Solo traveling is definitely on the trend, and a lot of people, both men and women, are embarking on this journey but for females, safety issues are a big concern while traveling solo.
A user took it to the forum, and asked “Are there any countries you would recommend avoiding As A Solo Female Traveler In Her Mid 20s?”. Here are the top responses.
“As a female solo traveler, you should be extra cautious in Nepal! Kathmandu can be sketchy at night. Plus spending 2 weeks or more alone with a male trekking guide can lead to bad situations, just be aware and do your research on guides.”, said one user.
“I would never ever ever go to Egypt again. Never ending harassment even when I dressed very modestly. I liked Morocco but I was with a group of male and female so there was less harassment.”, said one user.
“Went with my mom to Egypt when I was 13. Was harassed a bunch of times that week, we ended up staying only at the hotel, and walking in the middle of the road (there was a divider) to the beach.
Last one is mostly due to annoying sellers, though. The harassment wasn’t level 10, but it was still so uncomfortable.”, said another user.
“The US government recommends if you plan to go just show how truly wild it is. Draft a will, discuss funeral wishes with loved ones, appoint a specific family member as your point of contact for hostage negotiations, leave DNA samples with your medical provider.”, said one user.
“There are foreigners locked up in Myanmar with no access to consular services. Aung San Suu Kyi is currently in prison awaiting a show trial. Why would you want to support this regime by giving them your hard currency?”, said one user.
“Italy and certain parts of Europe if you are a black woman. One of the scariest times of my life honestly.
Leering, jeers and quite shockingly; just directly had servers ignore me when I sat down to eat, a salon literally flipped their sign to ‘closed’ when I came in for service while still serving other incoming clients.”, said one user.
“Escaped from an aggressive taxi driver in Bangkok when I was there on my own. Left a very bad taste in my mouth!”, said one user.
“Guatemala and parts of Belize. Kidnapping, physical assault and murder are rampant for solo females.”, said one user.
“Brunei was brutal for me. Incessant catcalls and harassment. Unwanted touching. Despite being covered- in line with what their society deems appropriate for women.”, said one user.
“My personal experience: In Istanbul, Turkey, I was groped by a random stranger walking by while waiting for an ATM.”, said one user.
“South Africa should be on top of this list. I (an American female) moved to Joburg for work for 6 months a few years ago. I was told to never walk outside alone, even in daylight.
My company had a whole kidnapping protocol and everyone I talked to that lived there had a story (mugging, break in, carjacking, etc). When my boyfriend at the time came to visit, he insisted we walk to the restaurant 3 blocks away but I told him we needed to Uber.
He finally relented and during our uber ride, we saw a man literally hiding in the bushes around a corner just waiting to attack someone walking by.”, said one user.
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