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

 

The ‘Benelux’ Countries

As with Scandinavia, you get many countries for one score: the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The good Global Peace Index ratings for the Netherlands and Belgium are because of the low rates of violent crime, homicides, high levels of political stability, and low rates of political violence and terrorism, although petty theft can be distress in major cities. 

The State Department puts Belgium and the Netherlands at level two, mainly because of social tensions due to a vaguely elevated risk of potential terrorism. Luxembourg is too little to get a level.

Where to stay: Brussels’ FunKey Hotel is as great as it sounds. With vibrant decor and board game-themed rooms, visitors won’t ever be bored.

The UK has some beautiful sights to see and has low crime rates.

The United Kingdom

Also with a good ranking, the United Kingdom has a great Global Peace Index based on high political stability, low violent crime, and low political violence. It gets dropped a copy of notches due to the high level of militarization and threats of terrorism. This is why the State Department gives it to level two.

Where to stay: At Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, travelers get postcard-worthy views and fabulous amenities. The hotel is located just minutes from Big Ben and the London Eye.

The Bahamas

An outlier, the Bahamas has a high score for being a safe place but doesn’t have a high score when it comes to the Global Peace Index, even though the country has truly been peaceful for decades. The high ranking by Berkshire seems to be offset by level two State Department rating because of crime. Berkshire puts the Bahamas low on the list, despite the fact that its safest places rating outscores a number of other destinations.

Where to stay: Lodge at the pastel-colored villa at Nassau’s Sandyport Beach Resort. Remember to take pics of the resort’s historic Georgian Colonial architecture.

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

 

Scandinavia

Scandinavia is really three countries, not just one—Denmark, Norway, and Sweden—and Berkshire Hathaway has also included neighboring Finland in this collection of safe destinations. They all have a good Global Peace Index due to low crime rates, top levels of political stability, and low levels of political violence. 

Like with Switzerland, the chief warning is the need to have lots of money. The State Department has Denmark at level two, mainly due to social tensions because of immigration and a marginally elevated risk of possible terrorism. The other three are level one. Scandinavia’s safest places score barely follows Switzerland.

Where to stay: In Denmark, Copenhagen Island has waterfront views and contemporary amenities in the busy neighborhood of Vesterbro.

Virgin Islands (U.S. and British)

Right behind Scandinavia is the Virgin Islands. Even though neither spot has a Global Peace Index, Berkshire gives both areas good marks on security and safety. But this one may make you think twice. In earlier years, the U.S. Virgin Islands had some soaring homicide rates in current years. But the State Department states the British Virgin Islands are at level one.

Where to stay: Lodge here in the British Virgin Islands right on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort.

Italy is a peaceful country.

Italy

Italy’s Global Peace Index is because of low homicide rates and political terror, even though petty crime in tourist areas is minor. The safest places score for Italy is in line with the aforementioned USVI and BVI and the State Department puts Italy at level two, mainly because of social tensions due to a slightly elevated risk of possible terrorism.

Where to stay: Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori in Rome is created to duplicate antique structures from the Roma Baroque period. Guests enjoy lavishing amenities and historic charm for an economical price.