Any solo traveler has to take responsibility for their own safety, but women are at a higher risk of running into trouble than their male counterparts. While it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and practice common sense in any destination, there are some tourist hotspots that are statistically safer for women to visit as solo travelers than others. A list of safe and dangerous countries for solo female travelers has been compiled, taking into account issues like street harassment, legal discrimination, and non-partner violence. Check out the results below!


Spain Is The Safest Country For Women To Visit Alone

South Africa Is The Most Dangerous Place For Women To Visit

Singapore Is The Safest Asian Country On The Planet

Brazil Is Notorious For Street Safety Issues

The index lists Brazil as being quite a bit safer than South Africa, but it still comes in second place as the most dangerous destination for solo female travelers. The driving force behind the low rating is the high level of street harassment that many women in Brazil face on a daily basis.

For any woman traveling alone to Brazil, it is important not to walk alone at night, especially in dark areas. Always try to walk in areas that are crowded with people or walk with an escort, such as a hotel concierge. As scary as it sounds, it’s also important for women (and men) to comply with any robbery attempts and don’t physically resist perpetrators.

Brazil also scored poorly in the areas of intentional homicide against women and the global gender gap. It’s a shame that it’s such a tricky destination for solo female travelers because it has so many fantastic highlights that are worth seeing.

Ireland Is One Of The Best Places For Women To Visit

Another Western European nation that is statistically safer for solo female travelers to visit than other countries is Ireland. The Emerald Isle has low levels of legal discrimination against women, gender inequality, non-partner sexual violence, and attitudes of violence against women. Interestingly, Ireland has a particularly poor pay gap, with fields such as scientific research seeing women earn 30% less than men.Some of the most popular tourist hotspots to add to your Irish bucket list include the capital city of Dublin, the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.NEXT: Top 10 Things To Know Before Visiting Ireland