The Safest Countries for Solo Travel

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The Safest Countries in Oceania

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It should come at no surprise that Australia is one of the safest countries for solo travel… but it’s also one of the furthest away for foreigners looking to visit. This shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing! Australia is best taken at a slow travelers pace – exploring both the beach culture and outback adventures on offer.

Favourite pick: Tasmania – filled with the world’s cleanest air and one of the best hiking trails in the world, The Overland Track.

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Hong Kong

Although it is one of the safest Asian cities you can visit, that doesn’t mean it’s boring! Hong Kong is bursting with energy and offers travelers a great fusion of East-meets-West. Whether you’re passing through for a few days or stopping by for a week of adventure, food, shopping and just general craziness in a safe environment, Hong Kong is the place to do it!

Favourite pick:Β Go Hiking! Hong Kong has a surprisingly good offering of outdoor hikes.

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While one of the safest Asian countries to visit, it’s also one of the less cultural in terms of strong Asian influence. At times it even feels too Western, but there is still plenty to see on a short stopover in Singapore.

Favourite pick:Β Sip a cocktail in the infinity pool of the Marina Bay Sands.



Vietnam offers travelers a more authentic (and also hectic) South East Asia experience. It’s super cheap which is what attracts so many solo travelers, but also has more to offer than many of its’ neighbours. Expect the unexpected.

Favourite pick: Hoi An on the Coast.

The Safest Countries in the Middle East



Dubai is without a doubt one of the safest options in the Middle East. Although not a country (within the UAE), Dubai makes the list as it is truly a destination within itself.

Favourite pick: Go on a desert safari for something beyond the norm.

The Safest Countries in the Americas

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is full of American tourists year-round so it is incredibly safe to visit as a foreigner.

Favourite pick: Go off the beaten path!



Argentina has some of the most spectacular untouched scenery in the world. It’s the kind of place you would go to escape more than reality – just to escape period!

Favourite pick: Get adventurous and explore Patagonia.



Chile is a travelers delight with beautiful scenery, stunning mountains for climbing and hiking, and some very friendly Chilean locals.

Favourite pick: Get adventurous and go into the wild.

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Ahhhh, the good ol’ U S of A. Here you will find everything all in the one huge land mass. For the best experience, consider travelling by land across the country from East to West or vice versa.

Favourite pick: California is great for a laid back but still busy and happening traveling experience.



I’m sure it comes at no surprise that Canada is high on the list of the world’s safest countries. Perhaps the only unsafe factor in Canada would be a result of adventure sports injuries!

Favourite pick: Two words: Winter sports.



Cuba is regarded to be one of the world’s safest countries to travel on your own – just my luck because Havana is one of the highest ‘must visit’ cities on my bucket list!

Favourite pick: Go all out – Cuban cigar, rum… act like a local!

The Safest Countries in Europe

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With some of the world’s most polite and gentle-mannered people, Austria is a safe haven for solo travelers.

Favourite pick: The hills are alive…….in Salzburg!



This winter’s playground is home to some of the best slopes in Europe and some of the most effortless scenery. Escape the hustle and bustle of busy cities and make your way to the mountains!

Favourite pick: Arosa (pictured) is the perfect escape in the picturesque Swiss Alps. For peace and quiet, visit in summer.



The Netherlands is very liberal, free-thinking and innovative. If you’re feeling like some time to get creative and think outside the box, this is your best bet.

Favourite pick: Oh but of course… it’s Amsterdam!

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Surprise surprise! One of the lesser-known countries for being safe to travel solo is Slovenia. It is also one of Europe’s most underrated countries – jampacked with stunning scenery and friendly locals!

Favourite pick: While Lake Bled is a tourist favourite (pictured), Ljubljana is the countries’ true hidden gem.

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    April 6, 2016 at 7:04 am

    What about countries in Africa? I’m traveling to South Africa (specifically Johannesburg/Richards’s Bay area). I’m doing volunteer work for 16 days and (hopefully) another week of solo traveling or group traveling with others along the way. Thoughts?

    • Brooke Saward
      April 6, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Hi Claire,

      I’ve travelled solo in South Africa a few times and felt completely safe – lots of people warned me before I arrived but for me personally, I felt safe on my trip! Still take precautions and don’t do anything you wouldn’t do back home! xx

    March 31, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I feel much safer walking around New York City alone late at night than I ever did in most of the foreign countries I’ve visited.

    March 28, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I agree with some of the list but not all of it, it’s too broad and generalized with no specific cities that can be categorized as safe to visit but thank you for sharing.


    February 29, 2016 at 12:27 am

    AMERICA is safe? In the Grand Canyons maybe …

    February 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Hey , how come Scandinavia , Japan and New Zealand not in the list ? The United States is a safe country ? Can you walk alone in the middle of the night feeling safe in the American cities ? I don’t think so .

    November 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Vietnam is a beautiful country especially Hoi An. It is a great place to relax after visiting busy cities like Hanoi and Ho CHi Minh. I had a wonderful time in Hoi An- Da Nang- Hue. Food is awesome, people are friendly, and many places to explore around.

    Priya Rai
    July 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Wish I get to visit Australia soon. The pic look so amazing. Check out some amazing places of middle-east

    June 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Where is New Zealand on this list?? Way safer than Aussie!

    Antonia Elliott
    June 10, 2015 at 8:45 am

    WHAT ABOUT NEW ZEALAND??? That has got to be one of the greatest, safest, most geographically inspiring places any solo traveler could possibly wish to visit!

    May 28, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Love your blog! All your travels are just amazing.

    Triplynr is a place to store and share your travel itineraries with the world.

    May 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Great list, I’m just wondering why aren’t there any Scandinavian countries or Finland? I am 22 year old girl and I’ve travelled across Nordics just by myself and I never was scared of anything. So I think these countries should be on that list too πŸ™‚

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    Katie Arruda
    May 27, 2015 at 5:20 am

    What a great post and lovely photos! I have been so nervous to travel alone as a female but this gave me confidence and a good place to start!

    Celestial Traveller
    May 27, 2015 at 1:42 am

    ICELAND love! πŸ™‚ Iceland by far…

    May 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    This list is strange. Why no Japan? Is this a list of safest places to travel solo or a list of places you like? A lot of the countries are odd choices when it is about safest countries for solo travel in the entire world.

      Rae Morgan
      May 27, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Yeah I’m curious too. I live in Japan- very safe. Maybe you haven’t been here? I’d have to check your country list. And I’m not saying that cause I like Japan. I really don’t, actually. It’s just really safe.
      What were your perimeters? Unlikely to be stolen from? Unlikely to be assaulted? Japan fits both, and I’m not sure all of these make the list either, for most people. Was it based on how safe you felt in each place? I’m not trying to diss you- I’m honestly curious.

    Kim Cohen
    May 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I also agree with everyone else that Argentina shouldn’t be on this list, I’m half Argentinian and I’ve been there a few times for long periods of times. I would never recommend a female to travel solo there. I was surprised that Iceland didn’t make it on your list! Iceland is like the safest country in the world. I also would put Israel under the Middle East. I’ve been there over 15 times and I can tell u that its the safest country I’ve traveled solo to and I’ve been to over 30 countries, I go every summer.
    Anyways xoxo

    May 26, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Amazing! Keep up the good work! πŸ˜€ if I ever find enough courage to travel around the world on my own, you and your great articles will be the reason…thank you! Also for listing Slovenia here – we’re small, but there are many destinations we’re proud on. Come and see πŸ˜€
    Have a great day, everybody!

    April 7, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Yes Cuba is very safe, tourism is a main source of income to the country, crime against tourists is treated very seriously. I travelled there in August 2013. It is one of the very few Caribbean Islands you can walk around during the night and feel perfectly fine, locals may try and chat you up, sell you things or ask for something but a ‘polite no thank you’ is understood and respected. I travelled with anther female friend and we had an amazing time, I would have so issues travelling their alone.

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    September 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks for this list! I do a lot of solo travel so it’s really useful- just curious how you define safest though? (Least number of rapes/ murders/ reported tourist crimes…?) Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    August 31, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I just discovered your blog and wow, it’s so inspiring and helpful! I’ve been thinking about solo traveling and other people’s stories make me excited πŸ™‚

    And now I’ve come across this list and was so (positively) surprised to see Slovenia, my country on it! Not many people know it, but I simply love it and I’m happy you liked it as well!

    August 25, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Scandinavia is the safest place in the world, let alone Europe!

    August 20, 2014 at 1:00 am

    really keen on canada and cuba, good to know they’re not too dangerous!

    Sara Gomes
    August 18, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, …) is beautiful and safe to travel alone πŸ™‚

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    August 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Is Costa Rica really safest for solo travel for an young girl?

    August 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I actually found Ireland to be very safe as well. Before going I kept bumping into people who had been, or were from there and I recall one specifically telling me “If you come back and tell me you got in trouble I will have to seriously wonder about what you were up to!”. He was right, the crime levels are extremely low πŸ™‚

    August 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I love this list! (And I love your blog)
    I really want to travel solo some day, but the “is it safe?” issue always takes my mind of it. Thanks for sharing such a great list!

    August 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    A lot of people are terrified of Africa, and understandably so. However, in South Africa you can travel alone safely if you stay away from the cities. People are super friendly and helpful… The Garden Route (Eden) along the south coast is the safest for tourists, and truly one of the world’s hidden gems. Foreign youngsters are always backpacking this gorgeous, adventure-laden coastline.

    Hannah Wasielewski
    August 1, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I’ve heard of more people getting mugged in Buenos Aires than any other city in Latin America (you can compare it to Rio). I got lucky when I was there. And when I was in Santiago, the locals were wearing their backpacks in front. I’ve traveled through 8 different countries in Latin America and I really can’t say that it’s safe! You have to always be on edge and aware, solo or not!

    Alexandra MacArthur
    July 31, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I would second the idea that Argentina doesn’t belong on this list. I went there for 2 weeks without speaking a word of Spanish. While I never felt unsafe, I was told COUNTLESS times by both locals and others where I shouldn’t go. I listened to them, so I was fine, but I heard so many things about Buenos Aires being dangerous – there’s a reason all shop keepers have their doors locked until you ring the bell.

    • worldofwanderlust
      July 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      The list is sorted by region so these are the safest countries out of all those in the region – perhaps I should have made that clearer when posting! Hope you still enjoyed Argentina πŸ™‚

    Kiara King
    July 23, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I’m also very surprised to see that Japan and New Zealand were not on your list. I’ve travelled through both and never felt uneasy, not once. Japan surprised me actually, with such a high population, it is incredibly safe, even on the subway in the middle of Tokyo.

    I couldn’t recommend Canada any more either! I travelled from Quebec City to Vancouver a couple of winter’s ago and it was truly incredible. The only time I ever felt unsafe was probably in Downtown Montreal, late at night (but nothing ever happened).

    Johanna Cente
    July 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Americas? Really? You should read more… Nobody say “I live in latin american continent”.

    July 18, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Nice. Switzerland just got back on my list. What are your thoughts on Croatia? It has numerous amounts of nature parks and I believe the tourism is increasing (plus & minus) for that reason. I think I should create a separate trip for east Europe. Off to look at the map for the umpteenth time

    July 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve been to Australia before but just visited Sydney and Melbourne. Would definitely like to return and explore some other areas!
    Oh also, I love your outfit with the lace dress and baseball cap!

    July 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    How about Japan? The criminality is so low there. I even got my wallet (with everything inside of it) returned when I lost it on the bus!

    July 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Cuba, thats interesting…

    I would also add Peru… I spent almost three weeks there once on my own, and felt safe every single minute of my time there!

    Last time I travelled on my own was in Australia. πŸ™‚

    July 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I would Morroco to your list, i have been there and its incredibly safe

    July 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Great list! I definitely felt safe travelling through Costa Rica earlier this year. I would add New Zealand to this list too, though I am a little bias…!

    July 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Argentina is definitely NOT a safe country to travel solo… It depends on the city, Buenos Aires is not a safe city at all, I’ve lived there all my life, believe me!

    July 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Love this list. Glad to see you included Cuba, it’s on my short-list of beach destinations!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    July 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

    …OooOh, I see Cuba is on here–must be a definite sign that I should go, then!!…Great list, :-)!!…