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What do you need to have to make a list of the 10 Best World Travel places? Really, what makes the Top 10 Best World Travel Places? One day I was forced to think about the definition of best travel. As, I sat in my hotel lobby, a lady with a bouncy little toddler started chatting with me. She is a shy lady, her husband watched from the distance reading a paper. This lovely couple immigrated from Morocco. Now she lives in Atlanta and was on vacation. They had traveled a lot and seen lots of exotic locations in the world. She asked me, What are the World’s Top 10 Places?

I had to think for a moment.  There are no safe places in the world. Humm, I guess it’s how you define best? It boils down to what you consider makes you feel the best. Is best measured by technology, police presence and lack of corruption, military presence, surveillance cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs, or the culture that makes a location better than at home?

How do you define Top 10 Places to Visit? Additionally, how do you define the World’s Top 10 Places? Check out, our list of Best World Travel – World’s Top Best Places to Visit. We’re committed to the best travel tips and advice so solo females have a smooth, easy trip. We hope travelers 50 plus find that at any stage of life travel is possible.

What Makes Top 10 Best World Travel Places?

Does it depend on the Security Guards

Is it security guarding monuments, buildings, and tourists? Do you need to have security guarding monuments, buildings, and tourists in the countries on the perfect list of Top 10 Best World Travel places?

Top 10 Best World Travel places

Police

Do you need police to find the perfect list of Top 10 Best World Travel places? Is it Police that makes us feel safe and that we are in the best place when traveling and therefore, feels like it is the best place?

Top 10 Best World Travel places

Check Points

Do you need check points in the countries on the perfect list of Top 10 Best World Travel places? Is it checkpoints and barriers that control an entrance? Or is it the locations, the weather and the kindness of strangers?

Top 10 Best World Travel places

Protests and Free Speech

Is it the right to free speech? Does ‘Free Speech’ make us feel the country is the best place?

Top 10 Best World Travel places

Freedom and Liberty

Do you need freedom and Liberty in the countries on the perfect list of Top 10 Best World Travel places?

Best World Travel, Worlds Top Best Places

Best is a perception. The U.S. has more guns than all but three countries in the world, and a higher level of gun-related violence than many first-world countries. However, it is still a highly desired place to visit for many foreign tourists and Americans. But, if you ask most people, how they feel, you will get many different answers? They will answer that they feel best in the USA. In DC I tried to borrow a cell phone since mine was dead to ask my daughter to pick me up. After asking four strangers, everyone said ‘no’ to me. So, people keep themselves safe from crime by the choices they make.

Define Best

This is a true story that happened to me while I was recently in DC.

In DC in the height of the tourist season, I tried to borrow a cell phone from a man since mine was dead. Explaining, I  was trying to call my daughter to pick me up. After asking four strangers, everyone said ‘no’. So, people keep to themselves to stay safe and away from crime. By choosing not to share a phone they feel the prevent a robbery. People make choices everyday to stay safe, and therefore do not lend their cell. So is this type of behavior hospitable, nope. But, people feel it makes them feel safe. But no one is really safe, any one can be victimized. So the way people act makes them feel a place is safe. The way they do in the USA and therefore, they consider it one of the ‘best’ place to visit.

By the way I have repeated that story in Italy, Turkey and Trance, people always lend me their phone.

So after asking four strangers, everyone said ‘No’ to me. They darted by, Not one person offered to place a call for me or asked me why I needed to borrow the phone. I was well dressed, polite, and spoke English. So, why did this happen?

I believe, it happened because people keep to themselves and to feel safe from crime. They perceived me as a potential criminal, a crime risk, a possible mugging or they were just too busy and couldn’t be bothered. I felt people were unkind, not helpful and the best places for me in the world is where people are kind and friendly, and there are interesting things to see. So we can agree, that we do need kindness, warm culture and hospitability on the perfect list of Top 10 Best World Travel places.

My Experience

For me, the best places are cultural or nature locations. So America is still the best place. But, an encounter I had in Morocco may add some context to my view of best. A few years ago, I got injured by a cab driver in Morocco at a taxi stand area. He popped the trunk into my face. I was bleeding everywhere. Certainly, I was in a good location at a taxi stand next to the train station.

Eventually, the taxi driver out of fear took me to my hotel. Once I arrived at my hotel, the secret police, military, and undercover police and a medic were there immediately to help me. They all arrived in a matter of seconds, not minutes. The criminal ‘taxi driver’ then fled and under Moroccan law, he was arrested, put in jail, and lost his car. Because he ran away, he was automatically found guilty. Under their Moroccan law, Sharia Law, I was now his responsibility which meant my medical bills, housing, and expenses were now his responsibility. The man, the taxi driver, who injured me paid a massive fine 900 euros just to get out of jail. He had to pay restitution, and then the second fine. Does strick law and incarceration make a location one of the Top 10 Places to Visit i.n the World

All Justice Isn’t Equal

Under their Moroccan law, Sharia Law, I was now his responsibility which meant my medical bills, housing, and expenses were now his responsibility. The man, the taxi driver, who injured me paid a massive fine 900 euros just to get out of jail. He had to pay restitution, and then the second fine. So is Morocco one of the Top 10 Places to Visit in the World?

He never paid anything to me, or my bills so I don’t actually know who got the money.

So is this how we should measure what is best for you? Quick justice, immediate medical care and paying the price for a crime.

Or is it the location and what you see that defines the Top 10 Best Places to Travel in the World to see. so do you need justice and equality for all for a country to be on the list?

 Best Travel – Criteria

Here are my guidelines for Top 10 Places to Visit in the World. These are just my feelings.

  1. Low crime rate
  2. No natural disaster
  3. Little to no government and business corruption
  4. Immunity to economic crisis
  5. The ability to quickly solve a case
  6. The ability to quickly care for the victim medically and socially
  7. Location and Beaches or Hiking

Top 10 Best Places to Travel

  1. Iceland. For the sixth year in a row, Iceland tops in my book
  2. Denmark. Denmark regularly ranks among the happiest countries in the world, and now it’s also one of the best places in the world
  3. Austria
  4. New Zealand
  5. Portugal
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Switzerland
  8. Canada
  9. Poland
  10. Japan

Final Thoughts

I am American, so I believe the USA is best based on my criteria. But, I have to add that all cities and neighborhoods aren’t equal. Additionally, my upbringing, as an American, affects my perception of crime and justice and what makes the Top 10 Best Places to Travel in the World. How well-spoken you are, your manners and last but not least, class is all part of why we believe the USA is best.  We – ‘Americans’ and the USA are a work in progress. We all actively want the ‘best’, a better place, and it will be a better place in the future.

So where do you think is the World’s Top 10 Places to Visit

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.

2 Comments

  1. jim

    May 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Enjoyed the article, Kate. It’s still sometimes fun to explore countries, such as Colombia and Egypt, that have an “edginess” about them. Too safe can be boring and unexpected thrills are usually the norm in countries most Americans, at least, would consider to be “unsafe.”

    I remember flying Egyptair departing Cairo for Aswan. We took off in a blinding dust storm. I was looking out of the window, completely thrilled, because I was experiencing something few people ever get to do. That’s what travel does for me….it makes me feel alive, because there are periods of time when your experience becomes surreal…kind of like a movie in slow motion, and you are, if even for just a moment, the star actor in your own show.

    Cheers!

    • Kate

      May 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      I get need adrenalin but, sometimes in today’s world, where traveling by its nature is less safe than it used to be, Americans, I believe need to travel smartly, wisely and be cautious. It’s probably wise to fill your need for drama through the State department, to listen to S.T.E.P. guidance and the State Department.

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