The world, as they say, is a dangerous place. The great enjoyment that comes with exploring and experiencing our many-faceted world must always be weighed against the inherent dangers unique to each exciting new destination.
The folks at International SOS and Control Risks have released some very interesting maps after correlating data from various agencies (including the World Health Organisation) to determine where some of the high-risk danger areas are. Check them out below and try to remember that, despite what these maps may show, travel truly broadens the mind:
The risk to your health in each nation around the world
Little surprise that the nations with developed and stable health services are the best places for those of us worried about falling ill on our travels. However, the many areas of variable risk display the lack of uniformity in many single states health provisions Places such as China’s cities can provide medical support comparable to any of the ‘Low’ risk nations, but it’s rural health services leave alot to be desired.
Now let’s look at the security risk each in each country….
It would appear the only places in the world truly free from security risk are in Scandinavia, unless you count stunning woman and fantastic beer as a risk to your well being (you may never leave!).
If you are thinking of a driving holiday, these are the nations with the highest number of road accidents….
Canada being dependably safer (and less exciting?) than the United States when it comes to road safety, although be thankful you don’t think in Namibia, the nation with the highest number of road deaths in the world (45 per 100,000 people).
I’ll leave you with the word of the great Mark Twain, who said
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”