The joy of traveling is that you have the freedom to decide whether you want to go solo or to go with a group of people. Self-sufficiency, independence, and your ability to adjust to various situations will all be put to the test while traveling alone. However, there is an increased concern on solo travel safety due to several incidences involving the loss of human lives. When there is a real threat and there is an imminent danger, it is always much better to have someone by your side. Many governments have given very explicit travel warnings about the dangers of visiting specific countries. Here is a list of most dangerous countries especially if you’re traveling alone:
There has been political instability over the past few years, making it an unsafe destination for solo travelers. The risk is higher if you are a woman, especially if you dress inappropriately in a very public place. Some business owners or shopkeepers may show aggression, especially toward women.
Egypt has an amazing culture and history but traveling alone in this country is dangerous. Shopkeepers and taxi drivers can be quite aggressive and there have been many reported incidences of theft, violence, and sexual harassment on the streets.
Lebanon has been the political upheaval throughout the years. In recent years, many travelers have discovered the beauty of this fascinating country which stands at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The safety of travelers was put into question when the body of a British lady was discovered, with signs of sexual assault and strangulation.
Every day, over 150,000 people legally cross the border between the United States and Mexico to visit a coastal resort, meet family and friends, or do business. Mexico is a popular and easily accessible destination for many travelers. Mexico City is notorious for violence against solo travelers, including mugging, assault, and kidnapping. Solo women travelers are advised not to utilize public transportation at night. Those with plans to visit the capital city should make a safety plan ahead of their travels and avoid traveling solo.
A popular destination for tourists seeking a tropical vacation, Indonesia offers adventure in a truly unique culture. However, what lurks just under the surface is several threats that can turn a dream holiday into a nightmare. The threats of terrorism and kidnapping of foreigners are the two main safety concerns that travelers need to be aware of. Jakarta is situated on the “Ring of Fire,” where the majority of the earth’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes take place leaving the region susceptible to earthquakes and tsunamis. There have been increased caution in Indonesia due to terrorism and natural disasters which are dangerous and can disrupt services, healthcare, and transportation.
Be Aware and Prepare
While exploring the world is a worthy adventure, travelers need to be aware of the places where danger is always around the corner. By understanding the different types of threats and which international cities are most susceptible, travelers can make sure their travel go without danger.