9 Vacation Hot Spots Around the World

Are you thinking about planning the trip of a lifetime? While there are innumerable options for destinations that can provide your dream vacation, there are ten places in particular that seem to be the most popular for travelers around the world.

One of the following locales might be just what you’ve been looking for in a travel destination:

1. Paris, France






One of the most famous cities in the world also features some of the world’s most instantly recognizable landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris is also considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, and as such is perfect for any honeymooners or couples simply looking for an intimate getaway.

2. New York, New York

America’s largest and most famous city is also one of its premiere tourist destinations. Check out a show on Broadway, pay a visit to Yankee Stadium, take a stroll around Central Park, visit the Statue of Liberty or simply spend a day people watching. Your options are unlimited in the Big Apple.

3. Rome, Italy

Rome is known as “The Eternal City” for good reason—everywhere you walk, you are passing through history. The Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are just a few of the many historical landmarks that call the city home.

4. Cancun, Mexico






For a more relaxing and luxurious vacation, Cancun offers beautiful beaches and resorts guaranteed to rejuvenate your body and mind. The area has an exciting nightlife as well, with clubs and bars if you’re looking for a night out on the town.

5. London, England

England’s famous capital offers a unique blend of history and modernity, with familiar landmarks surrounded by a hip culture. See the city’s royal sites and take in the great arts scene—all in one great trip.

6. Orlando, Florida

Many children dream of the day their parents will take them to the theme park capital of the world, and as a result, Orlando sees staggering numbers of tourists every year. Whether your destination is Disney World, Universal Studios or just the city itself, Orlando offers something for the whole family.

7. San Francisco, California

Perhaps the most scenic city on America’s west coast, San Francisco offers treats for both the eyes and the taste buds. The fresh food markets are must-see attractions, while the Golden Gate Bridge and the island of Alcatraz offer gorgeous views of the city.

8. Sydney, Australia






Many people consider Australia a dream destination, and Sydney is a perfect starting place for your Australian adventure. Stay in any of the gorgeous Sydney hotels and check out the world-famous Sydney Opera House, Aquarium or any of the beautiful zoos and parks within the city.

9. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The beautiful shoreline at Myrtle Beach is consistently dotted with tourists who are able to find both a relaxing getaway and plenty of excitement. Whether your idea of fun is spending a day reading on the beach or splashing around in a water park, Myrtle Beach provides great vacation possibilities.

As you consider stops on your trip of a lifetime, consider the destinations listed above. There’s a reason why these locations are known worldwide by tourists, and you won’t be disappointed with the wide range of entertainment options they provide.

About the Author:

Erica Gustafson is a freelance writer and consultant for Expedia in which she loves her life of world traveling. She writes about her experiences as she has traveled to over 30 different countries.

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  1. While I agree that France, the USA, Italy, and Mexico are all within the 10 most visited countries by tourists, I am not convinced that these locations (and the cities mentioned above) would provide the traveler with the “dream vacation” and “trip of a lifetime”. I wonder, is it really a trip of a lifetime if everyone else has been there? These cities are popular destinations, perhaps not because these provide the dream vacation, but more because they’re easy destinations, destinations that don’t require much venturing out of one’s comfort zone, destinations that don’t provide much challenge.

    Of the places listed above, I’ve been to Rome, NYC, and San Francisco. All of those places are great destinations, but not the trip of a lifetime. Having spent a considerable amount of time in Osaka, I am used to big cities, and walk faster than a New Yorker. Manhattan can be amazing, but it’s not exotic.

    Perhaps the main point I want to emphasize here is that I think it’s not too good of an idea to visit a place simply because everyone else has been there. Travel is about meeting other cultures, and seeing the world. Travel should be seeing something new. Please get out of your comfort zone and see what you’re missing. If you do, you’ll get your trip of a lifetime. I am quite dismayed that the 9 locations listed above are just cities that perhaps might be a great destination by itself, but is just a sampler of your run-of-the-mill city in the Western world.

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  2. @Jeruen after reading the article, I feel that its purpose was to provide dream vacation ‘hot spots’ rather than ‘potential dream vacation spots.’ Hot spots means that it is a very popular place to visit. There are millions of other more ‘exotic’ places to go but this is a good list of 9 ‘hot spots’ or ‘popular places’ to begin building a ‘dream vacation.’

    I have been to Cancun and Myrtle beach and both of them were amazing places to visit. Just because i wasn’t in the Amazon rain forest doesn’t mean it wasn’t a dream vacation. There were pros and cons to both vacation spots I have been to and it will more than likely be the same on any other vacation I take.

    The only place i would image that wouldn’t have any downtime would be a cruise. I have never been on a cruise and I could see where there would be a constant flow of busy-ness..

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  3. I have so many more places left to see! I’ve only been to a couple of these Hot Spots, but I will definitely see them all before I die!

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  4. I think all of these commenters raise valid points…I myself think this is a grand list, I’ve only been to New York City though. And there are plenty of other places on this planet to explore that haven’t been highlighted here, but this is a good start. 🙂

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  5. My favorite city is Rome! I have visited a couple of times and the sites and experiences just never get old.

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  6. I like the fact that these are places, for the most part, that I can actually go. I know some people complain about lists, but ones which are unaffordable for the vast bulk of population, while I love looking at the pictures don’t do me any good. Gimme a choice of North Myrtle Beach hotels and I am happy. I have gone to all the US destinations – Australia would be really nice to try, but I don’t want to spend 18 hours on a beach!

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  7. Myrtle Beach is the spot for family vacations – the beaches can get a bit crowded at certain times of the year, but which ones can’t? The great thing is there are plenty of nature areas and non-touristy things to do; the Burroughs Chapin Museum, Brookgreen gardens – the kids like the water parks and the Family Kingdom Amusement Park. It’s easy to get a pretty good rate too – Myrtle Beach vacation packages make the rest of the family happy, and that makes me happy!

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