I recently wrote an article on solo female backpacker safety http://bemusedbackpacker.com/2013/11/11/solo-female-backpacker-safety-tips/ in response to a lot of specific questions and fears from women who were worried about going travelling alone.
I also wrote another article http://bemusedbackpacker.com/2013/11/18/solo-male-backpacker-safety-tips/ addressing specifically male concerns. The point to this one was to show that there are a few practical differences, and men and women do have slightly different cultural practicalities to consider, yet the safety concerns were absolutely no different than they were for a woman. Yet I almost instantly got a few emails stating that of course it is more dangerous for a woman to travel alone and even that men don’t have safety concerns when travelling (?!?!?!)
There really is no difference in overall levels of danger when travelling between men and women, and there is very little difference in the practical safety steps men and women can take.
What do you all think? Let’s get some good (friendly) debate going on here!