Author Topic: Is Ukriane, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia safe to travel for solo lady?  (Read 2013 times)

Offline Doraem66

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I will be visiting poland, may explore krako, warsaw, lublin, gdansk, zakopane, torun etc...

Would like to explore the neighbouring countries, Ljubljana, lviv etc...
Is it safe to travel alone for asian lady in these countries?
Is Visa an issue?

TIA!

Offline wei

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As long as you have common sense, you can travel safely almost anywhere.

Eastern Europe is safe, cheap and beautiful to travel in. That said, it does not mean that it is without any problems. Exercise your common sense. Meaning, check out which areas to avoid, avoid going to the bars by yourself at night, avoid taking short cuts or walking through dark alleys, watch out for your valuables and dress sensibly to avoid attracting attention etc. Of course, you will attract attention from the local people, especially the men. But it is usually just whistling or "hellos". Just ignore them and walk on. If you do stupid things like walk back to your hotel at 2am alone, you are obviously asking for trouble. This is not just in Eastern Europe, but everywhere else in the world. Avoid traveling at night or arriving in a new country/city/town at night. If you have to take an overnight train, pay a little more for a first/second class carriage. I personally prefer to pay for safety. Long distance trains from Poland into Czech are well known for robbery. But usually the train conductors will take care of the passengers and give ample warning. If you are unsure, just ask the locals for advice. They are always happy to help tourists.

I don't know what passport you are holding, but if you are holding a Singapore passport, you will have no problem traveling through these countries. Some of these countries are part of the EU while others, although not part of the EU, allow Singapore passport holders to enter visa free for up to a certain number of days, as long as your passport is valid for up to 6 months. To find out exactly on visa requirements for Singapore passport holders for any countries, you can check out Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website. Note that the information is no absolute as there are policy changes every once in a while.
https://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/consular_information/for_singapore_citizens/visa_information.html

If you need more information, you can send me a private message or email me at wx49@hotmail.com

Offline madidas

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Slovenia and Croatia are safe overall.
I saw many single ladies travelling all around.

For Serbia, I've only been to Belgrade. Some neighbourhoods
look deserted after dark so it's best to avoid them. That said, do join
one of the hostels' pub crawls or party night out. Hey, nightlife indulgence
is one of THE things to do in Belgrade and Novi Sad. Plus you've got good company.
I partied in a castle there.


Offline Doraem66

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Thank you!

Any suggestion where can I go?

I'm more interested in scenery, don't do nightclub, usually will go back around hostel 10-11pm.
But party in castle sounds interesting though :)

I will spend 10 days in poland and may spare another 14 days for area nearby, is it sufficient?
I can stretch to 20 days....
I am holding Singapore passport.



« Last Edit: Jul 08, 16, 07:18 PM by Doraem66 »

Offline wei

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I would really suggest you go get yourself a guidebook and read up on these countries. This is how we all started. If you do not want to spend money on buying guidebooks since you will be using them only once, you can always go borrow from the public libraries. Our libraries have a good stock and you can find copies of the latest editions even.

Why read a guidebook? Because everybody has different likes and different styles of travel. What I like and enjoy, you may not. For example, Madidas suggested the party in the castle. That is something I will not suggest since I don't club. Not safe for a lone gal. So even if I am a solo female traveler, it does not mean you should follow my itinerary since I don't do the so call normal touristy stuff. I don't shop. I sit in cafes for hours and people watch. I like to go to off the beaten track places, away from the tourists crowd. Read up on all these places and decide for yourself what you want to see and what you want to do.

To give you some ideas, here are some old blog posts from mine first RTW trip when I visited that region. The sights are always there. The only things that have changed are probably the costs and the bus routes or train routes.

Poland: http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2008/11/polandpart-1
htmlhttp://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2008/12/polandpart-2.html
I will recommend the salt mines close to Krakow. Something really different.

Czech Republic: http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2008/12/czech-republicpart-1.html
http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2008/12/czech-republicpart-2.html
http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2008/12/czech-republic-part-3.html
My favourite of the whole lot is Cesky Krumlov

Slovenia: http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2009/06/sloveniapart-1.html
http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2009/06/sloveniapart-2.html
http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2009/06/sloveniapart-3.html
http://youmurenwx.blogspot.sg/2009/06/sloveniapart-4.html
Will definitely recommend the two limestone caves and Piran.

I covered most of Eastern Europe and a little of Central Europe then and did blog about all the countries. Not sure which other countries you are considering, so you can read through the articles on my blog. They are categorised by countries to make it for easier reading. If you want more information like bus/train stuff, tips and such, you will have to go grab a copy of my book "Seeing the World in 500 Days" (the first book - blue in colour). 

is 14 days or 20 days sufficient for other areas? Again, it depends on your style of traveling, your likes and your budgets. I can spend days in one town, doing nothing much but just walking the same streets every day, people watching and taking photos. Some people prefer to "check-in" to as many places as they can in the shortest possible time. Some people can stand for days on end just to go pub crawls every day. If you know what you like, read through the guides or search online for info, you will be able to plan from there on where you wanna go and how long you wanna stay.

Any other questions, you can contact me.

Offline wei

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By the way, as a matter of personal safety, I usually head back to hostel early if I am by myself. In certain towns or cities where I don't feel comfortable, I usually make sure I get back to hostel before it gets dark. I usually pack dinner back to the hostel or I will cook there. If you want to stay out late, make sure it is safe to walk about in the city/town by yourself. Ask the hostel staff when you get there. Stress "I am a girl traveling alone". If you want to go to the pubs, I suggest you join pub crawls like Madidas suggested. Make sure the hostel you are staying in is in a good location with no dark alleys around.

Offline Doraem66

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Thanks Wei!

Thanks for the advise and blog.
I will gather more info first

Offline vt88

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Actually with the internet these days, you can just google it - eg just type into google "what to do in Warsaw" or something like "what to see in Warsaw" and lots of suggestions and Top 10s will appear and you can read up on them all..

Offline travelmm

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I will be visiting poland, may explore krako, warsaw, lublin, gdansk, zakopane, torun etc...

Would like to explore the neighbouring countries, Ljubljana, lviv etc...
Is it safe to travel alone for asian lady in these countries?
Is Visa an issue?

TIA!
May I know when is the date you will be travel?