Safe Travel Destinations

April 22, 2014

We all know that nothing sells newspapers faster than sensation and negative news. One is bombarded on a daily basis by negative or depressing news like warfare, famine and natural disasters to name but a few that is flourishing all over the world.

Gossip newspapers tell us every detail about every celebrity’s lifestyle, like what a movie star ate for breakfast yesterday and which ones are in apparent feuds with each other because one finished the others breakfast cereal without asking.

I am not for one minute saying that we should not hear about this so called “negative news”, absolutely not. That current stream of news is what keeps us informed as to what is happening around the world and what must be done to improve the standard of living for us and others, it also keeps the politicians on their toes. I however believe that we do not know enough about the safe and peaceful areas of the world and for travellers more information about these areas and what they have to offer might come of good use when planning your next holiday. Let us look at some of the safer and more peaceful areas to travel to around the world.

 

Belgium

According to the Global Peace Index issued every year by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) Belgium is one of the safest places to live in Europe and indeed the world. The index is calculated by looking at things like life expectancy, crime rates and economic power to reach their conclusion and as stated above Belgium performed very well on all bases.

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Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is home to the European Union and NATO which means the political stability is sound despite there not being an official recognised government from 2007 to 2011. Yes they functioned without a president or prime minister for almost 4 years and the country stayed stable with no major social disturbances.

This makes Belgium a great destination for travellers boasting medieval cities, extremely well preserved castles and even a city on water à la Venice. Brussels has some of the most breath taking Castles and architecture in all of Europe, the most famous of which is the Town Hall dating back to 1420. Taking a boat tour through the waterways of Bruges and walking across the many bridges is a great way to explore the ancient city of Bruges from viewpoints that only a handful of water based cities in Europe can offer.

Of course there is no way one cannot leave without tasting the foods that makes Belgium famous namely the Belgium Waffle and Belgium chocolates. The Famous Aux Gaufres de Bruxelles waffle house in Brussels serves up the best in town. With their most famous culinary exports being desserts it should come as no surprise that Belgium is such a peaceful and happy nation.

 

New Zealand

The most peaceful country in the Southern Hampshire by 16 spots according to the Global Peace Index and the 3rd most peaceful country in the world is the island of New Zealand. This is quite surprising as the islands surrounding it like Tonga, Samoa and Fiji has a long history of war and aggression and it is also ironic because some of the most famous battle scenes in movie history was shot in the New Zealand Wilderness, I am of course speaking of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The best way to get insider information about any destination is to talk to the locals and New Zealand has some of the most friendly and hospitable populations around. With a very low crime rate, limited military power, strong relations with Asia to the north and Australia to the west coupled with down-to-earth hospitality, New Zealand is one of the most pleasant destinations to travel to.

Visitors from all over the world travel to New Zealand to experience its unforgiving rugged landscape, majestic arctic glaciers, pristine lakes and exclusive island/marine destinations. The Bay of Islands to the north of New Zealand constitutes of 144 islands with numerous secluded bays and sandy beaches. This area is world renowned for its abundance of marine life including whales, penguins, dolphins and the big marlin. Yachts on world cruises as well as leisure and professional sport fishermen from all over the world flock here to enjoy this marine paradise.

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Queenstown and Middle Earth are two other popular destinations in New Zealand where travellers migrate to every year. New Zealand is the birthplace of almost all extreme sports but none more famous than Bungee jumping. The country is obsessed with getting its adrenalin rush and Queenstown offers local and international visitors the opportunity to experience almost every extreme sport imaginable. Bungee jumping, jet skiing, jet boating, white water rafting, paragliding and skydiving are some of the activities on offer in Queenstown.

From the adrenalin rush of Queenstown one can head to the world famous Middle Earth situated outside of the city. Middle Earth, of course, is not the literal “middle of the earth’’ that is filled with molten lava and extreme heat as studied by geologists, it is the Middle Earth that featured in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy and the Hobbit movies. This area features majestic landscapes with a mysterious feel and that is what drew moviemakers and book writers to this far corner of the world. Guided tours takes you to the exact locations where these famous movies were shot even showing you the houses that were built for the movie sets.

New Zealand has some of the most unique destinations and attractions there is to offer and coupled with friendly people and an all around peaceful environment New Zealand is fast becoming a popular travel destination.

 

Mauritius

When one thinks of Mauritius one immediately thinks of white sandy beaches, luxury exclusive five star resorts and delicious cocktails that are being sipped by holidaymakers overlooking the warm and clear Indian Ocean while the sun sets. With this idyllic environment it is no wonder that Mauritius is one of the most stable and peaceful nations in the world.

The Global Peace Index has ranked Mauritius as one of the most peaceful nations on Earth and it was also ranked the most peaceful country in Africa. The reason for this positive score is their political stability and strong tourism sector that has promoted the expanse of the financial sector such as wealth management services and estate planning.

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The most famous attractions of Mauritius is of course the pristine sandy beaches and exotic marine life with exotic sea creatures and healthy coral reefs. Flic en Flac is the most popular of these attractions, it is a seaside village on the western side of the island of Mauritius and it is home to arguably the most luxurious and exclusive resorts and hotels in Mauritius. The public white sandy beach of Flic en Flac is one of the longest and nicest on the island. The lagoon is protected by the surrounding coral reefs and the westerly facing beach offers visitors an unrestricted view of the sunset over the Indian Ocean, perfect for romantic travellers.

Mauritius is a tropical wonderland of an island that boasts some of the most pristine beaches and coral reefs in the world. Together with the absolutely world class accommodation and hospitality Mauritius truly is a must for every island hopping traveller.

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