Travel can be more dangerous for women due to the risk of sexual violence and a travel industry reluctant to provide important information on the subject. Security expert Erika Weisbrod notes that the most common hazards include opportunistic theft and sexual violence, and that both can be made worse when a woman is in an unfamiliar environment, as criminals tend to seek out people who stand out from the crowd or are still getting oriented to a new location. It is important to research destinations ahead of time and to share itineraries with loved ones and/or your employer. Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings when overseas.
- These days many women are justifiably concerned about their safety when traveling because of the rampant reports of TripAdvisor not flagging hotels with cases of sexual assault.
- It is estimated that women are traveling more than ever and experts predict that women face more obstacles as they encounter more cases of sexual assault.
- Erika Weisbrod, an expert on women travel, states that the biggest threats women face when traveling are opportunistic crimes and sexual assault.
““Additionally, criminals may look to target travelers who might not be well-oriented, might not know the language, or may stand out more based on their physical appearance or dress.””