The sheer number of visually and culturally stimulating destinations in the world can make it impossible for wanderers to decide where to head next.
That’s why Lonely Planet, an Australian travel book publisher established more than half a century ago, took it upon itself to release a report on the best countries to visit in the world.
The 200+ experts polled in the process landed on these destinations as the top 5:
Once an off-the-beaten-path gem, the Land of Eternal Blue Sky now beckons millions of travelers with its vast, untamed landscapes and fascinating culture.
Between the seemingly endless grassy steppes, the rugged Altai mountains, and the vast Gobi desert, Mongolia offers tourists a rich mosaic of breathtaking landscapes that can’t be experienced anywhere else on Earth.
Khuvsgul Lake, otherwise known as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia,” is a must-see, especially for nature lovers looking to take the pictures of a lifetime.
With all that said, travelers lucky enough to make it here have more to enjoy than just the pretty sights.
Historical attractions like the Erdene Zuu Monastery and the ruins of Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire, offer a glimpse into the country’s captivating past, leaving travelers with a deepened sense of understanding of the local culture.
If you want to experience something truly unique, though, you’ll want to make a stop at the Flaming Cliffs, a paleontological treasure trove where the very first dinosaur eggs were discovered.
If there’s one way to describe India, it would be “a melting pot of cultures, history, and traditions.”
The country is so remarkably large that you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to crafting an itinerary that’ll keep you engaged and excited throughout your travels.
Beware, though, that this also means that no two regions are the same when it comes to infrastructure, safety, and so on, so it’s best to build your plans around a few must-see attractions.
For example, the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, which many consider to be a testament to eternal love, is not to be missed.
The same can be said of Varanasi, an ancient city where spiritual seekers gather on the ghats of the sacred Ganges River.
If you’re planning a trip to India anytime soon, I’d recommend staying in major hotspots like Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur and taking organized day tours to more off-the-beaten-path attractions you’d like to explore every now and again.
St. Lucia is a Caribbean gem that allures travelers with its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and the iconic twin peaks of the Pitons.
Most tourists flock to the island for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, making St. Lucia the perfect destination for both sunbathers looking to kick back and relax and hikers in search of some of the most scenic trails in all of the Caribbean.
Those who want to experience something that’s a bit more out of the box can go to the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens or Sulphur Springs, the world’s only drive-in volcano.
Though much gets said about Mexico and its stunning hotspots, words still fail to describe the type of allure that the country exudes.
Whether you’re looking for white-sanded beaches, wild summer parties, captivating historical landmarks, or just a place to enjoy one of the world’s most delectable cuisines, Mexico is the place to be.
The ancient city of Chichen Itza, the ruins of Teotihuacan, Oaxaca, and San Miguel de Allende should all be part of your itinerary, especially if you’re eager to explore the country’s colorful past.
Those in search of world-class beaches, though, can’t go wrong with the classics — Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.
Last but certainly not least, we have Morocco, a crossroads of civilizations that enchants travelers with its blend of Arab, Berber, and European influences.
Marrakech, the vibrant “Red City,” is a sensory feast with its bustling souks, ornate palaces, and aromatic spice markets.
After a long day exploring the city’s busy streets, don’t forget to head over to the medieval medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as the proud testament of the country’s storied past.
What probably attracts travelers to Morocco the most, though, is its stunning landscapes.
Between the iconic Sahara desert, the majestic Atlas Mountains, and the picturesque coastal towns of Chefchaouen and Asilah, you’ll be presented with some of the most gorgeous views the world has to offer.
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