Bad things are happening in the world. Women are killed and kidnapped on a daily basis. However, you shouldn’t let that scare and prevent you from traveling. On the contrary, it should inspire you to do some research and to find out which are the most dangerous countries you probably should avoid going to.
And to help with that, we’ve created this list, which we tried to make as comprehensive as possible. Take this travel information with a pinch of salt, as things are always changing from one year to another. And to be completely transparent, a terrorist attack could happen anywhere, so these countries are just unfortunate.
We tried to cumulate many factors, from the attitude towards females to the freedom of speech, and most importantly, we decided to take into consideration the way police treats women and if their voices matter just as much as male ones do. If you are from the U.S., these things might seem shocking, but unfortunately, they are a reality for many throughout the world.
The most dangerous place, who did end up on top of our list for a reason, is Egypt. The U.S. Department of State even issued a travel warning. It’s not dangerous for females per se, but it’s a scary place to visit due to the frequent terrorist attacks that happen there and for the increase in activity by groups such as ISIS. These groups kidnap people, raid churches and even murder people in plain sight in some remote cases.
However, some travelers say that this notoriety is a bit unfair, because not all Egypt is like that. Cairo and almost all larger cities are rather safe and amazing to explore without anyone bothering you. Egypt is a fascinating place, marked by millennia of history and pharaohs, filled with attractive destinations like The Pyramids, The Sphinx, and thousands more.
At number two is another country that is dangerous for solo travelers, but not so much for groups. Morocco received a reputation not because of terrorist attacks, but because of petty crime. Pickpocketing, street robberies, burglaries, purse-snatching are frequent, and people advise that you use a travel agency for everything or have at least a local to show you around.
Another advice that will help you stay under the radar is to wear clothes that cover your entire body and not to flash your valuables like phones and laptops. Moroccans are friendly and helpful people, but like in most underdeveloped countries, stolen goods sell well. However, friendly as they may be, you should expect catcalling.
Travelers also pinpointed Jamaica as an unsafe place for single women. Resorts are generally safer, but if you leave the comfort of their perimeter, you might find yourself dealing with unsolicited attention – in a very bad way. Especially in the cities of Montego Bay and Kingston. Like many cultures, Jamaicans can be homophobic, so if you’re traveling with your partner, be discreet.
At number four we have a surprising, yet super popular place. The Bahamas has been a favorite with U.S. citizens for years. Why is it so dangerous, you ask? Because this chain of islands has seen an increase in armed robberies and assault, not only from locals but from tourists too. More and more flock to the New Providence each year, and along with money, some bring violence with them.
It is the price the island nation has to pay for its popularity. A United Nations report said that it has one of the highest incidences of sexual assault in the whole Caribbean. Bahamas’ government has promised to invest more in protecting both groups and to improve its laws. People pointed out that the police force has to be more efficient in catching criminals.
And lastly, we have our neighbor, Mexico. The country is blamed for the fault of just a tiny percentage of its population, including drug dealers and thieves, but that didn’t stop the State Department to advise that travelers should avoid Mexico in its entirety.
However, tourist flock there by the millions. More than 35 million people visit places like Cancun and Mexico City each year, and they don’t seem to have too many problems. The country has a low crime rate, but the capital has many sketchy neighborhoods that you’d better avoid if you are a female, especially late at night.