Brooke Hampton once said, “I’m happy out there. Messy hair, dirty feet and wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things, this is where I belong.” I’m sure that there are a lot of women out there who relate to this quote. But a lot more who feel that if the streets were a little safer, life would have been so different.
No place can be 100% safe, but it is a positive attitude towards the world, and a bit of street smartness that takes us far ahead in life. Dreams only work when you do. The places around us are never as frightening as you think they are. Despite all the wrongs, there still are quite a few places where a woman can feel secure even when she is on her own.
It is a far-fetched dream for us to imagine a world where a girl would not have to think more than once before stepping out of her house at odd hours, let alone an unknown town, city or country. And even though it could take a while, I believe that there still are a few places that could provide an exhilarating experience to women without much to worry. So, with the help of some research, I decided to make a list of the top 5 safest destinations for solo female travellers to travel across the world and have once in a lifetime experiences.
Iceland is ranked as the number 1 safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index (GPI). Even though it is called Iceland, only 15% of this country is ice-capped. Interestingly, it is called “the land of fire and ice” since the picturesque landscapes also involve a lot of active volcanoes all across the country. Iceland is also one of the countries where one can witness the stunning northern lights from August to April.
A unique amalgamation of the age-old traditions and over advanced technology, Japan is the place to be! Ranked sixth among the most peaceful places in the world by the Global Peace Index (GPI), the country has plenty of opportunities and activities to offer to female solo travellers staying especially in Tokyo or Osaka.
Surrounded by the most breathtaking panorama, the country offers endless beauty to its visitors. From snow-clad mountains to the dense, dark forests and rejuvenating countryside experience to the spectacular lakes, this country has a special touch to it!
The Canadians are known to be the friendliest people in the world, making it tremendously safe for women to travel alone to this place and make some new friends. If you are a solo traveller, load up your roof racks and get ready for a journey like never before.
You name it, and Chile has it. Arid deserts, mesmerizing mountains and the most adventurous trekking and camping spots, the palatinate is a package! The fun thing about the place is that the locals offer you jobs in exchange for accommodation, so it’s a win-win for all!
Ranked 24th by the GPI as one of the safest places in the world, Chile is a steal deal.
Oh, the luck of the Irish! Yes, that’s how fortunate you would feel if you visit this place once in your life. Walk into one of the local pubs, order a pint of beer, and in no time will you be grooving to the music with a bunch of friendly locals there. The Irish people are exceptionally welcoming and cordial and are known for their hospitality and humour.
Ireland is also famous for the road trips along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Connemara Coast with the view of the sea cliffs, being the longest clearly defined coastal road in the world. Surrounded by beautiful and quaint villages on each side full of cheerful and pleasant people you can associate with, the place is awe-striking.
As a woman, there is always a longing in my heart to be travelling the remote roads of distant lands with my hair flowing, tiny dew drops on my face, walking down a winding road, climbing peaks, carefree and stress-free. But the thought of my safety has always held me back. It is a task to find any safe place within our local cities, let alone find the top 5 safest destinations for solo female travellers.
After a long time, I was delighted to find these most unexpected places that are nothing but gems! So if you are a woman and a traveller at heart, think no more. Opportunities to meet like-minded people and heading out to do everything as per your mood and mind is the beauty of travelling on your own which I believe should be experienced by everyone, and not just once. And as women in today’s era, we deserve to be able to do this for ourselves.