10 safest countries in the world for women to travel to in 2023

Apr 26, 2023

The theme behind most of the questions I get about solo travel is safety.

And I totally get it! I’m with the majority of people who can’t have fun if they don’t feel safe— we go on vacation for the warm fuzzies of adventure, not to be anxiously looking over our shoulder for whatever trouble we’re expecting to find us. However, I also believe that a sense of safety anywhere is an illusion.

Things can go wrong or be “dangerous” no matter where you are– it’s just as easy to get robbed in London or Paris as it is in Istanbul. One person is just as likely to face discrimination Pakistan as another person is in Eastern Europe. 

Unless you knowingly enter an active war zone, safety is in the eye of the beholder and depends on how you prepare, the precautions you take, and what you do while you’re there.

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Another factor that makes picking a “safe” solo travel destination hard is the many unsolicited opinions that friends, family, and the media are committed to pushing on you, however well-meaning.

For example, I felt safer in Cappadocia, Turkey than I feel at home walking around Chinatown in Washington DC, but when I told people I was going to Turkey solo, they freaked out about my decision to go to the Middle East alone. Everyone warned me that locals in Vietnam are vehemently anti-American, but I found every person we met friendly and excited to share their culture and stories with a genuine and curious listener.

The problem with generalizing dangerous and risky travel destinations is that if you look hard enough, you’ll find reasons to be afraid of every destination in the world— in fact, some lists of “dangerous” destinations that I’ve seen have included:

  • Destin, Florida (sharks)

  • Death Valley National Park CA (heat)

  • Atlanta, Georgia (car accidents)

  • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (danger of falling)

  • Rome, Italy (travel scams and pickpocketing)

The list goes on and on— the bottom line is that there’s some kind of risk everywhere. Just like with getting too many opinions on your wedding dress or on the house you want to buy, paralysis by analysis can happen all too easily. You’ll never actually end up going, finding the ‘perfect’ house, dress, or destination.

That said, some travel destinations are generally safer and more tolerant than others and can offer a greater sense of psychological safety for new solo travelers just getting their feet wet. This list has special focus on places that are great for women solo traveling— places with advanced gender equality, low rates of violent crime, and other factors that women simply have to think about more than men do.

Here are the 10 safest countries for women traveling solo in 2023.

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Iceland

Iceland has been ranked as the safest country in the world for several years. The people are friendly and the country has a low crime rate, impeccable gender equality, and very low risk of natural disasters. If you’re thinking about visiting Iceland, here are 6 important things to know before you go!

Singapore

Singapore has a low crime rate, an efficient and well-regulated public transport system, and excellent healthcare facilities. 

Finland

Finland is known for its high-quality education system, gender equality, and low crime rate. The country is also very well-prepared for natural disasters with a strong emergency response system in place.

Norway

Norway has a high standard of living and low crime rate, along with a robust healthcare system and efficient emergency response services.

Switzerland

Switzerland has a low crime rate and a stable political environment. Switzerland also has excellent healthcare facilities, friendly citizens, and a strong economy.

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Denmark

Denmark is a small, but beautiful country known for its quality of life, healthcare, and education. The country has a low crime rate and a stable political environment. Denmark is also one of the happiest countries in the world.

Japan

Japan is a fascinating country with a low crime rate, efficient public transport system, public infrastructure to support women’s safety, and excellent healthcare facilities.

Canada

Canada is the second-largest country in the world and is known for friendly locals and a low crime rate. The country has a high standard of living and excellent healthcare facilities.

Australia

Australia has a low crime rate, an excellent healthcare system, and a stable political environment.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a small island nation known for its friendly people, low crime rate, and efficient emergency response services. New Zealand is also well-prepared for natural disasters and stable politically.

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