Top 10 Destinations
You want to go on a vacation but you haven’t decided where to go yet. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world.
For many people in the US, a visit to Europe is always a dream come true. London is a great start, and in fact in 2014 it was the most popular tourist destination in the world with about 18.7 million visitors. And this is in spite of the strong British pound which makes visiting here expensive. Who can resist the shops, castles, museums and all the nice sceneries?
Many others—all 15.6 million of them—also visited Paris, since this reputedly romantic city has the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. And of course, lots and lots of French restaurants. Also included in our list is Barcelona which welcomes 7.4 million people every year.
Aside from the usual suspects in Western Europe, there’s also Istanbul, which is an interesting mix of European sophistication and Asian sensibilities. It’s a city where most locals are Muslim, but they’re also European.
Dubai gets even more visitors as well. In fact, this exuberant city has 5 tourists for every local living here. In this desert oasis, there are numerous luxury shopping options. Technically, Islamic law is observed here, but unmarried couples shouldn’t worry as long as they don’t crow about the fact that they’re unmarried.
Asia has often been regarded as an exotic wonder among Westerners, and Bangkok tops the list in this continent. In fact, the many attractions here have lured more visitors than Paris and in 2013, it had more visitors than London. In 2014 the capital of Thailand was visited by more than 16 million eager tourists.
Singapore is also a perennial favorite, even though it’s so tiny it looks just a little red dot on the map. But it’s a very modern and sophisticated country with numerous cultural spots and shopping centers, and it’s a great place to start a trek across Asia.
Your next stop ought to be Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, where the tourism industry has grown steadily through the years. There are lots to do, and your money goes a long way because of the low prices.
You can also visit Hong Kong, where even though technically it’s part of China it makes its own rules. If you’re from the US, Canada, or UK, you don’t even need a visa to visit. Most people understand English, and the cultural heritage is quite rich—shopping is also something to look forward to.
Finally, there’s Seoul, South Korea. More than 8.6 million visited this city in 2014, and you won’t run out of interesting places to check out. It’s also a popular air hub, so a visit to this city can be combined with a hop to nearby Japan and even China.
Surely, any one of these wonderful places will give you a vacation you won’t forget.