Wondering about the safest destinations in the world for travelers?
According to a recent ranking, these are the absolute safest countries in the world right now.
This data comes from the 2023 Global Peace Index, an analysis from the global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace. Factors taken into consideration for this ranking include the level of societal security and safety and the extent of ongoing conflict — basically, things that make a destination safe for travelers to visit.
Here are the safest and most peaceful countries to visit right now:
The number one safest country in the world is Iceland. This popular travel destination is perfect for solo travelers thanks to its small size and well-developed tourism infrastructure.
Nicknamed the Land of Fire and Ice due to its volcanoes and glaciers, Iceland is truly a bucket list destination. Waterfalls (flowing in the summer and frozen in the winter), natural hot springs, and the Nothern Lights are just some of the amazing sights you'll find in Iceland.
This small country, which is the least populated in Europe, is extremely safe, making it the ideal destination for a worry-free vacation.
Another one of the safest countries in the world is Denmark. This Scandinavian nation is best known for its colorful capital, Copenhagen. This bike-friendly city is known for its historic Nyhavn waterfront, palaces like Rosenborg and Christiansborg, and Tivoli Gardens, the oldest amusement park in the world.
Denmark is extremely safe, and Copenhagen was recently ranked as one of the best cities in the world for solo travelers when it comes to safety. I've personally visited Copenhagen as a solo female traveler so I can confidently say that I agree with this!
Ireland is another one of the safest countries in the world. This popular destination has actually been named the best in the world for nine years straight in the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards.
Travelers love Ireland because of its fun cities like Dublin and Galway, as well as its enchanting countryside and breathtaking natural beauty in places like the Cliffs of Moher and Glendalough. Being such a safe country, you can explore Ireland without any concerns.
4. New Zealand
Another very safe and peaceful country to visit in 2024 is New Zealand. This small nation is made up of two main islands, the North and South Islands. Each is unique and has tons of stunning scenery and beauty to offer to nature-loving travelers.
As one of the safest destinations in the world, New Zealand is the perfect vacation for this winter — since it's in the Southern Hemisphere, it experiences opposite seasons, meaning that a warm and sunny summer is just beginning.
Yet another European country ranking among the safest in the world is Austria. This German-speaking country truly has it all: incredible cities and some of the most unbelievable scenery in the world.
The capital Vienna is a world-class city for art, music, and culture. Salzburg, a smaller city in the western part of the country close to the border with Germany, is actually my favorite destination in Austria though! You also can't talk about Austria without mentioning the Alps. Whether you visit in summer or in winter, these mountains are simply stunning.
And with Austria being such a safe and peaceful country, you can feel confident exploring this destination, whether you're traveling solo or with others.
More Of The World's Safest Countries
Here are the rest of the top 10 safest countries according to the Global Peace Index:
As you can see, there are several more European countries among the top 10 safest countries in the world, as well as two Asian nations: Singapore and Japan.
You can check out the full ranking on the Global Peace Index website.
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