The survey also found that some of Americans’ favorite travel destinations in Europe and the Caribbean — namely Italy, the Bahamas, Spain, Jamaica and the UK — lost points on how safe it is to travel. calendar. Australia is no exception. From 2018-2022, the country dropped from 1st to 10th place in the survey.
The safest place to travel
Three Asian countries, including Japan (4th), South Korea (7th), and Thailand (8th) were among the 10 safest travel destinations in a survey of more than 1,500 Americans who participated and practiced. current September 2021.
Survey participants were asked about perceptions regarding crime, terrorism, travel and the health and safety of female travelers, people of color or homosexuality.
Three Asian countries including Japan (4th), South Korea (7th) and Thailand (8th) are among the 10 safest travel destinations. Photo: Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection
In addition, Singapore ranks 3rd in the list of safest cities, ahead of Tokyo (5th) and Bangkok (11th).
Singapore is ranked 21st (out of 56) in 2020 and 25th (out of 53) in 2019 on Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s list of safest destinations.
According to the survey, women and younger generations consider Asian destinations to be safer, with Iceland at the top, followed by South Korea, Thailand,…, Vietnam (6th), Greece (No. Saturday)…
Millennials – ages 27 to 42 – also rate Singapore as 1st for “general safety” in the city survey, ahead of Montreal and Amsterdam.
Changing perception of “security”
Carol Mueller, vice president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, said that before the Covid-19 epidemic, the top concerns about visitor safety were terrorism and violent crime.
But in the 2022 survey, travelers admitted they were most concerned about being “free to move” and “free from disease.” Being stuck in a country isn’t even scarier than getting sick there.
This may be why Canada tops the list of safe destination countries. Canada reopened to Americans who had been vaccinated against Covid-19 in August 2021, a month before the study was conducted. American tourists often choose Canada because they want to be “closer to home,” Ms Mueller said.
For Australia, strict Covid-19 restrictions and closed borders were two of the reasons for the country’s “downgrade” at the time of the survey.
Movement in rankings
Iceland and Sweden still maintain their rankings in safe travel destinations, while Italy – which has always scored highly – has fallen in rank due to the difficulty of entry and the development of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ms Mueller said the rankings could be affected by a change in research methods in 2022. “Only people who have actually visited the site can consider whether it is safe. Seen from a distance, it might be possible. think European countries are safer. However, people who have been to many Asian countries know how safe it is,” Ms Mueller noted.
10 ‘Safe Travel’ Cities in the 2022 Ranking. Photo: Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection
Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection has also released a separate ranking for the safest countries and cities, combining research findings with crime statistics and Covid-19-related factors.
Many Asian countries that topped the list were praised by health experts for the measures they were taking to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic.
After Abu Dhabi, Singapore ranks second and Seoul third in the global ranking published by Deep Knowledge Analytics (based in London – UK). The agency analyzed the response to the Covid-19 epidemic in 72 cities.
Rachel Fu, director of the Eric Friedheim Institute for Tourism at the University of Florida (US), said the way countries respond to the Covid-19 epidemic will affect how tourists feel safe when travelling, both for as during their journey.