These are the best cities to travel alone on March 8 International Women’s Day

Solo travel for women is one of the biggest trends of the last decade: more and more women are taking the plunge and deciding to explore the world on their own.

Why not?

And why wouldn’t they? Traveling alone can be incredibly liberating: the freedom offered by traveling alone empowers you, every fellow traveler you meet becomes a friend, you experience the culture intensely, and you can explore wherever you want without having to worry about anyone else’s wanderlust. more than your own. But what is the best place to go as a solo female traveler? That’s the big question. 73% of solo female travelers are concerned about their safety, according to a survey by Solo Female Travelers. And this is a concern that spans the traveler’s age, geography and culture, so choosing the right destination is incredibly important.
At Holidu, the search engine for holiday homes (, in the context of International Women’s Day on March 8, we have determined which cities are the safest for solo female travelers, ranking destinations around the world based on various factors that are important to solo female travelers, such as street safety and crime rate, as well as attitude, culture and costs of traveling alone in each destination.

Because the world is different from before the pandemic, the index also examines how Covid-19 is being dealt with in the country where each city is located and how crime has increased in the last three years. Find out which cities in the world are the safest for women traveling alone.

1.Montreal, Canada

In the first place is the second most populous city in Canada, Montreal. While it’s certainly not the cheapest city to visit (a one-bedroom apartment will set you back around €29.66 a night), the city has taken the crown as the safest city to visit as a solo female traveler.

Neogothic in the basilica

Gothic Revival at Montreal Basilica

Why? Montreal ranks highly across the board and in particular for how clear it is at night and how safe women feel walking alone at night. The city ranks 12th among all cities in terms of lighting level, meaning that many streets are lit up at night and therefore safer for women to walk alone. Also, despite being one of the largest cities in Canada, Montreal has one of the lowest high crime rates in the country – a win-win for female travelers!

2. Colombo, Sri Lanka

Second overall, but first for anyone considering going to Asia, is Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Taxis in the city cost around 22 cents per kilometre, which is the fifth cheapest price in the survey, and a one-bedroom apartment costs just €14.27 per night.

Of the top five, Colombo scored the highest in the country’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, placing Sri Lanka 14th in this category. While the country is extremely vulnerable to the spread of the virus due to its thriving tourism industry, the government has taken strict measures, including travel restrictions and isolation areas across the island, to curb the spread of the virus.

Colombo, however, falls short when it comes to lighting, meaning the city isn’t particularly lit up at night. However, the Sri Lankan capital ranks sixth in the percentage of women who feel safe walking alone at night, with more than three in four women surveyed (77%) saying the same.

3. Ljubljana, Slovenia

It is Ljubljana in Slovenia that takes the bronze medal, but it is also ranked first in Europe. One of the factors in which the Slovenian capital ranks high is the prevalence of violence in women’s lives, with the percentage of women affected being much lower than in most other countries. The 13% score was more than 10% below the median of 23.5%.

Franciscan Church in Ljubljana

Franciscan Church in Ljubljana

Ljubljana is certainly not the brightest city at night, but like Sri Lanka, Slovenia is considered a very safe place for women to walk alone at night, with 76% of women saying they feel safe when walking alone. do. Of course, that’s not to say you shouldn’t take some precautions, like following well-lit paths and avoiding deserted areas.

4. Ottawa, Canada

In fourth place is the Canadian capital, Ottawa, which is also the second of the three cities in the top five. Impressive. Ottawa is the most expensive city in the top five for one-bedroom apartments with an average price of $37.78 per night.

The Tulip Festival in Ottawa

One factor that sets Ottawa apart is the prevalence of violence in a woman’s life. Only 1.9% of women say they have experienced any form of violence in their lifetime, indicating an incredibly low tolerance for gender abuse in society and certainly reassuring only female travellers.

5. Edmonton, Canada

The top five is completed by another Canadian city, but this time on the East Coast: security clearly extends across the country! While Edmonton ranks high when it comes to safety for women walking alone at night and

Harmke traveling alone in Edmonton

Low tolerance for gender-based violence, it is worth noting that Edmonton, like other Canadian cities, has seen a significant increase in overall crime in the last three years.

So while this crime isn’t specifically against women, it’s important to be on your guard as a solo traveler. Be sure to take normal precautions, such as observing your surroundings, being courteous and respectful to others, and knowing who to contact in an emergency. But overall, Edmonton is still a safe option for solo female travelers.

The country where women think it’s safer at night?

Singapore. The country achieved the highest percentage of women who feel safe going out alone at night, with a whopping 88% saying so.

The city that is most illuminated at night?

Chicago Windswept City is also incredibly bright, with a radiation level of over 90,000 and shining well above the average level of 23,920.

Andy Warhol: Marilyn Monroe

Andy Warhol: Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

The city with the lowest crime rate in the last three years?

Vilnius. The Lithuanian capital has the lowest crime rate in the last three years, with a score of 31.41 against the average of 59.7.

The city with the cheapest one-bedroom apartment?

agra. Also home to the Taj Mahal, Agra is also home to the cheapest one-bedroom apartments, offering solo traveler prices from €2.82 a night.

And where does the Netherlands stand in all this?

The Netherlands is represented by 4 cities in the index: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Of these 4 cities, Rotterdam performs best and finishes in 29th place. It is followed by The Hague in 41st place, then Amsterdam in 54th place and finally Utrecht in 72nd place. All the Dutch cities score well in rights women’s mobility and have a medium or higher score on the perceived safety of women at night and the increase in crime in the last 3 years. Neighboring Belgium, with the capital Brussels, is in 104th place.


To compile the global ‘Post-Pandemic Solo Travel Index for Women’, we first compiled a list of all major cities in every country in the world, and then analyzed each city based on the following factors:

Perceived safety of women at night considering the percentage of women who feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they live. This factor has a weight of four and is considered the most important factor in this study. Nighttime brightness takes into account the radiation data of the city in question and uses them as an indicator of nighttime brightness (street lighting/artificial lighting) for women who walk alone. This has a weight of two.

Crime Rise Over The Last Three Years examines the extent to which crime has risen in the city in question over the last three years, with reports highlighting that crime has risen since the pandemic. This factor is weighted out of three and is considered the second most important factor in this study. To measure the safety of cities for solo female travelers, we need to look beyond street safety and crime levels. Safety also depends on the attitudes and culture of a destination.

Women’s mobility rights refer to restrictions on women’s freedom of movement, analyzing the following questions: Can a woman choose where to live in the same way as a man? Can a woman travel outdoors in the same way as a man? Can a woman apply for a passport in the same way as a man? Can a woman travel abroad in the same way as a man? This has a weight of 2.

Lifetime prevalence of violence looks at the percentage of women in a country who have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. While this is directly related to domestic violence, it is a good indicator of attitudes towards violence against women in that culture. This has a weighting factor of 2.

And finally, dealing with Covid-19. The data shows that 49% of solo female travelers consider “managing the Covid-19 pandemic” to be an “extremely important” or “very important” factor when choosing a travel location. To analyze this, we look at data indicating how countries have managed the pandemic in the 43 weeks since the 100th confirmed case of COVID-19. This has a weighting factor of 1.

In addition, it is important to look at how much it costs for women traveling alone to take security measures in each city.

  • The price of a taxi is based on the average price of a taxi ride for 1 kilometer, something many women rely on to get them home safely at night.
  • The price of a one-bedroom apartment is based on the average price of a one-bedroom apartment in the respective city for one night.

We used several trusted sources to find data for each of the above categories, and then ranked cities from first to last based on this data. Cities for which a complete data set was not available were omitted from the index.
The scores were then added together for a total score, after which the destinations were ranked based on this overall final score.

Sources include Gallup, the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The initial list included every city on Resonance’s “Best Cities in the World” lists and Euro Monitor’s “Top 100 City Destinations” lists, as well as a number of additional cities borrowed from credible sources such as Culture Trip. and Business Insider at popular destinations around the city.
The full data set and list of sources are available upon request.

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