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The Best Countries to Travel To

Updated March 26, 2019 152.9k votes 14k voters 194.6k 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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    Italy

    Rome
    1,900
    738

    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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    JoséValente added

    New Zealand

    Wellington
    1,331
    599

    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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    amsmaia added

    Portugal

    Lisbon
    1,071
    482

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1128-06-24

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemA Portuguesa

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    Greece

    Athens
    1,519
    691

    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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    Trenton Myers added

    Mali

    Bamako
    1,002
    256

    LanguageFrench Language

    Founded1960-09-22

    CurrencyWest African CFA franc

    AnthemLe Mali

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    Iceland

    Reykjavik
    1,102
    528

    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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    Trenton Myers added

    Slovakia

    Bratislava
    763
    291

    LanguageSlovak Language

    Founded1918-10-28

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemNad Tatrou sa blýska

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    Peru

    Lima
    894
    418

    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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    Netherlands

    Amsterdam
    1,238
    569

    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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    beernbugs added

    Turkey

    Ankara
    1,187
    507

    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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    llura added

    Taiwan

    Taipei
    747
    340

    LanguageStandard Mandarin

    Founded1911-10-10

    CurrencyNew Taiwan dollar

    AnthemNational Anthem of the Republic of China

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    Chile

    Santiago
    807
    393

    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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    1,332
    689

    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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    Fiji

    Suva
    666
    309

    LanguageFiji Hindi, English Language, Fijian Language

    Founded1970-10-10

    CurrencyFijian dollar

    AnthemGod Bless Fiji

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    Slovenia

    Ljubljana
    648
    279

    LanguageSlovenian language

    Founded1991-06-25

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemZdravljica

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    beernbugs added

    Czech Republic

    Prague
    1,039
    529

    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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    South Africa

    Bloemfontein, Cape Town
    890
    447

    LanguageNorthern Sotho language, Zulu Language, Afrikaans Language, Southern Ndebele language, Venda Language

    Founded1910-05-31

    CurrencySouth African rand

    AnthemNational anthem of South Africa, Die Stem van Suid-Afrika

    South Africa boasts some of the oldest art objects in the world, dating back to 75,000 years ago. Its biodiversity also attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year.
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    Trenton Myers added

    Brazil

    Brasília
    911
    450

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1822-09-07

    CurrencyBrazilian real

    AnthemBrazilian National Anthem

    BRAZIL

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    Austria

    Vienna
    1,224
    630

    LanguageGerman Language

    Founded1955-07-27

    CurrencyEuro

    AnthemLand der Berge, Land am Strome

    Austria is famous for its classical music, as some of the most famous composers were born there, such as Mozart and Beethoven. It also has one of the most multicultural cuisines in Europe, bringing a wide variety and depth to its cuisine. Some of their most famous dishes are strudel, wiener schnitzel, and wheat beer.
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    Dayana N Tony Diaz added

    Cuba

    Havana
    504
    180

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1868-10-10

    CurrencyCuban peso, Cuban convertible peso

    AnthemLa Bayamesa

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    Trenton Myers added

    Australia

    Canberra
    1,172
    634

    Founded1901-01-01

    CurrencyAustralian dollar

    AnthemAdvance Australia Fair

    Recognized as a megadiverse country, Australia has much to offer in terms of tourism. It has 16 natural World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Shark Bay, and the Gold Coast.
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    Trenton Myers added

    Kazakhstan

    Astana
    622
    262

    LanguageKazakh Language, Russian Language

    CurrencyKazakhstani tenge

    AnthemMeniñ Qazaqstanım

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    Costa Rica

    San José
    715
    354

    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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    Mexico

    Mexico City
    902
    442

    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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    Trenton Myers added

    Russia

    Moscow
    728
    346

    LanguageRussian Language

    Founded1991-12-25

    CurrencyRussian ruble

    AnthemNational Anthem of Russia

    Kremlin, Moscow, RUSSIA