CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - When you head out the door for vacation, safety may not be on the top of your mind. But if you're a woman traveling on your own -- or with other women -- unfortunately, you may face more dangers than men.
A new list from Trip.com listing the 10 most dangerous places for female travelers may surprise you. There are some popular vacation destinations on the list, including Jamaica and the Bahamas. The list was compiled from a user survey, and it focuses on solo female travelers.
On top of this, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Mexico, including resorts.
Here are the top 10 most dangerous places, according to Trip.com:
Jamaica comes up on the list for violent crime in Kingston and Montego Bay. A lot of tourists go to all-inclusive resorts, which are mostly safe, but the U.S. Embassy warns sexual assaults have been reported there.
In the Bahamas, the U.S. State Department rates the crime in some areas as critical, saying armed robbery and sexual assault are major threats for Americans.
Mexico isn't on this list, but the state department says tourists should be on high alert there. It just issued a warning for all travelers about possible tainted alcohol, after several tourists reported blacking out at resorts.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't travel to any of these places on this list, but it's good to be informed before you go. Travel experts say crime can happen anywhere, and it's important to be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
So how can you stay safe?
The following tips are from Trip.com's "10 Safety tips for Solo Female Travelers" and Travel + Leisure's "50 tips for female travelers."
IN THE HOTEL
- Pick a hotel in a high traffic area
- Ask for a room near an elevator
- When you get there, ask for your room number to be written down, not mentioned out loud
OUT AND ABOUT
- Watch your food and drinks closely
- Hide your valuables
- Wear a cross-body purse
- Stay in busy areas
- Don't walk alone at night
- Let someone know of your travel plans
OUT OF THE COUNTRY
- Write down the local emergency numbers
- Know basic phrases in that language
- Scan and upload digital copies of your passport and all travel documents and keep them in a secure, password-protected folder on a cloud, that way you can prove your identity to the embassy if you get robbed