If you love traveling, then it’s likely that you have a list of dream destinations that you hope to visit one day. But have you ever wondered which are the top 5 countries to visit? To make your decision easier, we’ve put together this list of the best destinations around the world, ranked in order from fifth to first based on their tourism and travel ratings. So, get ready to start packing! You may just find your dream vacation location at the end of this list.
Number One: Sri Lanka
Located in southern Asia on one of the world’s most beautiful bodies of water, Sri Lanka has everything a tourist could want: From white sand beaches to ancient ruins, wildlife, and amazing historical sites. The people are so friendly you might even make a new friend along your journey. With all these great destinations, it makes sense that Sri Lanka is also one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2013. Simply put: It may just be paradise.
Number Two: Tanzania
Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, as well as a host of other diverse landscapes. It’s also one of the best places in Africa to see animals in their natural habitat. The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater have populations of lions, leopards, elephants, and giraffes that are among some of Africa’s most abundant and diverse. Many safari companies there will organize your trip for you and ensure you get to experience Tanzania as no other tourist does.
Number Three: New Zealand
New Zealand is home to nine of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and is officially one of the most desirable places to live in the world. The stunning country has a population of only 4.4 million people, making it slightly more than half as large as New York City, but there are still more sheep than people—and for good reason: It’s known for its picturesque landscapes and is on many bucket lists. For vacationers interested in hitting multiple countries in one go, New Zealand makes it easy to see a lot (and kill your wanderlust) all within close proximity. Driving from Queenstown, which lies near Lake Wakatipu, you can make it all the way to Wellington within four hours.also vist
Number Four: Italy
Italy is one of those countries that has something for everyone. For art lovers, Florence is known as one of the Renaissance’s most important cities. If you want to travel back in time, take a trip to Pompeii. For history buffs and architecture aficionados, you can’t go wrong with Rome. And if Italy sounds like your cup of tea, but there isn’t a place for it on your list of must-see destinations… well it might be time to rethink your priorities.
Number Five: Canada
Canada has some of the most beautiful landscapes and unique wilderness areas in all of North America. If you want to get away from civilization, Canada is a must-see destination. If you can’t make it up north (which would be wise), consider visiting Banff National Park which is only a few hours drive from Calgary, or Jasper National Park which has lakes and glaciers galore. A visit to Canada is not complete without taking in their incredibly friendly people and sampling their national dish, poutine. (That’s french fries with gravy, cheese curds, and whatever else you might feel like throwing on top.)