7 of the safest destinations to visit as a solo traveller

Jan 20 2020, 1:09 pm

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Travelling by yourself can provide a valuable opportunity for some much-needed introspection and reflection.

Through being entirely self-reliant and independent, one can learn many valuable lessons about themselves as well as build confidence and self-assurance.

However, first and foremost, safety should be the utmost priority, especially when you are alone. One of the best ways to ensure personal safety as a solo traveller is simple and straightforward: select a safe destination.

With an abundance of locations to choose from, we are here to help you out. Here is a list of seven of the safest places to travel when planning your first — or next — solo trip.

1. Finland

 

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With its low crime rates and a UL safety Index of 86, Finland is a very safe place to visit.

The region is abundant with stunning natural landscapes from the highest peak of Galdhøpiggen to the beautiful shore along the Baltic Sea. The nature of the region is undoubtedly its greatest appeal, with a multitude of lakes and islands to visit.

There is no shortage of quaint and cozy villages to visit where travellers can experience the hospitality and warmness of the Finnish people.

Additionally, if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights during the winter — perhaps from the comfort of a cozy glass igloo.

If you’re feeling festive, you can also venture to Korvatunturi to visit Joulupukki or the ‘real’ home of Santa Claus.

2. New Zealand

 

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Whether you’re exploring the shire, searching the depths of the Waitomo Caves, or unwinding and relaxing in the hot waters of Hanmer Springs, there is an abundance of things to do on the various captivating islands that make up New Zealand.

If you are a solo traveller, you will likely not be alone for long as New Zealand is a popular destination for people travelling on their own. So, it’s an excellent place to visit for those open to taking on new travelling companions or merely making some friends.

It is no wonder that so many solo followers flock to the islands, with a UL Safety Index rating of 83.

If you plan on visiting New Zealand for a short duration, you are required to request an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). An NZeTA is needed before departure if you hold a passport from a visa waiver country, are a passenger on a cruise ship, are a UK citizen and/or passport holder or are a permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia.

If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to acquire a visitor visa.

3. Iceland

 

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Journeying to Iceland is an ideal experience for solo travellers passionate about venturing into the unknown and establishing a connection with nature.

It also performs among the top safest countries, setting an example for other countries with an impressive UL Safety Index rating of 88.

The island has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, drawing visitors from all over the world, and it is no mystery as to why. The country is abundant with breathtaking wonders, from the idyllic Blue Lagoon to the unique opportunity of witnessing majestic wild horses fully immersed in their element.

Although the temperatures are likely low, a trip to Iceland is sure to warm your heart.

4. Costa Rica

 

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Travelling solo in Costa Rica provides visitors with the ideal opportunity to venture outside their comfort zone without breaking the bank.

A budget-friendly destination, Costa Rica is rich with dense jungles perfect for exploring your adventurous side as well as an ample amount of beaches to sprawl out and soak up the sun.

With a UL Safety Index rating of 72, Costa Rica scores above the global average, making it a great place to have an adventure.

A word to the wise, however: pack bug spray, because a massive population of mosquitos often frequents thick jungles — and Costa Rica is no exception.

5. Spain

 

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With its rich cultural history, consistent warm weather, mouth-watering food, and overall romantic atmosphere, Spain is an ideal destination for many travellers.

It also notably scores very well on the UL Safety Index with a rating of 86.

For those travelling by themselves, Spain is a great place to visit as it possesses a comprehensive and reliable transportation system that makes it easy to get around, and the people themselves are generally friendly and laid back.

Spain is perfect for those looking for a combination of exploration and downtime.

Explore the expansive Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, take a day trip to the historically-rich mountain town of Toledo, or wander the intricately detailed Plaza de España in Sevilla.

Plan to visit the major sites, too. The country is home to some of the most beautiful examples of architecture in the world, such as Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, and the Alhambra.

Don’t forget that between the hours of 2 pm and 5 pm, you can take a cue from the locals and take a rest with a much-needed siesta.

6. Vietnam

 

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Like many other locations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is considered a very safe place to visit as a solo traveller. The country has seen a massive increase in popularity in recent years for those looking for a budget-friendly destination to get the most bang for their buck.

The people are hospitable and kind, the food is delicious, and the landscape is diverse and picturesque.

It holds a score of 66 on the UL Safety Index, which is within the global average. The country’s ranking demonstrates that Vietnam is implementing socioeconomic standards as well as more in-depth safety measures that are likely to be developed further as tourism increases.

Whether you are venturing to the iconic limestone karsts of Halong Bay, building a tan on one of the beaches outside Da Nang, or getting some fresh air on a trek in Sa Pa, there is no shortage of experiences to be had in this beautiful country.

7. Canada

 

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There is certainly something to be said for good old Canadian hospitality.

With its laid back atmosphere, exceptional natural beauty, and UL Safety Index score of 88, Canada is an excellent example of a safe destination for any solo traveller to visit.

There is a wide array of activities for tourists to engage in, including taking in the breathtaking scenery at Banff National Park, walking along the iconic Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver, or diving into the busy hustle and bustle of Toronto.

Canada offers a plethora of adventure opportunities, sure to leave any solo traveller with an abundance of stories to tell when they return home.

Of course, travelling on your own comes with a set of risks. However, if you do your research ahead of time and practice caution, travelling solo can be an enriching, educational experience that allows you to gain a further understanding not only of your destination but of yourself, as well.


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