Now more than ever, people are travelling to more countries, more often. And it shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Travelling to foreign countries is now more affordable than ever, so what are you waiting for! Whether you want to follow the crowds or know where to avoid them, here are the top 10 most visited countries according to the World Tourism Organization.
The top 10 most visited countries
What has Thailand got to offer visitors? Only the most delightfully happy natives you’ll find around the world, fantastic Thai food, cheap accommodation, food, shopping, everything! Oh and then there’s that small fact that it is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches, islands, and some fantastic world-class resorts.
Head to the East of Europe and you won’t regret it. While the West of Europe if your more typical European getaway, the East has plenty to offer tourists by way of history, culture, and phenomenal architecture. If you’re off to Russia for your first time, be sure to visit both the capital, Moscow and the former capital, St Petersburg, as both have much to offer visitors. If you’re visiting for the first time, be sure to check out this quick guide for first-timers.
8. United Kingdom
Well, it comes as no surprise to see the United Kingdom in the top 10, especially given London is the world’s most visited city. Should you be starting an English adventure here or just passing through the iconic city, here are some tips to help you get a grip on London before you go.
Deutschland! Truly in every sense of the phrase, Germany has a lot to offer visitors. From the cosmopolitan and quirky capital of Berlin, through to the more refined and sophisticated Munich and surrounds in the South. There are enough small German towns to keep you entertained for weeks if not months, and each and every nook of the country feels different to the next. Come during the festive season to experience the famous Christmas Markets in Nuremberg – you won’t regret it!
It might surprise you that Turkey has beat quite a few other countries to take the position of #6 on the list, but for Europeans, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Turkey has so much to offer visitors – especially if you make it out of tourist-heavy Istanbul (though you can’t miss it – absolutely do not miss Istanbul – here’s why).
You could spend a life time discovering Italy, or perhaps more appropriately EATaly, and still have a lifetime left to discover. There’s so much history, culture, liveliness, FOOD – oh the food, coastal scenery, summer beaches… the list is endless. But if you still need convincing, here’s exactly why you will fall in love with Italy.
The East has really opened its’ doors to tourism in recent years – though it still isn’t the easiest of entry procedures. If you have the patience to obtain a visa and the many other ways patience is required when visiting China, then you’re in for a real treat. Hong Kong and Macau also fare well with international visitors, and are a great little add-on to your Eastern adventure.
Spain is another country that you could travel throughout far and wide, and still never feel as if you have seen it all. Barcelona is a traveller’s favourite, but there are many lesser known towns, villages and small cities flying under the radar… so its’ little wonder Spain takes #3 on the list.
2. United States of America
Surprise Surprise… of course the USA nearly tops the list! The USA has so much to offer and with very different experiences in each state, the opportunities are endless. Need help knowing where to start? Here’s a guide to help you decide where to go road tripping in the USA!
It shouldn’t surprise you that the effortlessly gorgeous, charming, and the only thing cooler than being cool – France – tops the list for the most visited country in the world. While Paris has a lot to offer travellers (and should certainly be visited at least once in your life), there’s so much to see beyond the capital.