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32 Safest Cities for First-Time Travelers

32 Safest Cities for First-Time Travelers

Congrats in your first time touring!

It may be overwhelming to be taking an journey someplace with a brand new language, foreign money and tradition, nevertheless it’s the great thing about the world we stay in.

Whether you’re going alone or with a good friend, security is definitely a priority. During our travels, we all the time preserve security in thoughts as a prime precedence.

Safety shouldn’t be one thing you must fear about whenever you go away dwelling, as a result of there’s sufficient to consider, like journey with cash, logistics and what to pack on a visit.

We have each traveled on our personal, and with associates and teams.

Some time again, we had been first-time vacationers, too! There’s lots that we glance for in our suggestions of the place to go as a first-time traveler. Depending in your degree of readiness to expertise one thing new, our listing has a vacation spot for each sort of individual.

If you’re able to open your thoughts to new experiences, cultures and adventures, get out and journey! See why we expect the cities on this listing, which could shock you, are a protected wager for first-time vacationers this 12 months.

Safest Cities in Asia for First-Time Travel

Language obstacles and cultural norms apart, Asia is a really low-crime area. Asia is nice for first-time vacationers who’re very open to experiencing cultures removed from dwelling, in the event you come from North America or Europe.

It’s onerous to say why precisely cities in Asia are so low-crime, however chances are high that principally each metropolis in Asia is safer than your own home metropolis within the US or someplace in Europe.

See our picks for the most secure hassle-free cities in Asia for first-time vacationers.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is an unimaginable mixture of East and West. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s the most liberal metropolis in the entire Middle East.

Here, you possibly can eat to your coronary heart’s delight, with native flavors of falafel, pita, laffa, hummus and shawarma, to call a couple of Israeli delicacies. There’s a hopping nightlife scene, with stay music and festivals usually. TLV is LGBTQ+ pleasant, too, internet hosting an annual Pride parade and extra.

Stay in superior hostels like Abraham Hostel, the place you’ll meet plenty of vacationers, each alone and never alone, each first-time vacationers and skilled globetrotters.

Thousands of vacationers to go Tel Aviv annually and expertise only a few inconveniences. If you will have been postpone by experiences of unrest in Israel within the information, you possibly can consider what you see, however … take it with a grain of salt.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan is an excellent metropolis. The first issues that come to thoughts after we consider Taipei is ‘incredibly safe’ and ‘extremely clean.’

Even if you don’t converse Chinese, Taipei is a superb metropolis to get round. The complete metro system has English, and most companies, cafes and low outlets, eating places and all tour companies could have English companies in central areas.

Taipei and all of Taiwan are improbable for a digital nomad dwelling base, stopover vacation spot or week-long journey, with tons of protected and easy issues to do.

Hong Kong

Recent politics and political unrest apart, Hong Kong is an extremely protected place to go to as a traveler, vacationer or digital nomad. English is broadly spoken in central and downtown areas, and it’s because English is one among two official languages in Hong Kong, the opposite being Cantonese. It’s onerous to take a nasty picture in Hong Kong’s aesthetic city surroundings.

Hong Kong is simple to get round due to an unimaginable metro system that connects the town. In addition to the metro, referred to as the MTR, there are networks of buses, mini-buses, mild rail and taxis. There’s all the time a option to get the place moving into Hong Kong, even in case you are by yourself.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I went to Chiang Mai in early 2012 for the primary time, and since then, it has exploded in reputation for expats and digital nomads. (*32*) discover Chiang Mai pleasant, protected and straightforward to navigate resulting from widely-spoken English. Chiang Mai is the second-largest metropolis in Thailand after Bangkok and has a variety of journey worth, from temples and tradition to treks outdoors the town.


Macau is just like the Portuguese model of Hong Kong. That’s as a result of, very similar to Hong Kong, which was ‘rented’ from China by the British, Macau was colonized by the Portuguese.

Macau is small, which is the way it’s a pleasant place for a day journey from Hong Kong or a visit of its personal in the event you’re within the Far East. Macau is thought for its on line casino scene, however be careful – that is no Vegas, as a result of it’s the place the high-rolling Mainland Chinese go to attempt their luck.

Aside from casinos, benefit from the outdated colonial structure and plazas, and a cool Portuguese-Chinese Macanese delicacies.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Traveling in Vietnam is one among our favourite issues about our 12 months of full-time journey as digital nomads; nonetheless, I went to Hoi An with associates in 2011. It has modified since then, when it was a fairly sleepy riverside city with a lantern pageant, and now it’s a mainstay on any Vietnam itinerary.

Hoi An is gorgeous, and whenever you stroll down by the river and all of the outlets, accommodations, hostels, bars and cafes, you’ll see plenty of vacationers and even expats. It’s a laid-back picturesque city the place you possibly can decelerate and luxuriate in.

Penang, Malaysia

I used to be completely charmed by Penang, Malaysia, for its mixture of cultures, unimaginable meals and delightful shuttered buildings from centuries previous. I traveled in Penang with one other feminine journey companion Madeleine (she’s from Sweden!) and we skilled no crime in any respect.

In reality, the one ‘harm’ we skilled as a duo was Madeleine’s ‘fake sunscreen’ she had bought in India (not Malaysia)… and that acquired her fairly the burn. On the day throughout which she was beneath the climate, I frolicked with a solo feminine traveler from the US, whom I met the place we had been staying, on the Old Penang Guesthouse on Love Lane within the colonial quarter.


Maybe you noticed the film “Crazy Rich Asians,” and in the event you did, you already know that Singapore is a contemporary metropolis and mixing pot of cultures. It’s scorching and steamy all 12 months spherical with tons to see packed right into a small island in Southeast Asia.

Singapore is an excellent protected metropolis with little or no crime. You hardly want to fret. The meals is superb in Singapore, and I traveled their as a solo feminine!

Safest Cities in Latin America for First-Time Travel

Latin America could be intimidating for first-time vacationers. English is far much less broadly spoken than in locations like Southeast Asia (it’s true!) and Europe, and cultural norms of ‘machismo’ (robust masculinity) may be off-putting for solo feminine ladies.

I’ll inform you although, that after touring solo in China, Hong Kong and Thailand, touring as a solo feminine in Costa Rica was the place I selected to have my first Latin American expertise… by myself! By this time, I used to be a semi-seasoned traveler, not a first-timer, however I do guarantee you that in the event you’d prefer to journey in Latin America for your first time leaving your own home nation, it received’t be an issue.

Medellin, Colombia

Don’t skip over this part, and overlook every thing you’ve heard about Medellin, Colombia! This hilly, inexperienced and tropical Colombian metropolis is a simple place to journey, due to an inflow of tourism and openness to guests.

In Medellin, keep in El Poblado, and check out divine Colombian espresso at street-side cafes like Pergamino. Then, take group excursions just like the free metropolis strolling tour and the City Transformation Tour to study concerning the metropolis, whereas in good arms of a information.

Walking round El Poblado, the most well-liked district of city for backpackers and vacationers, keep in a hostel with good safety and meet others so as to journey as a bunch. Everyone’s pleasant and needs to have a great time!

Mexico City, Mexico

If you’ve ever as a lot as had a dialog about meals with us, you already know we love Mexico City for its meals scene and tacos. Mexico City can be a spot the place we’d counsel forgetting every thing you will have in your thoughts, if what you will have in your thoughts is a unclean metropolis crammed with medicine and crime.

Quite the opposite – Mexico City has limitless issues to do for vacationers. We even have this helpful information to security and scams that you should use throughout your journey.

Mexico City has wow-ed us each (principally due to the meals), however extremely, due to security. If you need a simple option to see the neighborhoods, use our Mexico City cafes information to seek out your self in residential areas which are dwelling to expats. If you need to hop on a meals tour like Eat Like a Local, this is a perfect option to be guided round.

Lastly, keep at a hostel like Selina CDMX which is digital nomad-friendly and has a coworking house.

Merida, Mexixco

Another Mexican metropolis with (we’ll show it!) Mexico’s lowest crime price is the town of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Merida is the most secure metropolis in Mexico and is a superb concept for first-time vacationers as a result of it has fashionable and Western conveniences, set in a phenomenal panorama of pastel buildings. It’s additionally a wonderful selection for escaping a chilly winter at dwelling.

In Merida, you’ll discover tons of nice locations to remain and beautiful day journeys you are able to do with a guided tour from finish to finish, like this one to the ruins of Uxmal.

Merida may be very relaxed, and there’s even hardly any cases of pickpocketing. We assume Merida is a superb suggestion for anybody who needs a first-time journey to Latin America that checks all of the packing containers of surroundings, tradition, historical past, meals and enjoyable.

Plus, in the event you’re into espresso, Merida has an incredible cafe and low store scene. If you’d prefer to spend a while working remotely, allow us to refer you to the coworking house Conexion 60.

Lima, Peru

Why does Lima, Peru make an incredible vacation spot for first-time vacationers? First, that is the place you may get Pacific sunsets on the Malecon, attempt Peruvian-Chinese delicacies and naturally, plan your journey to the remainder of the unimaginable nation of Peru. (Don’t overlook to go sand-boarding in Huacachina).

Should security be a priority? Well, Lima is a giant, huge metropolis, and it might be a mislead say your entire metropolis is unsafe.

However, for your intents and functions and for journey worth, all factors of curiosity in Lima are very protected. Again, in elements of Lima just like the Centro Historico, preserve your hand in your bag and don’t flash your cellphone or tremendous fancy gear, however that goes for any growing nation or huge metropolis. Having a deal with on Spanish for visiting Lima is a superb concept, so in the event you’re already there, give Lima a shot.

Cusco, Peru

Cusco is the gateway to all issues Inca and Andean, and it’s an unimaginable place to begin a visit for visiting Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and different historical Incan websites.

Cusco itself is a splendid place to remain some time, from its frequent parades and different factors of tradition, to the easy vistas of the valley, inexperienced hills, colourful houses and clear skies. Also, you possibly can hand around in tremendous enjoyable hostels and check out unimaginable delicacies. What’s to not love?

In any case, Cusco is pleasant and welcoming for vacationers, so keep a bit longer than anticipated, and also you’ll acclimate to the excessive altitude.

Cartagena, Colombia

I hope you’re nonetheless into the thought of touring in Colombia, which is one among our favourite international locations. Cartagena is one other place in Colombia that has a persona of its personal, and that’s as a result of it’s the gem of the Caribbean.

That’s proper – tradition in Cartagena may be very totally different from tradition within the huge capital metropolis of Bogota and the Antioquian metropolis of Medellin. Cartagena is downright tropical, with colonial structure in fairly colours, plenty of seafood, bars to hop round at evening and seashores close by.

With new nonstop flight paths from locations like NYC direct to Cartagena, you possibly can solely think about that vacationers are coming in excessive numbers. There are tons and plenty of vacationers in Cartagena, so that you’ll by no means be alone, and throughout the walled metropolis and historic heart, there’s all the time somebody to ask for instructions.

Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa is an enthralling Peruvian metropolis nestled amongst three (sure, three!) volcanoes that present picturesque environment. The tradition right here is notably totally different than cultures in Lima and Cusco, so it’s price trying out and taking some excursions supplied by your resort or hostel.

From Arequipa, you possibly can head off to the Colca Canyon (greater than the Grand Canyon – are you able to consider it?) and discover the historic streets, church buildings, cafe and eating places.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is an enthralling metropolis the place we felt like we may spend a protracted, very long time. Buenos Aires and the encompassing area are very European-influenced, so some elements of Buenos Aires will remind you of Spain or Italy, with all of the cafes on the sidewalks. That’s not a nasty factor!

Beyond the pasta and pizza, Buenos Aires has a variety of soul. That begins with tango dancing, and continues into its road markets, well-known cemetery (see it to consider it) and cafe tradition in Palermo. Swoon!

Because you received’t really feel so misplaced in Buenos Aires, because it’s a Western-feeling metropolis the place nobody actually stands out, it feels protected as quickly as you stroll out the door of your lodging. It is a giant metropolis although, and with out branding it as “South America!”, the actual fact is that you could be be pegged as a vacationer with cash.

Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba is Argentina’s “second city,” and it has a smaller-town really feel whenever you examine it with Buenos Aires. People in Cordoba are VERY happy with their metropolis, and can make frequent point out of the varied universities that give the town its character.

From Cordoba, you possibly can take a look at the Sierras, or hill areas, to the north and west. This is price a street journey!

In Cordoba itself, you possibly can go to the college campuses, take a look at the nightlife, attempt delicacies from throughout South America and observe Spanish for positive. Cordoba is a superb place to get some grilled meats, or parrilla, and to spend the day strolling round.

Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is so, so charming when it comes to locations to go to in Ecuador. While you’ll most likely stand out right here as a customer, that’s okay!

Get your bearings with taking a while to breathe (deeply) and beat altitude illness. Then, discover the colonial charms of this city, and make a journey to Cajas National Park. You received’t remorse it!

Safest Cities in Europe for First-Time Travel

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a phenomenal Baltic metropolis with proximity (comparatively) to Finland and the water. There’s English in every single place, and charming medieval fortress partitions that encompass a bunch of Old Town. The Old Town itself is dwelling to numerous cafes and eating places, and there are pretty vistas of the outdated church buildings from varied factors within the fort partitions.

To head onward to the opposite two Baltic nations of Latvia and Lithuania, you possibly can e book a bus tour like we did, with the Traveller Tours Tallinn-Riga route.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a comfortable dimension for being a Western Europe capital metropolis. As a customer, you’ll after all go to Temple Bar and Trinity College, each huge landmarks with huge names and lengthy histories. Dublin may be very walkable, and because it’s Ireland, every thing’s in English! There are increasingly more companies setting headquarters and European places of work in Dublin, so now there’s an inflow of enterprise, cash and non-Irish residents.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is hands-down one among our favourite cities in Europe, and whereas Dan spent a month there with Remote Year, we’ve been again as a pair. There are new developments in Lisbon on a regular basis, from the traveler scene to the expat scene. There are nice new venues for stay music, bars, cafes and neighborhoods to see, and there’s plenty of English. The structure is beautiful, the museums are superior and there are nice picture ops available at each nook.

Porto, Portugal

Porto is a phenomenal metropolis with a bit extra of a moody temper than Lisbon. It’s price seeing due to its location close to the ocean and the Douro River.

Did you already know that it’s additionally the birthplace of Port wine? In reality, Port wine is barely Port wine if it comes from Porto! You can head throughout the gorgeous bridge, see the sundown after which attempt wines on the wineries within the city of Gaia.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague has many personalities, starting from its tourist-centric Old Town (appears like a film set) and well-known Charles Bridge to its residential areas of Vinohrady and Riegrovy Sady Park. For staying, attempt MeetMe23, a cross between a boutique resort and a complicated hostel (poshtel) and be within the heart of all of it.

Riga, Latvia

Maybe you’ve by no means heard of Latvia, or possibly you need to go. Either manner, Riga is a metropolis with a pastel-colored fairy-tale fashion Old Town that’s fashionable with Eastern European guests and vacationers from different elements of the world as effectively.

Things like beer and meals are affordably-priced, the native delicacies has plenty of contemporary northern fishes and there are many hostels.

Riga is a transit level for plenty of the Baltic area, so in the event you’re within the space, you might be sure to cross by means of. Plus, Latvian conventional dancing and singing is improbable! Try to cease in throughout a pageant.

Latvia is a really protected place to journey. We spent almost every week in Latvia and skilled no crime in any respect. If you’re feeling cautious, you possibly can keep away from strolling round previous darkish, however within the winter, that’ll be onerous to do as a result of the solar units so early!

Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a fairly metropolis with plenty of parks, historical past and tradition, and it’s a great various to Barcelona if the crowds and costs are off-putting for you.

If you’re touring in Europe or transitioning to a different area, you may actually have a layover in Madrid, throughout which you’ll be able to see some prime sights.

We thought that the Templo de Debod & Parque de la Montaña with its views had been a few of the most unusual spots. Locals are pleasant right here, and there’s a complete listing of fairly neighborhoods to see.

Madrid appears to be surprisingly laid-back for a capital metropolis, and with 6.5 million folks, that’s fairly spectacular. There’s an incredible metro system, a great little bit of English that will help you round and plenty of vacationers in all the favored locations.

Safest Cities in North America for First-Time Travel

While it could appear scary or hectic to go to a giant metropolis (even the most important cities) by yourself for a solo journey, the actual fact is that huge cities are simpler to journey in than small cities.

Why do we expect greater cities are simpler? First off, there’ll be extra hostels and a bigger array of lodging. In NYC, for instance, there’s a sort of lodging for each finances (even couch-surfing – that’s free!), and you may usually be well-connected through the subway even in the event you’re outdoors Manhattan. With smaller cities, you could want a automotive to get round, and that turns into an added expense to abdomen by your self whenever you’re solo.

Big cities even have plenty of issues to do, and a greater variety of excursions to hop onto in the event you’re alone and need to be with different vacationers. See our strategies beneath for cities in North America that go well with all kinds of vacationers.

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Forget what you may’ve seen on TV or learn in a e book – Brooklyn is a stunning place to go for trip and for first-time vacationers.

For vacationers, it’s necessary to know that Brooklyn is much more numerous than most main cities on Earth, from its hipster neighborhoods to its Mexican, Chinese, Russian and Central Asian immigrant enclaves. See this borough by means of its superior cafe scene, eating places and parks.

If you need to eat your manner round Brooklyn, take the subway throughout and discover along with your abdomen. If you need to store, head to Williamsburg. If you need to see a phenomenal East River Sunset, head to Brooklyn Bridge Park and stroll round Brooklyn Heights’s historic mansions like an area.

Washington, DC, USA

Washington, DC, is for everybody, whether or not you’re a primary time traveler trying for a simple place to journey solo, or in the event you’re taking a visit with associates or a major different.

The issues to do in Washington, DC, vary from seeing the unimaginable museums of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall, to seeing DC’s well-known monuments – the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – by day or by evening.

For a extra native style of DC, head to DuPont Circle, the middle of liberal life, Adams Morgan, for a hip nightlife, meals and cafe scene, and H St. Northwest, one of many metropolis’s latest developed areas, which now has its personal strip of bars, meals and actions.

If you will have time to enterprise onward, take a look at Alexandria, VA, or Bethesda, MD, each accessible by DC’s metro system that hyperlinks the suburbs with the town heart and may be very simple to navigate for first-timers.

More than ever, DC has tons and plenty of protected areas. The solely areas to keep away from are these within the northeast (NE) quadrant the place you probably wouldn’t discover a lot touristic worth (and don’t e book an Airbnb there).

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal is a phenomenal metropolis that gives a simple first-time journey expertise. It’s very protected, and there’s historical past at plenty of turns. Do you converse French? You’ll be in luck, as a result of Montreal is fairly “French.”

Be positive to pattern Quebecois meals like poutine, and catch road performers doing their tips and dances. There’s hardly any crime in Montreal, which makes it a reasonably stress-free journey to take for each first-time vacationers and skilled ones.

Calgary, Canada, + Banff National Park

Calgary is a metropolis that will get its fame for getting access to Banff National Park, one of the pristine locations on the planet. Well, now with all the eye it’s gotten lately for its turquoise lakes and glacial landscapes, you possibly can anticipate issues to alter quickly.

Calgary is a modest metropolis with pleasant locals who’re fairly well-connected with nature, they usually positive know survive a Canadian winter, the place temperatures drop beneath freezing often throughout late fall to early spring and sunlight hours throughout winter are few. In the summer time, alternatively, take pleasure in daylight that lasts till almost 11 pm and affordable temperatures that make climbing really feel nice.

San Francisco, CA, USA

If your pockets can deal with SF’s excessive costs, it’s price a go to to see this stunning and historic but newly-changed metropolis on the US West Coast.

SF will get plenty of guests for a cause – locations like Lombard Street, the Haight, the Mission and the Painted Ladies are a slice of tradition which are a part of the Californian material.

People in SF are very used to guests and vacationers. The metropolis is simple to get round, with plenty of choices for mass transit (possibly too many?… we get confused studying the maps).

Boston, MA, USA

Boston is a compact metropolis that’s actually pretty. If you want historical past, particularly because it pertains to the Revolutionary War and the individuals who constructed America, head to Boston to observe the Freedom Trail.

Boston is excellent at tourism. Much of the town is walkable and pleasant to vacationers. Visit stunning structure and colonial mansions in Beacon Hill, the beautiful surroundings of Boston Common and even Boston’s mini Chinatown, which has its personal arch and eateries.

Miami, FL, USA

Miami is a enjoyable vacation spot for first-time vacationers who need to see one other face of the US, and of the state of Florida. If you haven’t been to Miami, test it out, whether or not by yourself (I’ve been there as a solo feminine traveler and likewise as a visit with associates) or with a crew or companion.

Miami is a spot the place you possibly can nearly really feel such as you left the US. Your Uber driver could converse extra Spanish than English. The climate isn’t actually cooler than 60 F a lot of the winter (steamy in summer time, although). The pastel artwork deco structure of South Beach could have you charmed, and also you received’t need to put down your digicam.

Is Miami simple to journey by yourself? Sure! There are hostels in South Beach the place you possibly can keep in a dorm and meet different vacationers. Hostelling International’s location is even above a taco store – that’s a Becca favourite.

Places of curiosity in Miami are protected for journey, and also you received’t be bothered, nor will you stand out as a customer. The solely place to keep away from is Downtown Miami late at evening, as there aren’t many individuals round (that is the enterprise heart of the town and isn’t so residential).

Ready to journey by yourself for the primary time, or with a companion? Don’t overlook our guidelines for what to do earlier than you permit dwelling for your journey!

Last up to date on July 14th, 2022

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