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8 of the 10 safest countries for American travelers in 2024 are in Europe — see the list

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  • The majority of the safest countries to visit are in Europe, one study found. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection recently published a list of the world’s safest places to travel.
  • Canada is the safest country for American travelers, the study found.

As the year wraps up, travelers daydream about their 2024 travel plans.

Things like budget and distance are usually factored in when it comes to choosing the perfect destination, as is safety.

In September, insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP) released its list of the safest countries for Americans to visit in 2024.

So, what makes a country safe?

BHTP’s study defined a “safe place” as a destination where travelers are unlikely to experience discrimination or harassment. The company’s website also noted that epidemics and severe weather conditions were taken into account. BHTP told Business Insider in an email that the survey took into account 42 countries and 31 cities across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia in its survey.

The study was based on a survey of travelers who had visited specific countries in the last five years. BHTP told BI it surveyed 1,702 travelers. Data from the Global Peace Index and the US Department of State, along with information on major cities’ safety from the security firm Geosure, were also factored in.

The Global Peace Index, an annual ranking of the world’s safest countries by the Institute of Economics and Peace, included both Japan and Singapore on the 2023 list of top 10 safest countries — neither of the Asian countries made it onto BHTP’s list of safest countries to travel.

Take a look at the 10 safest countries for American travelers in the coming year, per BHTP’s study.

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