Top Ten Tourist Hotspots
When we say hot places, we mean places that you should go to before you die. We mean places that any self-respecting citizen of the world would want to visit for the nightlife, the parties, the people and the culture. In this list, we rate ten locations all over the world according to the aforementioned criteria. Pack up and buckle down. This should be a fun ride.
10. Boracay Island, Philippines
9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Another entrant because of its reputation as a party beach , Rio de Janeiro has entered mass consciousness so effectively that a lot of people mistake it for the capital of Brazil. It is best known for its carnival called the "Escolas de Samba," a two-week celebration that features thousands of people lining the streets and dancing in celebration. Rio is also known for its New Year’s Eve celebrations. The display and music (Rio being the birthplace of the samba and the bossa nova) attracts celebrators from all over the world. The costs are quite manageable and knowing how to haggle will definitely come in handy as you navigate the various markets of Rio.
A panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro
The only downside is that certain areas of Rio are infested with slums, and after dark, the downtown area has been known to be full of thieves. Still, this element adds another twist to Rio; it’s a paradise with a hint of danger.
8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
7. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is one of the more well-known Asian cities . Tokyo is able to boast a lot of things that merits its entry into this list. Japanese cuisine is one of the most popular in the world and the Japanese do it best. Immersing yourself in the culture will also be rewarding. Oriental cultures still maintain some form of mystery to the ordinary traveller. In Tokyo, practically everything is infused with Eastern-Japanese flavor.
A panoramic view of Tokyo
Tokyo cares about your convenience. Its public transportation system is one of the most efficient in the world. Convenience stores also live up to their name. They’re not just everywhere; they also carry items that you would normally have to go to a mall for in any other city. Tokyo convenience stores know that the needs of tourists can be completely random and unprecedented. Where else would you find a convenience store that sells underwear? (Don’t be afraid of buying in japan’s convenience stores, you just have to learn how to count in japanese.)
6. London, England
London is a center of culture and nightlife. Various theaters with aspiring thespians can be found in London. These thespians take their craft very seriously and a career in London’s theater scene has been the push needed by some to make a name for themselves. Shakespeare’s Globe Theater can be found within this lovely city, a tribute to William Shakespeare, considered the greatest English playwright ever. London has magnificent gardens and zoos that captivate the imagination. The Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral (where the late Princess Diana was wed to Prince Charles) are also wonderful structures you can visit to get a sense of history and marvel at architectural achievements of the past.
A panoramic view of London
The only drawback when it comes to visiting London is the price tag. London can be unbelievably expensive for the non-savvy traveler. Best you start saving up or learn the tricks of the trade quickly.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok combines modernity and traditionalism. Known as a shopping mecca, it sells quality goods at low prices. A string of malls connected by bridges can be found at the heart of it. Night markets abound and knowing how to haggle comes into play. Designer shops can also be found in great abundance if that’s more your speed.
A panoramic view of Bangkok
Bangkok is home to temples that will dazzle you with beauty and overwhelm you with their history. Public transportation is easy to use as well. If you’d rather not take a cab, you can use the train system. It’s laid out well enough that even tourists can use it with ease. Various massage parlors remain open until 2:00 AM, offering services ranging from foot massages to full body ones using various techniques. Some go to witness what happens in the famous Pat Pong, the Bangkok Red Light District. No matter what you’re looking for, parties, relaxation, shopping, culture, or good food, you can be rest assured you’ll find it here.
4. Barcelona, Spain
Beaches are also available for your sunbathing and relaxation needs. Practically anything that a tourist could possibly want is available in Barcelona. Being a popular destination for backpackers, Barcelona also offers a variety of affordable, yet comfortable accommodations. Hostels are quite popular and safe. The people are friendly enough, and if you’re looking for some romance, you will find the people of Barcelona gorgeous.
3. Sydney, Australia
Those looking for a party can be satisfied by a great variety of bars and clubs that are packed with residents and tourists alike night after night. Nature-lovers can take pleasure in enjoying the Australian environment without subjecting themselves to the dangerous Outback by visiting various zoos, gardens and parks within the metropolis. Cultural appetites can be whetted by the galleries and museums. Those looking for a more interactive look into Sydney’s everyday cultural evolution can satisfy their curiosity with the live entertainment options within the city. Kids won’t be bored either. Sydney is the city that caters to everyone. (If you want to go here in this beautiful place, you should secure your Australian visa, read What you need to know about Australian visas)
2. Paris, France
1. New York City
New York City doesn’t really seem like a tourist destination. It’s definitely not as old as some of the locations on this list, but New York is a certified urban jungle. New York City is all about mixing different people in one location and watching them thrive and survive with each other. No one ever looks like a tourist in this city because it’s a true melting pot. New York City is home to some of the world’s most popular cultural locations, such as The Metropolitan Museum.
A panoramic view of New York City at night
New York City provides for the needs of most travelers. As a city that never sleeps, convenience is taken care of as most convenience stores remain open past the time sanity dictates. New York City isn’t inhabited by the friendliest people, but it most certainly provides for the most interesting collection of human beings. It’s a cross between bohemian lifestyles and formality, with a hint of capitalistic drive. New York City is a city of the world. As a traveler, it is your duty to see it.
Some may find themselves complaining over the omission of other cities. Cities like Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were omitted because the commitment to only including one city from every country had to be kept. Other runners-up include popular Spring Break locations like the Greek Islands, quietly romantic city Prague, and cultural heaven Rome.
These cities epitomize different things about the history of humankind. They’re also, surprisingly, quite representative of the different regions of the world. Most of the entrants on this list are symbolic of a triumph in erasing borders and recognizing individuals as people in a melting pot. In these places, race doesn’t really matter anymore because people just want to do what makes them happy. Plus, people all over the world visit these locales; everyone looks like they could be their next-door neighbors to them.
* Wherever you go on vacation, you always need to keep you and your family safe and secure. Tourist robbery is extremely common in vacation hotspots, and you need to take the right steps to keep your money and belongings safe by knowing what types of travel tourists that attract muggers.