There is nothing better than discovering the world. As a single woman, you only have the necessary things to think about. 73% of solo female travelers are concerned about their safety, according to a survey by Solo Female Travelers. So the correct destination is important!
Vacation rental search engine Holidu discovered which cities are safest for solo female travelers by ranking destinations around the world based on several factors important to solo female travellers, such as street safety and crime levels, as well as the attitudes, culture and costs of traveling alone in each destination.
To arrive at the so-called Post-Pandemic Solo Travel Index for Women, a number of factors were taken into account. For example, it looked at the percentage of women who felt safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they lived. In addition, the lighting at night, the increase in crime in the last three years, the percentage of domestic violence in the city/region in question and the freedom of movement of women there were also examined. Dealing with COVID-19 was also taken into account: 49% of solo female travelers believe that addressing the Covid-19 pandemic is important when choosing a place to travel, according to research. Based on this, the following top 5 has been drawn up:
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 traveller.
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 crime rates in the country.
2. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Second overall, but first for anyone considering going to Asia, is the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Not only safe, but also affordable: taxis in the city cost about 22 cents per kilometer, which is the fifth cheapest price in the survey, and a one-bedroom apartment is only €14.27 per night.
Colombo ranks first in the country’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with strict measures including island-wide travel restrictions and isolation areas to curb the spread of the virus.
Note that the city is not particularly illuminated at night. However, the Sri Lankan capital ranks sixth in the percentage of women who feel safe walking alone at night.
3. Ljubljana, Slovenia
One of the factors on which the Slovenian capital scores well is the (low) amount of violence in women’s lives. The 13% score was more than 10% below the median of 23.5%.
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. make.
4. Ottawa, Canada
Only 1.9% of women here report having experienced some form of violence in their life; certainly reassuring for solo female travellers.
5. Edmonton, Canada
While Edmonton ranks highly for the safety of women walking alone at night and low tolerance for gender-based violence, it is important to note that Edmonton, like other Canadian cities, has seen a significant increase in crime. general.
The following applies to the above, but of course to all cities and countries: As a solo (female) traveller, be on the lookout. Think carefully, monitor the environment, be courteous and respectful to others, and know who to contact in an emergency.
And where does the Netherlands stand in all this?
The Netherlands is represented by four cities in the index: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Rotterdam performs best on the list 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 Dutch cities score well on mobility rights of women and have a score of average or higher in the perceived safety of women at night and the increase in crime in the last three years.