Want to travel? Your illness doesn’t have to get in the way. Some careful planning can lead to the trip of a lifetime and we’ve got plenty of suggestions if you need some inspiration. Here are five of the safest places in the world.
Extremely low crime rates and exemplary medical care means Iceland regularly tops lists of the safest countries in the world (including this one).
Head out on a boat trip to admire the glaciers and watch whales in their natural environment, then spend some time relaxing in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal stretch of water where temperatures reach a toasty 40℃.
If you’re lucky, you may even see the aurora borealis (the northern lights) between September and April.
Not only does Norway have very low crime rates, but hygiene, food preparation and water quality are all subject to strict rules and regulations, meaning the spread of illness is rare.
Visit the west cost of the country to see its famous fjords, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and surrounded by cliffs, mountains and waterfalls. You can look out for seals, porpoises and even eagles.
As well as its natural beauty, Norway is also notable for its cultural scene. The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo sheds light on the country’s history, while the Oslo Opera House is built so visitors can ascend its gentle slope to walk on the roof.
The second-largest country in the world, Canada lives up to its reputation for being friendly and welcoming, and it’s also incredibly safe.
Step back in time to tour Old Quebec, with its old architecture and cobbled streets, or admire the views in one of the vast national parks. Those with a head for heights will love the CN Tower, which is one of the tallest structures in the world.
A lack of conflict and low crime rates mean Switzerland is one of the safest places in the world and, according to the World Happiness Report, it’s also one of happiest. Perhaps the fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery have something to do with it?
Sit and relax by the water to enjoy a freshly cooked meal, or drift down the water itself on one of the many boat trips offered around the country. For a taste of tradition, visit the folk market (marchés folkloriques) in Vevey to sample local wine, produce and crafts.
It’s worth noting that the weather in Switzerland can be unpredictable — do your research, talk to locals, and come prepared, and this won’t be a problem.
In Japan, you’re never far from help. Mini police stations called kobans are dotted around and the people are curious, friendly, and glad to assist you. It’s very easy to get around — the train system is one of the most efficient in the world — and accessibility is good, with lifts, ramps and disabled toilets becoming more and more commonplace.
Japan is one of the best places for people watching and just exploring in general. The fashion is brightly coloured and often extreme, and there’s something to see and visit on every corner, from kooky shops to popular eateries. Looking for peace and quiet? The temples offer some tranquility away from the bustling inner cities.