It’s 2019 and as the saying goes, the world is your oyster. And it so happens that this big old oyster we call home has over thousands of beautiful places as its precious pearls. It’s always great to grab the opportunity to travel somewhere even just once in your lifetime to fully appreciate what the world has to offer. Whether you are an expert backpacker or just someone who needs a destination getaway, we all have so many different destinations across the globe to choose from and it can be challenging to narrow down your options. So, to save you from spending too much time planning and have more time on traveling, we’ve compiled our list of top 10 tourist destinations in the world.
Taking into consideration the culture, cuisine, value for money and, of course, the sight, we’re featuring destinations from national parks to cityscapes brimming with cultural sights. We got everything for every tourist our there as we list down the best vacation spots in the world so read on and find your next destination this year for you. ADVERTISEMENT
The ultimate backpacking destinations
Throughout the years, backpacking has become quite a popular way of traveling as you get to immerse yourself into the local lifestyle while cutting down traveling costs. If you’re on for an adventure of a lifetime, we’ve got five places for you to consider the next time you pack your bags for a trip.
Queensland: Great Barrier Reef
Located off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, dive into this 2,300 km long of unreal beauty and swim with countless of aquatic species in their natural home which is also the largest living thing on Earth! Comprising of thousands of reefs made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral, it’s one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world.
On land, you can take a breather and spend your time relaxing on Whitehaven Beach. But if you just can’t get enough of the water, you can sail on the turquoise Coral Sea.
If you are craving connection with nature, this country is bursting with natural sceneries from lush rainforests to sprawling beaches to magnificent volcanoes. Central America is a great travel overall! From surfboard to yoga mat, the activities here are endless.
Venture out on a hike and find intriguing wildlife like birds, iguanas, monkeys and sloths at Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy the sun and bathe in the beach. Descend into bat-filled caves or ascend imposing volcanic peaks. Need I count more reasons why it’s one of the best vacation spots in the world? See for yourself and find the perfect adventure for you in this country blessed by Mother Nature herself.
Would you ever find yourself in Peru, you ought to take the opportunity to witness the most famous archeological site on the continent. Like the Mona Lisa or the pyramids, the Incan citadel is a sight to behold especially one that will take your breath away when face to face with its greatness: an ancient city that was never touched by the conquering Spaniards and was practically forgotten until the early 20th century. ADVERTISEMENT
Truly, an experience that is considered to be pretty much once in a lifetime, prepare yourself to conquer the hike stretching for four days along the Inca Trail, but before you get discouraged, it is all worth the trip as you are rewarded with the view of this sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site.
Not up for days of hiking but want to see its glory? You can hop on a train from Cusco to the mountain base. Just know that this tourist destination is a must!
Dare to have a taste of the exotic? Lose yourself not only in the jade-hued waves washing white-gold beaches of the Andaman Sea but also in its one of a kind culture.
Mingle with the locals by going at the Phuket Town Weekend Night Market or as the locals call it, the Naka Market. There are all sorts of things to buy such as fruits, old curiosities and clothes. If you don’t feel like shopping, spend the night out instead at Bangla Road or sit back and enjoy various cultural shows at Phuket Fantasea Show.
From its flavorful culinary scene to its impressive Buddhist temples and emerald jungles, this Thai heritage will never run out of things for you to discover and have a taste of that you may even forget about leaving!
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Jagged volcanic peaks rising above blue lagoons, powder soft beaches with lush palm trees, and other stunning natural wonders like waterfalls – the tranquil shores of this island country is more than just a pretty place. Answer to your wanderlust and experience a unique culture in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Learn about the history of Tahiti in interesting museums, celebrate their culture in the annual Heiva festival in July, indulge yourself with the exotic cuisine the locals have to offer and learn a language at heart in this paradise. And that’s just a few things to start on loving about this place!
The best vacation spots in the world
If you’re not much of a traveler but are more on wanting just an escape from your daily routine, we’re also dishing out what we think are the best vacation spots in the world- so ready your suitcase and sunglasses because you’ll definitely want to go to these places.
This place is probably the quintessential luxury for people who are eager to unwind and indulge themselves. Located at the Indian Ocean, the contrasting turquoise water and the pearly sand is a heaven on earth for those looking to stay in an overwater bungalow.
Fair warning ahead, a getaway here does not come cheap but it’s all worth it for spending time in one of the best vacation spots in the world, be it dining in at a underwater restaurant or getting pampered at a underwater spa.
Rio de Janeiro
Extravagance at its best? Witness it at the Cidade Maravilhosa or the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro with its world famous Carnival celebration along with its scenic vistas. Take a picture at the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, explore the 340 acre Jardim Botânico, or just work on your tan on Ipanema or Copacabana beach.
This huge seaside city in Brazil also offers a great shopping escapade and a booming nightlife to further spoil yourself senseless in this grand tourist destination.
With just the sunset in Santorini, the realization why this Greek destination is one of the best vacation spots in the world will immediately strike you. There are also ancient ruins and several wineries to visit during the day aside from its exquisite evening atmosphere. Witness and experience Santorini’s beaches where it boasted colorful black and red sand.
Breathtaking scenery: Cliffside whitewashed buildings lining brilliantly blue caldera. Experience all these while you stay at some of the world’s best luxury hotels.
Fill yourself up with not only delicious food (the home of good pizza, pasta and gelato), velvety coffee and exquisite wine but also with the rich art and history of this city. Travel back in time from the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, Pantheon and the Colosseum to the more recent pieces in the Galleria Borghese. Then, traverse the streets of the city and enjoy its distinct architecture seen from ornate piazzas and showy fountains that add a baroque flourish of the place.
This expansive cosmopolitan city also offers easy access to other destinations within Europe. Get a chance to see the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel which houses masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s frescoes at the nearby city-state Vatican City.
To conclude our top 10 tourist destinations in the world, Paris probably bags the best one yet. The capital of France, this city is known for art, history and culture—truly, the pinnacle of tourism. The City of Lights serves as a global center for art, fashion and even gastronomy. Find romance in its café culture at the vicinity of the famous landmarks such as Eiffel tower and the Gothic Notre Dame cathedral and marvel at designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.
Paris is also home to the sprawling Louvre art museum and Michelin-starred restaurants which every arts aficionado might describe as a perfect tourist destination in the world. There’s also always something going on in the City of Lights as it hosts several fun festivals throughout the year. It’s a place to fall in love to which will make you keep on coming back as much as you can!