Safest Countries for U.S. Travelers (Part I)

In addition to its beautiful landscape, Ireland also ranks as one of the safest countries for U.S. citizens to travel.

Are you fretting about travel safety in 2019, but still wanting to visit some beautiful, spectacular countries? This list has the safest countries to visit.

Ireland

Ireland was given a good safest place score and it ranks at the top in the Global Peace Index. It’s ranked low on political violence, terrorism, and militarization. The State Department gives it the safest advisory level (level one).

Where to stay: The Clontarf Castle Hotel is ranked high for a reason: affordable pricing. Visitors get to stay in a castle just minutes from Dublin’s heart.

Australia

Australia directly follows Ireland with a high score. It has very low rates due to political instability, little violent crime, and militarization. The State Department gives Australia a level one.

Where to stay: Melbourne’s well-known Victorian hotel, The Hotel Windsor, is a graceful choice in the center of the city.

Iceland

Iceland has a top Global Peace Index Rating as a result of really high marks for social support, safety, and political stability. One of the chief problems you’ll face in Iceland is over-tourism, resulting in the fact that so many folks agree it’s a fabulous place. The State Department gives it a level one.

Where to stay: Visitors enjoy the little town feel of the Frost and Fire Hotel in Hveragerdi. Its cozy and private accommodations make you feel right at home.

Switzerland

Switzerland’s Global Peace Index shows really low terrorism, crime rates, and great political stability. The real risks you face are to your purse, wallet, and credit cards. How much you’ll have to use them, not robbery. The State Department puts it at level one and the safest places score is close to 3.

Where to stay: Hotel des Balances is one of Lucerne’s most well-liked waterfront hotels. Enjoy amazing views and a soothing ambiance for an economical price.

 

Kid Safety at the Bus Stop (Part II)

The best thing you can do as a driver is to pay attention to the bus stops. 

For Drivers (Continued)

Watch for Kids Approaching or Leaving: Children are unpredictable. They frequently jump out into traffic when they are in a hurry to catch the bus. Also, horseplay at the bus stop can be a hazard as kids can sometimes end up in the street. Be watchful of children walking on sidewalks and crossing the street close to bus stops and be really cautious when they are nearby.

Avoid Distractions: When kids are near or at a bus stop, drivers need to use their whole peripheral vision to remain focused on what is happening around them. Avoid distractions like texting and be alert. It is not worth risking a life to read an email. 

Tips for Children

Listen to the driver. Remind your children to pay attention to any directions that come from the driver and bus monitor. These two individuals are great resources for children and trained to offer the safest trip possible. Introduce your new rider to the driver and supervise so he can learn their names and will feel comfortable talking with them if questions or issues come up. 

Cross with caution. Explain to your kids that he shouldn’t walk behind the bus. If they need to cross the street, they should do so in front of it. It’s critical to make eye contact with the bus driver so the driver knows they are crossing. Be sure your child walks on the sidewalk or along the side of the street to a spot at least five big steps in front of the bus before crossing.

Watch the wheels. Safercar.gov warns that if a kid drops something after getting off the bus and it rolls beneath the wheels, he or she should tell the driver instead of trying to get it.