There’s nothing like a vacation Gangnam style! Get a glimpse of the South Korea’s complex culture by exploring the Gangnam district of Seoul. Try getting in some exercise by bicycling along the Han River and go midnight shopping at the Dongdaemun Street Market. What’s a girls trip without some spa treatments? No need to worry, Seoul has it covered. Head to a Jimjilbang- a gender segregated public bathhouse, where you can enjoy the spa, sauna, snack bar, singing room, massage shop and nail room. They even let you stay overnight! And you can worry less knowing that Seoul is considered to be one of the top 25 safest cities in the world by the 2015 Safe cities index. In fact, it is considered to have one of the top 5 best public transport systems for women.
Toronto is the safest city in North America according to the 2015 Safe cities index; it is also the most fun. Toronto is a foodie’s delight and its multicultural character is reflected in its restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Have some delicious dumplings in Chinatown or visit an old polish bakery in Roncesvalles. If you’re up for it, make a day trip to see the Niagara Falls. You won’t be disappointed.
If it’s shopping you crave, then Dubai is your answer. It has more than 50 malls ladies! Think of the sales! From the decadent Dubai Mall to the humble Karama shopping complex, there’s something for everyone. If you get tired of the consumerist onslaught, then head to old school Bur Dubai and hop on a traditional water taxi, the Abra. It takes you to the textile and spice souk, from where you can shop again. What? It is Dubai after all.
If at all you are worried about your safety, you will be happy to know that the UAE reports a low crime rate compared to the rest of the region. While women are advised to dress modestly and refrain from any public displays of affection, if you are aware of the rules and follow them, there’s no reason why you can’t have a fun and exciting vacation.
The coastal city of Melbourne is a great place for all the beach loving and sporty women out there. Boasting of calm, safe and clean beaches such as the gorgeous Sorrento beach (a 90 minute drive from the city centre) or the closer, family-friendly Elwood beach. If cricket is your drug, then head to the Melbourne cricket ground and catch a game in the summertime.After Sydney, Melbourne is the second safest city in Australia. It is also a White Ribbon City, pledging its support to end violence against women by funding measures to increase safety and awareness.
San Francisco, USA
In the same study done by ValuePenguin, San Francisco came out as the second safest large city in USA, with a crime score of 30.1 as opposed to the national average of 72.5.Now, San Francisco, just like New York is a place for the woman who wants to explore. Walk around the neighbourhoods such as Haight-Ashbury, the epicentre of the 60s hippie culture, Nob hill- the bastion of privilege and sophistication, Fisherman’s wharf- where you’ll find sea lions and boats to Alcatraz, and Chinatown- where your mom can buy exotic gifts for everyone back home, while you stuff yourselves with dim sums.
Zurich is ranked the third safest city in Europe on the 2015 Safe cities index. Incidences of violent crime are rare, with most criminal activities being restricted to pickpockets and vehicle break-ins. Now with the snow capped Alps looming in the horizon, how can you not fall in love with Zurich? In the daytime, head to one of the many museums and art galleries. At the Kuntshaus gallery, one can find collections of European art from all ages. To discover an Indian connection, go visit the Centre Le Corbusier, a museum designed by and featuring work by the famous Swiss architect. For the party animal in you, Zurich also has a lively nightlife.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, built on an inlet around Lake Wakatipu, is a resort town and the ideal holiday destination for the adrenaline junkie. You can ski, snowboard, bungee jump, paraglide, go hot air ballooning, skydive and a whole lot more. For the more faint-hearted, take a tour of a vineyard such as the Gibbston Valley Wines, the largest wine producer in the area. They have a wine cave and a cheesery, what more needs to be said? But wait, there is more. Not only is New Zealand ranked the third safest country for women by the International women’s travel center, the city Queensland also has an ongoing Women’s safety project that aims for the prevention of violence against women. These include CabSafe and StreetSafe- initiatives that help women taking public transport feel safer.