Increased violence, terrorism and political unrest - this can scare even the most adventurous traveller off. The recent attacks across the globe - calls for awareness of safety when travelling, more specifically to where you are travelling.
All of this can make planning a holiday a very daunting task. There are many factors to consider when traveling; the political stability, disease outbreaks, economic stability and social norms. The increasing outbreak of viruses coupled with globalization increases the risks considerably.
To make the best of your travels - consider all the factors.
And while there may be many sectors to consider, you can still satisfy the travel bug within you, as the Global Peace Index has released the new 2017 index of most peaceful countries.
Now you can weigh all the risks and analyse where to go next.
The GPI states that there has been a large amount of peace deterioration in the world - only a fraction of countries have a slight increase in peacefulness. This is due to the increasing violence and political rife in parts of Africa and the Middle East. The least peaceful countries have remained in the same position since 2016 - Syria remaining least peaceful.
South Africa is ranked at 123 out of 163 countries in the 2017 GPI - showing a small 3% decrease in violence since 2016.
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In order to plan ahead, check out the Top 10 safest holiday destinations for 2017:
The top 10 safest holiday destinations
Ranking as the safest and most peaceful destination for 7 consecutive years.
2. New Zealand
6. Czech Republic
10. Japan and Ireland
These two countries were both placed at 10th place on the GPI for 2017.
The GPI states that there was an overall improvement in the involvement of other states in external conflicts - this can be directly seen in states lack of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. This indicates many states are wanting to maintain their internal state of peace as a measure of priority. The level of political terror continues to escalate in Sub - Saharan Africa, Middle East and Africa.
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