15 Countries Travelers Claim Are the Best They Have Visited in Their Life

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Is there one country you’ve visited that stands out above the rest? Whether it’s the food, culture, scenery, or people, something often makes a country better than others you’ve traveled to. 

When a group of travelers were asked this question, these are the 15 best countries travelers have visited. 

1. New Zealand

Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

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Many travelers agreed that New Zealand was a country they could move to with its friendly locals, unique geography, and fantastic attractions. 

2. Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Bosnia and Herzegovina boasts delicious and flavorful food, welcoming people, incredible history, and tons of adventures. One traveler could not stop gushing about how great this country is and confirmed that it is one of the best places in the world.

3. United States of America

Glacier National Park Highline Trail

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Glacier National Park and everything surrounding the area are painfully beautiful, as one traveler said. The landscapes are enough to take your breath away and make you want to go back and again. 

4. Mongolia

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Like the USA, Mongolia offers the most exquisite landscapes and scenery that people can’t get enough of. For a unique experience steeped in history and beauty, plan a trip to Mongolia.

5. Norway

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With its countless fjords and awe-inspiring natural beauty, Norway tops the list for many travelers. They agree it is one of the best countries to visit due to its scenery, kind locals, and safety. 

6. Japan

One of the top 3 waterfalls in Japan. Kegon Falls at Nikko

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Japan comes out on top as the best destination to visit. Okinawa’s beaches, the tempting variety of food, the mountain landscapes, world-class skiing, historical temples, and excellent public transport make this country one of the best.

7. Iceland

Iceland, Gullfoss waterfall. Captivating scene with rainbow of Gullfoss waterfall that is most powerful waterfall in Iceland and Europe. Picturesque summer scene with amazing Icelandic waterfall.

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Iceland is a destination where going for a long drive is an attraction in its own right. The beauty unfolding as you explore more of this stunning country has captured the hearts of many travelers. Will it grab yours?

8. Slovenia

A panorama at the river with very blue sky in Ptuj, Slovenia

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Forget about the modern world and return to a time of old stone bridges and ancient castles. Slovenia blends nature and history to make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world, which is why so many travelers claim it’s their favorite destination.

9. Taiwan

Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan

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Rent a car and head out on a road trip between Kaohsiung and Taipei, stopping at Taroko National Park, and you’ll understand why people say Taiwan is the best. Those who have visited Taiwan say the country is underrated, which is surprising as it offers delicious food, welcoming locals, and gorgeous scenery.

10. Scotland

Loch Ness Lake

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One traveler moved to Scotland after falling madly in love with the friendly people, magical beauty, old pubs, and rolling hills. Many agree that this is one of the best destinations to visit over and over again.

11. Portugal

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Portugal’s delectable cuisine, specifically seafood dishes, has caused many travelers to return a second or third time. Although, their Pasteis de Nata will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. 

12. Italy

Venice, Italy

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One person said that they love how chaotic Italy is. Many travelers agreed with this sentiment and learned to enjoy Italy’s slow pace of life. 

13. Croatia

plitvice lakes croatia

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For the summer lover, Croatia will be your favorite travel destination. It has stunning tropical regions and unique islands to explore. Travelers highly rate this country because of its summer fun and fantastic scenery.

14. Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

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Colombia is a less popular destination, but travelers who’ve been there believe this should change. One person said they’ve visited three times and still cannot get enough of the hardworking and welcoming people and the fantastic landmarks and scenery.

15. Ireland

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Ireland is one place where a few travelers said they’ve visited more than once and still dream of returning. From the Rock of Cashel and Glendalough Valley to the Dingle Peninsula and the Muckross Abbey, Ireland has much to do and see.

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Jordy Johnson

Jordy gave up her home base to travel South Africa and experience more of her country. From that decision, she’s landed work as a travel writer for a magazine that showcases southern Africa and has grown her Instagram travel page, WeTheWests. She enjoys showing locals and foreigners all the beautiful and unique places and experiences South Africa and the rest of the world have to offer.