For eager travelers, 2021 was a year of both progress and setbacks. Some of the premier destinations around the world reopened to tourism over the past 12 months, air travel surged, and cruise ships returned to the seas as COVID-19 vaccination rates climbed. However, the emergence of a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, in late November led to heightened travel advisories and tightened entry requirements. Therefore, in 2022, travelers will once again be seeking out destinations with safety top of mind.
Here’s an early look at some of the best options based on the latest U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance as well as data from the 2021 Global Peace Index (GPI)—which ranks more than 160 countries around the world based on the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization—and travel insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.