Traveling the world is a great way to expand your horizons and explore unique cultures.
Sometimes your adventures may take you out of your comfort zone, but they should never require you to compromise on safety.
We’ve found ten of the safest cities to visit in 2024 ranked in a new survey by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.
These tourist spots offer incredible sights and experiences with a level of safety that makes you feel at home.
Ready to explore your options?
Here are ten safe cities to put on your 2024 travel itinerary.
Honolulu is an exotic vacation spot that pulls in travelers from all around the world. You can soak up the sun on Waikiki Beach, hike to Waimea Falls, visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial, or admire the one and only U.S. palace.
Besides being chock full of adventure, this fascinating, family-friendly city currently ranks as the safest city in the world for its low crime rate.
Honolulu’s strict gun laws, high standard of living, and high cost of living may contribute to this city’s low crime rate, according to data analysts. The biggest threats to your safety may look like biting fish and the ocean itself.
Visiting Honolulu may be safer than your hometown. Still, it is unwise to hike alone or swim in the ocean at night, and always ask the locals before you wander off into uncharted territory.
Montreal is a vibrant city famous for hosting the World’s Fair and the Olympics in its history.
Tourists can enjoy its amazing restaurants, sunny beaches, and bustling nightlife.
With Montreal’s cobblestone streets and French-style architecture, you can get a European-style experience without leaving North America.
Montreal is one of the largest Canadian cities but is safe for residents, tourists, and solo female travelers. Currently, it ranks as the second safest city in the world with a low Crime Severity Index score.
While violence is low, Montreal is not free from petty theft, so keep your personal belongings close. Natural disasters in this Canadian city can include winter ice storms and earthquakes.
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, comes in third place as the safest city in the world. From petty thefts to violence, the overall crime rate is low.
As a country, Iceland is so secure that it doesn’t maintain an army, and the police officers patrol without guns.
While Reykjavik is known for its safety, natural disasters can occur. For example, November and December 2023 saw an uptick in seismic and volcanic activity in and near Reykjavik.
If you are looking for a unique city with plenty to see and do, Reykjavik is a spot to put on your travel map.
In this Icelandic capital, you can take a tour to see the Northern Lights, visit Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, or walk the Rainbow Street.
The Top Ten Safe Cities to Visit in 2024:
Honolulu, Montreal, and Reykjavik top Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s list as the three safest cities in the world.
These seven other cities also made it to the top 10 list:
- Sydney, Australia
- Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- London, England
- Seoul, South Korea
- Venice, Italy
Whether you are looking to stay close to home or wander to the furthest corners of the globe, you can find a popular travel spot that offers unique experiences without sacrificing your safety.
How Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection Ranks Cities for Safety
Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection predicts the safest cities and ranks them every year.
As a first step, this agency pinpoints some of the most popular cities from the U.S. and abroad, then asks travelers to rank them according to various safety measures in a survey.
Respondents draw from personal experiences and first-hand knowledge.
Safe city indexes and crime indexes also factor into the ranking, but natural disasters do not.
For more information on natural disasters and current affairs, consult the U.S. State Department’s Travel Advisories.
Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection Survey is a valuable resource when planning your next trip. However, travelers should continue to follow standard safe practices even in areas with a low crime rate.
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