When you go traveling, the number one important thing, besides having an amazing trip, is to stay safe. With all the stories you hear about people going missing or getting killed while traveling, having fun but staying safe is the goal.
Women especially need to keep their eyes open while being in a foreign country. Not to say men aren’t as much in danger, but people seem to target females a little bit more than males.
The importance of safety for female travelers was underlined by the government cautioning travelers about going to half of the country’s states in December 2016 (according to Forbes).
Here are 7 of the most dangerous places for females to travel alone. It doesn’t necessarily mean not to go, but definitely to take caution.
1. Egypt is the first on the list. The U.S. Department of State issued a stern warning to travelers, noting “A number of terrorist groups have committed multiple deadly attacks in Egypt.”
But this doesn’t mean you have to avoid the country entirely. It does have a lot of interesting places that are worth seeing. Just perhaps it’s best to not go there solo.
Some tips to stay safe are always staying on guard, respecting local dress norms, and going on small group tours as opposed to walking alone.
2. Second on the list is Morocco, the exotic North African country. This is where there’s also a high potential for terrorist violence against U.S. citizens.
According to Forbes, The State Department also warns that crime is a serious concern there. Some things you can do is have street smarts, keep walking if catcalled and look presentable.
3. Staying in resorts is pretty safe, but walking around outside of them can be pretty dangerous. The State Department warns that violent crime is a serious problem throughout Jamaica.
However, even in resorts, there have been reports of sexual assaults against American visitors to Jamaica. The culture can be homophobic, so if traveling with a girlfriend be careful.
4. According to Trip.com, India is a favorite destination for solo female travelers. But the country experiences a number of terrorist activities that impact U.S. citizens, according to the State Department.
Some things you can do to stay safe is to keep your eyes open. Even with a companion, sexual assault is a serious problem. Starting and ending your day early helps too.
5. Peru is the fifth place where traveling solo for females isn’t the best idea. According to Forbes, armed robberies, express kidnappings, and carjackings top the list of State Department concerns.
Trip.com users suggest visiting the countryside and smaller towns instead of Peru’s big cities. Also, call an Uber or cab rather than walking the streets with luggage!
6. The Bahamas is on the list. New Providence, including Nassau and Paradise Island, has a criminal threat level that was rated as critical by the Department of State.
When you are out and about, keep a close eye on your food and drinks. Also, make sure to stick to the more populated areas and resorts. This will ensure you stay safe.
7. According to Forbes, in 2016 35 million international travelers visited Mexico. Up to 9% over the previous year. So when you take into account those numbers, the crime rate is low but it’s still dangerous.
It’s advised for women to dress modestly, keep their drinks close and be cautious at night. Doing research on which places to travel to is important.