Recent research has revealed that Seattle, Washington, is the safest travel destination for solo travelers globally, surpassing cities such as Tokyo, Oslo, and Dublin.
Post Office Travel Insurance has developed the 2023 Solo Travel Safety Index, which uses various measures such as crime rate, average hostel rating, availability of medical care, and WHO food safety ratings to determine the safest cities worldwide for solo travelers. The index considered Time Out’s most frequented destinations for solo travelers when selecting cities.
North America performed well in terms of safety, with three destinations ranking in the top 10. Due to its abundance of medical facilities, fast internet connectivity, and high-quality food, Seattle – a seaport city – is a desirable destination for solo travelers.
Ranked second in the index, Tokyo, Japan is renowned for its towering skyscrapers, neon-lit nightlife, and dense population. Japan’s capital city had a low crime rate and road traffic accidents, although accessibility to medical treatment was subpar.
Paul Paddock Head of Travel and Protection at Post Office says, “For many people, travelling abroad on a solo trip can be the trip of a lifetime- whether it’s someone who has just finished university and is taking a gap year or someone taking a career break or someone wanting to celebrate an important milestone in their life. Whilst some may plan what they will do on their trip when they get to their destination, it is important to have done some research on how safe different places are beforehand”.
“The safety index guide, which ranked destinations based on information about their medical institutions, number of police officers, internet connectivity and more can be used to help plan a dream trip. Travel insurance is a must when traveling solo – our single trip travel insurance or our annual multi-trip travel insurance (if planning more than one solo adventure) provides cover in the case of illness, injury, or other mishaps on an adventure. It is important to check the terms & conditions to be sure of what a policy will cover in case of any emergency.”