It is an unfortunate observation: being a woman is not always without risks when you want to travel, especially if you intend to travel on your own.
What do you need to know when traveling alone?
According to a Visa Global Intentions Study (VGIS) survey from 2015, the number of people traveling alone has increased in ten years (1 in 15 on average in 2005, and 1 in 5 in 2015). In this proportion, there are more women than men.
Traveling alone has many advantages. You can spend more time exploring. And above all, you have more freedom. However, the gender factor can be a problem. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, 38% of women worldwide were victims of physical and sexual assault in 2017. Of this 38 %, 41% of women were assaulted while traveling. Therefore, do not minimize the risks when going alone. We must focus on the safest countries.
Japan, the country of respect
On the Asian side, Japan is one of the safest countries. A sense of respect and honor are an integral part of Japanese culture.
Perfect for a solo trip, Japan is full of tourist cities with many cultural activities, such as visiting feudal temples, manga museums, not to mention gastronomy, a unique experience to discover at least once in your life. There are also many natural sites to visit, such as Mount Fuji or the Ogasawara coast.
New Zealand, in the footsteps of hobbits
New Zealand is not only the setting for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it is also a safe place to travel when you are a woman. You will discover many breathtaking landscapes and exciting cultural activities. Also, you can take treks and hikes in the most beautiful places in the region. Let us not forget the New Zealanders who are unusually warm and welcoming.
Finland, the land of happiness
Ranked first in the United Nations (UN) World Happiness Report 2018, Finland is the country with the world lowest crime rate and is declared the most welcoming. It is not the only criterion for traveling alone when you are a woman: Finland offers many exciting and unique activities to live. Excursions to contemplate the Northern Lights, including husky sleigh rides, as well as picturesque villages and landscapes.
Australia and Melbourne
Australia, one of the safest countries in the world, is full of magnificent and exotic landscapes. Melbourne, on the other hand, has been named the most pleasant city in the world by The Economist magazine. Extremely diversified, it offers green spaces, theatres, museums, and monuments. A visit not to be missed.
Canada and the City of Montreal
Canada is another country that will not fail to welcome you warmly, especially in Montreal. This city is renowned for its friendliness and pleasant atmosphere. Ideal for traveling alone when you are a woman, Montreal is full of cultural, artistic and gastronomic interests. Crime is very low and almost non-existent in tourist areas.
The city is home to more than 200 theatre companies and numerous festivals, including the famous Festival international de jazz de Montréal. In addition to the shows, there are also many remarkable landscapes, from the Old Port to the Lachine Canal.