Like many Middle Eastern countries, Turkey is behind the times regarding women’s rights. In fact, Turkish men are known to invade foreign travelers’ personal space – making visits to Turkey full of uncomfortable interactions for any female solo traveler.
“It’s exhausting fending off financial scams and harassment all day long. But probably some of the best shopping, food, and architecture I’ve ever seen. You can do it if you are a savvy traveler with lots of foreign country experience, but it was not a relaxing travel experience for me.”
Crime against women is rising in certain Central American nations, especially in Guatemala. Despite the region’s breathtaking beauty, it is home to a record-high number of assaults against foreign female travelers.