World’s Best Places to Visit

Planning well and purchasing travel insurance are two ways to get the best out of any of the exciting destinations below:

France

With a whopping 19 million more visitors in 2009 than its nearest rival, France is the undeniable destination of choice for international tourists. Paris’ image as the city of love, and iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees are no doubt major draw cards. World renowned wine regions like Bordeaux and internationally recognised sporting events like the Tour de France and French Open tennis also put France centre stage. Over 74 million tourists visited French shores in 2009.

United States of America

With so much popular culture emanating from the US, it’s no surprise that people want to go and see the real thing. Indeed just fewer than 55 million tourists visited the United States of America in 2009. New York and its Statue of Liberty, Los Angeles and the movie capital of the world, Hollywood, stand out as major attractions.

Spain

Northern Europeans flock to Spain to enjoy its warmer weather, when it is cold at home. Beautiful beaches and a nice climate are two attractions. The running of the bulls in Pamplona is another. Don’t forget to try lovely seafood paella. Fifty-two million people made their way to Spain in 2009.

China

As China has opened up to the world, visitors have flocked there. It’s no surprise, with unique attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors. Over 50 million people visited China in 2009.

Italy

Rounding out the top five is Italy, with 43 million visitors in 2009. Historical Roman ruins, beautiful artwork from famous painters such as Michelangelo, amazing cities like the waterborne Venice topped off with Italy’s delicious pasta and pizza make this country a popular choice.

United Kingdom

Steeped in tradition, landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle continue to draw the crowds. Premier League Football is a major draw for some, while others prefer the village experience in the quaint English countryside.

Turkey

Turkey, where east meets west, contains many important relics from the great Ottoman Empire. Aegean and Mediterranean resorts are also popular with visiting holidaymakers. Turkey’s explosive growth as a tourist destination has seen it become the seventh most popular in the world, with 25 million visitors in 2009.

Germany

Now a united country, the divided past draws many curious visitors to the previously partitioned Berlin. Oktoberfest in Munich is a must for serious beer lovers. Hearty and delicious meals of German sausage and sauerkraut can be found in many town pubs. Over 24 million sampled Germany’s delights in 2009.

Malaysia

Malaysia is certainly open for tourism. With more developed infrastructure than some other neighbouring South East Asian nations, Malaysia can be enjoyed in comfort. Kuala Lumpur’s striking Petronas Twin towers signify Malaysia’s development, while its beautiful islands and cool highland retreats highlight the wonderful natural experiences on offer. Visitors in 2009 totalled over 23 million.

Mexico

Over 21 million people visited Mexico in 2009. A popular destination for those in Latin America, Mexico offers Aztec, Mayan and Olmec ruins for the historically inclined and beautiful beach resorts for other types of holiday makers.

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