Top 10 Safest Cities for Women to Travel Alone

It can be incredibly dangerous for a woman to travel alone. Every year we hear news about sexual assaults on women who have been vacationing. It’s not only the physical attacks that make traveling alone as a female dangerous. Some places will try and take advantage of the lone traveler, charging them more money than other people. Hotel room theft and pickpocketing are also easier if the person is alone.

There are many places in the world where it may be unsafe for a woman to travel alone. Consider all the aspects of the trip – Will you be walking alone at night? Will you have a tour guide or be exploring the city on your own? Do you have friends or family there that can provide safety when you need it?

We came up with a list of 10 cities where women should be safe travelling alone. Anyone traveling to a new city should be knowledgeable about the dangers and how to get help if they need it. To choose the cities, we looked at the rights and wages of women in the particular countries, along with crimes against women statistics.

Here are our top picks for cities to visit if you are a lone female traveler.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is its largest city with almost two million people in its metropolitan area. This busy city sports beautiful architecture and renowned shopping. Be sure to see the goddess Gefjun fountain, which tells the mythological story of how Denmark was created. Stop by at night, where the fountain lights up with a blue glow, alluding to the magic in the Norse religious history.

2. Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, located in Ontario but bordering Quebec. When traveling through this multicultural city you will hear both French and English spoken interchangeably. Be sure to check out the By Ward Market. This market is one of the oldest in Canada and sees over 50,000 visitors every weekend. Shop for local produce and artisan breads and cheeses, along with handmade clothing and jewelry. Be sure to stop by one of the famous restaurants to complete this shopping adventure.

3. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, sporting 1,400,000 residents. It is known as the “City of Sails” because of the high amount of yachts in its harbor. Be sure to check out the beautiful beaches and see the ships sailing. Enjoy 3 kilometers of pristine white beaches in the township of Orewa. After a sunny day, relax in the natural thermal springs at the Waiwera Thermal Resort.

4. Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland, with over 1,300,000 people in its metropolitan area. Enjoy the amazing architecture in Helsinki, with numerous Art Nouveau style buildings. The city was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. A walking tour to view the architecture and art galleries would give you a full view of why this vibrant city of the design capital. After a day exploring the city, enjoy the fantastic Nordic style clothing, which makes for fantastic shopping opportunities.

5. Hilo, Hawaii

There are many safe cities for women in the United States, but for a vacation you can’t beat Hawaii. Hilo is on the island of Hawaii, also known as the “Big Island” to avoid any confusion over the name. Hilo is the largest settlement on the island, with over 40,000 people. Be sure to check out the natural scenery with a trip to the Akaka Falls State Park, where a beautiful 400-foot high waterfall will amaze you. Hilo is also home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, so snack on delicious chocolate covered macadamia nuts as a treat.

6. Perth, Australia

The beaches in Australia rival any from around the world. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and sports a population of over 1,800,000 people. Be sure to check out Kings Park, which is the largest inner city park in the world. Over 6,000,000 people visit the park every year. We can’t forget about rest and relaxation in Perth, as the beaches are sublime. Sun tan at Cottesloe Beach, or go surfing at Scarborough Beach.

7. Oslo, Norway

Every year, Scandinavian countries show up in the top 10 lists for equal treatment of women. Norway is a beautiful country to visit, with Oslo being the capital and largest city. Take in the amazing art with a trip to Vigeland Sculpture Park. This beautiful and thought provoking art park attracts over 1,000,000 visitors per year. The sculpture park was created by Gustav Vigeland and has over 200 pieces of iron, granite, and bronze art. After a day appreciating the culture, finish the trip with a visit to some of the busiest nightclubs in the country.

8. Setubal, Portugal

Warm Portugal is a beautiful vacation destination. If you want a private and relaxing vacation, take a trip to Setubal. This smaller city has a population of just under 800,000 people. Explore the city and enjoy the fresh caught seafood and delicious wines. If you want to get away from it all, take a trip to Serra da Arrabida National Park where the forest meets the sea. The most beautiful beach here is Portinho da Arrabida, as the water is almost perfectly still with no waves.

9. Malmö, Sweden

Sweden is known around the world for their beautiful people and culture. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and is located at the southern tip of the country. Malmö is a great location for an active holiday. Enjoy viewing the natural landscape by hiking or by boat. The city also sports amazing golf courses. If you want to stay in the city, enjoy the superb shopping that Sweden has to offer. Malmö has an abundance of eco-friendly shopping choices, with environmentally friendly clothing and restaurant choices.

10. Marseille, France

While anywhere in France would make for an amazing vacation, check out the opulent Marseille for a unique trip. This historic city is filled with culture and heritage. It is the second largest city in France with a population of almost 3,000,000 people in its metropolitan area. The city lays on the Mediterranean coast, giving it prime beaches and delicious seafood meals. Take a bus or taxi to visit the beaches, as they can be so popular that parking is almost non-existent. Enjoy boat rides to nearby islands and watch out for the underwater remains of the téléscaphe – underwater cars that transported tourists through the beautiful water in the 1960’s.

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