Backpacker favourite Lonely Planet has just unveiled its top 500 travel destinations. The extraordinary Angkor complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia is the world’s best, with the full top 20 as follows (drum roll):
- Angkor ruins, Cambodia
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Great Wall of China
- Taj Mahal, India
- Grand Canyon National Park, USA
- Colosseum, Italy
- Iguacu Falls, Argentina/Brazil (or is it Brazil/Argentina?)
- Alhambra, Spain
- Ayasofya, Turkey
- Fez Medina, Morocco
- Twelve Apostles, Australia
- Petra, Jordan
- Tikal, Guatemala
- British Museum, UK
- Sagrada Familia, Spain
- Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
- Santorini, Greece
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
- Museum of Old & New Art, Australia
The “Ultimate Travelist” was created by a team of Lonely Planet experts and authors to form a new book.
Do you agree with the experts? Which is top of your bucket list?
Iconic backpacker destination Thailand has slipped down the rankings among “gap year” countries popular with young British travellers, according to UK travel industry association ABTA, with English-speaking Australia, NZ and the US occupying the top three spots this year. Vietnam has risen from eighth to fifth in popularity. “Gap year” students are also reportedly looking for work experience and volunteering opportunities. Here’s the new top 10:
- New Zealand
The “gap year” is a major undertaking not to be taken lightly, so here are different points of view dredged from Twitter:
Switzerland might the happiest country in the world, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to move there any time soon: four Swiss cities are named among the most expensive cities worldwide for international assignees in ECA International’s Cost of Living survey.
The singularly most pricey city in the world, however, rocketing into first place from 9th spot last year, is Juba in South Sudan. Entering the top 10 for the first time are Shanghai (8) and Beijing (9). Having lived in Shanghai myself, I can attest to the high cost of living there – however, don’t let that put you off: there are great opportunities in China for people with the right mindset!