THE SAFEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD YOU CAN TRAVEL TO IN 2020
The safest countries in the world you can travel to in 2020, According to a new report these are few countries!!!
PHOTO: A cafe in Sydney, Australia. (photo via SunflowerEY/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus
Go Forth with Confidence: The world can seem like an awfully scary place at times but the reality is there are plenty of destinations you can experience without jeopardizing your safety and security. While no country is completely rid of crime or danger, here are 25 places travelers exercising common sense and taking normal precautions can explore fearlessly in the new year.
PHOTO: Brisbane city skyline and Brisbane river at twilight, Australia. (photo via f11photo / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Australia: Australia is the world’s safest destination for 2020, according to Berkshire Hathaway Travel protection’s (BHTP) annual research study. The country ranks first overall as well as tops in every major demographic category, including millennials, millennials with children and mature travelers. On top of that, Australia was also recently named” Destination of the year” by travel & Leisure magazine.
PHOTO: Auckland, New Zealand. (photo via huafires/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
New Zealand: Both millennials and middle-aged travelers consider New Zealand to be the second-safest place in the world behind Australia. This peaceful destination Down Under is also among the planet’s most diverse, making it a no-brainer for open-minded travelers prioritizing safety.
PHOTO: Stockholm, Sweden (Photo via Hans Brunk)
Sweden: Middle-aged and mature travelers are in agreement that Sweden is among the world’s safest destinations, according to BHTP data. Plus, the Nordic nation was named “the world’s most reputable country” by Reputation Institute’s annual Country RepTrak.
PHOTO: Beautiful view of Portofino, Liguria, Italy. (photo via Olga_Gavrilova / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Italy: While the crowds in places like Rome and Venice can certainly create some unwelcome stress and anxiety, safety shouldn’t be a concern for visitors to Italy. There are plenty of reasons to make this coveted country your first great getaway in 2020, and feeling safe and secure is just one of them.
PHOTO: Street in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo via Hans Brunk)
Iceland: Iceland is among the several European destinations ranking very high on the Institute for Economics and Peace’s GLOBAL peace index (GPI). Iceland was the most peaceful country in the world in 2019 and has held the top position for more than a decade.
PHOTO: The Tokyo bay area lit up at night. (photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / SeanPavonePhoto)
Japan: With Tokyo set to host the Olympics in 2020, travelers will be pleased to know that Japan ranks among the world’s safest destinations. What’s more, officials have been proactive in enhancing safety and security in anticipation of the Summer Games. Travelers will also have a great shot at finding flight deals to Japan in the new year.
PHOTO: Copenhagen, Denmark at sunset. (photo via AleksandarGeorgiev/E+)
Denmark: Denmark earns an impressive 94 percent on Safe Around’s Safety Index and ranked fifth on the GPI for 2019, making it one of the safest countries you can visit. Travelers can take comfort in the destination’s low crime rates and friendly locals.
PHOTO: Flag of Finland flying over Helsinki. (photo via naumoid/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
Finland: One of the world’s happiest countries, Finland is unsurprisingly safe and ranks high on the peace-measuring GPI. Whether you’re touring the capital city of Helsinki or chasing the northern lights in Finnish Lapland, you can do so without concern.
PHOTO: The fishing village of Kangaamiut in Greenland. (photo via Colin Field)
Greenland: The world’s largest island is safe to visit even if it isn’t the most popular destination, hosting fewer than 2,700 U.S. travelers on overnight trips in 2018. If your goal is to venture far from the beaten path but to do so safely in the new year, consider Greenland.
PHOTO: A view of the Bjoervika neighborhood in Olso, Norway. (photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / Baiaz)
Norway: Norway joins its Scandinavian neighbors Sweden and Finland among the world’s safest travel destinations in 2020. Even in major cities like Oslo, crime rates are very low. In BHTP’s study, Norway ranked fourth-safest in the eyes of mature travelers.
PHOTO: Cityscape of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. (photo via kasto80 / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Slovenia: Slovenia can make a strong case as the safest destination in Europe. The U.S. State Department notes that “Slovenia’s overall crime rate is low,” pointing out that “incidents of purse snatching and pick-pocketing are most common in the tourist areas,” which can be said of any destination you visit.
PHOTO: Explore Oia and Santorini, Greece. (Photo via i Stock / Getty Images Plus / S Hansche)
Greece: Greece, especially the picturesque Greek Islands is a safe option for travelers eyeing a European getaway in 2020. It ranks ninth-safest based on BHTP’s research and is boosted by some of friendliest locals in the Mediterranean.
PHOTO: Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin, Ireland. (photo via Boarding1Now/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
Ireland: Another very-high-ranking destination on the GPI, Ireland is a hit with both affluent millennials and older travelers when it comes to feeling safe, according to BHTP. The country also performs well on the UL Safety Index, which quantifies the relative state of safety for more than 180 nations.
PHOTO: A view over Remich, the wine capital of Luxembourg. (photo courtesy of trabantos/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)
Luxembourg: Violent crime is very rare in tiny Luxembourg where visitors are more likely to be the victim of petty crime such as pick-pocketing. In addition to being among the safest, Luxembourg is one of the most accessible destinations in Europe.
PHOTO: Thun offers a picturesque experience in Switzerland. (photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / Travel and Still life photography)
Switzerland: While the country was impacted by a recent avalanche, the bottom line is that Switzerland is among the safety places you can visit in 2020, placing seventh out of 162 countries in the world, according to Safe Around.
PHOTO: Quebec City covered in a fresh layer of snow. (photo via E+ / NicolasMcComber)
Canada: Compared to its North American neighbor, Canada is a very safe country. Visitors will feel right at home touring the country’s most popular sites and attractions and English-speaking travelers won’t have to worry about clearing a language barrier.
PHOTO: Puerto Madero, Women’s Bridge and upscale skyscrapers, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (photo via Sergdid/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
Argentina: When it comes to South America, Argentina is a relatively low-risk country. The U.S. State Department puts it at Level 1 on its travel advisory scale, meaning Americans are simply encouraged to exercise normal precautions when visiting hotspots such as Buenos Aires, Patagonia and others.
PHOTO: Guaita, the First Tower of San Marino. (photo via Leonid Andronov / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
San Marino: Travelers shouldn’t hesitate to explore scenic San Marino’s historic architecture in 2020 as this overlooked gem remains extremely low risk, whether you’re a woman traveling solo or a family visiting with young children.
PHOTO: Marina in Turks and Caicos. (photo via Raynor Garey / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Turks and Caicos: Travelers seeking a safe place in paradise can’t go wrong in Turks and Caicos where you can warm up on world-class beaches like Grace Bay worry-free. The destination has come into its own in recent years and has bounced back impressively since the devastating 2017 hurricane season.
PHOTO: Aerial view of Grand Cayman overlooking George Town and Seven Mile Beach to the north. (photo courtesy of Don McDougall/Cayman Islands Department of Tourism)
Cayman Islands: Elsewhere in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands is also a tourist-friendly destination with a low threat of crime. “The Cayman Islands are a safe place with little criminal activity affecting tourists,” according to the U.S. State Department.
PHOTO: Anguilla’s fine beaches are a treat for humans and horses alike. (photo via Jim Byers/Travel Pulse Canada)
Anguilla: Anguilla is an obvious choice for travelers seeking a safe Caribbean getaway that isn’t lacking in authenticity. Aside from the occasional hurricane threat from June through November, the British territory is amongthe safest places in the Eastern Caribbean.
PHOTO: Aerial view of Majuro, the capital and largest city of the Marshall Islands. (photo via Dmitry Malov/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)
Marshall Islands: The Pacific Ocean can be an intimidating place, sure, but the Marshall Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the world’s least dangerous destinations, according to medical and travel security risk services company International SOS’s 11th annual Travel Risk map.