50 Places Women Should Never Travel Alone

Somalia, Africa

While Somalia is home to many beautiful natural landmarks—including caves, national parks, and beaches—it also holds significant dangers for women traveling on their own. The clear majority of Somalia is made up of warring tribes and rebel factions.

Somalian pirates are certainly not Johnny Depp in eyeliner. Ladies looking to broaden their world view should look for safer places to do so, where political strife and violence aren’t quite so rampant.

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Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock.com

Peshawar, Pakistan

Though Peshawar certainly much to offer in stunning architecture and cultural museums, it is notorious for being a dangerous place for tourists. Suicide bombings and political uncertainty make for a tense and volatile environment. Women traveling alone are easy targets for crime, a fact which carries across the entire country.

Although Peshawar is specifically highlighted as unsafe for solo travelers, it’s safe to add the entire country of Pakistan. There are certainly safer options, ladies, and Pakistan is not one of them.

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Asianet-Pakistan / Shutterstock.com

Indianapolis, IN

Home to the world’s largest auto racetrack and the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis is a booming Midwestern city with tons of activities for tourists. While most large cities tend to have issues with crime and assault, Indianapolis tends to struggle a little more with these issues.

In 2015, the murder and rape rates for Indianapolis were well above national averages. For women traveling alone, Indianapolis is probably an unsavory option. If you absolutely need to see the Hoosiers sink a few three-pointers, try to catch an away game.

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Cultured Palate: Dishes from South Africa

South Africa’s incredible biodiversity and rich cultural heritage has given it a unique cuisine unlike any other place on Earth. There are visible influences from the Dutch, German, French, and Cape Malay colonizers, as well as indigenous dishes that have been passed down for generations. If you’re spending your next holiday in South Africa, here are some amazing dishes you must try.

Culture Palate: Dishes from Ukraine

Typically, Ukrainian dishes are hearty, filling, and made with a variety of cooking techniques. In one dish, it’s not uncommon for cooks to have to boil or fry multiple ingredients before they’re finished together in the oven or in a bubbling stew. If you’re visiting Ukraine, make sure to check out some of these dishes. If you get a chance to taste them in their ideal form, you can easily recreate them at home.