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18 Safe Countries to Visit on Vacation

What are the safe countries to visit on vacation?

Last month I asked you which are the safe countries to visit on vacation. Below are the suggestions according to your fellow Mobal International Cell Phone Members (in no particular order). See if you agree or disagree with their choices of safe countries to visit and leave a comment at the end!

1. Finland

Gail Lintern says:

Without a doubt Finland, Finnish Lapland and Iceland.


2. Israel

M Lavoie says:

Hands Down, Israel. Walked the streets at midnight in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem with no worries.


3. Monaco

Jane France says:

Sightseeing alone as a woman in my 60s, I felt very safe in Monaco. My daughter and I traveled there for a conference she was attending, leaving me with free time during the day. In the evening the two of us walked in many areas of Monaco, feeling very secure.


4. China

David Bond says:

Two places come to mind: Switzerland and China. I feel safe in any size city or town, regardless of time of day, in either of those two countries.

Patrick Milligan says:

I would have to go with China. There were policemen everywhere within reach. The people were genuinely friendly everywhere. It’ll probably get worse over time, but it’s safe now.


5. Switzerland

David Bond says:

Two places come to mind: Switzerland and China. I feel safe in any size city or town, regardless of time of day, in either of those two countries.


6. Slovenia

Paula Wittlin says:

Slovenia. Ljubljana is the safest capital city in the world, with the lowest amount of murders of anywhere.


7. Italy

John Frazier says:

Italy is our favorite. We have never had any situations where we felt unsafe.
Day or night, walking or riding have been without incident.
We have travelled from one end to the other many times.


8. Singapore

Daniel Miller says:

Singapore. The streets are clean, the police are everywhere. Now as a “foreigner” the police will follow you as you walk down the street. I had a shopkeeper step out into the street and grab my arm to encourage me to come inside. Big Mistake. The police officer stepped between us, asked if I was alright, and pushed the shopkeeper back into his store. I left. Tourists are always watched in the main part of town. For my safety? Or are they worried about me? Don’t know.

Carol Shaw says:

Singapore. It’s a Nanny/Police state, but you can hardly feel unsafe in a country where it is illegal to chew gum.

Carl Day says:

I too agree that Singapore by far is the safest country you can visit. Everyone is well behaved and respectful.


9. Portugal

Mary Rauktis says:

Portugal, particularly the north (Braga). I would walk the city streets late at night. Other than some kilt wearing soccer fans from Scotland, I was never bothered. The onetime I left my wallet at a used bookstore in Lisbon and I was amazed to find that they kept it for me and gave it to me when I came back several hours later.


10. The UK

Brenda arrity says:

The U.K. comes immediately to mind. This is mainly because the people there are so helpful in assisting you, from making sure you get on the right bus/train to walking around London.


11. Croatia

Tom Lund says:

Croatia. Anywhere you see jewelry stores with relatively expensive window displays separated only by a single pane glass and no bars, you get a sense of the culture of the people.


12. Austria

Charlene Harb says:

Austria. I once lost a $2000 Apple computer on the train, and it was returned to me (in Austria!) two weeks later. Always safe to walk, trust, etc.


13. Morroco

Janet says:

In Morocco the policemen do NOT carry guns. Need I say more?


14. New Zealand

Bruce Wigodsky says:

New Zealand, without a doubt. Great people, friendly police, low crime rate. They love tourists. You can’t go wrong here. I’ve been to Europe, Asia, and all over the U.S. and Canada and nothing can compare.


15. Iceland

Tom Throop says:

Iceland, hands down. Spent time in heart of Reykjavik as well as the remote countryside. Never so much as a tingle of fear. Hardly any visible police presence. Just a routinely law-abiding and very civil society.


16. Germany

Joe says:

Just came back from Germany and Octoberfest. Felt very safe even wandering around late at night alone after over celebrating. Country is so well managed that I would pick up any trash I saw as it seemed so out of place. On China: I was in Kashgar after Ramadan and saw little girls in party dresses bouncing balls in the mosque square – with a whole lot of over-armed swat troops watching them carefully lest they start a riot. I did not feel safe under their system of law. People are great though and I felt safe with them.


17. Costa Rica

Marc Willis says:

Costa Rica was wonderful. I felt safe, country or city, anytime of the day. And the people were very friendly and helpful.


18. Japan

Don Newcomb says:

Once in Japan I lost a $400 PDA. When I reported the loss everyone said, “Relax, someone will turn it in.” Sure enough, a few days later one of my Japanese contacts told me my PDA was waiting for me at the railroad station. I had dropped it on a train and the cleaning crew found it and turned it it. Another place I felt very safe walking the streets at all hours was Singapore.


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4 thoughts on "18 Safe Countries to Visit on Vacation"

  • Jackie Macdonald says:

    I am a New Zealander living in the USA for 43 years. I have to warn travelers that on a visit to my home country, our rental car had the window broken and both my Canadian sister-in-law and and my handbags were stolen. We lost a LOT of money and it caused much distress as four of us did not have a penny! I was back at a different location 14 months ago and another visitor had her window broken and she lost everything inside. It happens at tourist sites even when there are people around!

  • Elizabeth Salt says:

    I just returned home from Singapore. I walked around a lot, and I never had the sense that the police were following me. Everyone I asked for directions was uniformly helpful, and I felt very safe walking around alone both during the day and after dark in the downtown Business District and in the Marina District.

  • Leslie Sirag says:

    We lived in China for 2 years and always felt safe except when we were in the coastal areas, Guangzhou especially (and our Chinese friends said even they didn’t feel safe in Guangzhou!). We traveled on Chinese trains — did keep cameras etc. either attached to our bodies or under blankets against wall when sleeping, but never had any problems.
    I think things in some regions are not quite as safe now, but I’d take my chances outside of tourist areas.

  • Wolfgang Gunther says:

    Loved Finland in 2010, but I had my wallet lifted as I was getting off a tram. Good workmanship. One guy hesitated getting off, the other got between me and my wife. After I had canceled all my cards, I had an email. Everything but the cash had been tossed across a construction fence really close to the tram stop.

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