5 of the Safest Places in the World to Travel

By on March 15, 2015
5 of the safest places in the world

By Alex Clark-McGlenn

Tourists can be the target of all kinds of crimes. From pickpockets to con artists, and even violent muggings, tourists just stick out more than locals. However, there are some cities and countries out there that are simply safer to travel than others. Here are five of the safest travel destinations in the world.

New Zealand

Whether you want to make like Frodo and Sam in “The Lord of The Rings” and explore the wilderness of New Zealand, a.k.a. Middle Earth, or you want to climb the peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is one of the safest places to visit. With some of the friendliest people in the world. If you want to get out into nature, take a hike on the legendary Milford Track.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has long been credited as the birthplace of adventure travel. With mountain cloud forests, whitewater rafting, national parks, and volcano resorts, Costa Rica has something for everyone. If leisure is your thing, kick back on the beach of Manuel Antonia or Tamarindo. With some of the happiest people in the world, locals are always willing to help you with directions or point you in the toward a good restaurant.

Ottawa, Canada

The capital of Canada is a bilingual city, comprised of English and French speakers. ByWard Market is one of the oldest in the country and attracts thousands of tourists everyday. You can find everything from visual arts to artisan food sellers. While there you can take a boat out on the Ottawa river and see the city from a different perspective. However, you’ll need a Canadian boating license before you make yourself captain of a boat.

Oslo, Norway

Scandinavia is an exceedingly safe place to travel. The culture in this region of the world tolerate neither violence nor stealing. A great example of this is Oslo, Norway. From viking ship museums, to the beautiful Frogner Park, enjoy the beauty Oslo. In the summer go boating off the piers, or visit some of the lakes outside the city. Take a tour of the Bygdoy Peninsula or catch the scenery from a train on the Bergen Railway.

Denmark

Denmark is commonly credited with having the happiest people in the world, and this shows in the lack of crime and violence in the country. With a rugged beauty found only in Scandinavia, and a thriving culture, Denmark has a plethora of things to do for tourists. If you’re interested in music, time your visit with the Roskilde Festival, the largest music and cultural festival in Northern Europe. If you’re a fashion buff, stop in Copenhagen for their fashion festival. The capital city of Denmark is alive during this festival with street parties, mini concerts, and even special fashion sales. If you’re an athletic type, register for the Copenhagen Marathon. Make sure it coincides with your visit though, as it is on different a different date each year. If you want a little history attend the the Viking Moot at Moesgard Beach. Every year on the last weekend of July try your hand at archery and other viking age activities and crafts.

Alex is currently taking his MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. He has been published in eFiction Magazine, Inkwell at Evergreen, Slightly West Literary Magazine, and appeared in Smokebox Literary Magazine July, 2014. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.

 

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5 of the Safest Places in the World to Travel