20 Most Visited Countries
Anyone who has ever dreamed of exploring ancient cultures and discovering the secrets of ruined cities will surely have considered travelling to Peru at some point. Featuring several of South America’s most well-known attractions Peru is ideal for history and hiking enthusiasts and those who enjoy exploring an attraction rather than just taking photos. Winawayna and the Inca trail are must see destinations while in Machu Picchu while Kuelap Fortress and Sacsayhuman are popular in nearby Cusco. On a quieter day why not take part in cooking classes and learn how to make traditional Peruvian meals using ingredients you’ve chosen yourself from a nearby market.
Consisting of seven distinct geographical locations Argentina is a diverse country featuring an abundance of natural and old world attractions for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. From the stunning Iguazu Falls in the North of the country to plains of Eastern Patagonia in the South Argentina the country possesses a certain charm which you will not find elsewhere. Be sure to dedicate an afternoon for sitting around an open BBQ or fire enjoying ‘asado’ a famous Argentinian pastime of grilling meats and sweetbreads and enjoying the company of others.
18. South Africa
Welcome to the rainbow nation of South Africa. A magical country situated at the southern tip of the great African continent. A place where two oceans meet. A place to lose your heart in, explore the diversity of the array of cultures and fall in love with the African Sun. With more than 11 spoken languages and an exceptionally diverse spread of cultures there’s really something for everyone here. Endless options of game reserves and beautiful landscapes offer and experience unlike anything else. Some might still believe the locals live alongside lions, but if a wildlife adventure is what you seek there’s an abundant amount of wild life encounters available. It’s a one in a million destination that’s sure to capture you heart and amaze you beyond your wildest dreams.
Despite having one of the highest densities on the planet Taiwan has a surprising number of national parks, each featuring their own unique standout attractions and is ideally suited for leisurely day trips. Taiwan is a place where ancient religious and cultural practices still thrive seamlessly right alongside modern society and the people are as friendly and as inviting as they come. It’s a place that’s bound to entice travelers from all walks of life, from the history buffs to the nature lovers, the shopping queens, the watersport fans, the foodies and the pilgrims, Taiwan has got a little something in store for just about everyone.
16.United Arab Emirates
Consisting of seven emirates the UAE has become a popular stopover destination on long haul flights due to the Dubai airport’s role as a major transport hub. While Dubai is a city renowned for its enormous shopping malls, indoor ski centre and luxury hotels there is plenty to be found outside the capital such as sitting on the beach by the crystal clear waters in the Gulf of Oman or a dune buggy safari in the desert for those seeking something more energetic and adventurous.
Known for its welcoming hospitality and delicious mint tea Morocco is ideal for those of you looking to trade luxury trains for camel trains. An increasingly popular destination Morocco is best enjoyed by minimising your time in the capital and instead exploring the outlying cities of Fez, Rabat and Marrakech. With readily affordable three or four day tours to the Sahara desert available from Marrakech be sure to allow sufficient time to explore one of the most deserted places on earth.
14. Czech Republic
As the most popular Central European destination the Czech Republic is well known for its engaging festivals, extravagant architecture and quaint charm. While Prague is an obvious choice for sightseeing due to its quaint attractions such as the astrological clock and Charles Bridge the rest of the country should not be overlooked either. For those of you who are fans of mineral spas or historical castles as there are plenty of overnight or day trip destinations which can be readily reached from the capital.
A popular layover destination during long haul flights Singapore is a sleek, modern country boasting its own unique culture and climate. With temperatures remaining steady year round visitors are spoiled with a choice of delicious cheap street food such as Singapore noodles or chilli crab. Spend an evening in the upmarket Raffles Hotel bar sipping Singapore Slings while listening to live music or get away from it all by visiting one of the nearby island national parks such as Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa
With an abundance of artistic and historical culture Hungary is a destination for those who enjoy quirky activities and sights. Unique in every sense of the word, Hungary is culturally and linguistically nothing compared to its most immediate neighbors. As the odd one out in Central Europe, Hungary is a world filled with well-preserved castles, seriously good wines and massive pride. You simply cannot afford to miss out on the great value, stunning natural landscapes, rich history, hearty food and exploration opportunities on offer here!
11. South Korea
As the high tech, thriving hub of East Asia South Korea offers visitors a chance to enjoy a healthy mix old and new with modern neon covered skyscrapers offset by traditional temples and palaces. Seoul offers many non-conventional attractions such as the ‘Trickeye Museum’ - an interactive optical illusion museum and Cheonggyecheon Stream, a calming oasis in the heart of the city. If you’re venturing outside the capital be sure to visit Namiseom Island which is perfect for a romantic getaway or simply spending an afternoon in the park.
A country best organised in advanced Greece offers every kind of holiday, from relaxing on a chartered yacht in the Greek islands to indulgent food tours in Thessolonki you’ll be sure to find the right level of relaxation or adventure to suit your preferences. If history is your thing take the time to explore the ruins of theatres, temples and government buildings in Athens or for somewhere a little less crowded yet still visually stunning make time to visit Ikaria or Rhodes Island.
A popular honeymoon destination Thailand offers travellers a chance to relax and unwind while taking in the local culture. With massages, shopping and even your own private island resort available at a reasonable price Thailand is best enjoyed slowly. For those of you with a bit more energy there are a number of world class dive sites dotted around the nearby islands and are readily accessible by boat or try the delicious local street food which includes crepes, Thai noodles and skewered vermicelli sausages.
8. Hong Kong
Having cemented itself as a finance and tourism capital Hong Kong features a seamless mix of old and new philosophy. Taking a night cruise around Victoria harbour provides a chance to see one of the world’s most famous skylines up close, while the best day time view can be seen by taking the Victoria Peak cable car to the top of the Peak. For a quieter day trip consider hiking a leisurely stroll along the Lantau trail or visiting the nearby islands of Lamma and Cheung Chau.
7. United Kingdom
There is more to the United Kingdom than London and while this major metropolis offers its own adventures the UK offers much and more to those willing to explore. Spend time relaxing in the romantic Cotswolds region or take a day trip to visit the picturesque Welsh coast side with locations such as Rhossili bay the perfect place for a picnic. For hiking enthusiasts the Scottish Highlands are unrivalled for variety and offer a number of routes to suit every ability and time limit.
Traditionally seen as the meeting point between east and west Turkey has long been a destination for relaxation, shopping and historical extravagance. After visiting one of the dozens undercover and outdoor bazaars take time out for a traditional Turkish bath, known as a hammam. For coffee enthusiasts or fans of sweet things there is plenty of small cafes open from early morning, serving traditional Turkish coffee straight from the cezve with a variety of sweet baklava pastries to complement your Turkish experience.
Imagine gorgeous beaches, postcard perfect landscapes, ancient ruins and sublime cuisine - this is Italy. This boot shaped peninsula packs a lot into its boarders, unsurprisingly home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and has often been preferred to as one big living museum. As one of the globe’s most popular tourist destinations, this incredible country only became a unified state in 1861 and ever since Italians feel an immense loyalty and love for their country which manifest in its landscapes, art, cuisine and in daily life. Italy is a country famous for many things most notably its fine food, fine wine and for its elegance in music, culture, art and fashion. With so many sights it is no wonder it is often nicknamed the Bel Paese (beautiful country).
Welcome to the home of Kung-Fu and Pandas! Located in East Asia, China brings you everything and anything from diverse landscapes to modern day man-made marvels that seamlessly blend in with the historic ways of life. It might be home to the Great Wall, but China holds thousands of gems just waiting to be discovered by tourists from all walks of life. Home to one of the four ancient civilizations, China oozes with brilliant history and enchanting scenery. It offers a piece of history at every possible turn with temple-topped mountains, water towns and lots of locals, all just waiting to be uncovered by tourists from all walks of life. All of these factors come together in an awe-inspiring natural landscape to form one very unique country…China!
This southern European country has since long been one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe. The country is known around the world for its bull fights and passionate culture of Flamenco music and dance. It is the land of beaches, tapas, wine, and fiestas. Spain is mainly known as a beach destination don’t hold back to go off the beaten track and discover the many treasures this beautiful country has hidden for you. It is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Be enchanted by the charm of century old castles and picturesque villages in Spain’s inland. If you are not into doing cultural things you can relax on the beach during the day and create your own culinary adventure while enjoying tapas on an authentic bar hopping during the evening. Spain has something to offer for everyone.
2. United States of America
One of the largest countries in the world by size the United States offers visitors a near endless supply of sights and experiences to take it. Step inside a country that revels in all things majestic. From snow-covered peaks and redwood forests to beaches and bluegrass. The United States of America is more than just one destination, it’s an otherworldly experience! With so much to see and do the United States is best planned in advance and by location.
France is the most visited country in the world, 83 million people on average every year. It has the fourth greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world with 39, and another 38 under consideration. France is so unique it combines the best of so many things, if you want culture, you have access to world class art, music and theatre. If you want open spaces and nature, you have the choice of mountains, sea, and countryside. You could almost be mistaken in thinking that you have somehow crossed a border without noticing. You could travel to France every year of your life and not run out of new places to visit!