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 –     AUSTRALIAA 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 –     IRELANDThe 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 NETHERLANDSBeyond 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 –      DENMARKThe 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 –    safest cities  ASWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIASheer 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.