If Slovenia doesn’t pop into your head immediately when you think of “safe places to go in Europe,” you’re probably not alone. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia has come a long way in that regard since achieving independence. Violent crime is extremely rare – there were 15 murders in all of Slovenia in 2014 – and even pick-pocketing isn’t as common as it can be in other European countries. Slovenia cracks the Global Peace Index top ten this year, up from 15th place last year.
Reasons why you should visit Slovenia
Slovenia’s proximity to eternal favorite Italy and increasingly-popular Croatia should be all the information you need to book a trip. The country feels a bit like both of its neighbors, in the best possible ways. There are gorgeous mountains and lakes, historic cities, and exceptionally warm people – and far fewer tourists than in other nearby countries.