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How safe is Macedonia for a woman travelling alone?


by @wanderingjoanne | 4yr  | 4 comments

Hi,
Iโ€™m looking for a place to spend a month from late July onwards and have found a few decent priced apartments in Skopje, Macedonia. I love the idea of Macedonia and the city sounds great. But Iโ€™ve read mixed reviews about safety, and note Nomad List marks it as OK for safety and bad for female friendly.

As a female travelling alone Iโ€™d be really interested to hear if others have any experience of the area. Or any alternative suggestions for Eastern Europe.

Thanks for your help! :slight_smile:

Jo

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Hey ladies,

Thanks for your replies! This was a case of leaving it really late to book a place over summer for a couple of months in my price range. I decided against Macedonia in the end because I found a beautiful place in Maribor, Slovenia for a couple of months.

I would love to visit Macedonia one day, and also Sarajevo is high on my listโ€ฆ

Thanks again!

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@mariasokolova | 4yr

To be honest, I found Skopje boring and Macedonia in general is my least favorite country in the Balkans. In terms of safety its totally fine though.
I loved traveling in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, Iโ€™d say Belgrade is a much better place to stay semi long term, Tivat in Montenegro if you like coastal but not too crowded places.

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@xunadia | 4yr

I travelled with another girl in the area, including Skopje and Ohrid in Macedonia, and never had any issues with safety - for Macedonia, I prefer Ohrid to Skopje, though it is quite touristy. I generally found that there was more life in the evenings in Ohrid, which made me feel completely safe.

I loved Bosnia - maybe consider Sarajevo? Coastal Montenegro is also lovely, though I imagine accommodation gets pricey over the summer.

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@angelicism | 4yr

I donโ€™t know about Macedonia but for other places in Eastern Europe: I loved southern Albania (stayed in Sarande) and really enjoyed Romania (was in Bucharest) and I felt perfectly fine in both places.

I did get ripped off a few times from taxis in Romania but that felt more like a tourist thing than a woman thing.

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Hi, I know there are a few posts around this topic but none of them quite answer my questions.

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by @alejandrow | 5yr 5 years ago | 6 comments

So, Iโ€™m about to become a digital nomad later this year. Right now Iโ€™m in the preparation mode and looking for useful information that will help me to achieve living like a digital nomad without having to deal with beginner problemsโ€ฆ

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by @traveller99 | 5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

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