With the recent U.S. State Department warning about travel to Mexico in the wake of a woman dying at an all-inclusive resort, safety while traveling is top of mind – especially for women. It’s not the first warning about travel to Mexico: In December 2016, the government cautioned travelers about going to almost half of the country’s states — some of which are home to popular vacation areas like Los Cabos and Acapulco — because of violence and crime.
But this latest warning is particularly noteworthy, as the incidents that prompted it impacted a number of women and underscored the importance of safety for female travelers, whether they’re on vacation or a business trip in Mexico or anywhere in the world.
As part of the launch of its newest and 20th tribe, Solo Female Travelers, Trip by Skyscanner recently released a list of the 10 most dangerous places for solo female travelers. Based on a survey of Trip by Skyscanner users, the list comprises the lowest rated countries. For some Trip by Skyscanner users, this doesn’t necessarily mean “no go,” but it definitely means “take caution.” And while Mexico didn’t make the top 10 list, it still raises concern with people like Julia Pond, Trip by Skyscanner’s editorial director, who shared her insight on how to stay safe, whether you’re in Mexico or any of the places on the list.
Here, we list the 10 most dangerous places for solo female travelers , according to Trip by Skyscanner, details from the U.S. State Department about safety concerns, as well as tips for how to protect yourself while traveling.