Did you know that women make about 75% of all travel decisions? Women are actively involved in the planning of trips with friends and family, and many choose to plan solo vacations as well.

Unfortunately, the world still kind of sucks, and there are many countries with a poor record for women's rights where it is dangerous for women to travel alone.

Extreme caution is necessary for solo female travellers that have plans to visit the countries listed below.

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TL;DR The following list includes countries where women can't travel alone due to either political or cultural situations that make it difficult for solo women travellers.

This information is based on a Skyscanner article, which surveyed women on how safe they felt in a country. They note that "these destinations share the distinction of ranking *slightly* lower among our Tribe for the perception of safety...which is by no means a no-go."

So while there's no denying women felt unsafe, you are your own person who can make your own travel decisions at the end of the day. 

We have also gathered information from a report by the Thompson-Reuters Foundation.


Guatemala

Though the country is generally safe, women should take precautions such as not walking alone at night and watch their belongings closely.


Turkey

Because Turkey has experienced a great deal of political instability over the last few years, caution is advised when travelling here. Women are advised to dress conservatively.


Colombia

Colombia has many pickpockets around more touristy areas, and catcalling is a practice observed more often there. This can lead many female travellers to feel threatened.


Peru

Peru is a beautiful country well-known for its gorgeous hiking trails and scenery, though it is not recommended that women stray from the beaten path. Robbers and pickpockets abound, so be wary of your belongings.


India

India has a poor record for women's rights, and many crimes are ignored, even if they are reported directly to the police. A number of women are forced into trafficking. In 2018, it was ranked the most dangerous place for women by the Thompson Reuters Foundation.


Morroco

Women are advised to dress conservatively when visiting Morocco. Throughout the country, men can often be aggressive in pursuing women.


Afghanistan

Conditions in this country have significantly improved since the fall of the Taliban, but conditions remain difficult for women, especially women who travel alone. Plan well ahead and let people know where you are at all times.


Congo

This beautiful country has an alarmingly high rape rate, which is part of the reason why it was singled out as one of the most dangerous places for women by Thompson Reuters.


Syria

This war-torn country has made strides in recent years, but it is still one of the most dangerous places for women, and people in general, to visit for vacation.


Egypt

Unfortunately, a precarious political situation has led to the erosion of women's rights in Egypt. Egyptian men can be aggressive and many have reported men harrassing women in public places.


Women travelling alone must unfortunately still be extremely careful while travelling alone.

This does not mean that travelling alone is discouraged however: travelling solo is a great way to explore a city, learn more about yourself and make your trip unforgettable.

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