We’ve all seen the scene in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason when Bridget ends up in jail in Thailand, singing Madonna songs in a Wonderbra, after unwittingly smuggling cocaine. It’s enough to make you wary of going abroad at all, let alone by yourself.
In reality, however, millions of women travel alone every year without any sort of mishap. Travelling alone has become the norm, and despite valid safety concerns, studies show that more women than men are doing it. In fact, according to statistics by the Travel Industry Association of America, the average traveller is no longer the 28-year-old man but a 47-year-old woman.
There are various reasons for this, including women’s increased financial independence and a decrease in the stigma associated with travelling solo. Although there are a handful of places to avoid braving solo (or at all), as long as you exercise common sense and read up on the local culture, the world is very much your oyster.
As a fellow female traveller myself, here are six places I recommend based on personal experience and on quantifiable criteria from two credible sources: The Global Peace Index 2016 report, which looks at statistics for factors such as homicide, violent crimes, and access to weapons, and The Economist’s Safe City Index 2015 report, which looks at 50 cities, focusing on factors such as personal safety and digital security.