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 fell from 1st place 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 participating and practicing. current September 2021.
Survey participants were asked about perceptions related to 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) among the 10 safest travel destinations. Photo: Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection
Additionally, Singapore ranks 3rd in the safest city rankings – ahead of Tokyo (5th) and Bangkok (11th).
Singapore ranks 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 tend to view Asian destinations as safer, with Iceland at the top, followed by South Korea, Thailand, …, Vietnam (6th), Greece (No. Saturday)…
Millennials – those aged 27-42 – also rate Singapore as 1st for “overall safety” in the city survey, ahead of Montreal and Amsterdam.
Changing perception of “safety”
Carol Mueller, Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, said that before the Covid-19 epidemic, terrorism and violent crime were the top concerns about visitor safety.
But in the 2022 survey, travelers admitted they were most concerned about “being able to move freely” and “free from illness”. 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 survey was conducted. American tourists tend to choose Canada because they want to be “closer to home”, according to Ms. Mueller.
For Australia, strict Covid-19 restrictions and closed borders at the time of the survey were two of the reasons for the country’s “downgrade”.
Movement in rankings
Iceland and Sweden still maintain their rankings in terms of safe travel destinations, while Italy – which has always scored high – dropped in rank because of difficulty in entry and the development of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ms. Mueller said the rankings could be affected by a change in survey methods in 2022. “Only people who have actually been to the site can consider whether it’s safe. Seen from a distance, it may be possible. think European countries are safer. However, people who have been to many Asian countries will 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 also released a separate ranking for the safest countries and cities, combining survey results with crime statistics and Covid-19 related factors.
Many Asian countries that rose to the top of the list were praised by health experts for the measures they took to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic.
Following Abu Dhabi, Singapore ranked 2nd and Seoul ranked 3rd in the global rankings 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 (USA), said that how countries respond to the Covid-19 epidemic will affect how tourists feel safe when traveling, both before and during their trip.