THE SAFETY BUCKET LIST
In a world that can sometimes seem tumultuous, many of our clients are seeking out vacations where peace, calm, and personal safety can practically be guaranteed to visitors. This is a new reality-based “bucket list.”
Each of these destinations is, statistically, considerably safer than a vacation within the United States.
# 10 – SWEDEN – The Swedes have strict police enforcement and a serious approach to one of the world’s highest standards of living. Think of visiting the islands that surround Stockholm.
# 9 – AUSTRALIA – A rare combination of population that often lives outside the boundaries but always within the law. Melbourne may just beat out Sydney as your favorite “vibes” city.
# 8 – IRELAND – The old sectarian violence has given way to a progressive yet classic culture with fine food and a landscape the travel writers association dubs “the earth’s most beautiful”.
# 7 – THE NETHERLANDS – Beyond Amsterdam you will find small-scale towns and villages in a fairy-tell setting. You will feel safe in a city where 60% of the population goes to work on a bicycle.
# 6 – DENMARK – The land of the “Happiest People on Earth” according to a recent university study, is now the home of the “World’s Best” Restaurant and any number of its protégés.
# 5 – SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA – Sheer beauty, superior police services, and a strong enforcement policy, make two of the earth’s most beautiful nations eminently safe for visitors. Let’s call it a tie.
# 4 – NORWAY – The majestic fiords, the no-nonsense population, and some of Europe’s toughest cops, assure a high level of safety to all visitors.
# 3 – JAPAN – Simply stated, Japan has the best policing program in the world. Officers are assigned to specific neighborhoods where they are required to have a personal knowledge of and relationship with all residents. They make frequent house calls to make certain they are fully aware of all goings on. Japan is shockingly safe.
# 2 – SINGAPORE AND ICELAND – Two very different countries tie for second place. Singapore has a “guided” democracy where criminal activity is not tolerated and unusually harsh sentences await lawbreakers. Iceland is more laid back, with a progressive prison system. But Iceland is relatively small and its citizens are notoriously hard-working, so crime is rarely an issue.
# 1 – THE SAFEST COUNTRY ON EARTH IS NEW ZEALAND. This island nation is progressive on nearly every level including police protection and a highly functioning court system. But, as a rule, New Zealanders don’t do crime. They would never risk losing the ability to freely wander about their beautiful land.