Safety first: where to travel without risk in 2024

By Tychyna TetianaMar 24, 2024 13:50 PMNews
Safety first: where to travel without risk in 2024
A tourist in Canada. Source: Freepik

Security remains one of the key concerns when planning a vacation during the tourist season. However, there are still popular destinations in the world that people can visit with a certain level of confidence in safety.

Every year, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection publishes a list of the safest places to travel. In 2024, the countries that topped the list provide a secure environment for travelers, making them an ideal choice, as reported by the Brattleboro Reformer.

Canada, with its friendly locals and majestic landscapes, tops the list as one of the safest countries to visit in 2024. Whether travelers are navigating the bustling streets of Toronto, hiking the Rocky Mountains, or exploring the vastness of Vancouver, Canada offers abundant opportunities for sightseeing in a safe and welcoming environment. The rate of violent crime is relatively low, and incidents of gun-related offenses are also minimal.

Switzerland is not referred to as the paradise in the Alps for nothing, as its security record is as solid as its majestic mountains. The country boasts breathtaking landscapes, a reliable healthcare system, and a low crime rate. With a level 1 safety rating, indicating standard precautions, Switzerland is a safe destination. Visitors can enjoy skiing in the Swiss Alps, exploring charming villages, or simply basking in the tranquility that characterizes this European gem.

Norway is among the top safest countries in 2024, thanks to its stunning fjords and strong commitment to social welfare. Travelers can revel in the natural beauty of this Scandinavian country, knowing that safety is a top priority, with a crime rate of 39 per 1000 inhabitants in Oslo in 2021.

Ireland, often referred to as the Emerald Isle for its majestic landscapes, stands out as a destination. Whether exploring the bustling streets of Dublin, savoring whiskey in Cork, or wandering the cliffs of Moher, travelers will encounter safety and a warm Irish welcome at every turn.

The Netherlands, known as the land of windmills and tulips, offers picturesque canals, historic architecture, and a strong commitment to safety. Visitors can cycle through the charming streets of Amsterdam, visit world-class museums, and enjoy the open-minded Dutch culture. In the Netherlands, it's worth visiting Keukenhof, often dubbed the "Garden of Europe."

The United Kingdom, with its rich history and attractions, draws millions of travelers. Safety prevails both in the bustling streets of London and in the serene Scottish Highlands. Regardless of a country's safety reputation, it's always advisable to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service allowing you to register your trip with the nearest embassy or consulate.

Safety first: where to travel without risk in 2024
Explore Portuguese cities without risking your life. Source: Freepik

Portugal is rightfully called the pearl of the Mediterranean, owing to its stunning coastline. Lively cities and friendly locals contribute to Portugal's increasing popularity as a destination. Travelers can indulge in delicious cuisine in Lisbon, explore historical sites in Porto, and relax on the pristine beaches of the Algarve while feeling safe.

Denmark's progressive society and low crime rate create a safe environment for numerous tourists. Travel through the bike-friendly streets of Copenhagen, visit iconic landmarks such as the Little Mermaid statue, and enjoy delicious Danish pastries in peace, as Denmark is ranked second in the world for safety by the Global Peace Index.

Often referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland continues to be one of the safest places to visit in 2024. Its dramatic landscapes, including geysers, waterfalls, and the famous Blue Lagoon, are complemented by a commitment to safety that guarantees carefree adventures, with Iceland ranked number one in the Global Peace Index in 2023.

For many years, Australia's unique wildlife, stunning beaches, and vibrant cities have attracted travelers from all over the world. Safety is a constant companion to this vast and diverse country. However, it is important to note that the wildlife can be somewhat dangerous.

With its breathtaking scenery and friendly locals, New Zealand offers tourists a safe and unforgettable experience. From the geothermal wonders of the North Island to the majestic fjords of the South Island, there are many fascinating locations in this Kiwi country. New Zealand has a homicide rate of 0.7 per 100,000 people, less than one-tenth of the rate in the United States.

Japan is often referred to as the Land of the Rising Sun and is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Travelers can explore the ancient temples in Kyoto, experience the bustle of Tokyo, and enjoy fine cuisine, knowing that Japan's low crime rate ensures a safe and secure visit, as Japan is ranked 9th in the world according to the Global Peace Index.

France's timeless charm and cultural richness enchant millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Whether strolling along the Seine in Paris, sipping wine in Bordeaux, or exploring the picturesque villages of Provence, visitors can do so with confidence in their safety.

Spain's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture make it an attractive destination for travelers. From the beaches of the Costa del Sol to the architectural wonders of Barcelona, visitors can feel secure. While Spain is generally safe with a low crime rate of 48.8 per 100,000 people, it's worth noting that theft and burglary increased in the country between 2020 and 2021. This data contrasts with the decline in 23 of the 27 European Union countries during the same period.

Finally, Brazil completes the list of safe countries. Whether dancing to the samba in Rio de Janeiro, exploring the Amazon rainforest, or relaxing on the beaches of Copacabana, Brazil offers travelers a safe and vibrant atmosphere.

Booking recently released a list of winners among the best places according to tourists. Read the TravelWise article to find out which cities are the most hospitable.

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