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Revealed: the safest cities for solo women travellers

WayAway found that 24 percent of women have cancelled a trip over safety concerns

Beril Naz Hassan
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Beril Naz Hassan

Unlike their male counterparts, women find themselves having to think long and hard about whether it will be safe for them to travel alone to a certain destination – even if a country is at the top of their bucket list. 

To help women plan their travels, travel site WayAway has studied over 200 cities around the world to determine the top 30 safest cities for solo female travellers. They interviewed locals, investigated the latest safety reports from multiple sources, and looked at independent safety rankings before compiling their list. 

Talking about the list and women's safety concerns around travel, WayAway's Head of PR and Communications, Janis Dzenis said: ‘Not only though is there a moral case for making female travellers feel safe, there’s an economic one too – destinations and travel providers who can give female travellers safety assurances will be able to increase their sales and loyalty from an audience that makes up…well half the world!

The winner of the list was, somewhat unsurprisingly, Iceland's breathtaking capital Reykjavik. Second place went to Puerto Rico's sunny San Juan. And, the third safest city for solo female travellers was found to be Budapest

Here are the top 30 safest cities for solo female travellers in the world:

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  3. Budapest, Hungary
  4. Singapore
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. Toronto, Canada
  7. Boston, USA
  8. Munich, Germany
  9. Dublin, Ireland
  10. Berlin, Germany
  11. San Diego, USA
  12. London, UK
  13. Oahu/Honolulu, Hawaii
  14. Tokyo, Japan
  15. Hong Kong
  16. Vienna, Austria
  17. Doha, Qatar
  18. Barcelona, Spain
  19. Washington, DC, USA
  20. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  21. Seattle, USA
  22. Orlando, USA
  23. Houston, USA
  24. New York, USA
  25. Los Angeles, USA
  26. Chicago, USA
  27. San Francisco, USA
  28. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  29. Prague, Czech Republic
  30. Las Vegas, USA

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