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.