My daughter insists on going alone to travel around Columbia.
Trish, first of all, what a great mum.... of course she's gorgeous, with a lovely mum like you, why wouldn't she be? Secondly - you have to let them go at some stage! :)
There are some challenges for travellers to Colombia, especially those travelling solo, but they're not insurmountable. If she's following the young traveller trail she'll never really be alone, there are plenty of other people to link up with. She'll be with new friends when she goes out at night, and I'd suggest she should find another traveller to be with when on the road - safety in numbers. So, travelling on her own but never alone.
Colombia is not the drug and crime riddled place it was 20 years ago, and things are a lot better, which is why it's the hot new youth travel destination. There's lots to recommend it but you need to be on your guard to stay safe, crime is still quite high. If she follows a few sensible precautions, which won't spoil the trip, she'll be ok. I've spoken to many people who come back from Colombia and wonder what all the fuss was about. But that's no reason to be complacent.
Here're some more safety tips for Colombia.
If she's a first time traveller it's going to be a challenge, but if she has some experience, she'll already know how to stay safe.
Phil at the safety hub about 7 years ago
I'm colombian and at least 4 female, foreign, gorgeous, and non-colombian looking friends have travelled "solo" in Colombia. The overall conclusion is that keeping in mind some basic rules (such as avoiding remote rural areas in some specific regions, taking only certified cabs, avoiding hitchhiking and long (7+ hours) overnight bus trips) will keep any traveller as safe as in any major US city . You might suffer some rip-offs, overprized goods, and even pick-pocketing (although this is common in any backpacker's paradise) but your life will not be in danger. almost 7 years agoAnswered by Felipe via WorldNomads.com
Please post pictures of your daughter. :-) almost 7 years agoAnswered by J B via WorldNomads.com
They Have Blonds in Colombia both natural and of the dye variety. I had a friend who is tall 6 foot and Blond (the tall part is what made them know she was not local) was roller blading down the street when a Colombian Man seen her and his knee jerk reaction was to yell out to her Hola Barbie (hello Barbie) She said that was the funniest and most creative cat call she had ever heard in her life. over 6 years ago
Hello, I'm a 5'2'', 115lb blond young female that traveled alone to Colombia... While I have lots of travel experience, I felt very safe in Colombia. I agree that following the backpacker, youth-hostel route is her best bet! My mom was super anxious when I started traveling and now, 10 years later, she's quite comfortable with it! about 5 years ago