30 Best Countries in the Wold to Visit

30 Best Countries in the World

The criteria for what makes a country great is different for everyone. It depends on many factors including food, sites, experience with locals, and overall connections made in a country. No two travel experiences are alike.

My friend Lee Abbamonte creates a lot of “30 Best” lists and I always enjoy reading them. They inspired this post and will lead to many more. However, he has been to every country in the world so his list is going to look very different than mine and yours. Even for countries we have both visited we may have had very different experiences.

We are going to disagree on the 30 best counties in the world but that is part of the fun. I have been to 87 countries and there are dozens of “popular” destinations I’ve yet to see with my own eyes that will not make this list.

How we travel greatly influences our experiences around the world. This is my list of the 30 best countries in the world to visit.


Criteria to make this list:

  1. I have visited the country
  2. It must be one of the 193 United Nations Member States*
  3. I have visited at least one UNESCO World Heritage site in the country

*There are many islands, territories, regions, and non-UN member states that will not be eligible for this list. This list does not include any country not listed among the 193 UN member states.

30 Best Countries in the World to Visit

1. Brazil


2. Thailand


3. Mexico


4. USA

United States

5. France


6. Italy


7. Jordan


8. The Philippines

The Philippines

9. Bhutan

The Tiger's Nest Bhutan

10. United Kingdom

St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

11. Argentina


12. Egypt


13. Iran


14. The Netherlands

The Netherlands

15. Tanzania


16. United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

17. Turkey


18. Croatia


19. Vietnam


20. Uruguay


21. Colombia


22. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

23. Nepal


24. Cuba


25. Cambodia


26. Panama


27. South Korea

South Korea

28. Morocco


29. Switzerland


30. Haiti


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  • Great list. All of the above countries should be first choice for any traveler.

  • Robin Drew

    Yes !
    I agree these all countries are best and the sequence is correct.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • the listed countries are top class countries to visit though i didnt visit most of those countries. I can’t agree more on Thailand. one of my favorite country

  • Kuwait Solutions

    I highly recommend travelers to explore Sarajevo, marvellous beauty, very safe & affordable.

  • Travel Gyan

    Appreciate the Photographs, Surprised that you have been travelling for quite some time and still have a lot of best countries pending. With due respect justification not justified http://www.twitter.com/travelgyan

    • I’m not sure what you mean by “pending” but this is a personal list of favorites visited to date. By most standards visiting 90+ countries in 10 years or so is too fast. This is my travel style and there is no right speed to travel or pace visit new counties. That’s what makes traveling so great for each individual.

    • Travel Gyan

      Agree no mean task you have travelled a lot, what I mean by pending – India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and many more are too hard to ignore, they are UN Member nations also have plenty of UNESCO sites, have u visited and forgot to add them to this list or they are still pending. So ignoring some of the best ones and tagging the rest as best was not rightly justified now of course your have qualified by saying personal favorites. Here is a link to UNESCO sites in India https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Heritage_Sites_in_India

  • Er

    Going to Europe this summer for a month. Right now we’re going to Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Montenegro, and Italy (amalfi coast). Any suggestions for these countries or surrounding ones?!

  • Great post! I would love to visit each and every one of these countries. Keep up the good work and I wish you all the best.-Chris Thompson

  • Great post, I wish you all the best and safe travels 🙂

  • aussiearef

    The list is quite realistic and unbiased. I just don’t think there is much to see in UAE! also UK is awfully overrated whereas some beautiful countries such as Iran (in the list), Syria, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria are always underrated. I don’t understand why someone might want to see London before seeing the gorgeous Prague, or before spending a decent time in Vienna and Zurich!

    • Rochelle

      London is just a city like any other. It’s the country side you need to visit. The history there is ancient. Stone circles, castles, small villages etc. I can’t wait to return to England.

  • muslim Jesus

    Our planet is so gigantic that we can’t restrict ourselves to a limited number of countries for instance Oceanian countries like New Zealand, Austalia, New Caledonia ,Tonga, Fiji…ect ara awsome places and diserve all to part of this list. I wish you all the best.

  • dfss

    russia ( instead of all these asian countries ) – tunisia ( instead of moroco ) –

    • This list is for places I’ve visited so there are only 107 eligible countries for me to choose from. I haven’t made it to Russia yet but I update it annually so maybe next year.

  • Jake JJ Geddes

    SO WHAT ABOUT Jamaica huh?

    • I haven’t been so it can’t be on the list yet! Hopefully after this year I can update it and let you know.

    • Mike De Llano

      In my opinion, Jamaica is a terrible country to visit.

    • Natalie Webb

      Jamaica was horrible

  • Amanda Alisyahbana

    How come you skip Indonesia, man? You miss secluded paradise.

  • Gray Kris

    how abt Indonesia ? it’s great ^^

  • Gray Kris

    How about Indonesia? It’s Great!! ^^