These Are the World’s 25 Safest Cities

A photo of Tokyo's skyline.
A photo of Tokyo's skyline.
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When looking for a new place to visit or live abroad, there are many factors to consider. Nightlife, culture, and popularity are all important, but so are more practical matters—like safety. As AFAR reports, The Economist Intelligence Unit published its annual list [PDF] of the safest cities in the world after judging 60 cities across 57 metrics. Places from around the globe, including the U.S., make the cut, but Tokyo claims the top slot.

Japan's capital city earned a 92 on the EIU's 100-point scale. According to the study, it excels in areas like digital security, health security, infrastructure security, and personal security, ranking within the top five places in all four categories. Tokyo also topped the Safest Cities Index released by the EIU in 2017 and 2018.

Based on the list, East Asia is home to many of the safest places on Earth. Singapore comes in second place, followed by Osaka in Japan. Seoul, South Korea, also shows up, tied with Copenhagen, Denmark, for the eighth spot. A few additional European cities appear in the top 25, including Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Stockholm, Sweden, as well as some American locations, like Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco.

Before planning your next international trip, or move, check out the full list of the 25 safest cities in the world. And to see if you can afford to travel there, read up on which of the world's cities are most expensive.

  1. Tokyo, Japan

  1. Singapore

  1. Osaka, Japan

  1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  1. Sydney, Australia

  1. Toronto, Canada

  1. Washington, D.C.

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark

  1. Seoul, South Korea

  1. Melbourne, Australia

  1. Chicago, Illinois

  1. Stockholm, Sweden

  1. San Francisco, California

  1. London, England

  1. New York, New York

  1. Frankfurt, Germany

  1. Los Angeles, California

  1. Wellington, New Zealand

  1. Zurich, Switzerland

  1. Hong Kong

  1. Dallas, Texas

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Paris, France

  1. Brussels, Belgium

  1. Madrid, Spain

[h/t AFAR]

Here's Which Thanksgiving Foods You Can Carry on a Plane (And Which You Have to Check)

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Boarding an airplane with food can be tricky business—especially during the holiday season. Wondering which Thanksgiving dishes pass muster with airport officials? Here’s a rundown of feast items that can be packed inside your carry-on or checked bags. (To see the full list of permitted edible goods, visit the Transportation Security Administration's website.)

  1. Pumpkin Pie

You can check pies in your luggage, or take them on the plane as a carry-on. If you do check a pie or other dessert, Condé Nast Traveler recommends wrapping it in plastic, placing it inside a sturdy cardboard box, and swaddling the box in a blanket or bubble wrap. If you’re toting it by hand, make sure the packaging is sturdy enough to survive security checkpoints, overhead bins, and additional TSA screenings.

  1. Cranberry Sauce and Gravy

The TSA’s typical rule for liquids also applies to Thanksgiving sauces and spreads. You’ll have to check cranberry sauce, gravy, jams, and jellies if they’re stored inside a receptacle that’s larger than 3.4 ounces. You can bring them on the plane in your carry-on if they’re transported in a 3.4-ounce container and placed inside a sealed, clear, quart-sized zip-top bag (just like your shampoo).

  1. Turkeys and Turduckens

Turkeys, turduckens, and other poultry, whether fresh or frozen, are OK for both carry-on and checked bags, so long as they are packed in a maximum of five pounds dry ice and the cooler or shipping box doesn't exceed your airline's carry-on size allowance. If the meat is packed in regular ice, it must be completely frozen as it goes through security.

  1. Wine

As with other liquors, check all wine bottles exceeding 3.4 ounces. According to Vine Pair, you can prevent potential disasters by storing bottles in a hard suitcase, lining the interior with soft clothing, and wrapping the bottles in even more clothing before tucking them inside the suitcase's middle. You can also make things easier by buying a special valise designed to transport wine.

Unsure about additional food items? Ask the TSA by tweeting a picture to @AskTSA, contacting the agency via Facebook Messenger, or visiting TSA.gov and using the “What can I bring?” search function.

Meet LiLou: The World's First Airport Therapy Pig

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There's a new reason to get to the airport early—you might run into a therapy pig who's there to make your trip a little easier. As Reuters reports, LiLou the Juliana pig is a member of San Francisco International Airport's "Wag Brigade," a therapy animal program designed to ease stress and anxiety in travelers.

Aside from her snout and potbelly, LiLou can be recognized by her captain's hat and red "hoof" polish. She spends the day with guests who are happy to take a break from the pressures of traveling. She might comfort them by posing for a selfie, playing a song on her toy keyboard, or offering them a head to pet.

After bringing joy to people's day, LiLou goes home to her San Francisco apartment where she lives with her owner, Tatyana Danilova. In her free time, she goes on daily walks and snacks on organic vegetables. She even has her own Instagram account.

Airports around the world are embracing the benefits therapy animals can bring to customers. The Wag Brigade program at San Francisco includes a number of dogs, and earlier this year, the Aberdeen Airport in Scotland debuted its own "canine crew" of dogs trained to make travelers feel safe and happy. Therapy miniature horses have even been used at an airport in Kentucky. According to the San Francisco Airport, LiLiou is the world's first airport therapy pig.

To see LiLou turn on the charm, check out the video below.

[h/t Reuters]

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