Traveling alone does not have to carry any danger, but the reality is that there are countries more dangerous than others. Although there are less safe destinations for women, that does not mean you cannot travel to these places, but you must do so with caution. Then you have the most dangerous countries in the world to travel alone.
The 10 most dangerous countries to travel alone
Only Female Travelers (‘Women who travel alone’) from Trip.com has compiled a ranking with the ten worst destinations to travel alone. This study has been based on a survey among its users. Although these destinations are classified as dangerous, you can travel to them perfectly if you follow some advice.
Egypt is the most dangerous destination to travel alone according to this ranking. Many of the women surveyed noticed that Egyptian men can be quite aggressive especially in crowded markets. It is essential to respect the local rules of dress, even avoid visual contact with the premises as it can be considered a flirtation, it is best to mix and not call attention, as recommended by Trip. It is advisable to stay in neighborhoods like Zamalek and use Uber instead of a taxi.
Morocco ranks second in the list of the most dangerous countries to travel alone. If you visit Morocco recommend “dress conservatively, cover the shoulders and legs.” At night, it is better to stay in a well-lit place with people. The souks can be quite an experience, both positive and negative. When you go to a flea market, you must be prepared since some store owners can be aggressive and not accept a no answer. Learn some phrases in Arabic or French to communicate better. The compliments on the street are the order of the day, but it is better to ignore them.
The popular tourist resorts are quite safe in Jamaica, but traveling beyond those borders means attracting the unwanted attention of some people. In fact, the State Department warns that violent crime is a serious problem in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay. Jamaican culture can be homophobic, so if you travel with your girlfriend, you should be discreet. They also recommend using crossed bags to prevent theft.
India is one of the most popular destinations for traveling alone. From Trip, they recommend starting and ending the days early and not going out at night. Some travelers surveyed advise buying and wearing Indian clothes when you arrive at your destination. In addition, this type of clothing will help you withstand temperatures. Regarding transportation, it is recommended to buy the highest class train ticket or to bet on transportation only for women in cities such as Delhi. Do not go out alone at night, as sexual assault is a very real threat in India.
Family-run guesthouses are ideal places to sleep, as owners feel obliged to take care of their clients, especially women who travel alone. In addition, they often meet trusted people who work in the world of tourism as guides or car drivers.
Large cities tend to be more dangerous than small towns or mountainous regions. The Lima is recommended to use Uber or, call a taxi from the hotel instead of calling it from the street. You can also consider renting a seat in a private bus company instead of public transportation. Do not show your valuables to anyone.
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Many travelers may be surprised that the Bahamas are on the list, as American tourists flock to their vacations. But New Providence, which includes Nassau and Paradise Island, has a high level of crime. It is recommended to keep a close watch on food and drink if you leave the hotel and travel through the most populated areas. Despite all this, many women who traveled to the Bahamas have indicated that they had no problems during their stay.
Traveling to Colombia may be fine, but drug trafficking, organized crime; kidnappings and the political and social upheaval in the country make it a very dangerous destination. It is recommended not to take the phone out on the street or leave the bag on the back of a chair. It is also advisable to book taxis in advance, since you should never take a taxi from the street. Avoid walking alone at night and bet on the more expensive night buses, as they are safer and more comfortable.
Many of the women surveyed consider Ecuador a fairly friendly and safe destination, but the crime is still very present. For example: hotel robberies, express kidnappings and sexual assaults and rapes are still a big problem for the country. Listen to trusted locals so they can tell you which are the best neighborhoods, keep an eye on your belongings on public transport and be especially careful after dark.
Turkey has experienced considerable political instability in the last year, which has made it an unsafe destination. Before traveling, check the regular security notices of the country. Keep in mind how to dress and sunbathe outside of Istanbul. If you plan to visit any of its mosques, remember to take a scarf to cover your head. It is recommended to stop taxis in well-lit places with heavy traffic. Shopkeepers or restaurant owners can be aggressive, especially with women, ignore their comments and keep walking.
Guatemala is a fairly safe destination, but the travelers surveyed did take precautions that they would not normally take. For example, take taxis at night instead of walking alone. It is also recommended to rent door-to-door transportation services. Knowing Spanish can also help you. Finally, they advise using a fanny pack to store money or valuables.