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Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

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Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

I am looking for recommendations for "safe" counties for a solo female traveler this December and summer.

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1. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

DrD,

With the best will in the world, your question is rather vague.

What is your budget, how far are you willing to travel from your own area, where have you always wanted to travel to, do you prefer beach/culture/sports/winter/summer destinations/camping/5star/all inclusive/tours.....etc.

Posters here come from all over the globe, and what they consider as a safe destination may not be the same as you..So, are there any countries that you would not consider (apart from war zones of course!)

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2. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

It depends on what you want to see and do. Other than a country at war, most places are safe for a solo female traveller. The more exotic places are probably best organised through a specialist agency but taking a tour, IMHO, should be reserved for the few places that require a tour for the visa or, perhaps, Antarctica or the Galapagos where hiring your own ship and guide could be prohibitively expensive.

However, the place in the world where I feel safest is Japan, whose residents are the most gracious people I have met. The efficiency of the railway and buses also helps. The signs in the stations (and most street signs) are in English as well as Japanese.

Tokyo and Kyoto are the main tourist destinations, but I recommend getting out to the smaller, less "beaten track" places for a true taste of the beauty and fascination of this country.

Have a look at the self guided tours of Inside Japan for Japan-made- really-simple.

Summer is a steam bath, although there are lots of festivals to make up for that (the one at Hirosaki is less famous than the one at Aomori, but I loved the home grown feel of it) and if you head north to the Tohoku area, the temperature is more reasonable.

In winter, the southern island of Kyushu will still be fairly comfortable although if you ski, there are lots of Japanese resorts for that.

insidejapantours.com/self-guided-japan-holid…

Tribes travel organised a solo safari trip to Africa for me this March. I felt very safe and cared for the entire time and saw the most wonderful animals.

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England of course has a much lower rate of violent crime than the US and central London is very safe. Start with a guidebook (not Rick Steves, who is not only inaccurate but panders to American fears of "other", presumably to get them to buy his stuff). London and England probably have pretty much anything you could want to do and see and the rail system can get you to it. The tube and the buses cover central London very well.

Certainly the rest of Europe is fine for the solo traveller as well. Travelling by rail is clean, efficient and usually a delight.

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but there are budget flights from London to almost everywhere and so long as you follow the rules about one bag of a fairly small size, Easy Jet gets you to airports reasonably close to the place to which you want to fly for a reasonable sum. Ryan Air is more problematic.

I loved my solo trip to Egypt, Jordan and Syria a couple of years ago, but sadly, I wouldn't go to any of those countries for a while.

Australia is a good place to find a balance of the familiar with the unusual. Uluru and Kata Tuja were extraordinary even for someone who has seen the Grand Canyon and New Mexico. Sydney and places north (especially Queensland and the Central Desert) are particularly good destinations in the US summer as they are most pleasant during the Australian winter.

If you like snorkelling or scuba diving, try to include Palau and at least one Micronesian Island in your trip to Australia.

Singapore is fantastically safe and makes the US and Europe feel a bit 3rd world. There are many things to do besides shopping and the night tour of the zoo is not to be missed.

Malaysian Borneo is also great fun. I went to Sarawak rather than the more usual backpacker state of Sabah and fell in love with Kuching.

This list is already way too long.

Please tell us what your interests are and we can be much more specific in our recommendations.

Edited: 12 October 2012, 08:56
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3. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

SAFE….? Yours is a bit of a wide brief here, all we know is that you are female and you are looking for somewhere described as “safe” but not whether you mean safe from political instability, personal security or even environmental or natural disasters. Even safe, being a woman, plus all of the above?

Any country is safe as long as follow the rules as you would back home, the countries that aren’t safe are typically in some type of conflict and generally don’t support tourism or you would have restrictions on trying to get in to them. Plus if your State Department has deemed these countries to be dangerous and advised its citizens not to travel, your insurance would not cover you and you are on your own.

Outside of these countries, this leaves the rest of the world open to you, and the world is a big place, however as I mentioned earlier, you are safe providing you follow the rules as you would at home. If you wouldn’t get drunk (legless) and jump into an unlicensed taxi at home then why would you do this overseas?

The reality is that providing you follow common sense rules, you should be safe, being a female is not really an issue, I have yet to hear of a country that is any less safe for women, as it would be for men. However, with all that said and done the world is still a big place so I would suggest you narrow it down a bit around your interests and then take it from there.

The reality is that there is no place on earth that could be deemed as safe, there are risks everywhere, you just have to learn how to manage them.

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4. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

Austria.... go to Vienna! I've been more times than I can count and never had any safety issues.

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5. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

Hi Diana, I see it is your first post. There are quite a few places that are as safe as it is possibile to be but as some of the others have said it is a big world.

We need a little more detail - ok a lot more - as to how are you intending to travel, how far, budget roughly, what are your interests and what sort of climate do you like?

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6. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

Hong Kong and Singapore are amongst the safest cities in the world to visit. Might be worth having a look.

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7. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

You might find it useful to look at the government websites about safety. To keep the warnings in perspective, I suggest you also look at the UK warning about travel in America.

…state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

fco.gov.uk/en/…

However, if a country is on your country's "do not travel to" list, it will affect your travel insurance (and do not even think about travelling without travel insurance. Even if you have world-wide medical insurance, being flown home on a stretcher as I was after a back injury in California, can cost incredibly high sums and you need travel insurance for that as well as more mundane problems like losing your luggage)

I disagree with Silverscreen that being female is not an issue although both men and women have an obligation when travelling to learn a bit about the cultural "rules" of the places they are visiting before they go.

The consequences of breaking these rules can be more uncomfortable (and occasionally dangerous) for females than for males.

When I travel to predominantly Muslim countries I wear loose trousers or long skirts and loose tunic tops and am treated with great courtesy. When I see tourists (often on group tours where they should have been given better information!) in such countries wearing shorts with tank tops it looks incredibly rude. The rules of modestly apply to both men and women in such countries, but the men are treated as idiots and the women as "loose women". Being regarded as a woman of questionable morals has far more impact if you need local help from local women than being regarded as an idiot.

In some places women going into a bar alone are regarded as "professionals", in others, it is completely normal.

In Italy, often middle-aged women wear tops showing far more cleavage than is entirely acceptable in much of England or the US. In Italy, somehow, it just looks exuberant.

It is not difficult to find out the cultural rules; both the Lonely Planet series and the Rough Guides have such discussions.

With a bit of cultural sensitivity and a bit of common sense, you will be fine. Locals will cut you a lot of slack if you look like you are trying to be polite.

It also helps to learn "please", "thank you" and "hello" in the local language.

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8. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

'counties' or countries ..... :-)

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9. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

Sorry. My brother is dyslexic and I can't spell for toffee. Spell check doesn't catch everything.

Countries, of course.

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10. Re: Looking for recommendations for "safe" counties

Leagle - at #9, are you speaking for the O. P.?

With the hugely open original post, who knows? There just might be paranoia in Sacramento? ..... :-)

DrDianaSacramento - much clarification is required as #1 has pointed out.