#10 #Safest #Cities in the #World

As with anything, traveling comes with its risks. Odds are, you’ve heard some stories of tourists becoming victims of crimes or being taken advantage of on their holidays. Unfortunately, crime exists in all parts of the world and it can sometimes be difficult to avoid. However, book your holiday in one of the 10 cities listed below and you have extremely good odds of enjoying a peaceful and incident-free adventure. Check out some of the safest cities in the world that also double as excellent vacation destinations.

1. Tokyo, Japan

Aerial photo of Tokyo at night

The bigger the city, the more dangerous it is? Not true for Tokyo. This city has a population of over 13 million and it’s still one of the safest cities on the planet. In terms of how well your cyber security is protected, Tokyo is ranked on top. This means identity theft is super rare and digital privacy is highly respected and protected. The low crime rates are probably related to the fact that the majority of the Tokyo residents are considered “upper-middle class.” What’s more? Tokyo boasts a world-famous nightlife scene which can be enjoyed worry-free!

2. Singapore

Aerial photo of Singapore skyline

The number of violent crimes, theft, and level of police engagement is the lowest in the world in Singapore. If that doesn’t make you feel safe, we don’t know what will. In fact, Singapore reported a 135-day completely crime-free streak in 2017. The small island nation has close to 100,000 surveillance cameras positioned around the city, keeping citizens honest and majorly deterring those who are tempted to stray. Because of their super-safe environment, Singaporeans really trust each other. It’s not uncommon to see shops without windows, locks, or doors!

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo taken on a bridge in Amsterdam, with bikes in the foreground and buildings in the background

This city is probably best known for its liberal and legal use of marijuana and a notorious red-light district. Despite this (or could it be because of it?!) Amsterdam has been named one of the safest cities in the world. The city’s infrastructure is some of the best in the world. Amsterdam has high-quality buildings and roads, while simultaneously boasting a low number of car accidents and excellent air quality. Perhaps this is due to another one of the city’s trademarks – the biking culture!

4. Stockholm, Sweden

Photo of colorful buildings in Stockholm

The capital of Sweden proudly presents itself as the safest country in all of Europe. How does Stockholm keep its nearly 1 million residents in check? Thanks to an extremely effective police force, the crime rate is uber-low here. There may be the occasional petty theft or pickpocket incident, however violent crime is impressively low. Stockholm is also one of the best cities in the world when it comes to protecting its people’s cyber privacy and health security.

5. Osaka, Japan

Photo of Osaka at night

If safety is your top priority when you’re traveling, Japan is a great choice. Osaka is the second Japanese city to make our list of safest cities in the world. The city of roughly 2.6 million shares some similar characteristics with Tokyo. Osaka is home to a wealthy population, is considered to be the second safest city in the world in terms of violent crime (just behind Singapore), and has an excellent health care system ensuring its residents are well cared for. To clarify: safe doesn’t mean boring. Osaka’s got a happenin’ nightlife and stylish restaurant scene that rivals the likes of Paris and New York City.

6. Munich, Germany

Photo of city square in Munich

Party at the biggest beer festival in the world, learn something at a world-class museum, and admire ancient architecture in Munich all without a care in the world. This German city is ranked as one of the safest cities for tourists to visit. Solo female travelers can feel especially comfortable in Munich and the risk of being mugged or scammed is very low. Additionally, airport security is tight – just be patient and remember it’s for your own protection!

7. Reykjavik, Iceland

Aerial photo of the city of Reykjavik with a mountain in the background

The land of the Northern Lights is a super popular travel destination for those who crave a unique holiday. Even better, traveling around the scenic Icelandic capital is hassle and worry-free thanks to the Reykjavik’s safety rating. There are literally no “bad areas” in the city and homelessness, drugs, and crime are essentially non-existent. Reykjavik is an easy country for new travelers to explore as there is very very little chance of being ripped off by dishonest locals or being pickpocketed or mugged.

8. Vienna, Austria

City square in Vienna

The riverside Austrian capital boasts imperial palaces, art galleries, museums, and oozes modern culture that appeals to travelers from every corner of the world. Vienna was also the home of Mozart and Beethoven, giving it even more clout. The icing on the cake is that visitors can enjoy the charms of the city in peace. Violent crimes and muggings are rare here. Just take the normal precautions against pickpockets and be logical when it comes to bargaining with locals and you’ll easily avoid getting robbed or scammed.

9. Niagara Falls, Canada

Photo of Niagara Falls and a crowd looking on

One of the most internationally recognized places in North America is also one of the safest. The locals are very friendly to visitors and violent crime is practically nil. The only thing tourists really need to be careful of is the water and mist around the famous falls, which can cause slippery conditions. Keep your footing and a holiday here is all gravy. By the way, the city of Niagara Falls isn’t just a pretty (waterfall) face – it’s also renowned for its breweries, wineries, boutiques, casinos, and festivals. Is there any reason not to visit this Canadian wonderland?

10. Abu Dhabi, UAE

Aerial photo of Abu Dhabi

Interestingly, over half of this middle-eastern city’s population is made up of ex-pats! Foreigners flock to Abu Dhabi for business opportunities, but end up staying because of its extremely safe and easy-going atmosphere. Ritzy, glitzy and at the same time traditional and charming, Abu Dhabi is one of the safest cities in the middle east as well as the world. Travelers have a very low risk of being mugged, pickpocketed, or scammed and women report feeling just as safe in Abu Dhabi as they do in other European and North American cities.

7 #Places Where #Summer Never #Ends

There’s something special about summertime that makes us wish it could stay forever. Whether it’s a weekend getaway, sunset on the beach, or drink by the pool, we all have favorite activities when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. Some lucky locations get to keep that summertime fun going all year long. If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to the season just yet, check out these seven warm-weather destinations where summer never seems to end.

Fort-de-France, Martinique

The tropical island of Martinique located in the Caribbean boasts warm weather year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Martinique is on the southern end of the Lesser Antilles, in between the popular tourist islands of Dominica and Saint Lucia. The official language of the island is French due to Martinique’s long history of French influence and it is still an official Region of France today. Apart from its scenic beaches, a must-see landmark on the island is the active volcano Mount Pelée. Don’t worry — it has remained dormant since its eruption in 1932. A day hike to the volcano is a perfect activity for any outdoor adventurer — plus it comes with a great view.

Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca is a great warm-weather destination for travelers looking for sunshine and vibrant culture. As a Moroccan port city on the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca is home to breathtaking sunsets and impressive Moorish architecture. The weather here has little variation, with warm summer temperatures in the 80s and mild winters with little to no rain. Try traditional Moroccan fare, tour the ornate Hassan II Mosque, or go on a sunny stroll through a local market. The rich colors and patterns of local textiles and architecture provide a cheerful and lively environment. For an unforgettable meal, make reservations at Rick’s Cafe, a romantic restaurant inspired by the 1942 film Casablanca.

Nosy Be Island, Madagascar

Nosy Be is an island off the northwestern coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. With year-round average daily temperatures in the 80s, this nature-filled island is an ideal getaway during any time of the year. Similar to neighbor Madagascar, Nosy Be is home to many species of lemurs, chameleons, geckos, and other exotic animals. Check out the Lokobe Nature Reserve for a once-in-a-lifetime view of these native species. Surrounded by smaller islands and coral reefs, these serene blue waters offer exciting encounters with sea turtles and other marine life. Despite being such a rugged island, there’s a variety of accommodations along the western coast including luxurious hotels and open-air seaside bungalows.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

What country better embodies a never-ending summer than Mexico? From the warm waters of the Gulf to romantic sunsets on the West Coast, travelers flock to Mexico when in need of a tropical breeze. Although there are many great destinations in Mexico, Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, is the most fun. Known for its rock formations like the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, this coastal city has more than just a pretty landscape. The main beach, Playa El Médano, is home to romantic outdoor restaurants and upbeat bars and nightclubs. One of the most beautiful views is from El Farallon Restaurant’s cliffside dining area located in The Resort at Pedregal.

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Singapore is a technology and architecture hub located off the coast of southern Malaysia. Besides its ever-growing cityscape, this island also has excellent summer weather with temperatures ranging from the upper 70s to the lower 90s all year. Looking for a beach? Sentosa Island is an action-packed resort area connected to the city by road, cable car, monorail, and boardwalk. Home to Universal Studios Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, luxury hotels, and scenic beaches, Singapore is the ideal place for family-friendly summer fun at any time of year.

Islamorada, Florida, U.S.A.

Tucked away in the center of the Florida Keys is Islamorada, the “Village of Islands.” Islamorada encompasses the central Keys and is commonly called the “Sportfishing Capital of the World.” With average temperatures in the 70s and 80s all year, outdoor activities are plentiful here. For nature lovers, catch a sunset dolphin cruise or try your hand at scuba diving. Islamorada is known for its upscale, small-town atmosphere due to its sprawling bay and ocean views, fine dining options, and luxury resorts.

Cairns, Australia

Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, is best known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. This tropical city boasts hot summers in the 80s and mild winters, making it perfect for year-round snorkeling. Palm Cove, located just north of the city, is known for its palm tree-lined beach and outdoor activities such as golfing and kayaking. Journey through the tropical rainforest in Kuranda by train or get a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy from the Skyrail in a gondola. A few islands line the coast of Cairns, including Fitzroy Island, that can be visited by ferry for hiking and relaxing on the beach.

CREDIT: thediscoverer