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6 safest holiday destinations for women travellers

Where to take a break from those unwelcome stares

By ELLE team  August 8th, 2017

Whether you’ve just had your heart smashed and need some Eat Pray Lovin’ to help find yourself or you just need some adventure in your life, the concept of women travelling solo or in girls-only groups has become more popular than ever before. And with all-women accommodation, yoga retreat hot spots or just some serious retail therapy hubs to soothe the soul, you have more options out there than you think. We’ve rounded up the safest places to travel if you haven’t had the safety benefits of being born male. Here’s where to get your passport stamped.

6 safest countries for women to travel 

Indonesia's islands

Islands like Gili Trawangan see a lot of solo travellers because of its popular water activities like diving and snorkelling. The islands of Indonesia are also becoming popular yoga destinations, attracting quality teachers from around the world who participate in yoga retreats and intensive courses. Bali was also on the list of places Julia Roberts went to to mend her broken heart in Eat Pray Love, so may be head over there to lick your emotional wounds.


It's the most peaceful place on the planet, according to the Global Peace index. Reykjavic is the largest city in Iceland and if you commit a crime, there everyone would know it was you. It’s amongst the cleanest and greenest cities in the world which just goes to show you that its inhabitants are socially conscious. Did we also mention that Iceland rates high on gender equality and female empowerment, having elected the world's first openly gay female Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. 


If you din't already know that the Japanese are known for being friendly, polite and hospitable, remember that Tokyo was rated the safest city in the world in 2015. Moving around Japan solo is the norm, and female-only accommodation is widely available. Public transport is cheap, clean and easily navigable. The rail system in Japan is highly secured as well, with cameras on board, and guards at every terminal station.


Portugal isn’t just one of the top three most peaceful countries in the world, but it’s also one of the places where the female population outnumbers the male. When travelling in big cities like Lisbon and Porto, you need only apply basic common sense, not be overcome by an overwhelming sense of paranoia. Portugal also offers cheaper accommodation for solo travellers at their world-renowned hostels, where you can befriend a whole new crew to make your friend back home jealous. 

New Zealand

Women on solo backpacking trips in New Zealand is a fairly common stereotype, so even if you’re travelling alone, you will have company in a tribe of other female travellers. Since New Zealand is a fairly popular backpacking destination, it's easy to find hostels with female-only dorm rooms. 


Singapore’s strict laws make it a safe (and surprisingly clean) place to travel. Singapore's nightlife is worth exploring with 98% of Singaporeans claiming they feel safe when travelling alone at night. Their assault rates are extremely low and for a smart traveller, chances of theft are also reduced. With theme parks, world-class zoos and a shopping destination worthy of your expensive tastes, it's little wonder that Singapore is a popular tourist hub for all of Asia. 

Tech essentials for the smart traveller

Because we like to be fully prepared… 

Dafni Go, Rs 15,000

Simply brush your hair and watch it smoothen and straighten; no need to section it or clip it. With a surface area that's five times as large larger than a flat iron, the travel-friendly brush styles your hair in record time. Dafni Go’s heat resistant thermal case allows you to pack it immediately after use and toss it into your slimmest handbag. 

CAT S60, Rs 64,999

It’s the stuff that we usually fantasise about — a phone that can survive multiple drops and can be dunked into the ocean. At 225 gms, it's certainly no lightweight but its all-weather build and practical functionality – you can work the screen when it's underwater — are tough to beat.

OPPO F3 Plus, Rs 30,990

You will love the dual selfie cam that features a 16MP lens for those classic solo shots and a second 8MP lens with a 120-degree field of view for those wide angle selfies. The device’s primary cam is no slouch and has a host of shooting modes including a clever Double Exposure mode that allows you to stitch two shots into a single image. 

Apple iPhone 7 battery case, Rs 8,500

We’re not big fans of the design — the hump on the back takes some getting used to; yet the silicone exterior is both sturdy and soft. Apple’s very own battery case seamlessly integrates with your device and offers 24-hour battery life. Indispensable when you’re on the road and working your Snapchat and Instagram accounts overtime. 

Sennheiser 4.30, Rs 7,990

Ideal for those long flights, this sturdy yet stylish over-the-ear headphone is wrapped in soft leatherette ear pads that also cut off external sounds. Its unique foldable design makes it easy to stash into your slimmest bag while the tangle-free cable and three-button remote plus inline microphone are all thoughtful touches. 

Kindle Oasis, Rs 23,999

If there’s one device you need at the pool deck, it’s an E-book reader. Kindle’s Oasis comes with a slinky form and leather cover that doubles up as a battery pack. It’s about the same weight as your iPhone 7 and features a slight bump towards the right corner with two tactile buttons that allows you to grip the device and flip pages effortlessly.

Fitbit Alta HR, Rs 14,999

Fitbit’s newest device is the world’s slimmest fitness band with continuous heart and has all the fitness creds we’ve come to expect of Fitbit. With 6-7 days of battery life it’s particularly convenient when you’re on the road. Fitbit’s design partnerships with Simply Vera Wang and Public School allow you to add more personal style