After the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the travel plans of Americans and others around the world, many are looking to the future and trying to plan trips to new destinations, but the places where Americans can feel most Insurance have changed over the course of several years. .
According to a new survey, a “State of Travel Insurance Report” by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (via CNBC), Americans’ views of Asian cities have changed, with six places in Asia rising in the rankings. safety annuals, while old favorites from Europe and the Caribbean have slipped down the rankings.
Surveying 1,500 travelers in November 2021 on their perceptions related to crime, terrorism, transportation, health, and safety of female travelers, people of color, and LGBTQ people, the report found that South Korea South, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, China and Vietnam rose in the ranking, while Italy, Bahamas, Spain, Jamaica and the United Kingdom experienced declines.
In first place was Canada, with a composite score of 71.94 across all categories for safest country, and the city of Montreal also topped the list of safest cities, with a composite score of 80.17. Japan ranked fourth on the country list, with a score of 68.58, and saw Tokyo finish fifth on the city list, with a score of 68.15. Australia also performed well, landing in 10th place for countries (which was a drop from previous rankings), but also saw Sydney in 7th place for cities.
Other Asian countries in the Top 10 were South Korea, which was ranked seventh, and Thailand, which was ranked eighth. For European countries, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland, and Switzerland ranked in the Top 10, with New Zealand rounding out the full list. With cities, Singapore was the only Asian city other than Tokyo to top the list, ranking at No. 3. European destinations Amsterdam (2), Rome (4), London (8) and Paris (9) also made it into the rankings. the Top 10. with the US cities of Las Vegas and Miami also making the ranking.
As for why Asian countries likely saw their rankings rise while European ones fell, Carol Mueller, vice president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, told CNBC that priorities have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Terrorism and violent crime are no longer classified as top security concerns. While still important, many respondents indicated that their main concerns were whether or not they would have the freedom to move around a destination, be safe from disease, and risk being stuck in a country.
“It became a concern of… Okay, I’m going to travel. I’m vaccinated, I feel comfortable,” Mueller said. “But… what if I get stuck?”
Of course, where Americans can travel could also be due to other factors, such as popularity and price. Previous studies of frequently searched destinations found that Bali, Indonesia, the Maldives, Santorini, Greece, Singapore, Stockholm, Berlin, Dubai, and Kelowna, Canada, were all high.
Those with no price qualms could find themselves seeking more luxurious accommodations wherever they travel, with Forbes recently releasing a new list of luxury travel destinations around the world, and some of the safest countries also having some of the highest amounts of luxury hotels. Japan had 44 hotels on the list, followed by Canada, with 32 locations in total across the country. Switzerland also ranked well with 24 hotels, Thailand with 19 hotels, South Korea with 14 hotels, Australia with 13 hotels and New Zealand with 5 hotels.
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