The recent terror attacks have left many of us wanting to escape to somewhere safe and secure, for a couple of weeks at least, but with many of our favourite holiday destinations such as Spain, Turkey, Egypt and France now classed as ‘high risk’ zones, we might have to look further afield if we are to enjoy a peaceful break.
To help us make a more informed decision when it comes to booking our 2017 and 2018 holidays, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a list of 225 countries and territories, highlighting those which are considered high-risk and those which are believed to be very low risk when it comes to acts of terror.
So where are the most peaceful holiday destinations in 2017? Here’s our Top 5 for the coming season:
It may be a long way to go for some peace and quiet, but the Fiji Islands are believed to be one of the safest places for us to visit right now, and if you are looking for a tropical beach break or island-hopping vacation, this could be the perfect destination for your 2017 holiday. Despite its remote and exotic location, Fiji is surprisingly affordable, so don’t count it out before comparing costs.
While many countries in South America are considered high-risk terrorism hotspots, Chile isn’t one of them, so you can visit with confidence in 2017. Breathtaking coastlines, snow-capped Andean mountains, star filled skies, and the driest desert in the world are just some of the attractions waiting for you in Chile, and escaping from everyday life is easy.
Japan is currently listed on the low terrorism threat list, and so if you are looking for a taste of the orient, this could be the ideal choice for your 2017 break. A country rich in culture and history, Japan has much to offer active travellers, and whether you decide to spend your days shopping in Tokyo, hiking Mount Fuji, or visiting the many imperial palaces, shrines and temples, you can do so without fear.
While the Foreign Office hasn’t ruled out terrorism attacks completely in New Zealand, there is no recent history of terrorism in the country, and crime rates are low. If you are looking to escape winter in the northern hemisphere on a peaceful self-drive holiday, take a look at what New Zealand has to offer. The current GBP / NZD exchange rate is favourable, so your spending money will go a lot further here.
Off the beaten track, Bhutan makes a refreshing change to Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, and it is currently at a low-risk of terrorism. A peaceful Buddhist Kingdom in the Himalayan Mountains, Bhutan is the perfect holiday destination for those who want to escape the rigours of daily life, and indulge themselves in culture, history, and the great outdoors.