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Best Places to Solo Travel – All 193 Countries Ranked (2023)

Worst Places to Travel Alone – 34 Worst Countries Ranked

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160. Guinea

Children playing football in Conakry, Guinea. 

Overall Score: 30.82 | Value Score: 38.65
Most popular attraction: Grande Mosquée de Conakry

Although it’s not at the top of most solo travellers’ bucket lists, Guinea still has a lot to offer with its beautiful beaches, vibrant music and West African traditions. However, many will find it difficult and daunting, due to the country’s high crime rates, political protests, and potential health risks.

See the chimpanzees famous for using stones as tools in Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, bathe beneath the cascades of Le Voile de la Mariee, and take a boat ride out to the relaxing shores of Iles de Los. Savour local dishes like maafe and fouti while learning about Guinea’s Islamic culture and indigenous groups like the Kissi.

There are only about 7 hotels listed online in Guinea. The average accommodation rating is 7.64/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $133.57 per night.

There are more than 50 attractions to visit in Guinea. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.29/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $11.25. But, there are only about 7 day trips on offer in Guinea (not able to be booked online).

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Guinea, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 7 days and costs $3,175 (about $454 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 39, Guinea ranks as the 36th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Travelling alone around Guinea can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to join a group tour or hire a local guide.

161. Guyana

Giant Anteater in Guyana.

Overall Score: 30.26 | Value Score: 40.51
Most popular attraction: Kaieteur Falls

One of South America’s budding destinations for solo travellers, Guyana is home to the vast Amazonian rainforest, towering waterfalls and welcoming Caribbean culture. But travelling alone can be tough due to high crime rates, hard-to-reach remote areas, and limited emergency services.

Discover one of the world’s largest single-drop waterfalls at Kaieteur Falls, climb the canopy walkway through the Iwokrama Rainforest and spot giant anteaters, river otters and anacondas on the Rupununi Savannahs. Learn about indigenous cultures like the Makushi people and dine on dishes like pepperpot and metemgee.

There are more than 30 hotels listed online in Guyana. The average accommodation rating is 7.98/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $94.39 per night.

There are also more than 100 attractions to visit in Guyana. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.45/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $18.00. But, there are only about 13 day trips on offer in Guyana, with the average cost of a day trip being $172.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Guyana, there are 6 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 12 days and costs $6,974 (about $675 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 43, Guyana ranks as the 45th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Travelling alone around Guyana can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to join a group tour or hire a local guide.

162. Russia

St Basils Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. 

Overall Score: 30.24 | Value Score: 35.58
Most popular attraction: Red Square

Russia would be higher on this list of the best places to solo travel were it not for the ongoing war with Ukraine – the world’s biggest country is host to majestic palaces, stunning cathedrals, an ever-changing landscape and unique culture.

Wander the iconic Red Square in Moscow, admire one of the world’s richest art collections at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and venture across breathtaking landscapes from Lake Baikal to Kungur Ice Cave. Experience a strange blend of Eastern and Western culture while dining on dishes like borscht and pelmeni.

Currently, you are unable to book accommodation online in Russia (sites like Booking.com have stopped listing Russian properties due to the conflict).

There are more than 40,000 attractions to visit in Russia. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.80/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $8.12. 

Day trips and multi-day group tours in Russia can currently not be booked online. 

With a safety score of 34, Russia ranks as the 22nd most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Russia at this time. The ongoing conflict with Ukraine means that Russian authorities may adopt a negative attitude towards foreigners and there is a heightened risk of conflict and terrorism.

163. Papua New Guinea

Locals dressed in tribal paint and clothing during the Sing Sing Tribal Even in Papua New Guinea. 

Overall Score: 30.17 | Value Score: 38.36
Most popular attraction: Port Moresby Nature Park

Papua New Guinea has the potential to be a great solo travel destination thanks to its ancient cultures, vibrant coral reefs and mountainous beauty – but it is plagued by high crime rates, tribal conflicts, and limited access to emergency services.

See local tribes dress in body paint and dance to Kundu drums at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, scuba dive the reefs of Tufi Fjords or tackle the 96km Kokoda Track on a guided trek. Try traditional dishes like mumu and kokoda while learning about the island’s ancient tribal history.

There are only about 29 hotels listed online in Papua New Guinea. The average accommodation rating is 7.65/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $149.10 per night.

There are more than 120 attractions to visit in Papua New Guinea. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.38/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $2.79. But, there are only 2 day trips on offer in PNG, with the average cost of a day trip being $123.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Papua New Guinea, there are 28 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 7 days and costs $3,542 (about $503 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 47, Papua New Guinea ranks as the 131st safest destination for solo travellers.

Travelling solo around PNG can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to join a group tour or hire a local guide.

164. Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls in Lesotho. 

Overall Score: 30.04 | Value Score: 45.62
Most popular attraction: Sani Pass

Another African nation with great potential to become a solo travel hotspot, Lesotho benefits from breathtaking mountain scenery, guided pony treks, and a unique Basotho culture. But it is let down by its limited transportation options, remoteness, and presence of violent crime.

Explore the arches, caves, cliffs, pillars and rock pools of the UNESCO-listed Maloti-Drakensberg Park or hike into the valley of the Maletsunyane Falls. Ride a Basotho pony with traditional guides, climb Drakensberg (South Africa’s highest mountain) and taste local foods like pap and stew.

There are more than 50 hotels to choose from in Lesotho. The average accommodation rating is 8.28/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $59.10 per night.

There are also more than 50 attractions to visit in Lesotho. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.33/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $8.95. Plus, there are 20 day trips on offer in Lesotho, with the average cost of a day trip being $162.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Lesotho, there are 26 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 14 days and costs $2,042 (about $174 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 47, Lesotho ranks as the 130th safest destination for solo travellers.

165. Sierra Leone

Woman carrying baby on her back in Sierra Leone. 

Overall Score: 29.76 | Value Score: 38.85
Most popular attraction: Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Although Sierra Leone has historically suffered from civil unrest, it is turning a corner and becoming a more accessible destination for solo travellers – a country of beautiful beaches, wildlife experiences and a history of slavery.

Take a guided history tour through the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, stay in a chalet on beautiful River Number Two Beach, and spot pygmy hippopotami on Tiwai Island. Meet the friendly Krio people of Sierra Leone and taste traditional dishes like cassava leaf and akara.

There are about 30 hotels listed online in Sierra Leone. The average accommodation rating is 7.94/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $78.80 per night.

There are also more than 40 attractions to visit in Sierra Leone. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.34/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $9.89. But, there are only about 5 day trips on offer in Sierra Leone (not able to be booked online).

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Sierra Leone, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 8 days and costs $3,082 (about $400 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 50, Sierra Leone ranks as the 116th safest destination for solo travellers.

However, travelling solo around Sierra Leone can be tricky. The country suffers from ongoing health risks, limited infrastructure, and occasional civil unrest. You may find it easier and safer to join a group tour.

166. Turkmenistan

Door to Hell gas crater looking fiery at night in Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Overall Score: 29.58 | Value Score: 32.22
Most popular attraction: Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

Turkmenistan could make big moves in years to come and lose its title as one of the worst solo travel destinations. But it is currently weighed down by a lack of tourism infrastructure and restricted travel permits.

Discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of the Silk Road city of Merv, trek through the Mars-like landscape of Yangykala Canyon, and ride camels through the Karakum Desert to The Gates of Hell. Discover the unique Turkmen culture and savour dishes like plov and manty.

There are currently only 4 hotels available to book online in Turkmenistan. The average accommodation rating is 8.25/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $179.50 per night.

There are more than 100 attractions to visit in Turkmenistan. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.57/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $10.83. But, there are only about 4 day trips on offer in Turkmenistan (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Turkmenistan, there are 10 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 9 days and costs $2,532 (about $258 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 42, Turkmenistan ranks as the 41st most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Turkmenistan can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

167. Eswatini (f.k.a Swaziland)

Female lion prowling the savannah in Hlane, Eswatini (Swaziland). 

Overall Score: 29.55 | Value Score: 42.69
Most popular attraction: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Formerly known as Swaziland, Eswatini is an up-and-coming solo travel destination thanks to its tribal Swazi ceremonies and extensive wildlife reserves. But it suffers from limited public transportation and occasional political tensions.

Tour traditional beehive huts in the Swazi Cultural Village, take a horseback safari through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and shop at the Traditional Swazi Craft Market. Watch the Swazi people do the Umhlanga Reed Dance and try dishes like sishwala and incwancwa.

There are more than 60 hotels listed online in Eswatini. The average accommodation rating is 8.04/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $51.25 per night.

There are also more than 60 attractions to visit in Eswatini. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.41/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $6.94. But, there are only 8 day tours on offer in Eswatini, with the average cost of a day trip being $206.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Eswatini (f.k.a Swaziland), there are 5 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 6 days and costs $1,164 (about $468 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 47, Eswatini ranks as the 128th safest destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Eswatini can be challenging at times. You may find it easier to join a group tour.

168. Angola

Mumuila tribal woman dressed in bright colourful clothing in Angola. 

Overall Score: 29.19 | Value Score: 38.10
Most popular attraction: Fortaleza de São Miguel

Angola has great potential as a solo travel destination with its epic landscapes, thundering waterfalls, tropical beaches and fascinating history. But it is let down by its limited tourist infrastructure, security threats and lack of access to health facilities.

Walk amongst the UNESCO-listed ruins of Mbanza Kongo, witness the tremendous Kalandula Falls and spot giraffes on safari in Parque Nacional do Quicama or Kissama National Park. Learn about Angola’s dark past at the National Slavery Museum and try local dishes like moamba and calulu.

There are only about 20 hotels listed online in Angola. The average accommodation rating is 7.66/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $133.56 per night.

There are more than 70 attractions to visit in Angola. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.34/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $7.27. But, there are only about 12 day trips on offer in Angola, with the average cost of a day trip being $162.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Angola, there are 10 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 6 days and costs $2,447 (about $431 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 48, Angola ranks as the 122nd safest destination for solo travellers.

169. Gabon

Wild Mandrill in Gabon. 

Overall Score: 29.08 | Value Score: 34.76
Most popular attraction: Lopé National Park (home to more than 1400 endangered mandrills)

Although it is currently amongst the worst places to travel alone, Gabon is expected to attract more tourists in coming years with its wildlife encounters and diverse landscapes – from sandy beaches and rolling hinterlands to thick rainforests and placid lagoons.

Spot forest elephants on safari in Loango National Park, sunbathe on the white sands of Pointe-Denis Beach, and see the lowland gorillas in the Gorilla Sanctuary on Fernan Vaz Lagoon. Learn about how the city of Libreville was built by freed slaves and savour local dishes like grilled fish and foufou.

There are more than 30 hotels listed online in Gabon. The average accommodation rating is 7.30/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $113.18 per night.

There are also more than 50 attractions to visit in Gabon. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.06/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $13.29. But, there are only about 8 day trips on offer in Gabon (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Gabon, there are 4 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 10 days and costs $6,644 (about $698 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 45, Gabon ranks as the 141st safest destination for solo travellers.

However, travelling alone in Gabon can be tricky. The country suffers from limited infrastructure, health risks, and remote areas with limited services. You may find it easier to join a group tour.

170. Haiti

Houses on the hillside in Port au Prince, Haiti. 

Overall Score: 28.70 | Value Score: 42.35
Most popular attraction: Laferriere Citadel

Whilst Haiti has the potential to be a Caribbean gem, it is currently one of the worst solo travel destinations due to its very high levels of violent crime, severe shortages of basic necessities and civil unrest.

Relax on the golden shores of Labadie, celebrate carnivals and Spanish/French colonial-style architecture on the streets of Jacmel, and swim in the cobalt-blue pools and waterfalls of Bassin Bleu. Experience Haitian culture and savour dishes like griot and pikliz while watching locals dance the Yanvalou and shake to Kompa.

There are only about 20 hotels listed online in Haiti. The average accommodation rating is 7.62/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $104.13 per night.

There are more than 120 attractions to visit in Haiti. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.27/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $5.00. But, there are only about 18 day tours on offer in Haiti, with the average cost of a day trip being $121.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Haiti, there are 2 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 3 days and costs $1,625 (about $542 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 42, Haiti ranks as the 42nd most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Haiti at this time due to the reasons listed above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may feel safer hiring a local guide or joining a group tour.

171. Burkina Faso

Young girl dressed in traditional clothing with facial markings in Burkina Faso. 

Overall Score: 28.57 | Value Score: 39.39
Most popular attraction: Ouagadougou Cathedral

Ongoing terrorism, political instability and high crime rates mean that Burkina Faso is currently one of the worst places to travel alone – despite its vibrant markets and unique mosques.

Spot elephants on safari at Reserve de Nazinga, and introduce yourself to the music of the Burkinabé culture at the Musée de la Musique. Admire the mud-brick architecture of the Ouagadougou Cathedral and Grande Mosquée before trying local foods like tô and riz gras.

There are more than 50 hotels listed online in Burkina Faso. The average accommodation rating is 7.60/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $57.21 per night.

There are also more than 70 attractions to visit in Burkina Faso. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.06/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $1.23. But, there are only about 7 day trips on offer in Burkina Faso (not able to be booked online).

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Burkina Faso, there is only 1 organised tour available. The average group tour lasts 9 days and costs $2,770 (about $308 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 41, Burkina Faso ranks as the 40th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Burkina Faso at this time due to the reasons listed above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may feel safer joining a group tour or hiring a local guide.

172. Guinea-Bissau

Woman dressed in colourful clothing dancing and partying during the Carnival Festival in Guinea Bissau.   

Overall Score: 28.38 | Value Score: 38.54
Most popular attraction: Empire Square

Decades of political instability, drug trafficking and insufficient vital services mean that very few solo travellers ever get to see the beautiful beaches and luscious wetlands of Guinea-Bissau.

See a fort from one of the oldest European colonial settlements in Cacheu, cruise out to the sleepy Bijagós Archipelago, and keep an eye out for the rare saltwater hippos in Orango National Park. Embrace Guinean hospitality and savour dishes like jollof rice and caldo de mancarra while discovering the country’s unique blend of cultures.

There are only about 4 hotels listed online in Guinea-Bissau. The average accommodation rating is 7.45/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $114.75 per night.

There are also only about 10 attractions to visit in Guinea-Bissau. The average rating for the top attractions is 4.33/5 and most are free to visit. And there are only 2 day trips on offer in Guinea-Bissau (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Guinea-Bissau, there are 4 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 7 days and costs $2,638 (about $318 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 36, Guinea-Bissau ranks as the 26th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Guinea-Bissau can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

173. Marshall Islands

Bikini Atoll beach in the Marshall Islands. 

Overall Score: 27.97 | Value Score: 28.72
Most popular attraction: Runit Island

The Marshall Islands look like a Pacific paradise with coral atolls, warm turquoise waters and gentle lagoons. But the country is let down by limited access to fresh food, healthcare and limited tourist infrastructure.

Tour the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test site, scuba dive at one of the world’s largest shark sanctuaries and rest under the shady palms of Majuro Atoll. Embrace the culture of the welcoming Polynesian people and sample local cuisines like iroijlaplap and jowel.

There is only 1 hotel to choose from in the Marshall Islands. The accommodation rating is 8.40/10 and the price of a room for a solo traveller is $105.00 per night.

There are also only about 13 attractions to visit in the Marshall Islands. The average rating for the top attractions is 4.32/5 and most are free to visit. 

There are no day trips or group tours in the Marshall Islands. 

With a safety score of 40, the Marshall Islands ranks as the 38th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

174. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)

Lowland gorilla sitting amongst bushes in Virunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

Overall Score: 27.89 | Value Score: 35.70
Most popular attraction: Virunga National Park

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) used to allure solo travellers due to its towering volcanoes overgrown with jungle and mighty Congo River. But in recent decades it has been too dangerous due to ongoing conflicts, armed groups, and limited access to basic services.

Trek to see the mountain gorilla sanctuary in Virunga National Park or Kahuzi-Biega National Park and watch the lava lake bubble atop Mount Nyiragongo. Watch in awe at the almighty roar of Zongo Falls, meet the Congolese people and sample foods like fufu and makayabu.  

There are only about 13 hotels listed online in DRC. The average accommodation rating is 7.20/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $149.83 per night.

There are more than 200 attractions to visit in DRC. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.27/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $21.68. Plus, there are 27 day tours on offer in the DRC, with the average cost of a day trip being $403.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of the DRC, there are 16 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 6 days and costs $3,461 (about $577 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 21, DRC ranks as the 11th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in the DRC can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

175. Solomon Islands

Male warriors performing tribal celebrations in the Solomon Islands. 

Overall Score: 27.27 | Value Score: 25.76
Most popular attraction: Solomon Islands National Museum

While the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands may look like a paradise with its beautiful beaches and vibrant tribal cultures, it suffers from limited emergency services, occasional natural disasters and civil unrest.

Paddle the waterways of the UNESCO-listed site of East Rennell (the largest raised coral atoll in the world) and float around in the warm waters of Marovo Lagoon (the largest saltwater lagoon in the world). Experience the famous Polynesian hospitality and local foods like kokoda and taro.

There are only about 10 hotels to choose from in the Solomon Islands. The average accommodation rating is 8.48/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $243.57 per night.

There are more than 50 attractions to visit in the Solomon Islands. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.44/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $8.96. But, there are only 6 day trips on offer in the Solomon Islands (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of the Solomon Islands, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 17 days and costs $26,041 (about $1,613 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 34, the Solomon Islands ranks as the 21st most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

176. Niger

Young girl carrying a baby in a tribal village in Niger. 

Overall Score: 27.26 | Value Score: 38.53
Most popular attraction: Great Mosque of Niamey

Although solo travellers might be tempted to witness the ancient kingdoms, Saharan landscapes and vibrant markets of Niger, they are kept away by security risks, terrorist threats, and political instability.

Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Agadez, ride camels with Tuaregs into the Sahara Desert and safari in the Koure Giraffe Reserve. Experience a blend of African, Touareg and French cultures while sampling dishes like tuwo and damboua.

There are only about 11 hotels listed online in Niger. The average accommodation rating is 7.47/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $110.67 per night.

There are more than 30 attractions to visit in Niger. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.13/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $2.20. But, there are only 2 day trips on offer in Niger (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Niger, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 9 days and costs $2,718 (about $302 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 37, Niger ranks as the 29th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Niger at this time due to the reasons listed above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may feel safer hiring a local guide or joining a group tour.

177. Burundi

Locals performing tribal dances at the Gishora Drum Sanctuary, Burundi. 

Overall Score: 27.12 | Value Score: 36.56
Most popular attraction: Rusizi National Park

Despite its epic landscapes and stunning Lake Tanganyika, Burundi remains one of the worst places for solo travel due to political instability, violent crime, and limited access to healthcare.

Listen to the wild chimpanzees around the shores of Lake Tanganyika (one of the most beautiful Great Lakes in Africa) and safari in Rusizi National Park to see hippopotamus and crocodiles. Witness local dances and musical performances at the Gishora Drum Sanctuary and taste local foods like mukeke and isombe.

There are only about 16 hotels listed online in Burundi. The average accommodation rating is 8.23/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $64.38 per night.

There are more than 30 attractions to visit in Burundi. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.45/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $26.94. Plus, Burundi boasts 21 day tours, with the average cost of a day trip being $456.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Burundi, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 7 days and costs $2,449 (about $350 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 30, Burundi ranks as the 14th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Burundi can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

178. Nauru

Beach on Island Ring Rd in Nauru. 

Overall Score: 27.03 | Value Score: 27.38
Most popular attraction: Anibare Bay

The tiny Pacific island of Nauru could entice some solo travellers with its sandy beaches and WW2 history. But it lacks the necessary tourist infrastructure and is the world’s least visited destination.

Relax under the palms of Anibare Bay, walk through the coral pinnacles on the Central Plateau, and hire a local guide to cut through the jungle and find the Japanese Guns from WW2. Enjoy the Polynesian culture by sampling foods like  mwee and eip jiko.

There is only one hotel in Nauru. It has an average rating of 5/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $160 per night.

There are also only about 9 attractions to visit in Nauru. The average rating for the top attractions is 4.26/5 and most are free to visit.

There are no day trips or group tours on Nauru.

With a safety score of 80, Nauru is the 35th safest destination for solo travellers.

179. Chad

Male tribal warrior wearing face paint in Chad. 

Overall Score: 26.41 | Value Score: 35.69
Most popular attraction: Zakouma National Park

Chad has great potential as a solo travel destination due to its Saharan landscapes, ancient cultures and tribal traditions. But it is held back by terrorism risks, high rates of violent crime, limited infrastructure, and civil unrest.

See thousands of pieces of ancient rock art in the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ennedi Massif, watch Saharan camels drink from the famous Guelta d’Archei Lake and safari to spot elephants and giraffes in Zakouma National Park. Experience Mbororo culture and sample cuisine like chakery and brochettes.

There is only 1 hotel listed online in Chad. The accommodation rating is 6.70/10 and the price of a room for a solo traveller is $210 per night.

There are more than 20 attractions to visit in Chad. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.36/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $9.46. But, there are only 5 day trips on offer in Chad (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Chad, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 16 days and costs $4,168 (about $262 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 32, Chad is the 17th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Chad at this time due to the reasons listed above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may feel safer hiring a local guide or joining a group tour.

180. Djibouti

Shepherd herding goats in desert in Djibouti. 

Overall Score: 26.36 | Value Score: 35.90
Most popular attraction: Lac ‘Assal

Despite its diverse marine life, volcanic formations and otherworldly landscapes, Djibouti is one of the worst places for solo travel due to limited tourism infrastructure, terrorism threats and high crime rates.

Swim with whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjoura, walk the salty shores and wade in the emerald waters of Lake Assal (the lowest point in Africa) and relax on the sandy beaches of Moucha Island. Experience Dir Somali and Afar cultures and try traditional dishes like skoudehkaris and lahooh.

There are only about 11 hotels listed online in Djibouti. The average accommodation rating is 7.38/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $129.40 per night.

There are also only about 20 attractions to visit in Djibouti. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.46/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $9.00. And, there are only 13 day tours on offer in Djibouti (not able to be booked online).

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Djibouti, there are 9 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 2 days and costs $871 (about $346 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 38, Djibouti ranks as the 34th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Djibouti can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

181. Mauritania

Muslim woman preparing tea in her home near Maden, Mauritania. 

Overall Score: 26.18 | Value Score: 39.08
Most popular attraction: Banc d’Arguin National Park

Mauritania boasts ancient caravan routes, dramatic desert landscapes and Moorish heritage. But it remains one of the worst solo travel spots due to terrorist threats, violent crimes and potential health risks.

Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Chinguetti (a mediaeval focal point of Islamic culture), see sea turtles and dolphins on the shores of Banc d’Arguin National Park, and venture far into the desert to find the strange Richat Structure. Spend a night sleeping under the stars with Arab Berbers while savouring dishes like thieboudienne and beignets.

There are more than 30 hotels listed online in Mauritania. The average accommodation rating is 7.59/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $66.65 per night.

There are also more than 40 attractions to visit in Mauritania. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.37/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $6.04. But, there are only 7 day tours on offer in Mauritania, with the average cost of a day trip being $431.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Mauritania, there are 4 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 8 days and costs $2,372 (about $298 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 35, Mauritania ranks as the 23rd most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Mauritania can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

182. Mali

Djenne Mosque in Timbuktu, Mali. 

Overall Score: 26.17 | Value Score: 41.65
Most popular attraction: Mali National Park

Another African country that suffers from ongoing terrorist threats, political instability, and limited access to basic services – Mali is one of the worst places to travel alone despite its mud-brick mosques, brilliant indigenous cultures and Saharan expeditions.

Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Timbuktu (a historic world centre of Islamic learning) and admire the Sudano-Sahelian architecture of the Great Mosque of Djenne. Meet the tribal Dogon people who live in mud homes and try local cuisines like tiguéla and fonio.

There are only 10 hotels listed online in Mali. The average accommodation rating is 7.20/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $105.88 per night.

There are more than 100 attractions to visit in Mali. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.21/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $1.45. But, there are only 7 day trips on offer in Mali, with the average cost of a day trip being $77.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Mali, there is only 1 organised tour available. The average group tour lasts 8 days and costs $4,781 (about $598 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 31, Mali ranks as the 15th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Mali at this time due to the reasons listed above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may feel safer hiring a local guide or joining a group tour.

183. Eritrea

Danakil Depression in Eritrea. 

Overall Score: 25.15 | Value Score: 36.64
Most popular attraction: Cathedral Our Lady of the Rosary

Whilst Eritrea could be a great solo travel destination with its historic sites and stunning coastlines, it is haunted by war and let down by a lack of tourism infrastructure, restricted travel permits, and occasional political tensions and violence

Discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of the ancient city of Adulis, scuba dive with turtles and dolphins in the Dahlak Archipelago and tour the lava lakes and acidic springs of the Danakil Depression. Learn about Eritrea’s struggle for independence from Ethiopia and try local foods like injera and zigni.

There are only 2 hotels listed online in Eritrea. The average accommodation rating is 6.60/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $148.97 per night.

There are more than 50 attractions to visit in Eritrea. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.46/5 and most are free to visit. But, there is only one day trip on offer in Eritrea, with the cost being $131.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Eritrea, there are 9 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 4 days and costs $1,530 (about $318 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 32, Eritrea ranks as the 16th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

Solo travel in Eritrea can be difficult and dangerous. You may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

184. Afghanistan

Bamiyan Valley (where giant Buddha statues once stood before being destroyed by the Taliban in 2001) in Afghanistan.

Overall Score: 24.99 | Value Score: 32.09
Most popular attraction: Herat Citadel

Many solo travellers would love to explore the rugged mountain scenery and ancient archeological sites of Afghanistan but it is not possible due to the extremely dangerous security situation and Taliban rule.

Hike through the dry landscape that surrounds the cobalt-blue lake in Band-e Amir National Park and explore the ancient Buddhist Cave Monasteries that line the Bamiyan Valley (two giant Buddha statues once stood here but were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001). Venture amongst the towering peaks of the Wakhan Corridor, meet ethnic groups like the Pashtuns, Tajiks and Hazaras and try foods like kabuli pulao and mantu.

There are only 5 hotels listed online in Afghanistan. The average accommodation rating is 8.48/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $91.75 per night.

There are more than 50 attractions to visit in Afghanistan. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.49/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $1.49. But there are no day tours currently available in Afghanistan.

If you want to join a group tour, there are 2 organised tours to choose from in Afghanistan. The average group tour lasts 10 days and costs $4,380 (about $355.50 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 14, Afghanistan ranks as the 5th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Afghanistan at this time due to Taliban rule, armed conflicts, civil unrest, and high risk of terrorism and kidnapping. If you do choose to visit, however, you may feel safer hiring a local guide.

185. Central African Republic

Wild hyena in the Central African Republic.

Overall Score: 24.80 | Value Score: 32.21
Most popular attraction: Manovo-Gounda-Saint Floris National Park

The Central African Republic has the potential to become one of the best countries for solo travel with its wildlife experiences and jungle landscapes. But it is currently inhibited by ongoing armed conflict, political instability and high levels of serious crime.

See lowland gorillas and forest elephants on a trek through Dzanga-Sangha Reserve or spot lions and hyenas on safari in Chinko Nature Reserve. Hike to see the powerful waterfall at Les Chutes de Boali and try local cuisine like saka-saka and manioc. 

There is currently only 1 hotel available to book online in the Central African Republic. The accommodation rating is 6/10 and the price of a room for a solo traveller is $52 per night.

There are more than 15 attractions to visit in the Central African Republic. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.30/5 and most are free to visit. But, there is only one day tour on offer in the Central African Republic (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of the Central African Republic, there is only 1 organised tour available. The average group tour lasts 8 days and costs $12,164 (about $1,520 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 32, Central African Republic ranks as the 18th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to the Central Africa Republic at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

186. South Sudan

Dinka tribesmen posing with rifles in South Sudan. 

Overall Score: 24.10 | Value Score: 24.96
Most popular attraction: Bandingilo National Park

Another African nation scarred by ongoing conflicts, security risks and limited access to basic services, South Sudan is one of the worst solo travel destinations despite its unique tribal cultures and vast wetlands. 

Meet the Dinka pastoralist tribes who live on floating islands in the Sudd wetlands, watch huge elephant herds cross Nimule National Park and the second-largest animal migration on the planet at Boma National Park. Admire the beauty of the various indigenous groups of South Sudan and sample dishes like asida and kisra.

There are only 6 hotels listed online in South Sudan. The average accommodation rating is 8.15/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $141.83 per night.

There are only about 25 attractions to visit in South Sudan. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.03/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $16.00 (entrance to the main National Parks costs about $70 per person). There are 4 day trips on offer in South Sudan (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of South Sudan, there are 4 organised tours to choose from (again, not able to be booked online). 

With a safety score of 10, South Sudan ranks as the 3rd most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to South Sudan at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

187. Yemen

Dragon Blood trees on Socotra in Yemen. 

Overall Score: 21.68 | Value Score: 25.67
Most popular attraction: Socotra

Years of ongoing armed conflict and high threat levels of terrorism and kidnapping mean that Yemen is a terrible solo travel destination, despite its unique flora and historic sites.

See the mud-brick highrise buildings and Old-Walled City ruins of Shibam and photograph the famous dragon blood trees on Socotra Island. Explore the historic Seera Fortress, admire the Al-Saleh Mosque and try Arabic-inspired foods like saltah and mandi.

There are only 11 hotels listed online in Yemen. The average accommodation rating is 5.83/10 and the average price of a room for a solo traveller is $121.13 per night.

There are more than 50 attractions to visit in Yemen. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.53/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $0.46. But there are only 8 day tours on offer in Yemen (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Yemen, there are 15 organised tours to choose from. Again, however, these are not able to be booked online. 

With a safety score of 10, Yemen ranks as the most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Yemen at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

188. Kiribati

Red crabs crawling along the beach in Christmas Island, Kiribati. 

Overall Score: 16.22 | Value Score: 16.36
Most popular attraction: Fenua-ura

While Kiribati may look like another Pacific island paradise full of coral atolls and stunning lagoons, it is, unfortunately, one of the worst countries to visit alone due to a total lack of tourist infrastructure and basic necessities.

See millions of red crabs crawl across Christmas Island, scuba dive and snorkel amongst coral reef fish and sharks, or simply sunbathe on the white sands of Fenua-ura. Meet the friendly Polynesian people and try local foods like te kaboua and kaimaravara.

There are currently no hotels available to book online in Kiribati.

There are also only 8 attractions to visit in Kiribati. The average rating for the attractions is 4.33/5 and most are free to visit. The most popular attraction for international visitors is Fenua-ura.

There are also no day trips or group tours of Kiribati. 

With a safety score of 20, Kiribati ranks as the 8th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

189. Sudan

Meroe Pyramids in Sudan. 

Overall Score: 15.24 | Value Score: 20.57
Most popular attraction: Pyramids of Meroë West

Torn apart by years of ongoing armed conflict and civil unrest, Sudan is sadly one of the worst places for solo travel. A tragedy, given its ancient pyramids, desert landscapes and warm-hearted people.

Venture through the Nubian Desert to see the UNESCO-listed Meroe Pyramids at sunrise or snorkel amongst coral reefs at Sanganeb National Park on the Red Sea coast. Meet the diverse cultures of North Sudan and sample local meals like ful medames and asida.

There are currently no hotels available to book online in Sudan.

There are more than 70 attractions to visit in Sudan. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.45/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $10.00. But there are only 11 day trips on offer in Sudan (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Sudan, there are 14 organised tours to choose from. Again, however, these are not able to be booked directly online. 

With a safety score of 16, Sudan ranks as the 6th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Sudan at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

190. Syria

Neolithic ruins in Palmyra, Syria. 

Overall Score: 15.07 | Value Score: 16.22
Most popular attraction: Umayyad Mosque

Once touted as a unique destination due to its ancient civilizations and historic sites, Syria is today one of the worst places for solo travel due to ongoing armed conflict, air strikes, kidnappings and terrorist attacks.

Explore the UNESCO-listed Neolithic ruins of Palmyra, visit the mediaeval Kurdish castle of Krak des Chevaliers, and wander the historic streets of Old Damascus. Experience a blend of Arab and Mediterranean traditions and savour dishes like kibbeh and fatteh.

There are currently no hotels available to book online in Syria.

There are also more than 150 attractions to visit in Syria. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.60/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $0.11. But, there are only 3 day trips on offer in Syria (not able to be booked online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Syria, there are 3 organised tours to choose from. Again, however, these are not able to be booked online. 

With a safety score of 10, Syria ranks as the 2nd most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Syria at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

191. Libya

Nomadic Tuaregs smoking shisha and making tea in the Sahara Desert in Libya.

Overall Score: 14.94 | Value Score: 16.69
Most popular attraction: Leptis Magna

Libya has the potential to be a solid solo travel destination thanks to its ancient ruins and desert landscapes. But it is undermined by its ongoing conflicts, limited access to basic services and a high risk of terrorist attack and kidnapping.

Discover the Carthaginian and Roman ruins of Leptis Magna, sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert, and see a rich array of prehistoric rock art in the Akakus Mountains. Learn about Libya’s long Arabic and African history while devouring dishes of couscous and bazeen.

There are currently no hotels available to book online in Libya.

But there are more than 90 attractions to visit in Libya. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.42/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $0.42. And there are 5 day trips on offer in Libya (but these cannot be booked online).

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Libya, there is only 1 organised tour available. Again, this can not be booked online.

With a safety score of 21, Libya ranks as the 10th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Libya at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.

192. North Korea (DPRK)

Monument of the Party Founding in Pyongyang, North Korea. 

Overall Score: 14.87 | Value Score: 20.61
Most popular attraction: Arch of Reunification

Closed off to the world for decades, North Korea is easily one of the worst places for solo travel due to restrictions on movement, authoritarian laws and a lack of independent travel options.

If you do join a guided tour to North Korea, you may see sights like the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Arch of Reunification and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. You may even get to trek to sights of natural beauty like Mount Kumgang and Paektu Mountain.

There are currently no hotels available to book online in North Korea.

But there are more than 70 attractions to visit in North Korea. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.40/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $11.00. However, there are no day trips on offer in North Korea.

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of North Korea (DPRK), there is only 1 organised tour available. The average group tour lasts 9 days and costs $1,934 (about $206 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 21, North Korea (DPRK) ranks as the 9th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to North Korea at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you will have no option but to join a guided tour.

193. Somalia

Girl smiling in Dayniile, Somalia. 

Overall Score: 13.63 | Value Score: 19.88
Most popular attraction: Laas Geel

Unfortunately, Somalia takes the prize for the worst country to visit in the world. Despite its historic sites and beautiful beaches, this proud nation has been held down by decades of armed conflict, piracy threats, terrorist attacks, kidnappings and limited access to basic services.

But Somalia still has great potential – explore the tombs of former Somali kings at the ruins of Qa’ableh and see some of the world’s earliest known cave paintings at Laas Geel. Tour the once-great city of Mogadishu with its famous lighthouse and savour Somali dishes like bariis iskukaris and xalwo.

There are currently no hotels available to book online in Somalia.

There are more than 40 attractions to visit in Somalia. The average rating for the top 15 attractions is 4.29/5 and the average price of entry for a solo traveller is about $13.00 (visiting Laas Geel requires a $25 permit). But there are only 3 day trips on offer in Somalia (not able to be booked directly online). 

For those interested in joining a multi-day group tour of Somalia, there are 10 organised tours to choose from. The average group tour lasts 10 days and costs $1,891 (about $189 per day) for a solo traveller.

With a safety score of 16, Somalia ranks as the 7th most dangerous destination for solo travellers.

It is recommended that you do not travel to Somalia at this time due to the reasons noted above. If you do choose to visit, however, you may find it easier and safer to hire a local guide or join a group tour.