When on the road, a consideration often at the back of my mind is how best to look after my money – both in terms of sticking to my highly efficient travel budget, but also making sure what money I do have is not stolen!
Therefore when I stumbled across Numbeo’s funky little cost and crime comparison tool, I couldn’t help but browse data on the places I have recently been to and the places that I’m going to soon, to see how I might fare. Numbeo, which of course is only as accurate as the opinions of its many contributors, allows you to compare cost and crime indexes both generically and in detail. For example you can look at the overall ‘crime index’ for a country, or look at data on particular crimes. Or you can look at the ‘consumer price index’ for a country, or if you prefer look at the cost of a pint of beer – the rule of thumb Chris always swears by!
Of course being German and English the first thing we wanted to do was compare our home countries. But we were also curious about where we’ve recently been and where we’re going next so we have some idea of what to expect. And to also give a slightly more global comparison, we looked at Japan and also the US, a little nervously as Chris works for an American organisation.
Below is a table of the results we found (as at 15 Jan)
*lower scores indicate perceived safety
**(excluding rent). Lower scores indicate perceived value for money (ie. cheap beer)
Some random observations – albeit by someone who is far from being a social researcher:
• According to the available data, and as I have always maintained, Germans are lovely people – or at least people feel very safe when visiting my homeland 😉
• England isn’t cheap – how shocking – but it’s also viewed as very slightly more dangerous than Cambodia. It seems Numbeo’s contributors must have experienced the joys of kicking-out time when English pubs close :-/
• Brazil is considered relatively unsafe – also hardly breaking news – but will that stop our world cup plans…err no!
• If you want to keep you wallet full of cash, without it getting stolen, Cambodia might be your best bet based upon a combination of both indices.
• Whilst you are extremely unlikely to get your wallet stolen in uber-safe Japan, it won’t matter much because the high prices will have stripped you of cash anyway!
So this was my highly unscientific look at costs and crime in places whose paths we have crossed in the last few months, or will do in the next few. I’d be interested to hear if numbeo’s data matches your personal travel experiences, or whether you consider this type of information useful when you make your travel plans? Or do you just launch into somewhere and see what happens 🙂