The safest countries for solo travelers

The safest countries for solo travelers
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Traveling alone may sound daunting, no matter what your gender. We all become easy targets for pick pockets, petty criminals, hijackers and unfortunately, much much worse.

So picking the right country when embarking on a solo journey is extremely important. Take some time to research the crime stats of the countries you plan to visit and chat to other travelers who have already been there as first hand experiences are always the most reliable.

We have compiled a list of some of the safest countries, so that you don't have to. Take a look below:


Ranked #1 on the World Peace Index for the 14th year in a row, Iceland is considered the safest country in the world. Their low crime rates have been attributed to several important factors such as the small population size, strong moral beliefs throughout the population,high standard of living, trust in their police force and their laws on equality are some of the best in the world meaning no tension is created between social and economic classes.


Japan has been consistently rated as one of the safest countries for many years with Tokyo being considered the safest and cleanest city on the country. Strict punishments for criminals have helped to enforce an already strict and law abiding nature in the overall population. This has ensured that Japan remains one of the cleanest and safest places to visit. Cities are just as safe as rural areas so feel free to travel far and wide in this beautiful country.


If you are looking for a solo beach holiday then Malaysia is definitely for you. It is also considered one of the best budget friendly destinations. Malaysia is currently ranked at # 18 on the Global Peace Index with most crimes reported being petty and non violent. That being said, feel free to explore the islands and various regions but ensure you don't carry unnecessary or very expensive belongings if you don't have to.


The beautiful and diverse landscapes of Chile can be very enticing for travelers and you should definitely go for it! Chile is one of the safest places in South America and has plenty to offer the discerning tourist. Be sure to learn some Spanish or invest in a translator app to make your trip a bit easier. There are many group tours available for all the main tourist attractions if you don't feel completely comfortable going alone.

New Zealand

Filled with beautiful landscapes and diverse, friendly locals, New Zealand is a Must Visit for any traveler. You'll find many Lord of the Rings inspired tourist attractions as well as adventure sports and activities that take advantage of the natural surroundings. Safety is not a major concern here as it is currently the Second safest country in the world. New Zealand is also a great option if you're looking at backpacking.

The World may be full of horrible places and terrible people but if you take some time to research and have an open mind, you can find many options for a safe, fulfilling trip that will leave you wanting more!

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