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The Most Beautiful Countries In 2020
Most rankings of countries to visit are based on the subjective opinion of the author. This one is different. We conducted a large survey from May 17 to 20, 2019, among 644 people who had made a long multi-country trip. We asked them which countries they visited and which three they preferred. Present the countries in order of the ratio: the number of citations of the country in the top three / number of respondents who visited the country.
Namibia is one of the most welcoming African countries for travelers. It is home to exceptional wildlife, including a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and the last remaining black rhinos in the wild. The network of reserves and natural parks is very developed there. The landscapes of its coast and deserts, among the most photographed in the world, are truly worth a visit. The traditional culture has remained strong, despite the colonization by Germany and then by South Africa.
2. New Zeeland
Isolated and wild, New Zealand is at the top of the list for many travellers. Its incredible landscapes were the backdrop for The Lord of the Rings. The two main islands each have their own character. The North Island is warmer, with rolling hills, beautiful beaches and numerous volcanoes. The South Island is wilder, with high peaks and fjords carved by glaciers.
Iran, which everyone thought was dangerous and populated by nuclear bomb lovers. Is one of the countries with the highest increase in the number of visitors in the world. From the extremely hospitable people with incredible architecture to the arid deserts and lush green mountains. Travelers realize that it is an extraordinary country. However, it has only recently opened up to tourism and therefore has some peculiarities, such as the strict application of Islamic rules or the impossibility of withdrawing money from ATMs.
Vanuatu is a paradise for adventurers. It is a country where you can climb two active volcanoes, swim in the world’s bluest lagoons, dive among incredible coral reefs, and board a freighter bound for a lost island. You can also relax in natural hot springs or enjoy a secluded beach just for yourself. Vanuatu’s culture is very rich, with over 100 languages and seven main religions (many people practice more than one). The country has 83 islands spread over more than 900 kilometers.
From the bustle of Tokyo to the Zen of Kyoto, from the relaxation of Okinawa to the harshness of winter in Hokkaido, Japan is a mixture of high-tech, politeness and a great respect for the past. The food is delicious, the temples majestic, the Zen gardens, the luxurious national parks and the rich history. Even though the country has the reputation of being expensive, it is quite possible to travel there at a lower cost.
Mountains, jungle, medieval towns, spiritual sites and ultra welcoming people, everyone has a reason to love Nepal. The incredible scenery is a reason in itself to visit this country. The Himalayas offer many of the most beautiful treks in the world and the tropical plains on the border with India are one of the best places in Asia to see wildlife. But what makes this country special is the indescribable sense of spirituality one feels here, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the historic sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
Floating alone between the North Atlantic and the Arctic, Iceland offers breathtaking natural wonders. From the capital Reykjavík, it is easy to visit the famous Golden Circle route with its geysers and bubbling waterfalls, the south coast with its glaciers, black beaches and volcanic landscapes or the famous thermal baths of the Blue Lagoon. By staying at least two weeks, it is possible to make the complete tour of the island. The magic of Iceland does not only come from its splendid landscapes, but also from the strong connection of its inhabitants to nature. It seems that each stone has had its own name and legend for thousands of years.
Colombia is the best kept secret in South America. For decades, the country has been torn apart by nacrotraffickers and guerrillas. Today, most of the country is safe. A trip to Colombia includes colonial cities, the dynamic big cities of Bogota and Medellin, tropical beaches and green plateaus. Nature lovers enjoy the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest and the shade of the coffee plantations, while travelers who simply want to relax can bask on the beaches. History lovers can visit the ruins of pre-Columbian civilizations, thrill-seekers can go surfing, diving or climbing and for music lovers, Colombia is the land of salsa.
Myanmar has a long history and a rich Buddhist culture, famous for the abundant use of gold on statues, temples and palaces. Although the country has been isolated from the world for decades, travelers’ interest in its pristine beaches, snow-capped mountains and wild jungles is growing. There is still time to discover the least touristy country in Southeast Asia before it is too late.
Turkey is a country full of contrasts: imposing mountain ranges and fertile plains, overgrown coastlines and deserted beaches, fast-growing cities and sleepy villages. The country is rich in history and traces of sieges and defeats can be seen everywhere. Many sites are classified by UNESCO: from the cities of Pergamon and Ephesus near the Aegean Sea to the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia in Anatolia, from stone churches to Roman aqueducts, from Byzantine churches to mosques and Ottomans.