Zambia: Renowned for the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, Zambia earns a best-possible level 1 advisory (exercise normal precautions) from the U.S. Department of State and ranks relatively high on the Global Peace Index.
Japan: If you’ve got any reservations about touring Asia, a trip to Japan in 2019 is certain to put your mind at ease. The Economist even ranked Tokyo the safest city in the world as recently as 2017.
Slovenia: Slovenia is among the safest places you can visit in Europe and its capital city of Ljubljana received the coveted European Green Capital Award for 2016 based on its stellar environmental record.
Iceland: Iceland was the most peaceful country in the world in 2018, according to the Global Peace Index. But that’s just one of the many reasons this island nation’s tourism industry is exploding.
New Zealand: With a Global Peace Index value of under 1.2, New Zealand trailed only Iceland among the world’s most peaceful destinations last year. You’ll want to get planning soon though as spring (fall in New Zealand) is among the best times to visit.
Norway: Scandinavia is undoubtedly one of the world’s safest regions. Norway, in particular, is guaranteed to have visitors feeling safe and secure the minute they touch down.
Chile: Chile is among the safest places to visit in South America in 2019. It receives a level 1 advisory (exercise normal precautions) from the U.S. Department of State so visitors should just be careful to avoid potential scams or crimes of opportunity such as pickpocketing in crowded places.
Austria: Seeking a peaceful destination in mainland Europe? Consider Austria. Only Iceland and New Zealand ranked better on the Global Peace Index last year. Like other popular places around the world, your biggest concern if any here is likely non-violent thieves.
Costa Rica: Despite the recent murder of an American tourist, Costa Rica possesses one of the lowest homicide rates in Latin America and the Caribbean and is widely regarded to be one of if not the safest in Central America. It’s also the happiest country in the world, according to the Happy Planet Index.