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In the spirit of Beyonce – to all the single (traveling) ladies out there – add these places to your list. These 20 cities are considered some of the safest in the world for the female solo traveler – so book a ticket, pack a bag and get ready to make some of the best memories of your life.

 

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1. Basel, Switzerland

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Basel is one of Switzerland’s most underrated and charming cities known for its rich architecture and world class art scene.

With its relatively intimate medieval town centre and good transportation around the area in their famous green trams, it makes for an easy city to navigate and explore within a small area.

If you happen to be there during the summer, make sure you drop by the famous art fair Art Basel, which is the leading event for modern classics and contemporary art. After taking in the fair, drop by to watch the spectacle of the elites of the art world at Campari Bar while you’re sipping on a drink. It will be quite an experience, and definitely something to do solo.

 

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2. Perth, Australia

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Perth – the capital of Western Australia – is a diverse city that embodies the Australian spirit. The city’s isolated location and relatively small 2.million population gives it more personality than the hustle and bustle of larger cities in Australia and fewer people make this a part of their travel itinerary because it seems to lack the adventures of the East Coast.

Visit the Perth Royal Mint to learn the history of the city during its Gold Rush days or enjoy the famous beaches for surf and sun.

 

3. Brussels, Belgium

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The capital of Belgium, headquarters to NATO and the European Union, has more to offer than just its political connotations.

The city is considered to be a melting pot of different cultures due to its history mixing both Dutch and French history. Most sights in the city will take you along the old cobblestone roads of Old Town and are within reasonable walking distance of each other making it safe to wander on your own. 

The city has nine boroughs with all different characteristics and culture and encompasses beautiful sites such as the Grand Place and St. Catherine’s Square and various bars and restaurants on Place St. Géry, including the famous Halles St-Géry meat market.

 

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Considered the contemporary and trendy capital of Scandinavia, Copenhagen offers a lot of culture and charm for the solo traveler.

Despite its big city-big lights feeling, it’s still small enough to navigate safely whether it’s by foot or on one of its many bike lanes connecting all the boroughs.

From drinking beer at a sidewalk restaurant by the canal in Nyhavn to shopping the trendiest up-and-coming labels in Vesterbro, the city is teeming with small and intimate spaces, and friendly locals.

(READ: How I Almost Got Arrested in Copenhagen)

 

 

5. Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is the capital of Austria and is known for its immense history being a former imperial capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The city centre is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and if you enjoy beautiful architecture you can bask in Vienna’s grand Baroque castles, gothic churches and monumental sculptures.

Considered one of the safest cities in the world because of its size — it is a culturally rich city to enjoy on your travels. If you want to experience old traditions of the city, visit the beautiful Vienna State Opera and attend a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic.

 

 

6. Osaka, Japan

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Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and is historically known as a merchant city because of its location by the mouth of Yodo River on Osaka Bay.

Despite being inhabited by 2.7 millions, the city is considered very safe for travelers and maintains a low crime rate.

A must-see in the city are the cherry blossoms at Osaka or Himeji Castle in the Spring.  If you’re a foodie, immerse yourself in the rich food culture and its many food markets. The areas of Umeda and Dotonburi have the most places to indulge in various cuisine ranging from restaurants, and famous and local street food. Make sure you the ol’ traditional sushi or the broth-heavenly-delicious ramen.

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7. Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area of Western Canada and the third largest city of Canada. It is known for both its nature and coastal beauty as it is located between the Coast Mountains of British Colombia and the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy a stroll in Stanley Park and then grab a coffee in the area of West End or go to the city centre to experience more cultural input such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Lookout Tower or Vancouver Aquarium.

The city is full of diversity and Canadians are known across the globe for their hospitality and friendliness – in a plaid-shirt or not!

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8. Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki, also known as Helsingfors, is the capital of Finland and has more to offer than just cold, snow and dark.  Despite its lengthy winter lasting from November to March, the city holds its beauty all year around.

Visit the Senate Square to behold the statue of Tsar Alexander along with seeing the President’s Palace, House of Nobility and Government Palace all in short distance of each other. Helsinki also has a big market, Kauppatori, by the northern end of the Eteläsatama harbor where you can find seasonal food, souvenirs and a bustling produce market.

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9. Edinburgh, Scotland

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The Scottish city of Edinburgh has all the charm that you look for in a travel destination. The city itself has an ancient, but modern feel to it – combining small cobblestone streets and narrow passages to Gothic churches alongside hip and modern coffee shops and boutiques.

Visit Edinburgh Castle to get an amazing view of the city below and the Scottish Highlands in the distance and then head down to the intimate and small space of Fruitmarket Gallery for a pot of tea, cake and contemporary art.

Since the city is relatively small with its 450,000 inhabitants, it doesn’t feel to daunting to walk alone or explore the city on your own.

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10. Reykjavik, Iceland

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The largest city of Reykjavik is one of the focal points of tourism in Iceland. Legend has it that the first permanent settler in the country was a Norwegian named Ingolfur Arnarson. He is said to have thrown his seat pillars into the sea en route to Iceland, and decided to settle wherever the pillars washed up. Hence, the city was born.

But Reykjavik has a lot more to offer than just history. The city is small and easy to walk around and boosts a variety of houses painted in bright colors. The majority of travelers take in the beautiful scenery of the Icelandic nature, but there is plenty else to do – from arctic surfing and whale watching to swimming in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon.

(READ: 5 Things You’ve Got To Do In Reykjavik, Iceland)

 

11. Seoul, South-Korea

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Seoul, the capital of Korea, is a well-organized city and has both a modern and ancient history. Explore Seoul’s different 25 districts, each consisting of an area and population comparable to a small European city.

Some notable districts are Jung with its historic and lavish UNESCO World Heritage site Cheongyecheon Palace, Gangnam with its glamour and luxury and Hongdae known for its underground art scene and nightlife.

Despite its huge municipal population of over 11.8 million people, Seoul is a remarkably safe city despite its size and both pickpocketing and violent crime is minimal.

 

12. Bergen, Norway

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Explore one of Norway’s most scenic cities blessed with its location alongside seven mountains and the coastal waters of the Northern Sea.

With its mild climate, there is no fear of getting caught in a snowstorm so there is more to the city than just the cold.

Walk along Bryggen by Vågen harbor to see the old architecture and history of the town and then head up to Fløyen to get a spectacular view of the surrounding fjord. Finish your walk or trip by visiting the small and intimate food hall or fish market for a fresh catch. As a solo traveler, you can walk safely along the small cobbled streets and take in Bergen’s intimate atmosphere.

 

 

13. Venice, Italy

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The dreamy and romantic city of Venice is not only for honeymooners and couples. The magic of the place is that Venice is virtually the same as it was 600 years ago making it a nostalgic and ancient place for solo exploring.

Divided into different boroughs, the main districts include Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Castello, Santa Croce and San Marco where the main monuments and sights are located.

These areas are also relatively safe. Filled with culture and arts, The Doge’s Palace and St. Marks Basilica is a must see. End the day by one of the canals sipping on a Aperol Spritz as the sun goes down – a pretty good deal for a solo traveler if you ask me.

 

14. Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the European cities that is known for its thriving and energizing contemporary culture. The city is built on seven hills making for some steep inclines and declines as you explore the winding and tricky cobblestoned streets. The neighborhoods of Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto have everything your heart desires containing a genuine Portuguese charm and friendliness.

A personal recommendation of mine is to experience an authentic, modern, but atypical Portuguese cuisine at Bairro do Avillez, chef José Avillez (one of the nicest guys I have met!) new restaurant in Chiado. Try the octopus salad along with some local wine – it is to die for. The perfect foodie experience in Lisbon.

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15. Marseilles, France

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Marseilles is the second largest city of France and the biggest Mediterranean port of the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur region. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, it has a rich history and is known for its beautiful waterfront and harbor.

Though it may not be considered as aesthetically pleasing as Paris, Marseille still has charm despite being more industrial. Visit the basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde located at the highest point of the city for the beautiful Neo-Byzantine architecture and the view of the Old Port of Marseille and then go to the area of Le Cours Julien La Plaine for shops, bookstores, cafeś and inspirational street art.

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16. Budapest, Hungary

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Hungary’s capital, Budapest is a unique and historic city and is nicknamed “Paris of the East”. Having been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1987, the city is known for its natural thermal baths and scenic and grand architectural buildings such as the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and National Gallery at the Royal Palace.

Budapest is generally very safe and makes for an great travel destination because of its rich cultural sights. Most of the city’s highlights are within short walking distance from each other and the city centre of Buda.

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17. Jerusalem, Israel


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Though you may seem skeptic of the capital of Israel, Jerusalem is considered safe for tourists. Just keep in mind that one should dress accordingly to the culture and be aware of religious views and time in regards to Muslim prayer. Taking that into consideration, the city is one of the most ancient in the world and named ‘The City of Gold’.

It can be divided into districts where the Old City is the place to go for the most holy sites and truly breathtaking and beautiful building quarters. For a more picturesque view of Jerusalem visit the neighborhood of Ein Keres located among hills covered with olive trees and cypress trees. While you’re there stop by the small galleries owned by local artists and sculptors.

 

18. Singapore, The Republic of Singapore

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Singapore is a city-state island in the Southeast of Asia founded as a British trading colony in 1819. Since then it has become one of the most contemporary cities in the world with skyscrapers and a central position within the financial market of the world.

Despite the 5.5 million living in the city, it is considered to be one of the safest places in the world and especially when it comes to single female travelers.

What is also unique for the densely populated island country is that it contains over 50 major green parks and 4 nature reserves making it a beautiful garden city. While you’re there, be sure you try the various cuisines which consists of a mix of Asian fusions such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai and even American food. One of the specialities is supposed to be the chili crab, which is notoriously difficult to eat without making a mess (but supposedly totally worth it).

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19. Tainan, Taiwan

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Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan famous for its ancient temples and historic buildings. One of the most famous districts is the Anping District, the original capital of Taiwan and home to the Eternal Golden Castle, a 19th century coastal fortress, and the ruins of Anping Fort, which originates from the 17th century.

Another famous sight is the picturesque Chihkan Towers with a beautiful garden that is even more enchanting at night when the lights are lit and enhances the architecture. Tainan is safe for the solo traveler, but just make sure to look out for the heavy traffic while you are there.

 

20. Amsterdam

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Because of the city’s many canals, Amsterdam has been named ‘Venice of the North’ and conjures the same feeling of charm and romantic as Venice itself. The city attracts almost 7 million travelers annually and has more than 1,500 bridges that connect the various districts and areas together.

Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in the world and offers an abundance of interests – from culture to partying to food – as any good city should do.

Visit the Old Centre which is the most visited area of Amsterdam known for its canals, shopping and many coffeeshops or hop on your bike and go to the Plantage to visit the many museums there. Whatever you are looking for, Amsterdam has it.

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Whether you travel alone or not, make sure to always take precautions and stay safe, but don´t be afraid to travel as a single female traveler.

(READ NEXT : 5 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life)

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  • This list is so great! I traveled solo a bit in Seoul, Korea and Nice, France and felt safe in both places. Definitely saving this post for the next time I am looking to solo travel, thanks for sharing! =o)

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  • Thank you so much for reccomending these. I’ve been desperate to do a solo trip so this is so helpful!

    Abigail Alice x

  • I have had quite different experiences in some of these places. In Copenhagen, I got turned away from restaurants time and again. Maybe it wasn’t a safety issue–I wasn’t in danger– but I felt unwelcome. I also got harassed a lot in West Jerusalem. I feel safer in Paris than in Marseilles, and safer again in smaller cities than Paris.
    All that said, the only place in the world (and I have been to every continent) where I had a problem beyond taunts was in Barcelona, where a guy tried to steal my bag. I was on a weekend trip and had no intention of spending it at the consulate, so I didn’t let go. He dragged me down the street. I screamed my head off and people gathered to watch, but nobody lifted a finger to help me. Finally somebody made a move toward the guy and he let go and ran off.

    • theinspoproject

      That sounds SO scary – I’ve heard too many stories of people getting their bag stolen in Barcelona. Notorious for pickpockets. Thanks for sharing your story with us! We should all be safe while traveling. Easier said than done, though obviously. <3

  • Great roundup, it’s always good to share safe destinations with each other! Some other recent cities I’ve visited that I found very solo female traveler friendly include: Tokyo, Zagreb, London, Kotor, Edinburgh, Antibes, all of Patagonia, and of course my hometown of Boston!

    • theinspoproject

      Awesome additions to this list – thank you!

  • Great Article! A single lady myself I’ve traveled to Venice alone and had a blast. I highly recommend it. Thanks for sharing such a great list. It has definitely given me some ideas for my next vacation.

  • Awesome post! I love to travel, but safety is always a concern. I’m going to keep this list in mind when planning my next trip!

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    Rachel
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  • Very nice article ! I love all those places and some are def on my to do list.. I wouldn’t agree on all this places even though I want to visit all of them. At the end it’s about adventure 🙂

  • Great list! I am dying to get to Singapore and Seoul!

  • Lesley

    Perth, Australia, is a city of almost 2 million. There’s a lot more to do here than visit the Mint!

    • Ane

      Hi Lesley – sorry for the major typo there! If you have any recommendations for Perth, please do share with us 🙂
      – Keep smiling, Ane

    • Keryn

      I agree. Love King’s Park and the Perth Zoo. I’ve visited there a couple of times. Last time I made do with the public transport which is very good. Spent a day in Fremantle which was a short train ride from Perth and also having a hire car were able to visit national parks. Also took a boat to Rottnest Island which we enjoyed however that was quite a few years ago so I don’t know what the facilities are like now.

  • Australia, Canada and Norway are next on my list!
    Jabeen x
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    • Keryn

      I definitely agree that Perth is a safe friendly city. I live on the east coast (3 days train or 5 1/2 hours flight from Perth) however have had the pleasure of spending a few days in Perth. As is the case anywhere always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Such a beautiful post empowering women to travel on their own! It is so very sad that so many women still dread solo travel. It’s so unfortunate that we are still living in a time where violence in these situations is so common. We (in an ideal world) should be able to see our beautiful planet on our own if we desire and that can only be done if we keep empowering other to do so.. Safety is so important, but it is so sad that we as women are still travelling in fear. Wouldn’t it be great if the whole world was safe!

  • Wow. considering I’ve traveled so much I have been to a SINGLE PLACE on this list. Shame on me! Mine were a bit off the beaten path I guess, I need to do more mainstream. Gorgeous pictures.

  • Allie

    Marseille a safe place ? For sure it’s a beautiful place but there’s no week without violent problems ! Paris is far more safer, people just get crazy because of the 3 terrible attacks of 2015 and it’s a shame…

    • Ane Sund Sjoevold

      I believe things are always subjective. I experienced pickpocketing and assault in Paris. However, I know this safe/unsafe goes for many cities if not almost everyone. Thanks for reading the post! 🙂

      Keep smiling,
      Ane

  • Great list and I definitely encourage other young women to go travel by themselves! I have always had great experiences, and I’ve met amazing people. Just keep your wits about you and trust your instinct.
    One big BUT though; Marseille is NOT a very safe city! It is actually more dangerous than Paris (https://www.numbeo.com/crime/compare_cities.jsp?country1=France&country2=France&city1=Paris&city2=Marseille&tracking=getDispatchComparison) and it is the only place I have ever been harassed, on all of my travels.
    I would definetely recommend other cities on the Mediterranian though, relatively unknown but lovely; Montpellier is a vibrant city full of students and Nice is gorgeous.

    • Ane Sund Sjoevold

      Thanks for sharing the information and for suggestions! Love to hear of other places 🙂

  • Love this Post 🙂
    Feeling sad as there is no Indian city mentioned here.

    Thanks for this awesome post.

    • Ane Sund Sjoevold

      Thanks for reading the post! If you want to share any Indian cities please let us know. Would love to hear of other places as well!

      Keep smiling,
      Ane

  • Emilie

    Sorry to say that the saffer place in France is far fom being Marseilles. Try Lyon instead 😉

  • Emilie

    Sory to say that the safer place in France if far from being Marseilles. Try on instead 😉

  • Emilie

    Sory to say that the safer place in France is far from being Marseilles. Try on instead 😉

  • AHZ

    I think your photo number 7 of Vancouver is of Vancouver, Washington. I think that it is important to note that most cities do have their seedier sides and that you should always check before you venture out.

    • Ane Sund Sjoevold

      Thank you for the heads up, AHZ, and for reading the post! And I totally agree, cities do have both their light and dark sides so as I mentioned one should take precautions before traveling.

      Keep smiling,
      Ane

  • Tracey

    What the heck are you basing this list on? You’re not even providing any information of why these might be safe places? Australia has one of the highest reported sexual assault rates in the world. I was sexually assaulted there myself numerous times as a solo female traveller.

    • Keryn

      Like anywhere you have to be aware of your surroundings. I have lived in Australia all my life and have never felt unsafe however I don’t go anywhere at night on my own and am now in the age category where nightclubs aren’t frequented at all 🙂 None of my friends or family have ever been assaulted.

    • Ane Sund Sjoevold

      I’m so sorry to hear about your experience in Australia. It sounds awful! As with all cities, there are both good and bad sides. Even where I live here in Oslo things happen despite being named a safe city. The list is based on nomadlist.com of safe cities, which have a thorough overview of places to live and work 🙂

      Keep smiling,
      Ane

  • Amazing list of places to travel to! I crave traveling, I honestly wish I lived in Europe it’s just easier to get on a train and travel from country to country. If only! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

  • Keryn

    Thanks so much for this information and to all those who have left comments. I definitely agree with Seoul and actually Daejong, Iksan & Busan. I been fortunate to spend a few weeks in South Korea with my husband as our son taught English in a middle school for two years and is married to a beautiful Korean lady. Even travelling in back alleys back to our hotel at night we never felt unsafe. Store owners leave items on the footpath outside their shops and cars often are left unlocked as in some areas they triple park and need to be able to maneuver the vehicle to access other cars behind them.

  • Thank you this was a great list!

  • Joëlle

    I’ve lived in Amsterdam, which is indeed quite safe if you look at crime statistics (bike theft is a problem in all Dutch cities though, be aware if you rent one and lock it at all times, preferably with two locks). Totally agree with Copenhagen, Singapore and Vienna. However, with the recent developments in Brussels I wouldn’t call it one of the safest destinations of the world – sadly – and friends who live there tell me it’s better not to walk alone at night as a woman in areas such as around the Brussels North train station. Not sure about Marseille either. I think it’s always good to ask locals about the safer and less safe parts of town, to make sure you don’t end up in the wrong neighborhood!

  • Nice list! Been to most of the places but not Marsaille, should add it to my list 🙂

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  • I’ve only been to 4 of these destinations..looks like I’ve got some globetrotting to do lol Great post

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  • Thanks, I was surprised to see Jerusalem on that list, as I always thought that Israel is a dangerous place due to political conflict. I am no longer traveling alone much, but it is good to know places where I can. And, the photography is beautiful

  • Beautiful pictures! I visited Vancouver by myself and had an absolute blast! There are definitely some areas to stay away from, I can’t remember what the street is called but apparently it is absolutely filled with unfriendly homeless people (unlike the homeless on the main streets). I’m looking to do more solo travel so will definitely be referring to this post a few times!
    Steph xo
    https://adventureswithsteph.com/

  • All these are lovely! Would have to add Ambergris Caye, Belize and Accra, Ghana. Felt so safe there!

  • This is a great list, I’ve got quite a few of these places on my list! Totally agree about Edinburgh- it’s one of the loveliest places I’ve been to. I’d also recommend Dubrovnik, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia as they’re two of the places I went to on a solo trip this summer and I’ve never felt safer!

    Emily || http://puttheworldtowrites.co.uk/