Best destinations for solo women travellers - SA ranks in the top 20

2020-03-18 16:45
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Once the world starts travelling again, you might still be a bit anti-social from the quarantine and decide to go travelling by your lonesome self. 

But for us women, we have to be a little extra careful about which destinations we choose to travel solo to. 

READ: Solo SA traveller's story about taking on a 3000km trail in New Zealand 

Luckily Ampersand Travel updated their Wander Women Index for 2020, and looked at the following data to rank the top countries:

  • Top-rated destinations for solo travel
  • Women’s rights
  • Eco-Travel
  • Culture
  • Adventure
  • Volunteering
  • Instagrammability
  • Safety
  • Tourism Infrastructure 

New Zealand came out on top, climbing 19 places since 2019, for its safety and adventure options. The Pacific Ocean country was followed by the Netherlands, which jumped from 29th spot last year, while France came in third, dropping down only one spot. 

Surprisingly, South Africa made it to the top 20, ranked in 17th position, with a dubious 10 out 10 for women's rights - a country plagued with high levels of gender-based violence, although it did receive the lowest ranking for safety. 

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Here are the top 10 destinations any solo women traveller should put on their list:

10. Germany

Top ratings: Women's Rights, Culture, Instagrammability, Safety, Tourism Infrastructure

9. Portugal

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Culture, Adventure, Safety

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8. Spain

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Women's Rights, Culture, Adventure, Instagrammability, Safety

7. Mexico

Top ratings: Women's Rights, Eco-Travel, Culture, Adventure, Instagrammability, Tourism Infrastructure

WATCH: The World's Busiest Cities: Mexico City, surviving the chaos of a city with over 22 million people 

6. Canada

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Women's Rights, Volunteer, Instagrammability, Safety

5. Switzerland

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Women's Rights, Culture, Adventure, Volunteer, Safety

4. UK

Top ratings: Women's Rights, Culture, Volunteer, Instagrammability

SEE: What Brexit now means for South Africans looking to travel and work in the UK 

3. France

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Women's Rights, Culture, Adventure, Instagrammability

2. The Netherlands

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Culture, Adventure, Volunteer, Safety, Tourism Infrastructure

1. New Zealand

Top ratings: Solo Travel, Women's Rights, Eco-Travel, Adventure, Volunteer, Safety, Tourism Infrastructure

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