Being a Black female solo traveler is a one-of-a-kind experience with its own set of challenges and rewards. It allows for a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures as being a Black women involves a very unique experience of the world. However, it requires a heightened awareness of safety and potential discrimination. Traveling down the block is already hard for those who identify as female, regardless of race. For Black female solo travelers, these challenges are often more pronounced.

Since safety is the most important factor, Black women traveling alone should conduct extensive research on their destinations and be aware of any potential risks. They should connect with other solo travelers or join travel groups to create a sense of community and support. Be sure to also keep a trusted individual updated with your whereabouts incase of any emergencies.

Travel Noire has rounded up the safest countries for Black female solo travelers to serve as a helpful starting point for planning your next adventure. It’s important to remember that while there may be challenges, solo travel is incredibly rewarding and empowering. Black women should not have to miss out on this experience because of a fault within society.


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Portugal is one of the top countries known for its friendly locals and low crime rates. Its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine and stunning beaches make it a must-visit destination for any solo traveler looking to explore Europe. Portuguese people are known for their hospitality, and the country has a reputation for being tolerant and inclusive. Portugal also has a relatively low crime rate compared to many other European countries. However, you should still keep your belongings secure and be cautious in crowded areas to avoid pickpocketing as this petty crime is common in almost every tourist destination.

Lisbon and Porto are two of the most popular cities in Portugal, offering a mix of historic landmarks, trendy neighborhoods and lively nightlife scenes that cater to a diverse range of interests.

Maldives — A Perfect Option for Solo Travelers

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The Maldives is another great option for solo travel. The country is generally known to have a tourism industry that prioritizes the safety and well-being of visitors. Many visitors to the Maldives stay in resort islands, where security measures are generally in place. These areas are designed to cater to tourists and maintain a high level of safety. If you plan to visit local islands, it’s most advisable to be considerately of local customs like dressing modestly. The Maldives is a Muslim-majority country, and it’s important to be mindful of local traditions. However, this applies to the local islands rather than the resort islands where most tourists stay.

The relevant caution for traveling to the Maldives, beside generally safety precautions, is to avoid directly drinking tap water due to potential contamination. The country’s crime rate is very low and the islands offer a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. It is perfect for those looking to unwind and disconnect from the stressors of daily life. Additionally, the Maldives is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, which makes it a great destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

Mauritius Islands

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Mauritius is great for Black female solo travelers because it’s the safest country in Africa, according to Global Peace Index data. The island nation in the Indian Ocean is known for its beautiful beaches, diverse culture and warm hospitality. Additionally, Mauritius has relatively low crime rates compared to many other destinations. Violent crime is rare, and the local population is generally welcoming and friendly. Public transportation in Mauritius is also generally safe, and taxis are readily available. Regardless, always exercise caution, particularly at night, and use reputable transportation services.

The island nation has a mix of Indian, African and European influences that make it unique and the people generally tolerant and accepting. Visitors can do many different things, like hike through lush forests, look around colorful markets and eat delicious Creole food.


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Iceland is also included on the list because it has a low crime rate and a strong emphasis on gender equality. It consistently ranks as one of the safest countries globally because of these factors and more. Violent crime is extremely rare, making it a secure destination. It is overall a safe and welcoming destination for women. It also has beautiful natural landscapes, such as glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs. There are a lot of ways to have fun and relax in Iceland.

The most pertinent precaution for traveling to Iceland involves the country’s weather. Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for sudden changes in weather, especially if you plan to explore outdoor areas. If venturing into more remote areas, inform someone of your plans, and ensure you have the necessary equipment and supplies, especially if engaging in activities like hiking or camping. Also, remember to pay attention to safety guidelines, especially when exploring natural attractions such as volcanoes and hot springs.

Thailand — A Safe Haven for Solo Travelers

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Thailand is yet another excellent choice for Black female solo travelers. This Asian country offers safe havens for tourists, such as Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Thailand is known for its hospitality, and violent crime against tourists is relatively rare. However, petty crime such as pickpocketing can occur in crowded areas, as with any tourist destination, so always to stay vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings. The most pertinent you will want to be aware of in Thailand is potential scams. These include common scams that can target tourists, such as gem scams, overpriced tours, or unofficial guides. Research and stay informed to avoid falling victim to scams. Additionally, exercise caution when using public transportation, and use reputable transportation services. Be cautious with tuk-tuks and taxis, and agree on fares before starting your journey.

Women can explore temples, markets and street food without feeling threatened. Thailand’s beaches and islands also provide a picturesque setting for relaxation and water activities. Just remember to stay hydrated and use sunscreen. Thailand is a beautiful country but its hot and humid climate can be unforgiving to the melanated.

United Arab Emirates

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Walking alone at night and feeling safe at the same time is now a claim to fame for the United Arab Emirates, according to a study by Gallup’s Global Law and Order. The survey also revealed that the UAE is one of the safest countries in the world with a score of 89 out of 100 for safety and security. The UAE is a top choice for Black travelers who want to have a worry-free vacation because of its safe environment and world-famous for hospitality and luxury. However, do familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations, as the UAE has strict laws regarding behavior, dress and public conduct.

From pristine beaches to iconic landmarks, the country has something for solo female travelers. The UAE government has implemented strict laws and regulations to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors including a dedicated tourist police force. Additionally, the country’s advanced technology and surveillance systems contribute to its reputation as a safe destination. As a result the UAE has low rates of violent crime, and it is generally safe for tourists.

Barbados — A Peaceful Escape for Solo Travelers

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Barbados has a low rate of crime and a culture that makes tourists feel welcome. The island’s government has also set up a tourist support unit and an emergency hotline that is open 24 hours a day to keep visitors safe. Basic safety precautions are the most advisable. For example, Barbados has a lively nightlife scene, especially in areas like St. Lawrence Gap. Exercise caution, be aware of your surroundings and avoid isolated areas at night. Connecting with other travelers or seeking advice from locals can provide valuable insights and enhance your safety while exploring this beautiful Caribbean destination.

GPI data show that one of the main reasons Barbados ranked highly as the most peaceful country in the world is that it has a low crime rate. Petty theft and opportunistic crimes can occur, especially in tourist areas, but this is the case wherever you travel. Barbados also has many things for solo travelers to do, such as beautiful beaches, historic sites and experiencing the lively nightlife.