Places/Stories Where You felt Unsafe during your Travels Worldwide? Just curious, have you ever been somewhere that you felt unsafe? If so, why? The only time I didn’t feel that safe was at Gare du Nord in Paris, it seemed a little sketchy late at night. solved 0 Travel Marion Rowe 34 Answers 2302 views 5 Solo Travelling Answers ( 34 ) June Champlin 1 Reply Me and two of my friends went to Nagorno-Karabakh. We visited a church on top of the mountain it was late in the evening. A guy who was in charge of taking care of this place offered us a room to stay for a night. Everything was cool he made us a dinner and stuff but later on, we got bad vibes and shit started to go crazy, it came out that he and his friend wanted to rape us. We couldn’t escape due to the closed gate and really high wall. All in all, we came out all safe however this whole situation scared sh*t out of me! Wanda Sanford 0 Reply That’s terrifying! Did you still enjoy Nagorno-Karabakh, or did your experience ruin the entire trip? June Champlin 0 Reply The night was terrible but when we finally managed to get away from this place it was a huge relief and we were more than happy so the rest of the trip was awesome ; ) Tamia Casper 0 Reply So sorry you had such a bad experience in Artsakh. Usually, people there are very nice and caring 🙁 Dannie Williamson 1 Reply In a music shop in Paris. As soon as we walked in, a really big guy stood in front of the door to block it and the guy who worked there put a gun on the counter. My friend reminded me that we had a big knife in our bag which I purchased in a kitchen supply shop if the situation got out of control. We just kept talking to each other and looked through the CDs, acting relaxed and like there was no problem. When we decided to try and leave, we kept as calm as possible. As we were speaking in Irish, the guys in the shop didn’t understand what we were saying which made us feel better and more in control but understood what they were saying in French. As soon as we got out of the shop we ran. Terrell Anderson 0 Reply I lived in Paris for 6 years, close to Gare du Nord. def the place I have felt the most unsafe in my life. when I went traveling around the US, I’ve been told “be careful it’s so dangerous they have guns !!” honestly felt safer in most places I’ve been to in the US than home. Now I am in Australia, never been scared of going out or scared for my things, when it was a daily feeling in Paris. Lucinda Bauch 0 Reply I felt like this in the night in Casablanca railway station. I arrived at 2 am and wanted to meet the sunrise, but the policeman told me:”Madam, you better don’t leave the railway station before the sunrise”… Wanda Sanford 0 Reply Were you bothered by men in Morocco? I heard harassment of western women is pretty common there… Lucinda Bauch 0 Reply Well, a lot of people were trying to talk to me, to ask something, but I didn’t feel any danger of that-they are just very curious 😉 But I was on Festival with 30 other people from Europe, so I felt safer! Wanda Sanford 0 Reply If you felt scared, then it is good that you stayed in the railway station. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable. But just to say: I have heard so many advice: don’t do this, don’t go there, it is not safe… And when I have gone to these places, alone, I haven’t found not even one reason why this place would look scary to someone. Maeve McLaughlin 0 Reply Nha Trang, Vietnam. Old ladies would pretend to be friendly with me while shoving their hands in my pockets. Men jumped out at me and yelled. In Ho Chi Minh the cab drivers rig their meters… The north is much better and I felt much safer. Hillary Armstrong 1 Reply One time, at a hostel in Medellin. I should have told the workers there that I had a boyfriend and wasn’t traveling solo 🙁 I went there because I flew into Colombia and Medellin was the most logical place to arrive in. I also heard there are beautiful places around that city, like Guatape, which seems to be on everyone’s list. A lot of people head to the Caribbean coast in Colombia but I think there is a lot to be explored inside the country. Because of Medellin’s temperature too, it is considered a more liveable and an expat city. It is cheapest to take Spanish lessons here, too. Brielle Rodriguez 0 Reply Yes, sketchy af there. It was my first and last taste of Paris and they were not good ones. Some other areas of Paris feel off as well. I don’t often feel unsafe like the way Paris made me feel. Dortha Parisian 0 Reply Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a city without a lot of scars. I found much to love about it, so that was the good part. But I would not want to visit there again. Kaya Schamberger 0 Reply Istanbul. The city had so strange and aggressive atmosphere. I really wanted to like the city, but it is the only place where I didn’t feel safe while traveling alone. And the only place where I was sexually harassed. Crystel Goodwin 0 Reply Belize City. Men are extremely aggressive. Also in a scumbag part of Dublin. We were downright randomly assaulted with a promise to come back and stab us. The most scared I’ve ever been. Elisabeth Dietrich 0 Reply Which part of Dublin was it? I’m heading over there this summer. Crystel Goodwin 0 Reply I am not even sure. The scumbag area, if you ask around people will tell you. We ended up stranded there at a road stop and the police took our car because we didn’t pay road tax. I think you would have no reason to be there so you’ll be good. The Northside of Dublin is also a bit sketchy. Try not to go beyond O’Connell street or Smithfield and you should be fine! Leda Lubowitz 0 Reply Colombo, Sri Lanka. That was the only country where I was too close to get gang-raped. For a female solo traveler that is not the safest place. Of course, I have met there amazing people and would go back there but this time with a company. Lori Larson 0 Reply Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Didn’t feel safe at night. There are police with guns guarding some tourist areas. I also got approached by a guy in the day, trying to lure me back to his house! Natalia Dooley 0 Reply I had a really nasty incident in Alicante, Spain when I witnessed a homeless woman being attacked by a couple of guys. I confronted one of the men then walked away because I felt threatened. Then walking home I felt very scared indeed. Marilyne Emard 0 Reply Mui Ne in Vietnam. Felt really unsafe and people were so unfriendly. Compared other cities in vietnam that was such an dissapointment. Aimee Beer 0 Reply Sihanoukville in Cambodia, backpackism at its worst (s*x tourism, bad drugs and drugged people, people trying to rip you off…) Earline Feil 0 Reply True, Monkey Island is lush tho! Aimee Beer 0 Reply All the islands off the coast of Sihanoukville are amazing, except maybe the main village in Koh Rong which is starting to look like a gross tourism Disneyland. Mpai bai on Koh Rong Samloem, on the other hand, is a jewel 🙂 Earnestine Kuhn 1 Reply Barcelona. Sort of. Yes and no. So, pickpockets in the center, and metro, absolutely. Most people I know have been robbed/mugged/pickpocketed… but not life-threatening, per say. Not harmed. But if you are in the area “Las Ramblas, the gothic quarter, Barceloneta, El Ravel and El Borne” at night… you could be targeted. And certainly, if you went on a random side-street in the middle of the night, it is not a good feeling, cause there are “alleyways” that are abandoned, just for trash bins, just right off of little windy busy streets, and you notice immediately that you should head back. I lived there for quite some time and felt extremely uncomfortable as a woman catching it if I was coming home late. cat calling is really common and maybe someone will occasionally follow you a block making some comments… Like I said above, not really life-threatening, I haven’t read the stats on rape or murder, it might be low, but pick-pocking extremely high, and catcalling very noticeable. So, positive note, Barcelona is an amazing place, like Paris, like Rome… but I would hate if it was ruined by a bad experience. Losing your purse or wallet because the thieves are professional could make you miss out on some of the best restaurants in Europe, beautiful parks, wonderful architecture, again, amazing food. Just I think people should be aware. My poor roommate had her wallet and credit cards stolen even on a 3-day trip there. Dahlia Shanahan 0 Reply Compare to many many cities, Barcelona is really safe!! Most incidents are related to pickpocket and to be fair thieves aren’t that good, its just people don’t pay attention!!! There have been a casescase of muggin but tell me where that doesnt hapened (maybe Japan). Lucinda Bauch 2 Reply I actually think this question does not do any favor for other travelers. Sure, it is good to know unsafe areas, but I think it will just lead people to share all their bad stories even in places what generally are not unsafe. And then newbies (bad phrase, I know) will look at it, and get even more scared about hitting the road. So to keep a balance: could anyone, besides their bad and scary stories add also really positive one to the same answer? 🙂 There are way more positive things happening on the road than negative ones. But last things we find everywhere: media, rumors etc…. And negative stories stay in mind more. There is no need to scare new travelers. Best answer Earnestine Kuhn 0 Reply New travelers shouldn’t be naive, either. There needs to be a balance of both. I also think that people who have gone as far as joining a travel forum won’t be scared off by posts like this. Perhaps they might not go to India on their first solo trip, and dip their toes in the water somewhere else first. I don’t think that real life stories are going to have that drastic of an effect… they may be more prepared (even over prepared) their first time and slowly ease into it. I prefer that, someone overly prepared, then someone who is too trusting and doesn’t consider the risks. Gabriella Torp 1 Reply Yes, true, but you will also get people who will share their experiences of being in unsafe places and nothing bad happens to them. I agree that it’s better to be overly prepared/cautious than too trusting and naive. The most important thing is to just take basic precautions in my opinion – bad things can happen anywhere (even if you never leave your house or city). Being prepared and aware will keep you safe in most circumstances. Elmira Mueller 0 Reply For me it was when I’ve been to Montpellier (in the south of France) I felt like insecure but I knew I just stayed for 2 days and I wasn’t alone so I felt reassured then. Really I think it’s the only place where I felt unsecured. Camille Funk 0 Reply In Paris in the central parts and Barcelona, in general, most places with a crowd. London Brixton and Elephant and Castle areas (at other areas in London I usually felt ok) Mylene Terry 0 Reply In Rio De Janeiro basically anyplace I was outside after 7 pm felt sketchy but particularly so at dusk right before the street lights come on. I was almost robbed walking along a traffic circle with a friend. Luckily we noticed the thief and his friend communicating across the circle and watching us and we got in a cab instead. Matilda Roberts 0 Reply I agree with Rio, esp. around Carnival. 3 girls in my hostel room got robbed at gunpoint. 🙁 Isla Kennedy 0 Reply I think public places especially stations can actually be quite unsafe. I used to let everyone get off first and then slowly make my way deciding what I wanted to do….people rushing off met the pickpockets/accommodation/travel scammers before I did! Quite often I’d pick out my own truck driver some distance away….. always works….. Zoé Michaud 0 Reply I lived in Brazil and I never really felt unsafe. Maybe once in São Paulo on a Sunday morning cause there was no one else around, but other than that, it was always really chilled. I also lived in Paris and went to Gare du Nord a few times, quite okay as well. Grace Davis 0 Reply It is never a place in particular that makes me feel unsafe, but rather a specific person, and they may not even be from that place! And it may be all in my head. So brief answer, no. Claire Albert 0 Reply Arrived at the main train station in Rome in the middle of the night, without having booked a hostel or hotel yet. We walked into the city center in search of a place. Never felt so unsafe. Also Marrakech at night, finding your riad in a maze of alleys where you get the feeling people are following you. Claire Treutel 0 Reply Morocco, aside from the several incidents of sexual harassment, I was robbed by a guy wielding a broken bottle, I’d never travel there alone again. However, when traveling with guys, I felt totally safe and loved the country. Clementina Kautzer 0 Reply Berlin, Germany at night time. My friend and I were looking for a club and our tram dropped us off in the middle of a bridge. It was 50/50 the club was on either side of the bridge. So we started walking one way and I swear men were lined up all the way down eyeing us like we were a snack and they were ready to pounce. Luckily we had a guy with us but it was so uncomfortable that we paid for a taxi to drive us to the other side of the bridge and drop us off at the club. (which was in a really shady area). Wanda Sanford 0 Reply Sorry to ask, but from your description, of where the club could be, and where tram stopped: was that Warschauer Strasse? Because if it was, then it’s 98% chance that these guys tried to sell you something: and they hang out there all day, being totally bored, so yes, they do stare everyone who is passing by, even if you would be a guy. 😀 – Also, police check these area several times a night, (for the same reason I told above) so it just looks super creepy, if you are there the first time, but it’s not dangerous at all. Of course, if you do not feel safe, and find other way around it: go by taxi or with a friend, like you did if it makes you feel better: No need to put yourself in a situation where you feel uncmofortable. Clementina Kautzer 0 Reply I spent 20 minutes looking at the map to see which bridge it would be, it looks like it since there is a club right there. Pablo Ramón 0 Reply When you are from Buenos Aires, Argentina, most of the cities in the world seem totally safe. Never felt unsafe anywhere more than home. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. :p Alexys Dooley 0 Reply You might be right, I have friends in Mar del Plata who say the same thing as you, that most cities in the world are safe compared to there. I think if you live in Buenos Aires you can put it into perspective. I have not had the chance to go visit them, sadly 🙂 I guess to you we are all a bunch of whiners, haha! 😉 Pablo Ramón 0 Reply Haha, Normally when I speak with someone and talk about safety or economical crisis I say “you have no idea” :p We live in a constant crisis and security becomes worse every day. Orpha Mohr 0 Reply I lived in Buenos Aires for some months and had many friends telling me in advance to be really careful as a blonde woman, especially at night time and in cabs, but I always felt quite safe. For me, La Paz in Bolivia was much worse. I am a photographer and kind of regretted it to take my camera to El Alto at dawn. Pablo Ramón 0 Reply It depends on where you go. I never got robbed in Buenos Aires but because I know how to stay safe. But I got robbed in El Alto, Bolivia. Anyway, I felt safe in El Alto. Orpha Mohr 0 Reply I have never gotten robbed anywhere, fortunately, but I never went to the worse parts of Buenos Aires on my own, too, and if I did, I didn’t ever stay long 🙂 Nikko Cruickshank 0 Reply The outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine. Part of it was feeling vulnerable due to the language barrier. Part of it was because I was putting myself in bad situations like sneaking into an abandoned sports stadium or going for an evening stroll at 2 am in Borshchahivka. I’ve learned my lesson and glad I’m here to tell the tale. 😛 Панасюк Анатолій 0 Reply I’d never do that, even being a Ukrainian, it’s totally unsafe???? Nikko Cruickshank 0 Reply At the time I was blindly following a 19-year-old Couchsurfing host whom I assumed knew best. I’d never been to any Eastern European places before, so it was all unfamiliar feeling. Turns out the local was a bit more naive than the tourist this time! Lol Alana Halvorson 0 Reply Strangely, Luxembourg. But because we were sleeping in a park & ride and some creep started observing us, following us and stopping his car in front of ours to look at us so we got freaked out and left. He followed us to the city with his big lights and we thought he could push us out of the road. So we called the police. But other than that, if you are talking about the vibe of a place, I would say Paris. But nothing too bad. We just parked in a really bad neighborhood and every van parked around us had been vandalized and so… nothing ever happened though. Veena Dhar 0 Reply Rome. Was warned before my Europe trip to be careful of pickpockets. I was being careful, and yet before I knew what happened, within the first 12 hours in the city, had my $500 phone stolen from my jeans pocket – front! Peter Rogers 0 Reply London can be Very Unsafe in various Places … Night Buses and Trains ( after Midnight ) can attract a very dodgy Crowd which are usually out of their heads on Drink or drugs …. also night buses are usually every 30 mins or so … so waiting at a bus stop can be risky … I was almost beaten up like this !! Katie Thomas 0 Reply Felt really uncomfortable in Barcelona. I have dreadlocks and was there for four days this week. Over twenty people shouting to me stuff like ‘Rastagirl!’ or asking me if I wanted to buy any weed. I don’t smoke, and I felt really really bothered… Never happened before, not even in Brussels where I would expect it more to happen Hubert Borge 0 Reply I never felt unsafe by humans or a place. Unwanted attention from drug dealers, “scammers”, prostitutes, people freaking out drunk/on drugs can be annoying but never felt scared. One time getting lost in the jungle in India, I and my friend felt stressed for a moment though 10 hours had passed on our walk which was supposed to be 5-6 hours, it was getting dark, in an area known for having a lot of wild Bison roaming around evening/nights. We suddenly had 7-8 super aggressive dogs running at us, getting in a circle around us, barking and moving around like crazy (I’m no dog person ????) When we understood it was guard dogs we shouted for help and some guy came out of nowhere and got the dogs under control ???? Julie Joshi 0 Reply In a taxi in Rio de Janeiro on the motorway where the guy asked me what kind of sex I liked and whether I wanted to see a p*nis of a Brazilian AFTER I told him I had a bf. Luckily I said NO quite emphatically and wasn’t assaulted as the SIM in my phone wasn’t working. 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