January 9th, 2020 | Updated on June 29th, 2022
These days everyone loves to travel. It is no surprise with plane tickets being more affordable than ever and people being more interested in collecting experiences than money.
But where should you go next? What places are most beloved by tourists? There are over two hundred countries in the world, but we will talk about the ten most popular to make your choice a little bit easier.
And since there should be no discrimination, the countries are being listed in no particular order.
1. The United Kingdom
One of three royal countries on the list, but for sure the most recognisable kingdom in the world. The capital city is the most popular destination for visitors.
Tower Bridge, London’s prime attraction, is the most visited site in the UK. It is an island that needs to be on your list during a UK trip.
A pro tip for all tourists that want to get the most out of the UK, rent a car from a private owner and take your trip to the next level, as it is a king-size country.
A country that has tons of flavour. Known for high-quality resorts and endless beautiful beaches, Mexico is the place to be.
A country that is very cultural and has tons of tourism experience to offer. Once you are there, make sure to visit Chichen Itza, the settlement built by ancient Mayans, that is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Called by many an old country. If you haven’t heard about the Roman Empire, Italian cuisine or the Colosseum, you must be living under the rock.
Italy, apart from being one of the most beautiful places on earth, has another country situated in the middle of its capital, Vatican City.
In Italy, you will find mountains, seaside and some of the oldest monuments in Europe. This is a perfect wine and dines experience as well as a meeting with culture and a spiritual adventure.
If you want to see what humans are capable of, you must witness the Great Wall of China. More than 21 kilometres of fortification built during a time when the rest of the world was too busy fighting each other.
The birthplace of paper, printing, a compass, gunpowder and many more. China, with its rich history, has a lot to offer to any tourists.
And the natural sites here, like the Five Sacred Mountains and the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a place that you will remember till the rest of your days.
A country that is famous for historical sites and cities like Madrid and Barcelona, and flamenco.
So if you are a dancer or want to feel some of that Latino heat, Spain is for you. But away from all the cities, it is also worth considering following the pilgrimage Camino de Santiago, to find your inner peace. Spain is a great place to visit for soccer/football fans as well.
A country that faced a decline in tourists coming a few years ago due to political issues, still remaining strong in the top ten.
Istanbul, a major city in Turkey, is the centre of Turkish culture and a city that remembers the times of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empire.
Mosques, colourful bazaars, beaches, and ancient harbour, you can find all that in this stunning country. Turkey represents a mix of cultures as the border for Europe and Asia runs in the middle of this country.
Thailand is the most popular country to visit in south-east Asia. It is a very budget-friendly place with tropical beaches and ornate templates all over the country. The must-see place in Thailand is the Phi Phi Islands. However, they were such a busy place crowded with tourists, that the government of Thailand closed them from visiting until 2021. Plan your trip in the future and experience yourself the breath-taking beauty of Thailand.
Paris, the city of love, the Eiffel Tower and the most famous museum in the world, the Louvre, are all places located in the heart of Europe, France.
This is a country that is known for its cuisine, and a love for a revolution. France will also be the host for the Olympic Games in 2024, so make sure to visit before it gets too crowded there.
9. The United States
50 states in one country, this is a place where one trip will surely be not enough to grasp the full beauty of the USA.
New York, Hollywood, Miami, how can you choose one, when there is so much the United States of America has to offer. But if you really need to choose one place, make it the Grand Canyon National Park.
It is a place of millions of years of geological history at its finest.
Perhaps the most beloved country to visit by the Europeans. Castles and beer is an on-going theme for Germany.
The most popular sites in the country are the Brandenburg Gate, along with the Berlin Wall, a symbolic end of the existence of the Iron Curtain. It seems like excellent quality beer, and some history is a perfect mix for an exceptional holiday.
That concludes our list of the ten most popular countries among tourists. These places are so highly-visited for a reason. So give much thought to your next travel destination and pick one from the list. Or even better, discover them all, one by one.