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10 Safest Countries for Solo Female Travelers

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Planning a solo adventure? Your safety is paramount. This guide reveals the best havens and the no-go zones for solo female travelers, giving you the knowledge you need to explore the world confidently.

1. Croatia, Europe

Vrsar, Istria, Croatia
Vrsar, Istria, Croatia

The coastal country of Croatia is the top destination for solo female travelers, according to our study. The country brims with historic cities and natural beauty making it a lovely spot for the more adventurous. With a high number of activities per 100,000 people and lots of hostels to choose from (3.28 per 100,000 people), any female traveler will feel at home. The country also enjoys low crime rates making it an incredibly safe place to be.

2. New Zealand, Oceania

aerial view of Hahei Beach New Zealand
aerial view of Hahei Beach New Zealand

A little further afield is New Zealand, the second best country to visit as a woman traveling alone. The country is known for its adrenaline-packed activities and friendly locals, but our study also reveals that it has the lowest Gender Equality Index rating than any of the other locations on our list making it a great place for women to visit.

3. Portugal, Europe

Woman traveling on the rocky coastline in Lagos, Portugal
Woman traveling on the rocky coastline in Lagos, Portugal

With sun, sea and surf, Portugal attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, but did you know it’s particularly good for solo female travelers? Whether you’re looking to visit historic Lisbon or chill by the beach, there’s lots to do with 177 activities and tours per 100,000 people and a low crime index of 30.7.

4. Sweden, Europe

Uppsala Cathedral in the evening, Sweden
Uppsala Cathedral in the evening, Sweden

It’s no surprise that most of the Nordic countries feature on our top 10 list. Sweden has always been seen as a progressive country, and with gorgeous rural landscapes, it’s also a hub for travelers. Featuring 4th in our index, Sweden scores well for the Gender Equality Index rating at 27.91, only second to New Zealand.

5. Japan, Asia

HImeji Castle, Japan
HImeji Castle, Japan

As one of the most wish-listed countries on our list, many people will be ecstatic to know that Japan is a great country for women to visit alone. We’ve all heard about the cherry blossoms, vibrant nightlife and a country brimming with culture, but Japan’s low crime rate of 22.9 makes it a top choice for women. In fact, its crime score is the lowest than anywhere else in the world, and you have 296 hostels to choose from per 100,000 people.

6. Netherlands, Europe

Windmills in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
Windmills in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

When you think of the Netherlands, you probably start to imagine canals, tulip fields and windmills, as well as the bustling capital of Amsterdam. But did you know it’s a popular destination for women to travel alone? The Netherlands has 92 cultural activities and tours per 100,000 people so you’re never bored and a low crime score of 26.2 meaning women are safe as they explore.

7. Norway, Europe

Aurora Borealis, Lofoten islands, Norway. Iconic view in Norway.
Aurora Borealis, Lofoten islands, Norway. Iconic view in Norway.

Known for its Norwegian Fjords, plenty of hiking opportunities and the possibility of spotting the Northern Lights, Norway is a great holiday destination for those looking for a chillier experience. Although the annual temperature hits 2.06 °C on average, if you wrap up warm, you have 146 tours and activities per 100,000 people to get stuck into and a high safety score of 67.5.

8. Spain, Europe

Woman traveling in Zaragoza city, Spain
Woman traveling in Zaragoza city, Spain

Each corner of Spain has something for everyone, whether that’s chilling by the beach at San Sebastian or choosing to explore the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. For women, Spain has 131 tours and activities to enjoy per 100,000 people and a relatively low Gender Equality Index score of 50.74.

9. Australia, Oceania

Melbourne - Australia
Melbourne – Australia

Australia is one of those countries that attracts people from all over the world. They have great visa options for travelers, so people tend to stay there for long periods of time. In terms of solo female travelers, there’s a lot to like about the country. Australia has a high average annual temperature of 22.06 °C and the 5th lowest Gender Equality Index ranking of any other country at 34.83.

10. Finland, Europe

Helsinki - Finland
Helsinki – Finland

Our final Nordic country to feature in the top 10 list of best countries for female solo travelers, Finland, is often dubbed as the happiest country in the world. It’s known for incredibly high living standards that are often extended to visitors. Finland has a high safety score of 73.5, 7th in the world and a low Gender Equality Index score of 51.63.

Of the top 10 best countries for solo female travelers, seven of them are based in Europe, meaning that traveling through this continent is a good starting point for new travelers. Two are in Oceania, and the remaining one is in Asia.


To read more, check out this index of the safest and most dangerous countries for Female Solo Travellers.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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