When you think about the roads of a country you live in, it is easy to complain how terrible they are. If you compare road conditions in your country to, for instance, your neighbor states, it may surprise you. World Economic Forum has put together a ranking of 138 countries across the world that shows how people feel about the roads in their countries.Read the story “These countries have the best (and worst) roads”
During my journeys, I have noticed that travelers who come from relatively small countries that have their own language often can speak foreign languages very well. Perhaps the explanation is that no one else outside the borders of the country can speak their language, so they have to learn foreign languages. Language institute EF has measured how well people across the world understand English, and the results seem to reflect my small country theory to a certain extent.
Dark blue and dark grey indicate countries with high English skills (EF). Read the story “The best countries to travel in for tourists who only speak English”
Good reputation for a person is so valuable it is difficult to measure, although everyone knows what it means. A consultancy, Reputation Institute, has specialized in measuring corporate and national reputations. For travelers, the annual City Reptrak ranking gives insight on destinations where trust, government and environment are in balance. In 2017, only cities from Europe, Australia and Canada made it to the high reputation top 10 list.
Certain regions of Europe and especially, a number of big cities on the continent have so much traffic that inevitably, roads become congested during peak hours. If you are planning a road trip in Europe, the best thing is that it is very easy and usually fast to drive from one country to another, but the downside is that some cities can be choked with vehicles. Here is the top 20 ranking for the most congested cities in Europe.
A safe travel destination doesn’t mean it is a boring place. On the contrary, if we take a look at the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking for the world’s safest cities in 2017, for instance, Amsterdam has a fairly large red light district with cannabis cafés in the city center, but it still is the sixth safest city in the world. The safest city in the world is Japan’s capital Tokyo.
The best way to assess if a city or a country has qualities you are looking for when you are planning a longer trip or moving to another country is to visit there yourself. There is absolutely nothing that else that gives you feel for the atmosphere, people, culture, traffic, food, languages understood, choices for outdoor activities, or attitudes towards children or pets (if you have any).