Let’s be honest, traveling alone can be a little scary. If you’re going to a foreign destination, it’s important you plan ahead and learn a little more about the location you’ll be visiting. Does the area have a high crime rate? Is there a lot for you to do there? Choosing where you want to go, or making up plans as you go along, is one of the most exciting parts of traveling alone. So to help you get started, here are five of the safest destinations for solo female travelers.

Reykjavik, Iceland

According to the Global Peace Index 2016, Iceland is the safest country in the world. Iceland has kept this title six times in a row, making it a popular destination choice for solo women travelers. Besides its top safety ranking, Iceland has plenty of activities for its visitors, including:

  • Whale-watching off the Snaefellsnes peninsula
  • Diving at Lake Þingvallavtn
  • Swimming underneath waterfalls like the Golden Waterfall ‘Gullfoss’
  • Taking a dip in the waters of the Blue Lagoon

Bergen, Norway

In 2017, Norway took the title of the Happiest Country in the World according to the UN’s World Happiness Report. Now, who wouldn’t want to travel to the Happiest Country in the World? With it’s caring, generous residents in the beautiful city, Bergen is an ideal urban exploring location. In Bergen, the solo woman traveler will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit Bryggen, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Check out some artisanal works from…
    • Local potters
    • Jewellers
    • Leather craftspeople
  • Walk along the beautiful coastal landscape

Hong Kong, China

The solo traveler won’t feel so alone among the 7 million residents residing in this busy metropolis. With Eastern heritage mixed with Western influences, Hong Kong has plenty to offer any and all travelers. Some common choices include:

  • Checking out The Temple Street Night Market
  • Taking some Tai-Chi classes
  • Visiting Tai O island to see the stilt houses of the Tanka people
  • Indulging in local cuisine

Montreal, Canada

With Canadians’ reputation for being some of the friendliest people in the world, it’s no surprise that Montreal is considered one of the safest travel destinations. The city offers a diversity in communities that creates a colorful, welcoming sense of multiculturalism. Because of its extremely low crime rates, Montreal is able to offer solo women travelers many exciting things to do, like:

  • View the scenic riverfront Old Port
  • Dine at the cafes of Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Participate in The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
  • Go to a show put on by one of Montreal’s 250 theatre and dance companies

Melbourne, Australia

Because it’s a favorite destination for young backpackers, Melbourne offers a warm welcome to solo travelers from all over the world. Solo travelers get to experience the Most Liveable City in the World and see all that it has to offer, including:

  • An abundance of parks
  • Galleries and museums
  • It’s award-winning foodie culture
  • Brunswick Street, which offers bars, cafes, and vintage shops

Text by Tasmiah Rashid. This article originally appeared on CheapOair.com

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  1. Looks like the Scandinavian countries are top on the list!

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