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The Best Countries to Travel To

Updated March 26, 2019 167.8k votes 13.7k voters 190.8k views234 items

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Which country is the best to travel to? The options are endless and vary from person to person. Do you prefer to experience great nightlife in the hottest cities, or would you rather explore lush landscapes and the wonders of nature? Help travelers determine which nation is the greatest vacation destination by voting on this list. From American sites to the richly historic landscapes of Europe and Asia, the world is full of great countries to visit and explore.

The European nations have been popular travel destinations for decades. With rich culture, delicious cuisines, and some of the world's greatest museums, France, Germany and Spain are places that everyone should experience. Russia is the largest country in the world and offers exciting opportunities for every traveler. The Kremlin in Moscow is one of the most interesting sites that visitors could hope to take in.

Thrifty travelers have more options than ever in 2015. South Korea is becoming an affordable vacation destination for sportsmen and adventure lovers. The Asian nation offers challenging hikes, green golf courses and ocean waters for fishing. Mexico has beautiful all-inclusive resorts that provide vacationers beach front views for a bargain.

What country is your favorite to travel to? Vote on this list and share your favorite travel destinations in the comments section.
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  • 1
    Italy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Italy

    Rome

    LanguageItalian Language

    Founded1861-03-17

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemIl Canto degli Italiani

    Italy is an entire country of picturesque towns, landmarks, and countrysides worth visiting. It's known for its grand architetureal achievements, its famous art and literature, food, and operas.

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    Portugal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Portugal

    Lisbon

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1128-06-24

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemA Portuguesa

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    New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    New Zealand

    Wellington

    LanguageMāori language, New Zealand Sign Language, English Language

    Founded1840-02-06

    CurrencyNew Zealand dollar

    AnthemGod Defend New Zealand, God Save the Queen

    Because New Zealand was geographically isolate for 80 million years, it was able to harvest unique flora and fauna that are still prevalent on the islands today. There are more penguin species living in New Zealand than any other country today.

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    Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Slovakia

    Bratislava

    LanguageSlovak Language

    Founded1918-10-28

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemNad Tatrou sa blýska

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  • 5
    Greece is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Greece

    Athens

    LanguageGreek Language

    Founded1821-03-25

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemHymn to Liberty

    Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world, lending itself to some of the most beautiful beaches. Its rich history of the Greek and Ottoman empires has left behind 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that tourists travel from all over the world to see, including the Parthenon and the White Tower of Thessaloniki. 

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    Taiwan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Taiwan

    Taipei

    LanguageStandard Mandarin

    Founded1911-10-10

    CurrencyNew Taiwan dollar

    AnthemNational Anthem of the Republic of China

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    Peru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Peru

    Lima

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1821-07-28

    CurrencyPeruvian nuevo sol

    AnthemNational Anthem of Peru

    Peru is most famous for its ancient ruins, Machu Picchu, which sits high up in the Andes  mountains and is the most iconic image of the Incan civilization.

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    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Brazil

    Brasília

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1822-09-07

    CurrencyBrazilian real

    AnthemBrazilian National Anthem

    BRAZIL

  • 9
    Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Netherlands

    Amsterdam

    LanguageDutch Language

    Founded1648

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemWilhelmus, Wien Neêrlands Bloed

    Netherlands is known as being one of the most liberal countries in the world. It's iconic windmills, tulip fields, and hundreds of national parks make for lovely landscapes and breathtaking views.

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    Turkey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Turkey

    Ankara

    LanguageTurkish Language

    Founded1923-10-29

    CurrencyTurkish lira

    Anthemİstiklâl Marşı

    Turkey is the 6th most visited place in the world, making much of its economy dependent on it. It has 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the archeological site of the historic city, Troy.

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    Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
    1,153
    571

    LanguageCzech Language

    Founded1993-01-01

    CurrencyCzech koruna

    AnthemKde domov můj?

    Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is the 6th most visited city in Europe, and is considered to be quite safe to walk around in, even at night. The country is known for its puppetry and marionette museums, as well as the several puppet festivals that happen throughout the year.

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  • 12
    Iceland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Iceland

    Reykjavik

    LanguageIcelandic Language

    Founded1904-02-01

    CurrencyIcelandic króna

    AnthemLofsöngur

    Iceland has many active volcanoes and lava flows, as well as several geysers throughout the country. It also has three national parks.

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    Kazakhstan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    LanguageKazakh Language, Russian Language

    CurrencyKazakhstani tenge

    AnthemMeniñ Qazaqstanım

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  • 14
    Slovenia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Slovenia

    Ljubljana

    LanguageSlovenian language

    Founded1991-06-25

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemZdravljica

  • 15
    Chile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Chile

    Santiago

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1810-09-18

    CurrencyChilean peso

    AnthemNational Anthem of Chile

    Many tourists come to Chile to ski and to visit its national parks, including its volcanoes. In the summer, its beach resorts are also popular.

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    Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia

    Capitals: Osijek (Esseg) and Zagreb (Agram)

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    Mexico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Mexico

    Mexico City

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1810-09-16

    CurrencyMexican peso

    AnthemHimno Nacional Mexicano

    Tourists flock to Mexico for its ancient temples and pyramids, world renowned museums and fantastic beaches and ecotourism. It's known for its laid-back culture and party atmosphere.

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    Malaysia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur

    LanguageMalaysian language

    Founded1957-08-31

    CurrencyMalaysian ringgit

    AnthemNegaraku

  • 19
    Cuba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Cuba

    Havana

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1868-10-10

    CurrencyCuban peso, Cuban convertible peso

    AnthemLa Bayamesa

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    Montenegro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Montenegro

    Podgorica

    LanguageMontenegrin language

    Founded1484

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemOj, svijetla majska zoro

    Herceg Novi, Durmitor

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    Malawi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Malawi

    Lilongwe

    LanguageEnglish Language

    Founded1964-07-06

    CurrencyMalawian kwacha

    AnthemMulungu dalitsa Malaŵi

  • 22
    Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
    1,462
    776

    LanguageRomansh language, French Language, German Language, Italian Language

    Founded1291

    CurrencySwiss franc

    AnthemSwiss Psalm

    Because of the Swiss Alps covering much of the country, Switzerland is a popular destination for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. Folk art is also kept alive by many organizations in Switzerland, displaying their alpine symbolism through music, art, and dance, including yodeling.

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    Bolivia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Bolivia

    Sucre

    LanguageBaure Language, Quechua, Ayoreo language, Yaminawa language, Chimane language

    Founded1825-08-06

    CurrencyBolivian boliviano

    AnthemNational Anthem of Bolivia

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    Russia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Russia

    Moscow

    LanguageRussian Language

    Founded1991-12-25

    CurrencyRussian ruble

    AnthemNational Anthem of Russia

    Kremlin, Moscow, RUSSIA

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    Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Travel To
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    Costa Rica

    San José

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1821-09-15

    CurrencyCosta Rican colón

    AnthemNoble patria, tu hermosa bandera

    Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourist destination in Central America because of its vast wildlife and relaxing beaches. Pura Vida, the pure life or the good life, is a well-known phrase associated with Costa Ricans and Costa Rican culture. 

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