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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Anybody been there?

If so, is it safe for me to go there, alone? I have heard that women dont usually dont go out alone, even during the day. They are usually accompanied, by and sister or cousin, or other female.

Any opinions?

Mel

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Yes, I have been there. Together with a friend of mine.
I didn't have any problems travelling there or considering safety. But I haven't met or seen women travelling by themselves. As it is a country were they aren't really used to a lot of travellers yet, it can ben kind of a challenge to travel alone as a woman.
But in general i found it a safe country with very friendly and hospitable people.
Enjoy! Michael.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

I've been there too. The people are very friendly and show hospitality. I think in general its probably better for a couple of women to be together, but it depends where you are. One town I was in it was very safe, the other place was a bigger city however I didn't see any problems.

You will see groups of men standing together on the streets - this is not something to be immediately worried about though! Unemployment is very high in Albania, so those men who don't have a job and are not working abroad (usually Greece or Macedonia) and sending money back home, have very little to do.

4. Posted by jyri (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

We spent 5 days in Tirana, Kruja, Berat, Razhime and Butrinti this May. We didnt encounter any issues with safety.

One of the politiest and most welcoming country I have visited (been to ca 20 in Europe). Stay away from the street-cambists, dont leave your mercedes parked in a dark alley and dont go to areas near Kosovo border. That would be my three suggestions. Feel free to visit http://www.pbase.com/jyri/albania for pictures.

Have a nice trip!

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks,for the info

Looks like not many women go to Albania alone. It is a pity my boyfriend, is not interested, in visiting Albania, because then i would have somebody to go with.
Does anybody know of any women, at all who went there alone?

Mel

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for showing those photos Jyri.
Is that you and your family, in them?

Mel

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I've been there a few times, and whilst haven't come across that many, I have met lone females there a few times. Admittedly, none of them I would class as your "average backpacker" type person, as all were fairly world weary and knew how to look after themselves.

It is wonderfully welcoming, but as in any other country on the planet, there are areas you should avoid, especially after dark. And also, as noted, Albania (alongside Moldova) is probably the least visited European country, and the idea of independant traveling is still strange there, whilst you will also be very obvious as a westerner. Dress down etc, and don't take sailly risks, but to me Tirane is a heck of allot safer than London, Paris, Dublin or any other major European city.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info Gelli

I think i might put Albania,on hold, for a while. Until they get more used to seeing women out alone.
At least there are so many other countries, to visit, in the meantime.

Mel

9. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 9y

I've never been to Albania and I'm not female, but I do know a girl (early twenties) who went there herself and didn't have any problems with regards to safety. Too much is made of this sort of thing to be honest and I certainly wouldn't put off a trip because you think it will cause a problem, numerous women walk around by themselves and as with anywhere else people will generally leave you to your own business whether you're a female traveling alone, have "I hate Albania" tattooed on your forehead or anything else. Don't get me wrong, sometimes travel warnings are justified and there are places I wouldn't travel to for safety reasons, but Albania certainly isn't one of them.

Alternatively you could give your boyfriend a slap and get him to go with you!