The 10 Best (And Worst) Travel Destinations In The World, According To The Experts

08 September 2019
Travel, Holiday, Vacation, Best Travel Destinations, Worst Travel Destinations
Don't book that trip to Liberia just yet

Travel is one of the few purely subjective pleasures in life. For many people, the thought of hitting the same beach in Bali every year for decades is enough adventure. Some like to stick to Contiki. Some like to go well off the beaten path.

As such, it's tricky to really quantify what makes a country really great to visit. Some people are simply more inclined to travel to far-flung Africa than they are to spend a week under the lights of Paris. But, as the name implies, the people at the World Economic Forum give it a read hot go every year, putting together what's known as the The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report.

The report is essentially a by-the-numbers list of the best and worst places to travel to in the world, ranked by  “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and  competitiveness of a country.”

Essentially, if it's well set-up to travel to, it will likely rank pretty high on the list.

Once again, Spain has taken out the report's top spot as the world's leading travel destination in terms of infrastructure, safety, hygiene, and resources to accomodate travellers. it remains in the number 1 spot, according to the report, "thanks to rich natural (9th) and cultural (3rd) resources and impressive tourist service infrastructure (3rd)."

According to the report, Europe is still, economically at least, the best global region to travel to, followed by the Asia-Pacific region and then the Ameircas. Eurasia has seen particular improvements in recent times, with a boom in tourism money flowing into the Balkans and countries like Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

The report also notes that Asia-Pacific is by far the fastest-growing tourism region, with both a rapidly improving infrastructure for inter-regional travel, and importantly, the rise of a local middle class that is contributing massively to outbound tourism.

Check out the list of the best and worst countries in the world to visit below. You can read the full report at the WEF's website.

Top 10 Countries to Visit

1. Spain

2. France

3. Germany

4. Japan

5. United States

6. United Kingdom

7. Australia

8. Italy

9. Canada

10. Switzerland

Bottom 10 Countries to Visit

  1. Yemen
  2. Chad
  3. Liberia
  4. Burundi
  5. Democratic Republic of Congo
  6. Mauritania
  7. Angola
  8. Haiti
  9. Burkina Faso
  10. Sierra Leone

Via GQ Australia