Exploring a new city or country alone can be the adventure of a lifetime, but there are a variety of factors to consider before flying solo. The annual Best Countries survey from U.S. News & World Report can help you make this decision; with the help of Y&R’s BAV Consulting, the site surveyed over 21,000 people from all over the world to determine the global perception of 80 different nations for 2017. It assessed each country on nine criteria: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power, and Quality of Life.
“Behind a country’s wealth and success are the policies that create possibilities, the people that drive the effort, and the history that shapes the environment and perspective,” reads the report. “Globalization has expanded a country’s presence beyond its physical borders, and the 2017 Best Countries rankings seek to understand a nation’s worth beyond hard metrics.” Read up on the countries that claimed the bottom five spots on this year’s list, and take these rankings into consideration when making your travel plans.
1. Serbia: The southeastern European country ranked 2.7 out of 10 for Open for Business, and it ranked below one for the remaining eight categories.
2. Iran: The Middle Eastern country ranked 3.1 for Power and 2.2 for Movers, but it clocked a zero for Adventure, Quality of Life, and Citizenship.
3. Algeria: The North African country ranked just shy of five for Open for Business, but it floundered in Cultural Influence and Citizenship.
4. Nigeria: The most populous country in Africa ranked highest in Open for Business, but it struggled in Citizenship and Cultural Influence.
5. Lebanon: Bordered by Syria to the north and the east, Lebanon’s Citizenship and Quality of Life scores pulled it toward the bottom of the list.