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The Netherlands-owned five-square-mile island is only a minute flight from St. Within hours of my arrival, the tight-knit diving and hiking community made me feel right at home.

The Dutch Caribbean island has the most translucent waters, where I spotted turtles and schools of fish among the untouched reefs. We looked at safety rankings and accessibility to determine our list of the top cities for a solo female traveler. A gentleman walked in and sat down. She quickly emerged from the back room and greeted him in Norwegian with a plate of food. Did she think I was sitting here waiting for a travel companion to join me?

I had stumbled upon the recommendation online, stating that Bjellands, who is in her late 70s, single-handedly ran the restaurant and had her own methods.

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When I first entered, all she said to me in broken English — a bit brusquely — was: She wanted to impress the one tourist — and only other female — in the room and had gone out of her way to prepare my meal with an extra dose of care.

But as a woman, fears — sometimes innate — over the silliest things can spin into overdrive, especially in a foreign environment.

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Here, our list of the 17 best places in the world for women to travel alone. The compact downtown area made it easy for me to zip between sights, restaurants, and shopping on foot — and anything that was slightly farther was accessible by the easy-to-use Link light rail.

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The jolly German mentality shines in this Bavarian town, where on each of my visits, locals welcomed tourists with a grin, whether it was at a small mom-and-pop bakery or the touristy Olympiapark tower.

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Since a mug requires a deposit, Germans hang around the stand, ready to chat or give recommendationswhile warming up over the traditional drink. One look at the oceanfront medieval city of Dubrovnikpreserved by 6, feet of pristine walls, and all my worries vanished.