8 places to travel without the fear of terrorism

Published on : Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Swim-Safe-700x394Many travelers are concerned after the recent attacks in France and Brussels. Despite concerns, with common sense and knowledge of what is happening around the world, travel can still be a fun and easy way to enjoy some time off.

 

 

While most destinations are quite safe for U.S. travelers, there are some countries which are statistically safer than others. Take a closer look at 8 of the safest places to travel today.

 

 

Iceland – Iceland is a country with an extremely low murder rate and a popular tourist destination. The country depends on and invests heavily in tourism. Though Iceland is one the safest countries in the world to visit, local authorities advise caution in bars in the city of Reykjavik.

 

Portugal – Last year, Portugal enjoyed one of its most successful years in tourism. The threat of any violent crimes is extremely low, however, other crimes are on the increase. Use common sense to avoid of becoming a victim of a petty crime.

 

Denmark – Denmark is a country where women in particular can travel safely without fear of harassment. There are no alerts or warnings in Denmark except the usual for travelers who are more subject to having a wallet or purse stolen.

 

Australia – Overall, Australia is one of the top 10 safest places to travel and tourism is a main source of revenue for the country. Travelers in some of the larger cities may be more likely to become a victim of assaults or thefts, but millions of people travel to Australia every year with very few incidents.

 

New Zealand – In New Zealand, the risk of terrorism is highly unlikely, and the crime rate is very low. Tourists are still cautioned to watch their belongings, but that is true for travelers everywhere.

 

Switzerland – Switzerland has no terrorism alerts or warnings for tourists relating to crime, however, as with many mountainous countries, the risk of landslides, floods and avalanches do exist in certain cities within this picturesque country.

 

Finland – Finland’s crime rate is lower than the United States, and their risk for terrorism is ranked one of the lowest in the world. Police services are extremely reliable, making Finland an all-around safe destination.

 

Canada – Over 2 million people visit Canada every year with very limited reports of trouble. There are no travel warnings for Canada at this time.

 

 

Anyone considering travel outside of the U.S. should check with the U.S. Department of State’s travel page on their website. The site is continually updated providing warnings and alerts regarding terrorism and violent crimes.

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9 Responses to 8 places to travel without the fear of terrorism

  1. Dar Colleauges, and what about the Central european countries? Budapest, Prague and Vienna are secure the same as your listed destinations. Thank You for listing these as well. Yours sincerely, Dr.Endre Linczenyi, Director ra.hu; www. muisctoursineurope.com)

  2. V SEKHAR RAO says:

    Thank you so much for your sincere efforts for alerting tourists
    who are travelling to the following countries where saftey is there.

  3. Desale Mitiku says:

    I think, when it comes to safety Ethiopia is one of the safest country to travel to. With all what is happening around the world, Ethiopia has been an island of peace. For this reason and for the uniquely diverse attraction it has to offer, tourism is booming here. I think you should give recognitions to countries in Africa, like Ethiopia who have managed to keep their country safe for their people and tourists as well.

  4. Nicolas Roussakis says:

    This is a myopic perspective; with the exception of certain hot-beds of terrorism such Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Libya and some others, most destinations today are as safe to travel to as they have ever been.
    Statistically it is safer to visit one of the popular tourist destinations than to drive across the city in your car.
    And remember, if we allow these low-life criminals to modify our lifestyle they’ve won!

  5. Tom Blake says:

    I am a newspaper columnist in southern California. This is the column I submitted this week: It is titled, “We can’t let the terrorists win.”

    Each year, my partner and I take a vacation together. We have done so since meeting 18 years ago. We feel getting away is good for our relationship; it rekindles the flame and gives us time to focus only on each other while away from the day-to-day demands of life.

    Now that we are retired, we want to travel as much as we can, while we can. We feel blessed to be able to do so.

    This year, we leave for Europe this coming Tuesday, on April 12. To go abroad takes advance planning. We have booked our accommodations, airplane flights, purchased Rail Europe passes and made train reservations, bought trip insurance and euros. We are all set to go.

    However, we can’t help but think back to the same time of year in 2004, when we were leaving for Spain on April 2.

    Our itinerary back then was to fly to Madrid and hop a train from Madrid’s Atocha train station to go to the Costa del Sol for a week. While there, we planned to take the premier train to Barcelona and back. And then, we’d return by train to Madrid for two nights. By February, we had finalized all of the reservations and had paid for our Rail Europe train tickets and hotel accommodations. We were excited and couldn’t wait to leave.

    But, on March 4, 2004, our excitement turned to trepidation. Ten terrorists’ bombs ripped through three Spanish train stations, including Atocha in Madrid, killing 191 and injuring more than 1,800 people.
    Our first reaction: This could have happened to us; it’s too dangerous to go to Spain. We asked Rail Europe to refund our money and canceled our Madrid hotel accommodations.

    But we didn’t cancel our airplane reservations. We agonized over our decision. We knew there were more important things in life to worry about than canceling a trip to Europe, but we were disappointed. We asked friends, family and acquaintances for their opinions: Should we go to Spain as originally planned or play it safe and stay home?

    In a 2004 newspaper column, I asked my readers, “If you were in our shoes, what would you do? Would you be on a plane to Madrid a week from Friday?”

    The readers responded. On March 29, 2004, this follow up More than 250 responded. I was impressed at the depth and wisdom of their e-mails. “Go for it” was the overwhelming sentiment. We went, but traveled in Spain by rental car, which was probably more dangerous than traveling by rail.

    So, here we are in 2016. Our plans call for us to fly to Germany and then take the train across Belgium to Paris, where we will spend 18 days. We have day trips by train planned. In May, we travel by train to Italy. With the recent terrorists attacks in Paris and Brussels, we found we are in a similar situation as we were in 2004.

    We have looked at each other and said, “What do you think?” We have asked friends and family and they encourage us to go.

    We have concluded that if we don’t go, we let the terrorists win. Yes, we understand there are risks involved. But, there are risks involved every time we get on the I-5 Freeway, one of the busiest freeways in the world. In Europe, we will be as careful and as diligent as we can be.

    We will let you know how it is going from over there.

    I will be blogging the trip on TravelAfter55.com.

  6. melchor nunez says:

    I was wondering why not include PERU as a safe place to travel without fears of terrorism, there has not been any case for very long time even from Local disappeared groups, never ma=ind about the other religious terrorism currently in other parts of the world.

    I am ready to help you magazine in any way to achieve proper coverage, or o help travelers to achieve a great vacation

    Melchor Nunez del Prado
    mel@Delpradoinn.com
    Del Prado Inc EiRl. Hotel Cusco
    Del Prado Investments
    Flowers House Hotel Machupicchu
    Peruvian Ancient Paths tour and packages

  7. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    I agree with Nicolas that such acceptances will allow the criminals to believe that they are winning, as this is exactly their target i.e. terrorize the public. Such news is also giving them ideas to try out new places. The day we all act as if nothing is wrong, and do not give them any mileage on news, we have WON the battle.

  8. Sue Boxell says:

    I should think that americans are more likely to die from gun crime in their own country than to be killed in a terrorist attack in France, Belgium or any other European city. I really do believe that this sort of announcement is tantamount to aiding terrorism by making people afraid to carry on as usual…

  9. Julie Paterson says:

    Take government warnings with a huge grain of salt. If you believed them you wouldn’t go anywhere. Life is a risk, we are all going to dye, so just get out there!!

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