12 Extraordinary Travel Destinations That Everyone Else in the World Loves Exploring

From Hawaii and Cancun to The Caribbean, Americans are used to going to the same places year after year. But why not explore something a little different? Something the rest of the world is raving about? A popular online forum among travelers shared their responses to this question and here are 12 incredible travel destinations that the rest of the world loves to visit.

1. Fiji and the Cook Islands

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Both islands offer white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and a warm, welcoming culture. The Cook Islands also has pristine lagoons, lush rainforests, Polynesian heritage, and a relaxed island vibe. What’s not to love?  You’ll find plenty of New Zealanders among the tourists here because it offers the perfect vacation spot that isn’t too far from home and is an island paradise.

2. Bali, Indonesia

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The chances of running into an Australian in Bali are pretty high. Being just a short flight away, this Indonesian island captivates Australians and is especially appealing. Australians flock to Bali for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, rich culture, and affordable luxury.

The island’s warm hospitality, lush landscapes, world-class surfing, and spiritual retreats create an irresistible charm that resonates with the adventurous spirit of Australian travelers seeking a tropical escape. An Australian travel agent says, “For some, it is a frequent destination, especially for West Australians because it is so close.”

3. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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Palma de Mallorca, located in Spain’s Balearic Islands, is a beloved vacation spot for Germans. With its Mediterranean climate, picturesque beaches, and vibrant nightlife, it offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment. One respondent says, “It’s referred to as the 17th German state, and nearly everything was translated into German.”

4. Croatia

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A Slovenian says, “We have yearly massive migrations to the Croatian coast and islands. It starts in May and ends in late September/October.” Another says, “Hungarians go to Croatia. Not sure about the percentage, but it is the most popular destination.” Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coastline, dotted with charming towns and idyllic islands, offers pristine beaches. It has cultural similarities to both Slovenia and Hungary and offers an affordable destination.

5. Thailand

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From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the stunning beaches of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, Thailand offers a diverse range of experiences. Visitors are drawn to its rich cultural heritage, ornate temples, flavorful street food, vibrant markets, tranquil islands, and warm hospitality. According to the internet forum, it’s a popular spot for Australians, Scandinavians, and Chinese people. For Australia and China, it offers a vacation in close proximity to home.

6. Morocco

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“The French love Morocco because it’s nearby, relatively cheap, and mostly French-speaking. It’s also a very beautiful country,” says one commenter. Morocco offers a captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern influences with winding streets, intricate architecture, aromatic cuisine, and lively marketplaces. Visitors enjoy the fascinating medinas of Marrakech and Fez and the stunning Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert.

7. Canary Islands

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With its year-round pleasant climate, stunning beaches, and volcanic landscapes, the Canary Islands provide diverse activities. Whether exploring the lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote, hiking through lush forests in La Gomera, or enjoying the vibrant nightlife in Tenerife, these islands offer a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. According to several people on the forum, the British and Irish love to vacation here.

8. Italy

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Italy’s rich history and delicious cuisine perhaps resonate with the Swiss, who possibly appreciate the similar alpine landscapes. Italians’ warm hospitality and zest for life also are also appealing, making Italy a favorite destination for indulging in delicious food, exploring picturesque towns, and immersing in a vibrant Mediterranean atmosphere. One forum member says that a survey showed 29% of Swiss people chose the country as a vacation spot.

9. Argentina

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The bustling capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, showcases tango rhythms, European flair, and culinary delights. Argentina offers a wealth of natural wonders and cultural experiences, from Patagonia’s awe-inspiring landscapes to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls and renowned wine regions. Brazilians share a cultural affinity, and the destination isn’t far from home, making it a great escape.

10. Ibiza, Spain

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One commenter says, “Ibiza is to the U.K. what Palma is to Germany. If you want to get smashed on the beach, that’s where we go.” Another says, “The U.K. has Ibiza…the U.S. has Miami Beach.” Famous for its world-class clubs and DJ sets, Ibiza attracts party-goers from around the globe. However, it also offers serene coves, crystal-clear waters, charming villages, and breathtaking sunsets, making it a versatile destination that caters to all tastes.

11. Algarve, Portugal

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Sitting along Portugal’s Algarve coast, Algarve offers beaches, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque villages. The region’s towns, like Lagos and Albufeira, offer historical sites and vibrant nightlife, while its golf courses and water sports cater to active travelers. Algarve’s warm climate and natural beauty make it a sought-after destination. This is another popular spot for both British and Irish people. One person says there’s even an English-language radio station to cater to them.

12. Hawaii, USA

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Hawaii is a popular destination for plenty of people from the mainland, plus it attracts people from all over the world who want to experience a tropical paradise in the Pacific that exudes a laid-back vibe embraced by its people. Hawaii’s pristine beaches, vibrant shopping districts, and delectable cuisine cater to Japanese preferences. The warm hospitality, shared love for nature, and ease of communication make Hawaii a welcoming destination.

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