Travelling has become common in today’s world, however there are some questions you might want to ask yourself. One of those questions is of course, where is it safe to travel?
Nowhere is 100% safe but the Economics and Peace Organisation do assess the safest places to visit, this is known as the Global Peace Index (GPI) In general Europe is still regarded as a safe place to visit, however the index for
2016 listed the following countries as the top 10 safest places to visit.
Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of just over 350,000 which makes it the least populated country in Europe. Reykjavik is the capital city and the hub of the country which makes it the main tourist destination. Iceland is volcanically active, and the interior is made up of sand and lava and with beautiful views of mountains and glaciers. Despite it being close to the Arctic circle the climate is quite temperate due to the Gulf Stream.
Officially the Kingdom of Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The capital is Copenhagen and is the smallest of the Nordic countries to the south of Sweden and Norway and bordered by Germany. Denmark has a population of approximately 6 million it is made up of 443 islands and has a coastline of 7314km and its highest point is less than 200 metres above sea level.
Capital city of Vienna Austria is a landlocked country in the centre of Europe. It’s neighbours consist of the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The terrain is highly mountainous lying in the Alpine mountain range with it’s highest point of 3,798m. The population is estimated to be 9 million people and the main language is a Austrian German. Because of its Alpine region skiing is a highly popular sport. Visiting Austria allows you a diverse choice of things to do from walking and cycling boating on the lakes.
4. New Zealand
The capital city is Wellington and it’s a relatively small country about the same size as Great Britain but with a population of just four million. It is believed the indigenous people of New Zealand known as the Maori originated from the islands of Polynesia over one thousand years ago. Although the first people to discover New Zealand were Dutch in 1642 it was the British Captain James Cook who laid claim to the islands in 1769. There is so much to do here including such as off-road driving, caving and rafting. The scenery is absolutely stunning but the weather can change quite quickly and remember, because the country lies in the southern hemisphere the winter is in July and August and the summer is in December, January.
Situated on the western most area of the Iberian peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean, it’s capital being Lisbon. Part of Portugal is also the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. Eating out is one of the main attractions with seafood being just about on the top of the menu. However one of the most popular meat dishes is Cozido a Portuguesa which is a selection of meats and vegetables. Plenty to do in Portugal and if you enjoy outdoor activities there's kite surfing, mountain biking, skiing and parasailing and much more. Out in the country side you will come across the Schist villages, small communities where time is slower. The inhabitants are friendly and will always share their historical knowledge with you.
6. Czech Republic
Capital of Prague, the Czech Republic is a country situated in Central Europe sharing borders with Austria, Slovakia, Germany and Poland. The climate is varied with temperatures quite different between summer and winter. One of the most popular attractions is the Old Town Astronomical Clock in Prague centre, where on the hour hundreds of visitors will watch the mechanical performance of the clock which is 600 years old. There is so much to see and do in the country with beautiful views of lakes and mountains. Because of the change in weather during summer and winter it means there is a change in activities so in the winter you can go skiing and dog sleighing to cycling, walking and golfing in the summer.
Situated in central Europe sharing borders with Italy, Austria, Germany, France and Liechtenstein. The city of Bern being the seat of the federal authorities, Generally the summer tends to be warm particularly to the southern part, but in winter and higher up in the mountains it can become glacial. The difference in weather means that there is a difference in what to do and when to do it. Skiing and tobogganing are two of the most popular activities in the winter and higher up the mountains. Summer and lower down the valleys gives a totally different perspective of Switzerland, train and coach excursions allows you to see so many different views of the stunning country side.
Capital city being Ottawa Canada is the second largest country in the world stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the East to the Pacific in the West and the Arctic Ocean in the North. The climate can be very different depending on where you are and the time of year. Winter can be extremely cold and long whilst summer can be very warm and humid, particularly in the mid south. Because of the this, the countryside is also very different. One of the most popular ways to see Canada is by train and coach, but a “must see” place to go is of course Niagara Falls.
Capital city of Tokyo, Japan is an island state located in the Pacific Ocean. The climate is mainly temperate but is dependent on whether in the south or north island. If you want a more adventurist break there’s quite a variety of activities including skiing/snowboarding, biking, scuba diving and kayaking. If you would prefer to see the fascinating land of contrast from the white sandy beaches of Okinawa to the hot springs in Hakone then maybe one of the many coach trips would be of more use to you.
Capital city of Ljubljana, Slovenia is situated to the north of the Adriatic sea and is bordered with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The climate is mainly continental and has a mountainous landscape. Because of its dense river networks it is classed as the most water rich countries in Europe. Slovenia is a wonderful place for walkers all year round and has more than 700 themed trails. Many of the walks are organised for groups, which makes it a safe way to walk around unknown land. Something different to experience is the world's largest underground cavern in the Skocjan Caves. In the region of Koroska is a very unique activity. In the disused mine tunnels you can take a bike ride or even go kayaking.