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The 26 Safest Cities for Female Solo Travelers

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Over the last five years travelling the globe solo I have had many ups and downs, good experiences, terrible experiences, and most important of all, life lessons. However if I could have known then what I knew now, there are some cities I would have avoided and others I would have visited sooner. Below is a comprehensive list of the safest cities for female solo travelers, where I have felt most comfortable and enjoyed every minute of my time in. Sure, there are many more… but these cities are a safe bet!

The Best Cities for Female Solo Travelers

1. Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland as a whole is one of the safest countries to travel to solo, but Zurich is the city that captured my heart most. Just big enough to remain interesting for a few days but with a small village feel, the city is full of winding alleyways and postcard-worthy views. For an authentic experience consider renting an apartment (with a balcony) for a few nights and spend your days meandering the cities’ many pockets.

Read more: How to Spend 48 Hours in Zurich

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2. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is the kind of city you imagine yourself living in just hours into your visit. The city has a casual vibe to rival Melbourne but with a more outdoorsy feel thanks to Stanley park bustling with runners, walkers and cyclists in even the worst weather.

Read more: How to Spend 48 Hours in Vancouver

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3. Bruges, Belgium

I absolutely adore Bruges and this is also one of the first cities I travelled to solo. My visit to Bruges was almost entirely by mistake, when I began researching day trips from Paris and became a little sidetracked and somehow wound up in next door Belgium… oops! Though I did appreciate my one day in Bruges many years ago, I was even more appreciative when I got to return a couple of years ago and stay two nights. Two should be a minimum, but ideally you could spend three-four nights here and really lose yourself in the charm.

Read more: Five Things You Must Do in Bruges

4. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm has always intrigued me with its’ iconic street style it has become so renowned for, but I was absolutely amazed when began exploring by foot and realising how large and intriguing this city is. You could easily spend three-four days in Stockholm before venturing off further in to Sweden, as this is easily one of the safest countries to travel in and really easy to get by (nearly everyone speaks perfect English which is handier than you would think!)

Read more: Stockholm Bucket List! 

5. Kyoto, Japan

Of all the cities I visited in Japan, Kyoto was by far my favourite. If your idea of Japan encompasses history, tradition and culture, then look no further… this city has it all! Located just an hour away by train is another safe city with a completely different urban vibe: Osaka. Both should be on your itinerary.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Kyoto

6. Lisbon, Portugal 

Every time I visit Lisbon I feel as if I’m still just skimming the surface. The first time I visited I went alone and had an absolute blast: wandering, shopping for trinkets, searching out views and avoiding any sense of direction until the sun started to go down. The second visit I went with three girlfriends and had just as much fun, so with this one you can go either way!

Read more: The Ultimate Lisbon Bucketlist!

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7. Budapest, Hungary

When I first travelled to Budapest six years ago I thought I had stumbled upon a hidden gem. I was on my first solo adventure and wanted to throw a couple of “off the beaten path” destinations into the mix, of which Budapest was one at the time. Now, Budapest has become a mandatory stopover on any travellers European itinerary! But despite its increase in popularity, the Hungarian capital has managed to retain its charm and is still a great choice for budget travellers.

Read more: 20 Places You Must See in Budapest

8. Sedona, Arizona 

I was working in Phoenix some years ago when I sporadically decided to rent a car and drive north through the length of Arizona. In just four days I made my way to the Northern tip and until today, it remains one of the best adventures I have ever had. If you’re a solo female traveller who prefers isolation and serenity, I truly don’t think you could beat using Sedona as your base. There are oodles of hiking trails shooting off in every direction, leaving me to believe a week here would not be an overkill.

Read more: How to Spend a Weekend in Sedona

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9. Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The first city I ever travelled to was Hong Kong and so it has occupied a very special place in my heart for some time now. Each time I visit the city seems to change beyond recognition, so that I never get bored exploring a new neighbourhood or one of the outlying islands. Solo females will love the abundance of hiking trails you can enjoy outside of the city, giving the perfect balance for girls who want to experience both the city and serenity. I would recommend 9-10 days for your first visit… there’s a lot to discover!

Read More: Hong Kong in 48 Hours

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10. Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam is another destination that has rapidly gained in popularity over the past five or six years, but one visit to the country and you will soon see why. Not only is Southeast Asia cheap to travel to (and as a consequence you get a lot more bang for your buck), but it is also rich in history, culture and traditions. Hoi An was the city I felt most safe in: wandering around by myself in the muggy evenings, enjoying the night market vibes and retreating to my beach resort after a few days in the city.

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11. Bergen, Norway

Although expensive, Bergen is one of the most quaint and charming cities to visit in Northern Europe. This seaside city in Norway has long been on my list of places to travel, of which I finally got to experience and explore last year. Be sure to venture beyond the market strip on the waterfront and venture in to the hilly neighbourhood above – the gorgeous neighbourhoods are too charming not to witness in real life!

Read more: How to Spend One Day in Bergen

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12. London, United Kingdom

I don’t think I could count on my hands the amount of times I have visited London and I can say with certainty that I never seem to tire of it. This city has so many things to see and do that it is the perfect choice for solo female travellers who prefer to keep busy and immerse themselves in history and culture. Best of all… many of the museums are free!

Read more: The London Bucketlist! 

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13. Alesund, Norway

Another city I loved in Norway is the art deco lover’s dream: Alesund. Also located on the coast and almost entirely surrounded by an impressive body of water, this is one of the most photogenic cities I have seen to date.

Read more: The cutest town in Norway

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14. New York, New York

Although there are times I have questioned my decisions whilst staying in the city that never sleeps, I have always felt safe on my own and never ran into trouble. The neighbourhood you base yourself will play a big part in how comfortable you feel, so I would propose thinking hard about what you would like to experience in New York and match the neighbourhood with it.

Tourist sites – Stay in Midtown

Feel like Carrie Bradshaw – Stay in Greenwich Village

Dive Bars & STudent Culture – Stay in the East Village

Old School Hipster – Williamsburg in Brooklyn

Read more: The New York Files

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15. Helsinki, Finland

I didn’t fall in love with Helsinki until my third visit. There, I said it. But what I did enjoy and appreciate upon every visit was how safe and comfortable I have always felt. Even the locals will tell you ‘nothing really happens in Helsinki’… its true! I would recommend 1-2 days here, one more if you feel like catching the ferry over to Tallinn for a day trip.

Read more: Helsinki Photo Diary

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16. Paris, France

My one true love: Paree! For those of you who don’t read this blog on the regular – I am OBSESSED with Paris. Every time I have visited I have found a new focus or lens to explore the city through, like my pastry tour of Paris last year, Spring blossoms the year before and my first discovery in Montmartre back when I was seventeen (almost a decade ago – eep!) Safe neighbourhoods I would recommend staying in include: St Germain, Le Marais and the 1st arrondissement (near the Louvre). These are also really central locations to explore from.

Read more: Paris in the Spring

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17. Tallinn, Estonia

If fairytales are true they must all be based off Tallinn. Hands down the cutest city I have seen with my own eyes, the charm of Tallinn exists in the Old Town, a reasonably sized area that has retained its charm and authenticity over the years. Tallinn is a great stop for two or three days on your European adventure.

Read more: The Top 10 Things to Do in Tallinn

18. Melbourne, Australia

As my favourite city in Australia, I am constantly telling everyone I meet that they cannot miss the “culture capital” of Oz (self-dubbed, the capital of Australia is Canberra). Here you will find the best coffee (probably in the world), street culture and city nature on overdrive. There really is nothing I don’t enjoy about Melbourne!

Read more: How to Spend 48 Hours in Melbourne

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19. Amsterdam

Each time I have visited Amsterdam I have gone solo and I’ve got to say, it is still one of the best cities to experience in your lifetime. If you like photogenic cities that sometimes feel too pretty to be real, then this ones for you!

Read more: Amsterdam Photo Diary

20. Copenhagen, Denmark

Although not the friendliest/most outgoing city to visit, Copenhagen is a really safe city and beautiful to explore over a few days. Be sure to save some cash, though, as it is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe. I chose to travel through Germany and arrive by train, which I found really easy to navigate and more affordable than flying. Staying in a hostel or guest house is a great way to meet people!

Read more: Copenhagen Bucket List

21. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is almost as special to me as Paris, as I believe it has just as much charm, great pastries, and beautiful architecture to admire along with an enviable art collection. You could easily spend four or five days exploring Vienna, especially if you’re looking to visit the museums and sites outside of the city.

Read more: Vienna Bucket List

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22. Edinburgh, Scotland

My obsession with Harry Potter is what led me to Edinburgh and boy did it not disappoint! J.K. Rowling wrote much of the books here in the city, making it a real lens into her creative mind and process. If the Potter series aren’t really your thing, there are still so many reasons to visit Edinburgh! Road tripping through Scotland was also one of my ost memorable travel experiences and a great adventure to experience solo.

Read more: The top things to do in Edinburgh for Harry Potter Fans

23. Singapore

As one of the safest cities to visit in the entire world, this list would not be complete without mention of Singapore. The city is vast and there is much to discover, so I would recommend travelling by MRT if you plan to see it all (or close to it!)

Read more: Where to go in Singapore for Nature Lovers

24. Prague, Czech Republic

Still one of my favourite places in the world, I’m sure you need no convincing that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The first time I visited six years ago was a little hairy, I’ll be honest. But my visits since then have felt really safe, comfortable, and I’ve found plenty to see and do around the Old Town. I would highly recommend jumping on the bus to Cesky Krumlov after you’ve seen Prague, as it is a great stopover town to visit en route to Austria (Salzburg or Vienna aren’t far away).

Read more: The Best of Prague: A Prague Walking Guide

25. Dublin, Ireland

Probably the most memorable solo trip I have taken was my road trip through Ireland, which began in Dublin. This city has a lot of vibrancy (pubs dominate the streets), but if you can look past the craziness on the streets, you’ll see there is a lot of charm to discover. Galway is another great city I would highly recommend in Ireland.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Dublin

26. Venice, Italy

Finally, Venice! This is another one of the all times greats that I believe all travel lovers should experience in their lifetime and one that I very much hope to visit again! The city is best explored on foot, winding your way through the alleyways that inevitably lead to a bridge, square, or pontoon. Travelling by water is your next best option (albeit an expensive one), which is all part of the Venetian experience.

Read more: Venice Bucket List

Over to you! Any more you would add to the list!?

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    John Wilson
    January 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Images are amazing, the best thing about your blog while seeing these images it seemed I was visiting these places.

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    Taryn Steiger
    January 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I took my first solo trip this past year to Vancouver and Whistler and it was absolutely AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to explore more of these awesome cities solo!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • delphine.lurin@gmail.com'
    Delphine
    January 8, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Lovely gallery here, and I totally agree with your choices, definitely Amsterdam. I would also include Dublin. I just came from a trip there and the people were so kind and helpful I felt right at home! <3

  • dreamofadventures@gmail.com'
    the adventurer
    January 6, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Loved reading through these and adding some to my travel list =o)

  • kamalone44@gmail.com'
    Travelling solo
    January 4, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Can I ask how you afford to travel so much? I have been on five trips this year, and it has been AMAZING! I love the idea of travelling more, but I am not a fan of hostels. Any tips?

    • Brooke Saward
      January 4, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hello 🙂 Travel blogging is my full time job so I work on campaigns around the world with various clients. Before this I was only taking one or two (max) trips a year so I would definitely recommend it if you want to travel more!

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    Natalia
    January 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve been living in Seoul, and can’t believe how safe it is! Crime rates are incredibly low here. I often walk home at 3am and have never felt unsafe.

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    TheWickedSoul
    December 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Love how all the cities you have mentioned are not only safe but pretty too. Prague is in my list after Paree ofc.
    I want to travel the world and hoping 2018 is Travel year for me. fingers crossed.

  • terra.gatti@gmail.com'
    terra @ terragoes.com
    December 27, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I have a friend who visited Amsterdam as her first solo travel adventure and she had an excellent time. It was something she’d always wanted to do and was out of her comfort zone, and she ended up joining some tours to make new friends and had a blast. Her trip has me thinking about my own potential solo trip there…

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    Kay Nguyen
    December 25, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Great list, some of these places are actually on my traveling list! Thanks for sharing <3

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    Paul
    December 24, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Hi Brooke,
    Thank you for your insight on Prague! Have you ever been to Kraków? I’m headed to Prague and Kraków this summer.
    Thanks!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 24, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Hi Paul, I sure have but 9 years ago!! It is a beautiful city – the old time is phenomenal. I would love to return though as it was so long ago that I was there!!

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    Kristin Bassett
    December 23, 2017 at 2:15 am

    You’re so right about Vancouver — it’s the only city I’ve travelled to alone and never felt unsafe. It’s also just a beautiful, diverse city so everyone is bound to find something they enjoy. – Kristin |

    • voller.taryn1019@gmail.com'
      Taryn Steiger
      January 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Vancouver is the only solo trip I’ve taken as well and absolutely loved it! Totally agree, I never felt unsafe and the locals were all so helpful and friendly.

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    Barbara
    December 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I’m going to Rome and Madrid in May for The first time… AND I’m going alone… I hope everything goes well!!

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    Shankar Banjara
    December 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Wow what a brilliant to selection the safest cities for female solo traveler, love to read and watch pictures of each destination.really useful for solo thanks for sharing

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    Huong Giang
    December 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Amazing and very useful list! Planning to make this as To-Do List

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    Jay
    December 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Lovely to hear from you again after sooo long. But, what’s happened to the book club? I haven’t heard in over a year?………
    My heart belongs to Athens and I always feel safe there, then there’s Montevideo, Uruguay, Lexington,Kentucky, Seattle, Wa and my other live, Chicago, a fabulous cit and very friendly, as is Sevilla, Spain. Thank you, j

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    Richa Fotedar
    December 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Love reading your blogs! Missed your posts these last few months! 🙂

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    Same Day Agra Tour by Train
    December 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you for this precious information, people will get many ideas for their next trip. Some of these cities are really very beautiful and are on my list.

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    Noushin
    December 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Is Barcelona a safe place for a solo female traveller?

    • Brooke Saward
      December 21, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Absolutely! I felt very safe there and really enjoyed all of the architecture 🙂

    • taste.france@yahoo.com'
      Taste of France
      December 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Barcelona is the only city in the world (and I’ve lived in four countries and have traveled around the world twice) where somebody tried to steal my bag. A guy came running up from behind me and grabbed it, but I didn’t let go. He dragged me down the street. Broad daylight, plenty of people around, nobody did anything. Finally he let go and disappeared. (I wasn’t about to spend my time trying to get a replacement passport, so I held on!)
      I didn’t feel UNsafe, but of all the places I travel (and I’ve been back many times), it’s one where I pay extra attention to theft.
      I also got swarmed by a pack of gypsy kids outside the train station in Rome, but they didn’t take anything. It was upsetting, but I wasn’t physically hurt.
      Copenhagen is the only city in the world where I was turned away from restaurants (more than one) for being a solo woman. Plenty of tables available, too. Too bad for them–my big tip went elsewhere.
      Anybody who want to try solo travel and is a little scared can start with countries/cities that have low crime rates, and the odds are you’ll have no problem.
      Just keep your bag close and make sure the strap is strong!

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    Abigail Alice Jones
    December 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve never travelled solo before because I am scared that I won’t feel too safe. I’m glad to see some of the cities listed here aren’t too far from where I live so it definitely is possible for me to go solo!

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    Lenkelle
    December 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing that list however I don’t agree with Paris .Strolling through the French capital isn’ ‘t fun anymore exp. during night time .

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    Andrea Bartlett
    December 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Just got back from Vienna and had an amazing time! So much to see! Out of interest – which cities would you NOT recommend solo female travellers to visit?

    • Brooke Saward
      December 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Andrea, so glad you loved Vienna as much as I did! That is a tough question because I still enjoyed some of the less safe cities I have visited and the challenge they presented! I would hate to put you off certain cities, but based on my own experience I did not feel as comfortable in far Eastern Europe where signs are not in English (sometimes you don’t know where your bus is headed) and certainly did not feel safe at all times in big cities like Rio de Janeiro, La Paz, Johannesburg, Dar Es Salaam or parts of Cape Town. BUT I absolutely love Cape Town and would return to all the cities I mentioned… just didn’t feel as safe in them. Hope this helps! <3

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        Andrea Bartlett
        December 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm

        Thanks for your reply Brooke! Your answer makes sense – if you can’t work out where you’re going you could end up anywhere and run into trouble. I usually do lots of research before visiting cities to find out what neighbourhoods to avoid if possible. I would love to visit Cape Town but might go with a group of friends instead of solo? Your travels inspire me so much BTW! Can’t wait for your next adventure

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    Nikki Mullaly
    December 21, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Amazing post!! I will definitely be bookmarking this for the next time I plan a trip. I went down to Virginia Beach, Virginia on my own a year or so ago and it was amazing, there were so many museums and things to visit and I never felt uneasy.

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    Mayuresh
    December 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Hi

    I have been reading your blog the last few days and really enjoy it.
    Awesome articles and i looking forward to read your all blogs.

    Thank You.

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    December 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Great Blog and I like the way you put pics.

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    Zhanna
    December 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    As always, an amazing list of cities to visit. Thanks to you, I made my decision to finally visit Vietnam 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      December 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Aw thanks Zhanna! That is so nice to read 🙂 Hope you loved Nam (though I’m sure you did!) xx