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Comprehensive travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations. Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions.
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Bern (or Berne) is the capital city of Switzerland and is the 5th most populated. Bern’s historic old town is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to the notable cathedral, which is considered to be the largest in the country.
Patras a city located in Western Greece and the third most-populated city in the country. Nicknamed the ‘Gate to the West’, Patras is an important commercial and business hub and provides many routes of trade to Western Europe. Culture-wise, Patras offers a range of festivals and museums, giving travellers a variety of activities to choose from.
Zakynthos, or more commonly known in the UK as Zante, is an island in the Ionian Sea. It is one of the country’s biggest islands and is a very popular tourist destination as it even has its own airport. The island has the nickname “The Flowers of the Levant” and is especially popular with party holidays.
Athens is the capital city and the largest city in Greece. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, with history dating back to around 3,400 years ago. After the Olympic Games in 2004, Athens has had several different infrastructure projects funded in order to improve quality of life, such as a great metro system and a new motorway. In 2015, the city was voted the third best European city to visit by the European Best Destination.
Copenhagen is the capital and most-populated city in Denmark. Originally a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has now flourished into a thriving cultural and economic hub. The city is a popular destination for city breaks, as people are attracted to the stunning harbour and wide variety of luxury restaurants.
Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark and is located to the north of the country. The city is the perfect blend of modern and traditional architecture, with some of its best attractions being located in some very unique buildings. Aalborg also has a very vibrant culture with unique street art murals scattered all across the small city.
Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and is located on the east coast of Jutland and is next to the Kattegat Sea. Aarhus is the largest city in the Jutland region and is also one of the oldest cities in the country. The city has several viking museums, as well as a notable theme park, Tivoli Friheden.
Bruges is located in Belgium and is the seventh largest city in the country in terms of population. It is located in the Flemish region in the north-west of the country. Bruges has a lot of medieval architecture, making it a very popular city for medieval festivals and events. The city is famous for its textile industry, which has even inspired several films.
Osaka is a city located in the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan. The third most-populated city, this metropolis is considered to be one of the biggest financial centres in Japan, and with a vibrant multicultural atmosphere to boot. An essential visit for your trip to Japan.
Antwerp is a city in Belgium and is the capital of the Antwerp Province in the Flemish Region. The city can be found along the river Scheldt, which goes directly into the North Sea. Antwerp is a very important city for industry and business, with the city’s port ranking the second busiest port in Europe, and one of the top ones in the world.
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and is located in the centre of the country. The city is home to over 80 different museums, so there is something for every kind of interest. Brussels is also one of the greenest capital cities in Europe, with over 8000 hectares of green space.
Kyoto is the capital city of the Kyoto region in Japan, which is located on the island of Honshu. Kyoto is home to around 2,000 different temples and shrines, so this naturally attracts a lot of tourists curious about the architecture. It also hosts many different traditional festivals and parades, such as the Gion Matsuri, which is one of the biggest festivals in Japan.
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Featured Travel Tips
Over the years we have collected many great travellers tips, this means many moments of ‘Oh, if I had only known!” can be avoided. Here are a featured selection of top travel tips collected from experienced travellers from around the world.
- Take some time to walk up the 275 step narrow, spiral staircase in York Minster for breathtaking 360 views of the city and a great sense of achievement.
- Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.
- Local language – If travelling to a non-English speaking country, try to learn a few phrases. You will find you get a lot more respect from the locals.
- Taking offence – Travelling you will meet a lot of like-minded people, but not everyone will want to be your friend. Be confident, don’t take what people might say personally.
- Research before you go – knowledge of the country or city you are travelling is essential. Make sure you are aware of what to expect when you arrive.
- If you're in York during the summer, book a Hot Air Balloon flight for unforgettable views of York and the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Are there any places I should avoid visiting?
We would never say don’t go anywhere. It’s your choice. What we would say is make sure you are prepared and you know what you might expect during your visit. As long as you have done your research you can make yourself as safe as possible in the places you are visiting.
What should I take with me backpacking?
Firstly remember, whatever you take you will have to carry with you for the whole travelling experience. Don’t take anything you can’t afford to lose or can’t replace. At a minimum make sure you have the follow, the rest you can buy.
- Phone and adapters
- Notebook and pencil
- Lock for your bag
- Clothes and laundry bag
- Comfortable shoes and flip flops
- Water bottle
- Toiletries and painkillers
- First aid kit
What are the safest countries in the world to visit?
The Institute for Economics and Peace released its Global Peace Index for last year, this is their ranking of the world’s safest countries.
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic