Medina has recently been named the safest city for solo female travellers.
The Saudi Arabian capital ranked number 1 on a study conducted by InsureMyTrip, which involved collecting data from multiple sources, including research by World Economic Forum. This was paired with further research on women’s inclusion, justice, and security by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The outlet also achieved their conclusions via looking into other external aspects such as the quality of tourism, based on average Google reviews and the number of posts each city gets on hashtags such as #SheIsNotLost and #GirlsLoveTravel.
And the findings saw Medina rank at the top of the list when it came to the world’s safest cities for solo female travellers, being given a perfect 10/10 score in two different categories; ‘safety walking alone at night’ and ‘absence of worry about attacks based on gender’ (based off information from tourists on Numbeo).
Here were the other contenders that ranked in the top 5.
- Medina, Saudi Arabia – 10/10.
- Chiang Mai, Thailand – 9.06/10.
- Dubai, UAE – 9.04/10.
- Kyoto, Japan – 9.02/10.
- Macau, China – 8.75/10.
On the flip side, the least 5 safest cities saw Johannesburg, in South Africa get a score of 0/10 for both categories. The others on the lost didn’t do much better either…
- Johannesburg, South Africa – 0/10.
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 2.98/10.
- Delhi, India – 3.39/10.
- Jakarta, Indonesia – 3.47/10.
- Paris, France – 3.78/10.
The key findings of the study found that overall, Madrid in Spain was the best city for solo female travellers.
“It has an overall equality rating of 9.68/10 and a safety rating of 7.88/10. According to the World Economic Forum, Spain has one of the highest gender equality rates.”
Closely following Madrid was Munich, in Germany and third was Lisbon, in Portugal.
Did any of these findings surprise you?