Is it safe for young woman to travel alone in Europe?

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11. Posted by kidgibnick (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I spent the last 5 months traveling Europe and found that young female solo travellers made up a huge percentage!
Guys tended to travel in 2s or 3s, and girls tended to go solo because they often couldn't find other girls from back home to go with them.
But girls tend to find other girls to pair up with...and cling to groups, and make friends easily. If you are looking like a tourist or not on your guard in a big city, anyone can fall victim to crime, no matter age or sex.

I am not sure where you and your daughter are from, but I would say that it is more dangerous to traveling around the US or UK than it is to travel through most of Europe. To be honest, I felt more "on-alert" in places like Glasgow, Liverpool, or Pittsburg, than anywhere in Europe...even Bosnia!

Places like Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are incredibly safe. Places like Poland, Czech, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, etc are usually quite safe. Places like Spain, France, Italy are less safe generally...gangs, tourist crime...but it can also depend on the city or how Naples is known to be more crime-riden than a place like Florence, or Marseilles for violent than Lyon.

Find a backpack which has hard to access zippers so that no pickpocket-ers can snag anything from your bag if your back is to them.

I never wore one of those money pouches either...just try to look normal and not like a tourist when you go out.
She will know to keep her hands on her money in her front pocket when she needs to.

Tell her not to wear any fancy jewelry just in case it gets lost of stollen. Generally hostel are all fun-loving and safe, but there are times where poor travellers and shady people get their stuff nipped.

The most common story I heard was people having their mobile or iphone nipped out of their purse while partying at a bar...or getting a backpack stollen while leaving it on the beach and swimming in the ocean.

If she is bringing a DSLR or laptop, you can probably insure it under your home-owners property insurance as a one-off item, or find travel property insurance. I did this for my valuables.

She should also bring a small pad lock or combination lock for hostel lockers.

She will be fine! Hope that helps :)

12. Posted by Packbacker26 (Budding Member 49 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If she's not safe in Europe I don't know what other continents she can go to! The worst that could happen and probably won't is someone steals something of hers, which to me doesn't make her unsafe. Just temporarily less wealthy. I've met loads of solo female travelers in Europe, all very much alive. Common sense is all she'll need.

13. Posted by budgeteurotrip (Budding Member 38 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Generally speaking Eu is safe.
Bigger cities have more issues than smaller, certain countries more than others.
Balkan region and east europe is safer than western.
In southern regions a girl would be probably 'annoyed' by locals approaching her, but it's nothing dangerous if she firmly but kindly refuse to talk.

14. Posted by billyboyo3 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I agree with the other answers - it is all about being sensible and using your common sense - if your daughter does this she should be as safe alone in Europe as anywhere. As long as she keeps to places where there are people about and doesn't flaunt her valuables and as long as she is sensible when communicating with strangers she meets she should be fine.

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