50 Places Women Should Never Travel Alone

Venezuela

In a place where human trafficking, rape, and sexual assault are daily risks, traveling alone as a woman is certainly not the best of plans. If you’ve got your heart set on solo travel, steer well clear of Venezuela.

The likelihood of being robbed or assaulted is so high that even the UN embassy staff are told to only travel in twos. If government staff is advised not to travel alone, neither should you.

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Afghanistan

Although things are on the rise in Afghanistan—and there have been a few accounts of positive experiences for women traveling solo—these accounts are few and far between. In fact, unofficial travel to Afghanistan has recently been banned by the U.S. Department of State. This is due to an upsurge of kidnappings, hostage takings, and bombings.

These dangers don’t even take into account the history of Afghani attitudes towards women. Afghanistan needs a few more years to recover from Taliban influence and the strict laws against the rights of women before ladies start taking solo trips.

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Travel Stock / Shutterstock.com

Minneapolis, MI

This bustling Minnesota city has an outrageous number of violent crimes. In fact, it’s almost three times the national average, coming in at 1,063 reported incidents for every 100,000 residents. The most common offense is robbery.

Traveling alone to Minneapolis is simply not a great idea, particularly for a woman. Unless, of course, you have taken some extensive self-defense classes and can easily fend off assailants.

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