If you doubt you can put up with the challenges and hazards of a particular country, strike it off your list.A risk assessment should address your concerns as a female traveller, including safety and security, health conditions, the political and economic environment, local laws, customs, and cultural norms – including the role of women – in your potential host country.For example, in countries that employ a strict interpretation of Sharia law, women may not be allowed to drive cars, travel alone, or even go out in public without a male relative or a group of other women.If you travel alone, you may want to choose countries with a more relaxed attitude towards solo female travellers, where you’ll face fewer challenges.Women travel for countless reasons, whether to discover new frontiers, pursue business opportunities, or simply to rest and relax – not unlike men.But when it comes to health and security, and how travellers are affected by the religious and cultural beliefs of the foreign countries they visit, there’s a huge difference between women and men.The truth is that women face greater obstacles, especially when travelling alone.
When travelling on your own, be sure to follow these safety measures: If you experience problems abroad, remember that Global Affairs Canada is ready to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Government of Canada has developed this booklet to help inform and prepare you before you leave Canada.
The booklet offers a preventive, female-friendly approach to tackling the security, cultural, health, and social concerns of women travellers. The more you know about where you’re going, the safer and happier your travels will be.
You’ll be much less vulnerable and more independent if you’re not weighed down with a lot of luggage. You get to set your own pace, have more direct contact with foreign cultures, and meet new friends more easily.
But a lone female traveller may also face unwanted attention or overwhelming obstacles in some parts of the world.