Female tourist does not want to come to Athens again: "Wherever I went, men looked at me strangely" (VIDEO)


Travel experiences are highly personal, and while Athens may not have left a favourable impression on Em, ​​she remains open to exploring other beautiful parts of Greece.

Solo traveller Emma Maskell has explored 25 countries around the world. However, as he revealed to the Daily Mail, there are places he wouldn't return to, and Athens happens to be one of them.

Emma explained that her decision not to visit Athens again stems mainly from the fact that she feels unsafe as a female traveler.

As she strolled through the streets of the city, she recounted having to talk to her mother on the phone because of the persistent and unwanted attention from men on the streets.

Her discomfort was further exacerbated when she saw people using drugs in broad daylight.

Emma documents her 'honest' experience of Athens in a video that she posted to her TikTok account @emtravels_.

Speaking to MailOnline Travel, she said: 'I would never go back to Athens. I didn't like it at all. I just didn’t feel safe.

'When I was walking down the street, I'd be on the phone to my mum and I felt like I was getting unwanted attention from men on the street, sort of catcalling.'

She explains at the start of the clip that she's 'not loving it here', but 'tries to turn it around' with visits to the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, the Acropolis and the flea market.

She also tries food that she says 'tastes better than it looks'.


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Emma, who hopes to visit 30 countries before she's 30, said that despite her Athens experience, she'd love to return to other areas of Greece, especially the Greek island Paros.

With its white sandy beaches and traditional villages, Emma likened Paros to the Greek island of Skopelos, made famous by Mamma Mia.

Speaking to MailOnline about the hidden gem, she said: '[It's] far less popular than Islands like Santorini and Mykonos, but as a result, is much quieter, affordable and authentic feeling.'

For women eager to explore the world on their own, the seasoned female solo traveller shared some essential safety tips.

She always has her phone's 'find my location' setting activated - and she shares this information with her parents and five of her closest friends.

In addition to this, she said: 'As soon as I knew what my plans were, I would always let them know.'

Another safety tip Emma shared was opening a Google Docs with her travel itinerary on it, for her friends and family to check at any point.

She explained: 'Sometimes it's really hard to update everyone at once so that's something I found worked really well for me.'

Another clear, yet often overlooked, piece of advice Emma shared was to never tell strangers you're visiting the country alone.

She continued: 'I never tell anyone I'm somewhere on my own. I always say no in a taxi. If they ask if it's my first time here I say no and if they [taxi drivers] ask if I'm here on my own I say, "No my friends are already here."'

And, for an extra safety measure, Emma said she booked female-only dorms in hostels, though she said she has never run into any problems in mixed dorms.

As a general piece of advice for solo travellers, Emma urged everyone to bring padlocks to keep their property safe in hostels.

She added: 'I also bring copies of my passport and my ID photos just in case I need to get a new one.'

Yet, the traveller advised: 'It’s not really things that you can take with you but taking steps to be safer and keeping your wits about you.'

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