The Most Popular Destinations in the World

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If your travel bucket list is exploding with new places to explore, you’re not alone! The world’s most popular destinations see millions of visitors every year, for good reason. While it’s impossible to to cover all of them in a mere few moments, here’s a look at some of the top travel hotspots.

Lisbon, Portugal

Whether you’re listening to soulful Fado music, taking in panoramic views from one of Lisbon’s seven hills or exploring the winding streets, Portugal’s capital capture’s your heart and keeps it. Visit Moorish castles and palace ruins, sip coffee and people watch in charming squares and immerse in the vibrant club scene after dark.

Lisbon

Sydney, Australia

Sydney blends glamour, culture and fine-dining with a stunning coastline along the glittering Pacific. Spend your days swimming at Bondi Beach, discovering history at The Rocks, boating on Sydney Harbour and partying on Oxford Street. Of course, there’s the big drawcards, namely The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, with endless photo opportunities from sprawling parks and beaches across the city.

Sydney

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is chaotic, hot, intriguing and thrilling to the senses. It’s a popular stop on the way to Thailand’s pristine beaches, especially for bargain shopping and exotic dining. East meets West and contradictions abound, with traditional temples and floating markets thriving under the bright city lights of modern living.

Bangkok

New York, USA

Having featured in so many movies, holidaying in New York is like traveling through your own film set. Except, you get to experience the sights and sounds of the bustling metropolis first-hand, and it’s likely you’ll never forget it. Apart from seeing favourites, such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park, getting lost in the city’s eclectic districts is the best way to indulge in ‘The City that Never Sleeps’.

New York

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Adventure travelers have long aspired to travel to Siem Reap, home of the mighty Angkor Wat. The vast complex of stone temples, the former seat of the Khmer Empire, enchants visitors with its haunting beauty. Siem Reap is a resort town, with French influences, a wealth of local arts and crafts and floating villages on the freshwater lake, Tonle Sap.

Angkor Wat

Paris, France

The romance of Paris simply never fades, as the city continues to twinkle pink under twilight skies. The allure of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, the River Seine, world-renowned restaurants and edgy bohemian districts is too hard to resist, even for the most seasoned globetrotters. Add to that croissants for breakfast, magical hidden gardens and fascinating museums and it’s easy to see why the French capital always tops popular destination lists.

Paris

London, England

Though it’s touted as one of the most expensive destinations in the world, many of London’s highlights are on show for all to see, for free. When you explore on foot or take advantage of the easy public transport system, you’re constantly bombarded with the majestic architecture of famous landmarks, such as the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

London

Rome, Italy

The Eternal City is best known for the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Vatican City. No matter how many times you’ve seen pictures of Italy’s capital, the reality of the cosmopolitan city is awe-inspiring. Sit on the Spanish Steps and marvel at the hustle and bustle, indulge in never-ending bowls of pasta and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, to ensure your return.

Rome

Which popular destinations should we add to this list?

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28 thoughts on “The Most Popular Destinations in the World”

  1. There was a time I had never heard of Siem Reap, Cambodia, even though it’s such a huge tourist area for obvious reasons. I have been to New York City…sort of. Only ever drove through it or flown over it though. They’re all on my “places to go” list! I had no idea Lisbon was so popular.

  2. Suze - Luxury Columnist

    I’m lucky to have visited quite a few on this list but not yet Cambodia, Thailand or Australia – all are high on my wishlist though!

  3. I’m so desperate to visit Rome one day it looks amazing! I’m glad to say I’ve been to a few of these places already!

  4. Jennifer Cooper @ Travelbllgr

    I have been to 50% of the places mentioned here and loved them all! I visited Lisbon last year and couldn’t stop eating the pastel de nata – I have been meaning to try and make them at home. I will also go back to Bangkok time and time again – I love the street food scene there. The next place on this list for me to visit is probably Sydney.

  5. Katie Featherstone

    I’ve been to six of these places, which I suppose is unsurprising as they are some of the World’s most popular. I’ve never made it to the states though, so maybe one day…

  6. Piotr Kulczycki

    Your list is really a basic bucket-list for every traveler! I’d even say, don’t call yourself a traveller if you haven’t seen them ;-) Thanks for sharing.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Great to hear that, Paulo. I’ve been there and it’s a great travel destination with really nice food! :D

  7. Victoria@ The British Berliner

    Well, Berlin obviously lol! And Prague and Hong Kong! Everybody loves Hong Kong!
    p.s. I’ve been to all the destinations that were mentioned except for Sydney and Siem Reap!

  8. It’s always intriguing to see what places makes a list like this, I’m very lucky to have visited all of them except one ;-)

  9. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I’m so glad my hometown London made it on this list!! And my other favourite world city of New York City! Lots of the more long haul ones I am desperate to visit like Sydne and Siem Reap. South East Asia I can definitely see myself returning to but Oz is so far away!!

  10. Raushan Gullivant

    No matter how many times you’ve read about these beautiful cities, you just can not pass up an article about them. May be its the magical impression they’ve made in our mind; may be its those irresistible pics; I don’t know. I just cannot get over them.

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