Perhaps one sentiment which separates those who do travel from those who simply dream about it is that they know the big, bad world isn't always as bad as you might think.
From the welcoming and inspirational people you might meet on your journey, to the experiences you approached with trepidation but now will treasure forever, it's likely that if you're a frequent traveller you will have observed the many ways in which fear can hold you back from living life to the full.
However, even the most hardened explorer should ensure they have a thorough understanding of the destination they choose to visit so that they can take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Whilst some cities in the world might be no-go areas due to issues such as political instability, others are renowned for their safety records. Research by the Economist Intelligence Unit measured a variety of factors from health security to personal safety in order to compile a list of the safest cities in the world. Here are the top 10:
10. New York
The Big Apple dazzles visitors with Broadway, shopping and sights straight off the silver screen, but it apparently also ranks second in the world for health security, meaning that if a disease breaks out, the city has got you covered.
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Cosmopolitan Melbourne frequents the most liveable city in the world lists so it was no great surprise that it made the top 10 for safety. With minimal road and rail accidents, the Aussie metropolis has one of the highest ranking infrastructure records in the world.
The iconic sands of Bondi Beach and world-famous harbour already reel in the tourists; now they can also sleep easy, knowing that Sydney ranked high for personal safety and infrastructure security too.
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Multicultural Toronto offers tourists a vibrant ambience with a myriad of stylish restaurants, bars, eclectic festivals and a relatively low crime rate compared to other major cities. Thumbs up for Toronto.
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Tiny, canal-lined Amsterdam has a population of under 800,000 - and it would seem they're a relatively friendly bunch as their city made the top five.
This Swiss city's infrastructure and health security came up top trumps in the ratings which boosted it's general safety reputation overall. Great news for those who have been seduced by Zurich's dynamic CBD, picturesque Old Town or close proximity to landscapes of breath-taking natural beauty.
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The Swedish capital is the highest ranking European city to make an appearance in the list with its relatively low crimes rates and high levels of cyber security.
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With its modern architecture, sumptuous street food and ranking as the second top city in the world for personal safety, Osaka is an appealing prospect for visitors to Japan.
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The Asian Tiger's history, culture and cuisine has made it a firm favourite amongst the expat community. Singapore's status as top city in the world for personal safety is simply the icing on the cake.
Tokyo takes the crown for the world's safest city. Perhaps a trip for the 2020 Olympics could be on the cards...?
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