Those who want a more detailed idea of how dangerous the place they'd like to visit is will be well-served by a new map published Monday by International SOS, which has been mapping the safety of global destinations since 2010.
The newest map is ready for 2016, and includes paramaters such as personal security and health risks. It is divided into five major levels: insignificant risk (I) low risk (L), medium risk (M), high risk (H), and extreme risk (E).
Rob Walker, head of Information and Analysis at International SOS, said yesterday that the whole world is dangerous these days and that understanding the risks, as well as taking precautions, can protect travelers and aid the continued operation of tourism businesses.
So where is it most dangerous to go? Extreme risks exist in places like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Eritrea, among others. Among the high-risk countries are Egypt, nations in Central America and Myanmar. Medium-risk places include most of Africa and South America, as well as Russia. Low risk countries are the likes of the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, most of Europe (including France) and Israel as well. Minimal travel risk can be found in places such as Greenland, the Bahamas, and northern Europe.