Top Travel Destinations

Every year, a bunch of popular travel websites put together their “top”, “must”, or “can’t miss” destinations for the year. We visited all of our favorite websites:

We took the data from their yearly favorites lists, since 2010, and compiled all of that information into one simple map.
We ended up with over 400 different cities and countries from these nine different publications. We used a weighted average that took into account the average rank for a city and the number of times it was mentioned by a publication. For example, Paris is mentioned 19 times through these nine publications from the years 2010 to 2018. This is quite a few mentions, relatively, and earns the City of Lights 2nd place, beat out only by Rome.
A list of the top 20 cities and countries, from 2010-2018, can be found below the map.
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Rank – The city or country rank versus all of the other mentioned cities and countries
Mentions – The number of times the city or country appeared in destination lists
Average Rank
Countries – The average rank of all the cities within that country
Cities – The average rank of that city versus all other cities

Country rank: Low -> High
City rank: Low -> High



Destination Breakdown

Top-Rated Cities:

Just want to find the top cities in the world, according to all of the top travel publications? Here are the top twenty:

  1. Rome, Italy
  2. Paris, France
  3. London, United Kingdom
  4. New York City, United States
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Istanbul, Turkey
  8. Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Cape Town, South Africa
  10. Kyoto, Japan
  11. Sydney, Australia
  12. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  13. Charleston, United States
  14. Prague, Czech Republic
  15. Tokyo, Japan
  16. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  17. Hong Kong, China
  18. Marrakech, Morocco
  19. Singapore, Singapore
  20. San Francisco, United States
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Top Countries by City Rank:

Here are the top twenty countries. We ranked each country by the average rank of all the cities within each country.

  1. United States
  2. Italy
  3. France
  4. Spain
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Thailand
  7. Australia
  8. Japan
  9. Turkey
  10. South Africa
  11. Mexico
  12. China
  13. Cambodia
  14. Canada
  15. India
  16. Germany
  17. Morocco
  18. United Arab Emirates
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Netherlands