Traveling Solo? These Are the Safest Vacation Destinations in the World

Traveling alone isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve been considering going on a solo adventure to an exciting destination, then now is one of the best times to do it.

Peggy Goldman, president and founder of the global tour operator Friendly Planet Travel, had this to say about the popularity of solo travel excursions: “People are more comfortable with travel. People want to explore. They won’t keep themselves from experiences just because they don’t have anyone to go with.”

Traveling on your own opens a whole world of possibilities. Want to explore this beautiful world by yourself? These are some of the safest places you can when traveling solo.

1. Japan

Visitors explore Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

The travel experts at Friendly Planet recommend Japan as one of the lowest crime destinations in the world. The cities are clean and easy to navigate, and locals are mostly willing to stop and give directions to lost travelers. That detail makes striking out on your own so much easier.

While you’re there, don’t miss the bustling streets of Tokyo, Mount Fuji, and the stunning temples and gardens of Kyoto, one of the most beautiful sites you’ll see in the country.

Next: Feel safe while exploring medieval towns.

2. Portugal

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal coastal town.

Portugal | SeanPavonePhoto/ Getty Images

Been looking for charming, walkable cities where the locals are friendly and welcoming? Then check out Lisbon and Porto in Portugal. You’ll become immersed in history as you explore medieval towns like Obidos and the picturesque town of Sintra on the coast.

Next: There’s a reason it’s so popular.

3. Iceland

Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland.

Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland. | Boyloso/Getty Images

Yes, no one can stop talking about traveling to Iceland. But all the hype is well-deserved. The Global Peace Index declared Iceland the safest country in the world.

This impressive travel destination will delight solo travelers with sights such as the Northern Lights, activities like taking a dip in a geothermal pool, and plenty of galleries and cafes where you can chat and socialize with other travelers, too.

Next: You’ve probably never thought of visiting this amazing place.

4. Bhutan

Buddhist temple located on the side of a cliff in Bhutan

Buddhist temple | StephenChing/iStock/Getty Images

Sitting at the edge of the Himalayas, the Buddhist country of Bhutan offers travelers stunning temples, monasteries, temples (called dzongs), and breathtaking views you have to see to believe. This extremely safe and friendly destination is also free from scams, begging, and theft, which is common in neighboring countries.

Next: Almost everyone speaks English here, making it easy to get around.

5. Singapore

Singapore Panoramic Cityscape

Singapore panoramic cityscape | AhLamb/iStock/Getty Images

You’ll discover a melting pot of culture in Singapore where attractions like Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands delight solo and group travelers alike. While you’re there, you don’t have to worry much about anything — Singapore is safe and clean, plus almost everyone speaks English in the city.

Next: Any type of vacation you want is waiting here.

6. Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Alberta, Canada | MartinM303/iStock/Getty Images

Don’t discount Canada as an exciting travel destination just because it borders your home country. Whether you’re yearning for a ski vacation, cultural landmarks, hiking, biking, or relaxing in a B&B and getting pampered at the spa, Canada is one of the safest countries you can visit.

If you’re new to solo travel and feeling hesitant, consider giving Canada a shot.

Next: The historical landmarks at this beautiful travel spot will delight you.

7. Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour Beach; County Antrim; Northern Ireland, UK

Ballintoy Harbour Beach | iStock.com/KevinAlexanderGeorge

There’s no such thing as a perfectly safe travel destination, but if there was, Ireland would be it. Millions of tourists traveling solo or in groups visit Ireland each year for the stunning landscapes, historic landmarks, and well-known tourist destinations like the Blarney Stone and the Cliffs of Moher.

Next: Achieve your goal of traveling to Africa safely.

8. Botswana

Haartmans Mountain Zebra

Botswana plains with Haartmans mountain zebra | 2630ben/iStock/Getty Images

Dreaming of an African vacation but too nervous to go there? Consider Botswana, which Positive Peace Index ranked as the most peaceful nation on the continent. They’ve never had a civil war and have a stable economy, too.

See the incredible wildlife on a safari and finally enjoy your African adventure, fear-free.

Next: This makes the ultimate solo trip.

9. Australia

kangaroo

Kangaroo | Ian Waldie/Getty Images

If you can handle the long flight, then a visit down under could be the perfect solo trip to add to your bucket list. For the most part, people are friendly and accommodating, crime rates are low, and you’ll be able to get around easily since everyone speaks English.

It’s fairly expensive to travel here, so going it alone is a financially wise decision.

Next: This is one of the top ten safest countries in the world.

10. Norway

Reine Village, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Norway | IakovKalinin/iStock/Getty Images

The country of Norway is ranked ninth on the list of world’s safest countries. The most dangerous thing about this travel spot is the harsh environmental conditions, which is only an issue in certain seasons. This country was also ranked as safe for solo women travelers in particular, and the risks of pickpockets and muggings were low.

Next: Make friends while traveling here, if you want to.

11. Italy

Panorama of Positano town, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Italy | mikolajn/iStock/Getty Images

Most of Europe is safe for travelers, but if you’re trying to decide which parts to visit, set your sights on Italy. With stunning architecture, food, shopping, history, and culture, there’s so much to do in this beautiful country. Solo travelers can bond with locals and fellow adventurers over gigantic plates of spaghetti — homemade, of course.

Next: Someone very famous hails from here.

12. Slovenia

Sevnica, Slovenia

Sevnica, Slovenia | iStock/JimmyLung

Looking for an off-the-beaten path travel destination that’s still super safe? The small country of Slovenia was named one of Reader’s Digest’s top places to go in 2018. It’s situated between Italy, Hungary, Croatia, and Austria and has tons of adventurous activities you can do all by yourself.

It’s also the birthplace of FLOTUS Melania Trump.

Next: This is one tropical paradise where you can set your mind at ease.

13. Costa Rica

Palms at the beach in Puerto Carrillo, Costa Rica in opposite light

Costa Rica | Thomas Ramsauer/iStock/Getty Images

No list of travel recommendations for solo travel would be complete without at least one tropical destination. Safety-wise, you can’t do much better than Costa Rica for your palm-tree fueled vacation daydreams. Spend time lounging on the beach or go for an adventure with jungle tours inland. No matter what you choose, you’ll feel safe and secure in this Central American county.

Next: The violent crimes in this area are low.

14. Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal

Amsterdam | JJHV/iStock/Getty Images

Violent crime rates in the Netherlands are low, making it one of the safest places you can travel on your own. This small country features so many sights to see including windmills and other cultural architecture.

Urban areas like Amsterdam have higher instances of crimes such as pickpocketing and drunk or disorderly conduct. But still, this world-famous city is worth visiting even if you’re traveling solo.

Next: Be wary of scams and you’ll do just fine traveling here alone.

15. Thailand

Thailand at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace | iStock.com/SeanPavonePhoto

Thailand is the safest country in Southeast Asia, and while the overall crime rate is higher than some other destinations on the list, those crimes are mostly relegated to certain areas which you can avoid while traveling alone. Be aware of common scams and keep alert and you should be just fine traveling in Thailand solo.

Read more: Solo Travelers Overcame Their Biggest Fears About Going It Alone — And You Can, Too

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