Safe Holiday Travel Destinations

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Safe Holiday Travel Destinations

There are a lot of things to thing about then considering safe holiday travel destinations.

Where are the safest places to travel to this holiday season? 

In these politically charges times, not to mention unpredictable climate changes, you do have to take some extra time in planning. One thing to carefully consider, no matter where you go, is a solid medical emergency plan.

If you are considering a destination that may be questionable there are a couple of really good sources to check before you book that flight.

  1. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) lists 225 countries in alphabetical order. Click on a country name and you will be given detailed information about that country, travel info, and any travel advisories (if there are any).
  2. The Unites States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides travel alerts and advisories, as well as Holiday travel tips.

According to a recent article in The Telegraph:

5 counties with a security status to watch out for

  • Tunisia – It’s almost three years since the terror attack on the beach at Sousse.
  • Turkey – the FCO still advise against all travel close to the Syrian border.
  • Thailand – Avoid the border with Malaysia
  • Egypt – If you are traveling to holiday resorts check FCO advisory first. Large parts of Egypt are deemed to be unsafe due to attacks on police and security forces.
  • France – According to the FCO, ‘Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in France’ – people are advised to be vigilant.

Safest countries to visit

Iceland

The Global Peace Index (GPI) in 2017 ranked the country of geysers, glaciers and the Northern Lights its safest destination for the seventh consecutive year. Its egalitarian society and general air of lack of conflict make it a great place to visit, and with mixed saunas for all ages and the magnificent Blue Lagoon keeping everyone in a peaceful frame of mind, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s a good spring destination.

Croatia

Positioned nicely in central Europe, spring and summer in Croatia has sunshine, relatively cheap hotels and restaurants, and a magnificent living history that is ancient, medieval and in many places very recent. It has a relatively low terror threat, and although there are still areas with landmines, its narrow layout gives it a laid back coastal mentality that makes it a peaceful destination for a summer holiday.

Chile

Chile is continually ranked as the safest country in South America, with political stability and a growing economy, a low terror threat and the highest on the Global Peace Index. Its narrow coastline stretches all the way down the Andes mountains, and it enjoyed record tourist numbers in 2017, with English visitors up 6% to a record 54,714.

Japan

You’re so safe in Japan, that if you accidentally leave your camera or laptop on a bench, you’re likely to come back a few hours later to find it there and untouched. Japan is perennially ranked as the safest country in the world. Even better, it’s also the cheapest long-haul holiday value destination, where your pound will go further. Spring in Japan has the magnificent Hanami cherry blossom season, while summer is a beautiful time to visit the many holiday islands.

Malta

One holiday island the FCO regards as safe is the jewel of the Mediterranean, the rugged, historic beauty of Malta. Its capital Valletta is is the European Capital of Culture in 2018, and while it may not have sandy beaches, it is compact, walk-able and is a living history of Europe, and a safe place to travel for families and enjoy year-round sun.

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