Not everyone is cut out for travel. Flying to another country can be a scary activity for some people, and it can also be a great shame because they don’t get to experience some of the best places in the world.
If this sounds familiar to you or someone close, then why not try a city break? They are quick, cheap and easy,m and might just start allaying any fears that you might have. And a good starting point would be some of the safest cities in the world – which we’re going to dive into right now.
Denmark has recently been awarded the best country to live in for happiness. And its capital, Copenhagen, is often lurking at the top of the charts for one of the safest major cities in the world – especially for women. It’s also a beautiful place, full of history and culture. The nightlife is pretty awesome, too, so a perfect all-rounder to kick off our list of places to visit when you are anxious about traveling.
Amsterdam has a notorious past, of that there is no doubt. But in recent years, there has been a massive effort to clean up this great city’s act. While there is still the famous red light district, it’s on such a smaller scale than it used to be – and, most importantly – easily avoided. The Amsterdam streets are safer, too, but it still retains an artistic and exciting ethos. Be sure to head to the many museums in the city, and go for long, lazy walks along the canal routes. Avoid the famous coffee shops if you suffer from anxiety, however.
New York, USA
New York has also experienced a huge cleanup in the past couple of decades. And make no mistake about it, it’s still very much one of the world’s greatest cities. The shopping is first class, and despite America’s relative youth, there are still plenty of cultural highlights to enjoy. Cheap flights to New York are always cropping up on price comparison websites, so look out for a good deal. Even a weekend jaunt to New York is doable these days, so don’t let a lack of time put you off paying the Big Apple a visit.
Fancy going a little further afield? Tokyo is regularly rated as one of the world’s safest – and best – cities. From the high-tech, bustling city center to the imperious Mt Fuji that is a constant presence, Tokyo is well worth a visit. It’s huge – and there is no way you will see it all on a single city break – but there is so much Japanese history and culture here that you can spend an eternity just walking through the streets. The cuisine is excellent, too.
We know what you are thinking – how can Medellin be safe? Well, the truth is that the Colombian city has shaken off much of its troubles and is making great strides towards attracting tourists – it’s now one of the safest places in South and Central America. We included it because if you can make it to Medellin and back as an anxious traveler, you will, perhaps, make it anywhere. Good luck!