When you see Australia in movies, you might be tempted to think that it is full of giant spiders, snakes, poachers, and dingos that would love nothing more than to eat your baby, but these things just simply aren't true. While there are certainly some dangerous animals in the Outback, this can be said of any country. As long as you are careful and don't wander off into the wild on your own, Australia is an extremely safe place. Here are three reasons not to worry.
Australia Has Some of the Safest Roads in the World
If you live in America (or Italy, which might be even worse), driving can be a pain because of the roads and the general lack of safe practices by the people driving on them. In Australia, though, the roads have been rated 15th safest in the world by the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group. A recent study they conducted proved that Australian roads are 10 times safer than the roads in the United States, where 10.3 people are killed out of every 100,000 people on the road. In Australia, there are only 5 deaths per 100,000 people, which is still not 100 percent ideal, but can be reassuring to those who are worried about the roads in this country.
The Gun Laws Are Admirable
Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues in America in recent years has been gun violence. This is something that one doesn't have to worry about in Australia, however, thanks to gun reforms that have been in progress for 20 years. Guns are harder to get and possess here, and some of the more dangerous automatic weapons cannot even be found. This has led to a complete and total eradication of mass shootings and gun-related homicides, which makes the country as a whole a lot safer. If this is the type of thing you worry about, you will also be relieved to know that the terrorism risk in Australia is also rated as low, as the country has not been targeted by any terrorist attacks in quite some time.
The Crime Rate is Low - and That Includes Pickpocketing
One of the most annoying things about traveling is the risk of being pickpocketed in foreign cities. If you have traveled quite a bit, chances are very high that you have had the experience of someone picking your pocket (or at least trying to), and you have seen how this can really put a damper on your good time. Australia, though, is said to have "nearly no pickpocket risk," aside from a few instances in the big cities of Melbourne and Sydney. The risk of other crimes is very low as well, including mugging and kidnapping, and the risk for women traveling alone is said to be almost non-existent. There is also almost no risk for scams, including those perpetrated by children or sketchy looking people who stand in groups on the side of the crowded street and try to show you magic tricks or give you free bracelets. Just knowing that you don't have to deal with these things on your trip can be a huge load off your mind, but just remember to be smart anyway. Just because a risk is very low (and I mean very low: Australia is one of the top 10 safest countries in the world), doesn't mean it is impossible, and you should always travel responsibly.