Travel can be a beautiful element of the human experience. Discovering new places, people, cultures, and scenery opens our minds to the world around us. It is exciting, humbling, empowering, liberating, and endlessly rewarding. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous, particularly if you happen to be a woman.
For the ladies who love to travel—but want to do so safely—this list will serve as a handy guide for the cities, landmarks, and countries that women should never travel to alone.
The Taj Mahal, India
This iconic mausoleum draws millions of visitors to India each year. Though constructed out of love for a woman, safety conditions for women in India are progressively worsening. United States travel officials have categorically stated that female tourists are at high risk for sexual assault and harassment in the country.
In fact, the governments of Canada, Australia, China, and Japan have all issued travel advisories and warnings on visits to India. The Taj Mahal is certainly a beautiful sight to see—but bring a friend along, or maybe a burly security guard.
This elongated Mexican state rests right on the border of the Gulf of Mexico, providing pristine beaches, an exuberant Carnival festival, and even a dormant volcano. Despite strong cultural roots in the ancient Aztec Empire, Veracruz is not a friendly spot. Frequent carjacking, robberies, and the kidnap and assault of women have become commonplace, particularly for American tourists.
The crime rate is so bad in Veracruz that the United States has placed it on a list for non-essential travel bans. Steer clear from Veracruz and check out the Mayan ruins in Tulum, instead.
Niagara Falls, USA
Niagara Falls continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations across the globe. The falls are certainly stunning, but the city of Niagara Falls is one of the most dangerous cities to visit, particularly on your own. Poor economic conditions and a lack of urban development combines with 588 violent crimes annually.
For solo travel, ditch NY and stick to the Canadian side of the falls. They’re doing travel and tourism right, with a never-ending carnival of wax museums, rides, restaurants, bars, and the politest people in the world.