As travel enthusiasts, we are always excited to see the travel “hot spots” around the world. This lets us know the places everyone is currently crazy about so that we know which destinations to include on our next touring adventures. A list of the world’s most visited countries is, therefore, a very powerful tool for us.
Besides knowing which destinations are driving everyone crazy, it is also interesting to note the different types of countries that are found on this list. One can find countries full of culture, art, history, interesting architecture, great foods, and so much more. Whatever type of tourist you are, you are sure to find your type of vacation spot on a few of the countries below.
It is also worth mentioning how popular Europe and Asia have been with tourists over many years. People from all walks of life flock to these destinations and according to figures, they keep going back year after year. Why? Well, there are plenty of reasons, all of which will be discussed in the list below. So if you’re planning on visiting a few countries on your next vacation or you’re a little stuck on where to go, scroll down below as we break down the most visited countries in the world and explain why tourists can’t get enough of these destinations.
We start out list off, all the way in Croatia. This small European country only has around four million citizens but is packed with loads of interesting culture, traditions and stunning locations that keep tourists returning year after year. This spot is also great for the English-speaking tourists as most of the people in the country will have a fair grasp of the language.
Perhaps the one thing that people love the most about this country is how friendly and sociable the people are. The Culture Trip explains that “Croatian society is a very communal one, neighbors tend to know and look out for each other, people exchange a few words most mornings with vendors in locals shops, the postman may pop in for a quick coffee in the café next door”. Croatia seems to be the perfect spot for tourists who love friendly and communal nations.
Many regard Singapore to be one of the most exciting places to visit. One can find the most amazing wildlife and breathtaking views from different areas such as Marina Bay Sands so it is certainly no surprise why many people can’t get enough of it. One of the main reasons why tourists may frequent Singapore could also be the safety aspect of it. Time Out highlights that “The Time Out City Life Index 2018 found that 98% of people living in Singapore feel safe compared to the global average of 78%”. This may not seem like such a big tourist attraction at first but when you think about it, there is nothing worst that being in a foreign country and feeling unsafe.
Ukraine makes it onto our list of the most visited countries in the world. There are many reasons why people flock to the country but perhaps the main reason is because of the cost of living – a Ukraine visit will not have you digging deep into your pocket. Ukraine Living notes that “The cost of living in Ukraine is absolutely incredible. You get such a value for the United States dollar”. Taking a vacation to a destination that is both incredible and budget-friendly is one of the many reasons why Ukraine will be popular for many years to come.
This central European country makes its way onto number 22 of our list and there is no wondering why. The art Nouveau architecture that is evident all around the country makes the art enthusiasts instantly fall in love with it. Hungary is also great at festival times, people particularly enjoy the Sziget Festival in summer. The one spot that you’re sure to find many tourists and locals visiting is Balaton. Balaton is Europe’s largest lake and is perfect for sunbathing or sailing during the summer.
There is simply not enough time or space on this article to fully explain the beauty that is Japan. Many people agree with us, which is why Japan is one of the most visited countries in the world. For the food lovers out there, Japan is exciting to visit as it is the birthplace of sushi. Another overwhelming aspect about this country is the temples and/or shrines that are found in different towns and cities. If you’re looking for a serene and spiritual getaway, this is definitely the spot for you.
We start our top 20 off with the Dutch country of Netherlands. The city of Amsterdam is a popular spot for tourists who love to have a good time as the city is full of life and has some of the biggest and most exciting nightclubs in Europe. The Netherlands is also a picturesque country and offers visitors some of the most incredible photo ops from the tulip fields in spring, to the canals of the cities, not forgetting the architecture of Rotterdam and Eindhoven.
19 Macau (China)
We love Asia because all the regions give us plenty of culture and history to marvel over, Macau is no different. It has often been referred to as “The Las Vegas of Asia” because of the big hotels and casinos, but there is definitely more to this region. One notable point is the fushion of Portugese and Macanese culture, cuisine and architecture you will find there. The Hac Sa Beach along the coast is popular for its black sands is also a great spot for the beachlovers out there.
18 South Korea
Asian countries are full of rich history and South Korea, although its history may not be popular to the Western World as other Asian countries, is still packed with lots of rich cultural history that dates back centuries. As a mountainous country, it is also the perfect vacation spot for the hiker traveler who is interesting in exploring a country from mountain tops. One will also enjoy how affordable it is to get around the country in the numerous forms of public transport systems.
Canada makes it onto our list of the most visited countries in the world. This North American country has a lot of incredible places one can marvel over, including The Niagra Falls. Love Exploring highlights how Canada has a number of tourist attractions including, the making of some of the world’s most popular wines and that it has 46 national parks and some very interesting wildlife in its coastlines. “Canada has the biggest coastline of any country in the world with three vast interconnected oceans: the North Pacific, North Atlantic and the Arctic”.
If you’re the kind of tourist who is into visiting historical sites and vibrant cities while being emerged in the rich culture of a country, then Poland is the perfect vacation spot for you. One of the most popular attractions in the country is the Slowinski Sand Dunes. Touropia explains that “the dunes themselves are formed as waves and wind carry sand onshore and can reach as high as 30 meters. Their forms change with the season and are known as the “moving dunes”.
If you’re looking for natural beauty and breathtaking archeological sites, Greece is most probably ontop of your travel bucket list. Athens is known for having incredible history and architecture. We also love Greece because it’s the land that has brought us Santorini, an island that is quite possibly some of the most majestic in the world and it gives some of the best sunsets and sunrises. There is also Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the ancients used to worship Apollo (the Greek god of light, music, healing, and prophecy).
Despite the numerous things that tourists say about the attitudes of some Russian locals towards visitors, Russia is still one of the most visited countries in the world. There are numerous reasons why people keep going back, including the Mount Elbrus, which is one of the 7 highest summits in the world. Valley of Geysers is also another attraction of Russia and it attracts both tourists and scientists. It is situated in the East of the country and is the 2nd largest geyser field in the world.
Perhaps one of the best aspects about Austria is that it has a number of destinations to visit during both summer and winter, making it the ideal tourist magnet at any time of the year. One can visit the Vienne Hofburg, which was the seat for Austria’s monarcy for centuries. PlanetWare explains what draws many people to this spot. “Highlights of a visit include the Imperial Silver Collection and an array of dining services giving a taste of the lavish imperial banquets that once took place”.
The Southeastern country of Asia, Malaysia has for years been popular with tourists. One of the highlights for many visitors is Langkawi. Langkawi has 99 islands that have kept their natural state intact. This makes it perfect for beach lovers as there are a plethora of islands to see and explore. It is also great that they have still kept their natural state. As travel enthusiasts, it is always exciting to see places that have not been affected much by tourism. The natural landscape is also a big drawing attraction.
11 Hong Kong
Hong Kong is perfect for different types of tourists, which is why it is so popular and makes its way onto our list. One can visit The Peak, which is the high point on Hong Island and it is great for the breathtaking views. Tian Tan Buddha (The Big Buddha) is also a popular tourist attraction, especially for the spiritual travelers out there and if you’re looking to have a good night out, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong’s party spot is the perfect place for a Friday or Saturday night out.
Thailand starts our number 10 on this list and for the travel enthusiasts out there, there is no wondering why. Thailand gives tourists the perfect experience of culture and food. One of the main reasons why we love Thailand is also because of the amazing islands that are found out there, which give the perfect picturesque views. The affordability of this beautiful Asian country also makes it quite popular with tourists as a visit there will not break the bank.
There are very few countries in the world that are as diverse and culturally rich as Mexico, which is probably one of the reasons why tourists can’t get enough of it and keep returning, year after year. Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Playa del Carmen are beach vacation spots that are quite popular with the North American visitors. Planet Ware highlights the cultural mix that interests tourists. “The country’s rich culture, a fascinating mix of native people as well as colonial influences from Spain that shows up in everything from the country’s culinary creations to it's vibrant musical and dance traditions”.
Germany has for many years been quite popular with visitors from all around the world. If you are wondering what you may find when you visit the country – you will undoubtedbly find rich natural beauty, culture and interesting history. Berlin offers many fine museums and galleries for the art enthusiasts out there and if you’re more into recreational activities while on vacation, then heading to the Black Forest, Mosel Valley or the Bavarian Alps will be the highlight of your trip.
7 The U.K
There is no surprise in seeing The United Kingdom on this list. The UK is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. One can enjoy amazing views from The London Eye. The British Museum is home to some of the world’s most amazing art pieces, and trips to castles and palaces are in abundance. The UK is also great for its pubs. If you’ve been sightseeing the whole day and want to enjoy a good beer with a great ambiance and make some local friends, heading out to the many Irish or English pubs is a must-do.
Turkey makes its way onto our list at number 6 and there is loads to do in this country that straddles Asia and Europe. That perfect positioning between continents that are both rich in history, culture, and landscapes means that it offers us that, which is why people can’t get enough of it. Planet Ware highlights that “its vibrant culture, famous food, and vast history wow all who venture there, while its glorious landscapes – from the sun-soaked Mediterranean to the mighty mountains and arid steppe – are highlights in themselves”.
Ah, yes. Of course, Italy was going to be on this list. There are plenty of reasons why we just can’t get enough of this European country. We definitely love the food – This is the country that brought us both pizza and pasta! We also love the language – which is arguably one of the most beautiful languages in the world. Italy also offers tourists a plethora of art, museums, and galleries that are simply breathtaking. Basically, one is spoilt for choice in things to do while visiting this country.
China is the most visited Asian country and makes its way onto number 4 on our list. The cities, the landscapes, the cultures, and food are just some of the reasons that make China one of the most visited countries in the world. The Great Wall of China in Beijing attracts a lot of people as it is the world’s longest wall. Also in Beijing is The Forbidden City, an Imperial Palace for 24 Emperors and it is also recognized as one of the 5 most important palaces in the world.
A cultural experience like no other is the reason why tourists from all over the world make their way to Spain year after year. Touropia notes some of its attractions, “From the ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors, the medieval castles of the interior, the white villages in inland Andalucia or the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain”. This highlights just why it is a popular attraction – as it caters to all different types of tourists.
The United States is one of the countries on this list that attracts different types of tourists, which is why it is number 2 on our list of the most visited countries in the world. The Statue of Liberty in New York is a huge attraction and American Icon. The Grand Canyon is also a popular spot for not only tourists but locals as well. There are beautiful beaches in Miami and Las Vegas is great for tourist groups who are in the mood for an epic weekend.
The number 1 most visited country in the world is France. This may not come as a surprise to many of our readers as France has been a leader in the tourism industry for years. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is by far one of the most visited landmarks. The Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles are also places one has to see when you’re in France. This European country is also popular for its exquisite taste fashion so a visit there will inspire the fashionista in all of us.