Nothing quite beats the excitement of jetting off on holiday, but already in 2018 we’ve seen a host of tragic events unfolding across the globe. Being on holiday is primarily about feeling relaxed and liberated while exploring the world, however this can be much more difficult when you find yourself in constant fear that your life is in danger. Luckily, across the world, there are several countries that have been considered the safest to visit, so you can complete your EHIC card renewal and head off to these amazing destinations for a fully relaxed break!
Particularly over the past decade, Iceland has certainly climbed the tourism ladder, with visitor levels skyrocketing from 422,000 in 2006, to 1.7 million in 2016! While this is undoubtedly associated with the stunning scenery available in Iceland with the likes of the enchanting Blue Lagoon and magical glacier domes on offer, a large part of this is due to the fact that Iceland is the safest country to visit according to the Global Peace Index. The crime rates in Iceland are staggeringly low, and currently there are no alerts or threats issued by the Department of State, so you can marvel at the natural wonders in peace.
New Zealand is the perfect destination for tourists with a strong desire for adventure. Did you know that the exhilarating bungee jump was invented in New Zealand, and that it poses as an excellent destination for activities such as paragliding and sky diving? Truly, visiting New Zealand is guaranteed to peak your adrenaline levels, but in a positive way. Split into both North and South islands, both have been granted as exceedingly safe, and New Zealand takes its spot just below Iceland on the ‘safest countries’ list by the Global Peace Index. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful escape, and equal balance of thrill and tranquillity, this is the perfect country for you during 2018.
Portugal makes for the perfect destination for not only getting the most gorgeous sun tan, but also for staying safe while abroad too! Portugal is regarded as the third safest country in the world by the 2017 OSAC Portugal Report, so you can still enjoy your beach escape without a single worry at all. Asides from their stunning beaches, native cities (Lisbon in particular) are home to captivating historical architecture, as well as native delicacies such as a ‘pastel de nata’. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a perfect time unwinding in Portugal.
If you’re somebody who adores the outdoors, you’ll absolutely love Sweden! This Scandinavian country is home to the finest natural marvels, such as huge, flowing lakes, unbelievably large glaciers and coastal islets. The nature here is truly idyllic, and so is the security of the country. Levels of crime in Sweden are incredibly low, and there are no Department of State warnings regarding terrorist or extremist attacks, so you can truly enjoy the stunning landscapes with peace of mind.
Staying safe abroad might seem like a case of pot luck, but there are some incredible countries across the globe which are professionally labelled as safe and secure from any dangers. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday, or you’re a solo traveller who wants to avoid feeling vulnerable, these destinations are perfect.