As we draw towards Christmas and some much needed downtime, thoughts turn to plans for 2018 and travel. In a world increasingly beset by terrorist attacks, volcanic ash and other disasters it can be difficult to pick a place you feel is safe and worth seeing. So it is good to have an independent source name the top 5.
A recent survey has named the following countries as the world’s five safest to visit.
The latest top 5 safest places are as follows
1. Finland – 6.65
2. UAE – 6.6
3. Iceland – 6.57
4. Oman – 6.49
5. Hong Kong – 6.47
All great destinations. Oman and Iceland are at the top of my list with Finland close behind. I have been to the UAE and Hong Kong so I can give you first hand knowledge and experience here.
Finland offers elegant modern design, fascinating culture and easy proximity to Russia and the rest of Scandinavia, and Finnair hubbing through Helsinki is one of the most efficient airports on the planet.
Many people have hubbed through Dubai especially since direct flights began several years ago out of Adelaide, but take the time to visit. Plan your visit for November to February for the coolest time of year, but even in summer – which can be brutally hot, everything is air-conditioned right down to the bustops. A desert dinner under the stars will reconnect you with the vastness of the night skies and the silence of wild places.
Iceland has been on my list to see since I discovered Game of Thrones use it for a great deal of their filming, but fan or not, this is a spectacularly beautiful place.
I put together a tour to Oman a couple of years ago that did not gain traction, but it is time to revisit and put this on your list. Beautiful, surprising, welcoming and safe, it is FABULOUS destination.
And Hong Kong is Asia writ large – tall building, tiny villages, a bustling harbour, incredible shopping and fantastic food.
Let me help you plan a great trip to a safe place.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe happy break and see you in the new year.