Travelling is so much more than just visiting new destinations. Many people travel for experiences – whether cultural, adventurous, culinary, or historical.

From Costa Rica to Iceland, here are the top 10 countries in the world for experiences, according to TripAdvisor travellers’ ratings and reviews.


1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a beautiful destination that boasts tropical shores, rainforests brimming with exotic creatures, and imposing volcanoes.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a 6-hour white water rafting tour from La Fortuna, a guided sloth tour also in La Fortuna, and a private Monteverde Cloud Forest walk.

Many airlines offer daily flights from London to San José International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with evening flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.


2. New Zealand

Known for its sublime landscapes, fascinating Maori culture, world-famous vineyards, diverse wildlife, and Great Walks, a trip to New Zealand can be as relaxed or as action-packed as you want it to be.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a food tour of Auckland with an expert guide, a tandem parasail flight over the Bay of Islands, and a half-day kayak to the Maori carvings from Taupo.

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Auckland International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 49 days before departure, with evening flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.


3. Vietnam

Beautiful Vietnam is one of the last communist countries on earth, and it has so much to offer travellers – whether it’s the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, the massive caves, delicious food, picturesque rice terraces, dramatic landscapes, and fascinating history.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a Hanoi food tour, a Mekong Delta bike tour from Ho Chi Minh City, and even an atmospheric evening Hoi An food tour by bike.

Many airlines offer daily flights from London to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 40 days before departure, with evening flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.


4. Ireland

With its unbelievable natural beauty and a neverending list of things to see and do, Ireland is a dream tourist destination.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a whiskey tasting tour of Dublin, a walking tour to learn the history of Ireland’s 1916 rebellion, and a hiking tour of the landscape of Howth.

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Dublin International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with morning flights from Stansted offering the best prices on the route.


5. Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful and charming country that’s characterised long sea lochs, rugged mountains, and close to 4,000 miles of coastline.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park tour, a 4-day tour of the West Highlands and Isle of Skye from Edinburgh Old Town, and an Edinburgh 2-hour guided tour.

Many airlines offer daily flights from London to Edinburgh International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 57 days before departure, with evening flights from Stansted offering the best prices on the route.


6. Australia

Sunsoaked Australia is one of the most remote, fascinating, and highly developed countries in the world, making it the ultimate travel destination.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include an Ayers Rock (Uluru) sunrise and Segway, a scenic Maria Island cruise that includes a buffet lunch and guided walk, and a Margaret River wine and food tasting tour.

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Kingsford Smith International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 58 days before departure, with midday flights from Gatwick offering the best prices on the route.


7. Portugal

With its historic cities, world-renowned cuisine, natural landscapes, and spectacular beaches, Portugal is a favourite among travellers – ranking as the second most popular destination of 2018.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a private tour of Sintra and Cascais, a Madeira scenic island tour by motorcycle sidecar, and a 7 Hills electric bike tour in Lisbon.

Many airlines offer daily flights from London to Portela International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with afternoon flights from Stansted offering the best prices on the route.


8. Mexico

With its delicious food, fascinating culture, beautiful beaches, amazing ancient sites, and friendly people, Mexico is a must-visit.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a customisable sailing tour in Cancun, a Los 7 Cenotes with lunch and a bike ride from Merida, and a Puerto Vallarta adventure tour that includes zip lining, rappelling, and tequila tasting.

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Cancun International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 19 days before departure, with evening flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.


9. United States

From its natural wonders and varied landscapes to its unique and diverse culture and impressive museums and monuments, everyone should visit the United States at least once in their lifetime.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a wild dolphin and reef snorkelling excursion in Kona, a craft brewery tour and tasting in Anchorage, and ocean kayak tours.

Many airlines offer daily flights from London to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with morning flights from Stansted offering the best prices on the route.


10. Iceland

Iceland is a truly unique and stunning country with its dramatic natural wonders such as its imposing ice formations and the breathtaking Northern Lights.

Some of the top-rated experiences for the country include a white water rafting day trip from Hafgrimsstaoir, a whale watching RIB boat tour from Husavik, and a golden circle afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Keflavik International Airport. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with evening flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.


 

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