal to eat alone in the city.

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7. Oslo, Norway

Every year, Scandinavian countries show up in the top 10 lists for equal treatment of women. Norway is a beautiful country to visit, with Oslo being the capital and largest city. Take in the amazing art with a trip to Vigeland Sculpture Park.

This beautiful and thought-provoking art park attracts over 1,000,000 visitors per year. The sculpture park was created by Gustav Vigeland and has over 200 pieces of iron, granite, and bronze art. After a day appreciating the culture, finish the trip with a visit to some of the busiest nightclubs in the country.

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8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam received the nickname “Venice of the North” because it has many beautiful canals. This charming city has something for every type of female traveler. Whether you enjoy history, are a party animal, or prefer to simply take in the scenic view, Amsterdam has it all.

According to the Global Peace Index, the Netherlands ranks in the top 20 in the world.  There is plenty to do in Amsterdam as a female solo traveler and you will most likely run into other solo travelers too.

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9. Malmö, Sweden

Sweden is known around the world for its beautiful culture and people. Malmö is the third-largest city in Sweden and is located at the southern tip of the country. Malmö is a great location for an active holiday. Enjoy viewing the natural landscape by hiking or by boat.

The city also sports amazing golf courses. If you want to stay in the city, enjoy the superb shopping that Sweden has to offer. Malmö has an abundance of eco-friendly shopping choices, with environmentally friendly clothing and restaurant choices.

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10. Vancouver, Canada

Canada is ranked in the top 10 of the safest countries in the world. Further, Vancouver is one of the safest cities to travel in Canada and not to mention has a plethora of fun things to see and do.

Consider exploring the Capilano Suspension Bridge, visit the Vancouver Aquarium, or go for a hike on Grouse Mountain. As always, be sure to inform someone of your itinery especially if you plan on engaging in isolating activities such as hiking.

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11. Marseille, France

While anywhere in France would make for an amazing vacation, check out the opulent Marseille for a unique trip. This historic city is filled with culture and heritage. It is the second-largest city in France with a population of almost 3,000,000 people in its metropolitan area.

The city lays on the Mediterranean coast, giving it prime beaches and delicious seafood meals. Take a bus or taxi to visit the beaches, as they can be so popular that parking is almost non-existent. Enjoy boat rides to nearby islands and watch out for the underwater remains of the téléscaphe – underwater cars that transported tourists through the beautiful water in the 1960s.

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12. Montreal, Canada

Get a small taste of Europe without having to pay a fortune and explore the city of Montreal, Canada. First of all, generally speaking, Canadians are very friendly and Canada is a well-known safe country. That said, as a solo female traveler, you’ll feel safe while you explore this stunning city.

Between the rich culture, quaint cobblestone streets and French restaurants, Montreal has a lot to offer. Enjoy a Canadian specialty such as poutine (fries with gravy and cheese), and be sure to take a stroll down Saint-Paul Street to take in the famous European atmosphere.

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13. Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland, with over 1,300,000 people in its metropolitan area. Enjoy the amazing architecture in Helsinki, with numerous Art Nouveau style buildings. The city was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

A walking tour to view the architecture and art galleries would give you a full view of why this vibrant city is the design capital. After a day exploring the city, enjoy the fantastic Nordic style clothing, which makes for fantastic shopping opportunities.

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14. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its iconic scenic views such as forested volcanic mountains, beaches, rice paddies, and more! This may or may not come to your surprise but Bali has a great backpacking culture especially for solo travelers.

Further, Bali also has many inexpensive places to stay as well as delicious yet inexpensive food. Soak in all the culture that Bali has to offer. You’re bound to run into another solo traveler here.

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15. Perth, Australia

The beaches in Australia rival any from around the world. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and sports a population of over 1,800,000 people. Be sure to check out Kings Park, which is the largest inner-city park in the world. Over 6,000,000 people visit the park every year.

We can’t forget about rest and relaxation in Perth, as the beaches are sublime. Suntan at Cottesloe Beach, or go surfing at Scarborough Beach.

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16. Dublin, Ireland

According to the Global Peace Index, Ireland ranks number 12 in the world so be sure to add Ireland to your destination wish list. Ireland is full of scenic views, historic sites, and plenty of charm.

There is plenty to see and do in Dublin, Ireland. Consider touring one of the stunning Cathedrals that Dublin has to offer. You could even take a tour around Dublin Castle or visit a pub and get to know the locals or other solo travelers.

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17. Setubal, Portugal

Warm Portugal is a beautiful vacation destination. If you want a private and relaxing vacation, take a trip to Setubal. This smaller city has a population of just under 800,000 people.

Explore the city and enjoy fresh-caught seafood and delicious wines. If you want to get away from it all, take a trip to Serra da Arrabida National Park where the forest meets the sea. The most beautiful beach here is Portinho da Arrabida, as the water is almost perfectly still with no waves.

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18. Tokyo, Japan

There is plenty to see and do in Tokyo, Japan and as a solo female traveler, you can feel safe to do so. Japan ranks within the top ten of the safest countries in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. Consider checking out Tokyo Skytree where you take in the city view from the observation deck or take a trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

Japan offers several amazing accommodations for solo female travelers too. For starters, there are women-only train cars on commuter trains. Further, some hotels even offer women-only floors. And finally, eating alone is considered the norm so you’ll never feel out of place.

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19. Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, located in Ontario but bordering Quebec. When traveling through this multicultural city you will hear both French and English spoken interchangeably.

Be sure to check out the ByWard Market. This market is one of the oldest in Canada and sees over 50,000 visitors every weekend. Shop for local produce and artisan bread and cheeses, along with handmade clothing and jewelry. Be sure to stop by one of the famous restaurants to complete this shopping adventure.

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20. Reykjavik Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland is a very safe place to travel alone. In fact, according to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is ranked number 1. Further, Iceland tourism has really taken off and you’ll find that many Icelanders speak excellent English which will make your travel experience much easier.

There are many marvelous attractions you’ll want to experience. Some of these are the Blue Lagoon, the Ring Road, and the Golden Circle.

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