The American travel insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection published its annual list of places that offer the greatest peace of mind and security for travelers. The details
When traveling, especially solo, looking for destinations that are safe and comfortable is probably one of the first things you look for. A travel insurance company recently published the list of the safest cities in the world, to make your international travel plans that much easier.
US travel insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection has ranked some of the world’s most popular urban destinations based on traveler safety.
The study took into account the responses of travelers, as well as safety ratings from organizations such as The Economist, Numbeo and GeoSure Global.
Topping the list was Reykjavik, which received top scores not only from other companies’ rankings, but also from those surveyed. The second is Copenhagen and the third Montreal. In other words, when it comes to safe cities, the list is topped by the usual suspects.
BHTP determined the ten safest cities to visit next year using data on weather emergencies, terrorism, health measures and the safety of traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as data from the State of Travel Insurance survey from September.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
This small town is known for being the gateway to the rest of Iceland and for its magnificent natural beauty, including waterfalls, glaciers and the elusive Northern Lights. Although Reykjavik is extremely safe, the biggest danger to be aware of in this city is its icy streets during winter.
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
Another Nordic city ranks second on this list of the safest cities in the world. With attractions like colorful Nyhavn, Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, and the picturesque Tivoli Gardens amusement park, there’s plenty to see and do in this city. The biggest threat facing travelers in Copenhagen is the shock to their wallets.
3. Montreal, Canada
Montreal is one of the best destinations to visit in Canada. In addition to being a very safe city, it is known for its thriving arts scene, music festivals, and culture. The city is also home to great food and plenty of French flair.
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Known for its amazing architecture, history, and culture, Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. There’s nothing like strolling through the pedestrian-friendly city and its many canals and bridges. One thing to watch out for? The cyclists. In this city there are a large number of collisions between cyclists and unsuspecting pedestrians.
5. Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is regularly listed as one of the safest cities in Asia, so it’s no surprise that it made it onto this list. The capital of South Korea combines the modernity of big cities with historical sites and traditional culture. It is also extremely safe, with a very low crime rate.
6. Singapore, Singapore
Singapore is known for its beauty, cleanliness, and safety. Despite being a densely populated megacity, it is filled with lush gardens and green spaces. In addition, its airport is considered one of the best in the world. One thing travelers should be aware of are the strict laws: jaywalking, littering and chewing gum is illegal in Singapore and can lead to heavy fines or even jail time.
7. Tokyo, Japan
The capital of Japan is a bustling metropolis that enjoys a high level of security and a low crime rate. It mixes the ultra-modern with the traditional, and alongside the gleaming skyscrapers are traditional temples. Tokyo is known for its amazing food, fashion scene, and unique culture.
8. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is a cultural hub known for one of the most incredible night scenes in Europe, unique architecture and overall trend. It competes with Munich as one of the most attractive cities in Germany for tourists. It is one of the major capitals in Europe that is safe for tourists or digital nomads to visit for a few days or stay for a while.
9. London, UK
London is quite a safe city; in fact, it boasts of being completely monitored with security cameras. They call this phenomenon the “Big Brother”, and it can be seen everywhere: in the subway, buses and on the streets. Although the British capital is very safe, like any other big city, it does not hurt to take some precautions.
10. Sydney, Australia
As Australia’s largest, oldest and most populous city, Sydney is a magnet for tourists, who come from all over the world. It is especially famous for its beaches, an incredibly beautiful port with the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Australia is considered one of the safest countries in the world, so tourists should feel at ease while experiencing all the beauty of the city.