Finding safe places in our Mad, Mad World!!
JapBy Sharon Sherringham
I was reading a Guide to the 10 safest countres for women to travel which was broadcast over the Internet by a leading 60 Plus web site recently.
Now, this USA site is 70% American readers and it seems Australia doesnt get a run in the Top 10.
This probably is to do with the Backpacker Murders, the Peter Falconio mystery or Vegemite - who knows?
So these were their rankings and notes:
1. Switzerland – With its low crime rate and excellent infrastructure it is often considered one of the safest countries in the world.
2. Japan – s known for its low crime rate and strict social norms, which make it a safe destination for solo women travelers.
3. Iceland – With its small population and low crime rate, it is a safe destination. It is also a popular destination for outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping.
4. New Zealand – With its low crime rate and focus on outdoor recreation. it is,a safe and popular destination for solo female travelers.
5. Canada – Canada is known for its friendly people and low crime rate, making it a safe destination.
6. Finland – With its low crime rate and focus on outdoor recreation, Finland is a safe and popular destination for solo older women travelers.
7. Germany – Germany is known for its strong economy, low crime rate, and welcoming culture, making it a popular and safe destination.
8. Singapore – With its strict laws and low crime rate, Singapore is often considered one of the safest countries in the world.
9. Norway – With its low crime rate, focus on outdoor recreation, and welcoming culture, Norway is a secure and popular destination.
10. Costa Rica – This Central American country is known for its natural beauty, eco-friendly tourism, and friendly locals. It’s also considered one of the safest countries in Latin America.
A Worry for Australia
This influential list should be of immediate concern to Australia's tourism marketing gurus. It goes to reason that 50% of international travellers are women and they are dead set scared of Down Under.
And that spells bg bucks for the tourjst industry locally.
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How to research safer countries
Accordjng to the USA 60 plus site, this is what they are looking at:
-'Check the official travel advisories from several governments, including the US Department of State, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Canadian Government’s travel advisory website, to determine which countries they consider safe for travel at your moment of planning. They typically have a general sense of what is happening in the world and forward advisories if there is conflict or violence in certain countries.'
Verify Safety RankingsCheck the rankings and reports from organizations such as the Global Peace Index and the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report to identify countries with low crime rates, stable political situations, and strong tourism infrastructure.
Look at recommendations from travel experts and bloggers who specialize in senior travel to identify destinations that are safe and comfortable for senior women travelers. The AARP travel section and the Never Stop Traveling website are good sources of information.
Analyze User ReviewsAnalyze user reviews from popular travel websites and forums such as TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet to see which destinations are recommended by other travelers.
A Few Extra Things to Consider
Sharon's 5 Safest:
1. Australia 2. japan 3. South Pacific 4. New Zealand 5.Singapore
On the rocks in Port Macquarie!!
Cruising is a safe holiday for ladies travelling alone
Enjoy your holiday but be 'Safety Aware'