I am a firm believer that you can travel to every country safely. Sure there are some countries where you have to take extra precautions but it is possible to travel to every country. In fact I recently came across an article where a lady has officially been named the youngest woman to travel to every country.
That is quite the feat! I honestly don’t have a desire to visit EVERY single country in the world but I’d definitely like to visit most of them. Even some not so safe countries! But, for those of you who like to play it safe I’ve compiled a list of the safest countries in the world. To help you to decide where to take that first trip.
Ireland has always and will always have a special place in my heart. I was so happy to learn that this beautiful country made the top 10 list of the safest countries in the world. I can speak from personal experience when it comes to Ireland. Having traveled there in 2016 I can without a doubt say that this is the one country where I felt the absolute safest. It felt like home. The people are some of the kindest you will ever meet. Quick to give directions, a cup of tea on a cold wet day, or just some general advice about where to go and what to see. I can’t wait to go back and explore even more of this incredible country. If you are looking to venture out on your first solo adventure. I suggest you go to Ireland! To learn more about Ireland and all it has to offer visit their website here.
Japan attracted 31.19 million international tourists in 2018. Japan has 21 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara. Popular foreigner attractions include Tokyo and Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, ski resorts such as Niseko in Hokkaido, Okinawa, riding the shinkansen and taking advantage of Japan’s hotel and hotspring network.The 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked Japan 4th out of 141 countries overall, which was the highest in Asia. Japan gained relatively high scores in almost all of the featured aspects, such as health and hygiene, safety and security, and cultural resources and business travel. If you wish to learn more about Japan please visit their website here.
When you think of South East Asia most people think of places like the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc. Not many people think of Singapore. But Singapore has become an up and coming country. It is a global hub for education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, human capital, innovation, logistics, manufacturing, technology, tourism, trade, and transport. The country ranks highly in numerous international rankings, and has been recognized as the most “technology-ready” nation, top International-meetings city, city with “best investment potential”, world’s smartest city, world’s safest country, world’s most competitive economy. Recently over-taking the United States and Hong Kong. Third least-corrupt country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial center, third-largest oil refining and trading center, fifth-most innovative country, and the second-busiest container port. It is safe to say that Singapore has everything going for it. If you decide to go to Singapore you will see less crowds. I don’t know about you but I would rather go to a country with less tourists! Visit Singapore’s official tourism site here and check out all this up and coming country has to offer.
#7 Czech Republic
It is not a large country but has a rich and eventful history. Czechs, Germans, Slovaks, Italian stonemasons and stucco workers, French tradesmen and deserters from Napoleon’s army have lived and worked here, all influencing one another. For centuries they jointly cultivated their land, creating works that grace this small country with hundreds of ancient castles, monasteries and stately mansions, and entire towns that give the impression of being comprehensive artifacts. The Czech Republic contains a vast number of architectural treasures and has beautiful forests and mountains to match. To learn more about this beautiful country rich in history visit their tourism website here.
Canada is my neighbor to the north. It is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with Elizabeth II as its queen and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government. The country is a realm within the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the Francophonie and officially bilingual at the federal level. Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Canada’s long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture. If you would like to learn more about Canada you can visit their website here.
It is no wonder this country made it into this list! The people of Denmark are some of the most trusting in the world. They trust their neighbors, government, monarchy, hospitals etc. Though they do have some of the highest taxes in the world I suppose the people are okay with this. These taxes help fund many welfare programs throughout the country. The schools are free (even the universities) thanks to these higher taxes. But it seems to me they have a higher standard of living as well. Not only do the Danes value trust but they also have the oldest continuing Monarchy line in the world. If you visit this website you will find all you need to convince you to visit Denmark.
Portugal is one of those smaller countries that I feel don’t get enough attention. I’m sure they receive enough visitors but you just don’t hear much about this beautiful country. But, they must be doing something right to be #4 on this list! Portugal has the oldest borders in Europe and has some of the most beautiful beaches. It has seven regions with each one different from the next. With such a variety in landscape you are sure to find something you will love about this beautiful country. Portugal is one of the safest European countries. Crime rates are very low and often concern a few isolated neighborhoods. If you wish to learn more about this old but beautiful country you can check out their website here.
Austria has a long history and a tumultuous past. I will not get into their past but focus on the now. If you are looking for amazing skiing this is the place for you! It boasts a varied landscape with mountains, valleys, vineyards, and beautiful cities. You are sure to find something you love about this incredible but tiny country. With some of the lowest crime rates in the world you are sure to feel safe no mater where you go so long as you use common sense. If you would like to see what Austria has to offer I suggest visiting their website here.
#2 New Zealand
Ah, New Zealand, land of The One Ring, Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Dwarfs, and men. Yes, in case you haven’t noticed I am a bit of a nerd. I fell in love with The Lord of The Rings and then while in college I wrote a paper on The Hobbit. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, if you are a nerd like I am you will want to visit New Zealand ASAP! I think I just might make this my trip in 2021. I mean who doesn’t want to visit the Shire or Hike Mount Doom. Okay, so there is more to New Zealand than just movie sets. It is an incredibly beautiful country with some really kind people. It’s pretty easy to navigate even if you are on your own. Many people choose to rent a car or an RV to see all it has to offer. No matter what you decide to see or how you decide to see it you will be perfectly safe here! Visit their website here to learn more about New Zealand!
Iceland was settled by the Norwegians and other Scandinavian people. They brought with them Celtic slaves and together these people makeup today’s Icelandic people. With a population of 358,780 and an area 40,000 square miles, it is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country being home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanic and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterized by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate. Iceland has been on my travel list for a long time. It is a more expense country to visit because it is so cut off from the mainland of Europe. Even so, I think everyone should visit this gorgeous country. You can discover more about Iceland at their website here.
Well, there you have it folks! The top 10 safest countries in the world right now. I don’t know about you but I think there are some amazing gems on this list. Each of these countries has something to offer everyone. So take that leap of faith, step out of your comfort zone and TRAVEL! Trust me once you do it you will want to do it over and over again. The thrill of exploring a new city, being surrounded by a language you can’t speak, or a culture you don’t quite understand is one of the best ways to grow as a person. To discover what you are truly made of! You will meet some of the kindest people in the world and find out that the world is not a scary place after all. That we are all the same and we want the same things. So, please don’t let the media scare you out of traveling and exploring the world.
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