The first time I thought about this topic, the country that first came to in my mind is France because never have I ever met anyone who didn’t want to see the famous Eiffel Tower. True enough, as per the data released by World Atlas last 2017, France was number 1 and alongside the list were Thailand, Spain, and the United States.
These countries are visited for a reason-- it could be because of their food, landscape, architecture, festivals, and whatnot. All aboard as I take you to the top attractions in these countries.
Topping the list is France with 86.9 Million visitors last 2017. With the view of the Eiffel Tower, the beautiful paintings and sculptures at the Louvre Museum, the historic Arc de Triomphe, the very interesting Catacombs, and the majestic Versailles Palace, I’m sure most of these visitors stayed in Paris. The rest of France is as equally as beautiful as Paris, just look at Nice when you go to the South and Normandy and Brittany in the North. Oh, let’s not forget about the French Alps which is the ultimate ski destination during the winter.
One of my favorite countries which made it on the list is Spain! Compared to other European Countries, this country is cheaper and to prove that, you can even find 11-Euro worth of hotel in Barcelona! I bet you’ll never find something that cheap in Paris. Haha! Anyway, top attractions in Barcelona include the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, the Gothic Quarter, Port Olimpic, and the Camp Nou. While you’re in Spain, you might also want to explore Valencia, Majorca and Almeria. Oh my, now I’m craving for that yummy paella!
3) United States of America (USA)
Our home for a couple of months had been Florida Keys in the USA and we absolutely love this country! The USA is so huge and every State his bewitching. Go to New York and you’ll find the beautiful concrete jungle and within it are the famous Empire State Building, SOHO/Little Italy, Wall Street, Madison Square Garden. Ohio, on the other hand, is the home to the famous National Museum of the Air Force, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and other beautiful parks and gardens. This will take a few of the pages if I go on so I’ll stop here now. You get the thought!
This is another huge country with such breathtaking landscapes. Despite being its Capital City, Beijing is a melting pot of the old and the new, having preserved their culture particularly the secret of their traditional medicines like tea, tai chi, hot springs and acupuncture. The Great Wall of China is a sight to behold! If you go further to their provinces, you’ll see landscapes that look like they were taken straight out of a postcard. Shall we practice speaking mandarin now?
Venice, Lombardy, Naples, Florence, Rome, and Vicenza-- these are the top destinations in Italy that you’ve probably read or heard about. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Vatican, the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and the Piazza San Marco, among many others are its top destinations. However, all across the country, you’ll stumble upon charming villages, stunning sceneries, historical monuments, beautiful architecture, and of course, restaurants that offer exquisite Italian pizza and pasta. Yum!
Another memorable country for us which made it on the list is Mexico. This was where we first experienced our first all-inclusive hotel experience. From broke backpackers, this was definitely one of the highlights of our career! Anyway, Mexico is like a tiny gem of a place for all kinds of travelers. They have luxurious all-inclusive resorts, small huts by the beach, colorful festivals on the streets, quiet museums for the lovers of arts, and everything in between. Among the top visited places are the Teotihuacan Pyramids, Guadalupe Shrine, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Zocalo.
7) United Kingdom
This is where Mr. Howe is from and I’ve been here a couple of times already. Aside from everyone’s fascination with the British humor and the Royal Family, the United Kingdom is interesting in so many ways. You’ll never run out of things to do at The Lake District, one of their most-loved National Parks. Head on to London and it’s impossible to miss The Big Ben, the Buckingham Palace, as well as the Westminster Palace. Oh, send my kind regards to the Royal Family if you happen to see them! :p
I absolutely love this country and I’ve been here a couple of times already! I’ve been to Istanbul, Gaziantep and Izmir. Wow, more than its strong coffee, its exquisite cuisine crafted out from centuries of tradition and fresh produce, beautiful structures like the Topkapı Palace and the Basilica Cistern, and more than the traditional hammam, the reason why I keep on coming back here is the friendly and warm Turkish People.
The first thing that comes into my mind when someone talks about Germany is The Berlin Wall. They have a dark and bitter past yet up to this day, they have been constantly rebuilding themselves and the country. A trip to the capital could be quite sobering because of the heinous crimes which happened in its territory yet I urge everyone to go to one of the Holocaust memorials like the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe or to any of the Concentration Camps like the Sachsenhausen for an eye-opening experience.
Thailand is one of the top tourist destinations for both Europeans and Asians. Not only is it cheap, they also have beautiful beaches like those in Pattaya, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, majestic temples even in Bangkok, lovely islands, delicious street food, and friendly locals who knows how to party (I bet everyone who’ve been to Bangkok already got drunk in Khao San Road)! :p
That’s it for this post! Let’s not forget that while tourism is good for a country’s economy. Responsible Tourism is still the best kind of tourism. More than the money you use to help the locals, it will be nice if you can say no to plastic, put your trash in its proper bin, and respect their culture and tradition. Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to these countries one day and see that it’s still as beautiful as the last time you saw it? ♡