There and Back Again: The Safest Travel Destinations for 2023
Venezuela is the most dangerous country in the world – almost 84% of its citizens and visitors are victims of crime. You don’t want to be scammed, robbed, robbed or seen as a victim while on vacation. Nobody does. So choose your travel destination for next year wisely.
Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection shares the safest countries and cities for travelers to visit in 2023.
As a travel insurance specialist, compiling accurate data on how dangerous places are for tourists is critical to BHTP’s core business. Each year they survey travelers and combine the data with sources such as the Global Peace Index, The Economist’s Safe City Index and the State Department’s travel safety ratings and other sources.
Whether traveling is your favorite hobby or you just take a vacation every few years, hop off the plane to one of these countries and enjoy the vacation you deserve.
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Safest Cities to Travel in 2023 / The safest travel countries in 2023
Despite the war in Ukraine, Europe is still the safest continent when planning a trip in 2023. It takes 11 of the 15 safest countries and 8 of the safest cities to travel in 2023.
Fourth safest city: Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s once unsavory perception has changed in recent years, even being named the world’s most tourist-friendly city in 2019. Travel Safe – Abroad agrees, scoring 75 on its 100-point safety scale.
Amsterdam has more than Anne Frank’s house; the red light district, galleries and museums such as the Van Gogh Museum characterize the city. Stroll the canals and streets of Amsterdam’s Jordaan district with an Iberian ham and cheese croissant. You will not regret it.
Second safest city: Copenhagen
In 2021, The Economist ranked Copenhagen as the safest city in the world, and not much has changed. It is the second safest city to travel to in 2023.
You can’t go to Copenhagen without finding Hans Christian Anderson’s house (he actually owned three). Nyhavn, where they are, with its pastel colored houses feels like stepping into a fairy tale, so it’s not hard to see where Hans found his inspiration.
1. Safest city Reykjavik
The Global Peace Index has named Iceland the most peaceful country in the world for the 12th time. Reykjavik is their capital and ranks first on the 2023 safest cities list.
If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re on another planet, make Reykjavik your destination for 2023. Sunrise is often after 11am in winter and as early as 3am in summer. The steam and occasional geysers bubbling up from cracks in the ground, and the sky turning green with the Northern Lights at night make Reykjavik a different world.
The US didn’t make the list of safest countries, but one city did – Honolulu. However, if safety is your primary concern, you should first consider a trip to Montreal, Canada.
3rd safest city: Montreal
A jewel in North America that reflects European culture but is uniquely Canadian, Montreal is a city not to be missed. In 2018, data from Statistics Canada and the FBI found that Montreal was the safest city in Canada.
So why not learn a little French and hit the cafes or bagel shops in Plateau-Mont-Royal, recently voted the 5th coolest neighborhood in the world?
Unranked: United States
12. Safest City: Honolulu
Less than a six-hour flight from the west coast, there’s a reason over 5 million tourists headed to Hawaii in the first seven months of 2022. Honolulu, the capital of the island nation, is the most popular tourist destination in the island chain.
Despite its rating as the 12th safest city to travel to in 2023, Travel Safe – Abroad has a long page of safety advice related to Honolulu.
Of Oceania’s 14 countries, only two made the list – neighboring Australia and New Zealand.
10th safest city: Sydney
Sydney is consistently ranked as Australia’s safest city, so it’s no surprise to see it in the top ten safest cities in the world. You can walk around the Opera House without worrying about pickpockets or scammers.
But Sydney has more to offer than the opera house. Lorraine’s Patisserie has perhaps the best cheesecake in Australia and Wendy’s Secret Garden offers stunning views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
But of course, if you’d rather kick back on the beach, Sydney has something for you there too. The emerald waters of Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park have to be seen to be believed.
10. New Zealand
The Global Peace Index ranks New Zealand as the second safest country in the world, so there was no question that it would make BHTP’s list.
If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit movies and wished you could venture into Middle-earth, you’ll be glad to know you can! The set of the legendary films in which the counties were filmed is open to visitors.
Berkshire Hathaway’s lists represented Asian cities more than their countries. So if you want to make a city break, you can surely choose one of these cities in Asia.
Unranked: South Korea
5th safest city: Seoul
After Halloween crowds in Itaewon, some may revise Seoul’s position as one of the safest cities for travelers in 2023. At the moment, however, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, ranks fifth among the safest cities.
Shopping and dining are the soul of Seoul. Visit Myeongdong at lunchtime and discover a shopper’s paradise transformed into a unique street dining experience. Despite the efficiency and modernity, everything here is distinctly Korean. From kimbap (rice bun) to dak gangjeong (fried chicken).
Unranked (as country): Singapore
6th safest city: Singapore
Singapore has strict laws that punish offenses such as possession of chewing gum or spitting with a fine. The result is the safest place in Asia, according to The Global Peace Index.
Gardens by the Bay, a seamless interweaving of nature with space-age biodomes, is the perfect metaphor to describe Singapore. The high-tech economic center of Southeast Asia is also home to over 300 parks and four nature reserves.
7th safest city: Tokyo
Even though it didn’t make the list of safest countries, Japan is still considered a safe country for visitors. Travel Safe – Abroad ranks it 83 on its 100 point scale, the same score as Ireland which ranks eighth.
The 2023 edition of the Michelin Guide Tokyo lists over 200 restaurants with at least one Michelin star. So if you haven’t already, expect amazing food when you’re in Tokyo. But Tokyo isn’t just known for food. As the home of Nintendo, Sega, Sony and Nikon, it’s also the best place to discover new technologies.