Whether you enjoy the outdoors, art museums, cultural experiences, shopping, cuisine, nature, architecture or just wandering in a new place, any of these top destinations can inspire you to take the trip of a lifetime.
Based on year-over-year increases in positive reviews, travel booking site TripAdvisor created this list of Traveler's Choice destinations ranked by quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions over a 12-month period.
Here are 25 of the best destinations in the world.
Above, the Rainbow Mountains, Cusco, Peru.
Travelers enjoy Bali for its white sand beaches, snorkeling among coral reefs and shipwrecks, the sacred monkey forest and the Tanah Lot Temple. Shown, Ulun Danu Park.
Visit the museums, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market, Abbey Road, and 221B Baker Street. There's so much to see and do no matter what you like: food, art, fashion, beer, music. The least expensive month to go is April, according to TripAdvisor.
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Paris is always a good idea. Rich with food, art and romance, there's so much to see and do. Ride a boat on the Seine or sit in a cafe with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, or Notre Dame. Shop at the flea markets or view the street art in Place du Tertre in Montmartre, above.
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Enjoy an espresso while people-watching in a piazza, eat too much gelato and pasta -- it's Rome, after all. Visitors enjoy the open-air markets, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and myriad other historic sites.
New York City
Must-sees include the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, above, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National September 11 Memorial and High Line park.
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The island of Crete is rich with archaeological and mythological history that's reflected in its ancient ruins and cultural attractions. The least expensive month to go is August, when it is also hottest. Shown, Agios Nikolaos and Voulismeni lake on Crete.
Top sites include the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, above, and Casa Batllo, both designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Don't miss the Gothic Quarter or Barcelona's great beaches.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, above, ancient structures contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. Visit the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.
Prague, Czech Republic
Immerse yourself in culture in the city of 100 spires. Explore the Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and don't miss the famous Astronomical Clock. The least expensive month to go is April, according to TripAdvisor.
Popular spots in Phuket include Kata Noi Beach, Freedom Beach and the Soi Dog Foundation, an animal rescue organization. Phuket is known for its beaches, diving and other watersports, aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples. Grab a bite at the street food market at Thalang Road, above, which opens every Sunday at the end of the day.
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Straddling the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe and Asia, Istanbul reflects many cultural influences. Take in the architecture of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Visit the bazaars, Turkish baths, Galata Bridge and Miniaturk Park, a park that displays miniature versions of Turkey's treasures.
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The land of wood and water offers prime hiking and bird watching, as well as beaches and snorkeling. Don't miss the authentic music clubs of Kingston.
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Hoi An, Vietnam
Sights include the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Quan Cong Temple in this well-preserved historic city. If you're there on a full moon, you'll get to see Hoi An lit up by colorful lanterns and tealights.
Enjoy the art, architecture, and nightlife of Russia's second largest city, rich in traditions that have inspired some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and art. See the Winter Palace, the Kazan Cathedral, and the art collection of the Hermitage. Above, the Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood.
A vacation in Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, includes reef diving, zip-lining, deep-sea fishing and relaxing on the beach. Don't miss the Carambola botanical gardens or the Stone Castle Cameo Factory.
The former imperial city is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. Wander the maze-like streets of the medieval walled Medina. Shop the Jamaa el Fna, the main bazaar, above.
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Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes
The not-too-crowded Ambergris Caye is a treat for reef divers, thanks to the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a giant submarine sinkhole rich with diverse marine life.
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil's second largest city, Rio de Janeiro is famous for its Carnaval, the Copacabana neighborhood, Ipanema Beach, and the largest Art Deco statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer, which overlooks the city from Corcovado Mountain.
St Martin/St Maarten
A fusion of Caribbean, French and Dutch cultures, the island is popular for its resort beaches, secluded coves, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, on the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline, is one of the top diving destinations in the world. Explore ancient Mayan ruins from here. Above, young men wear traditional Indian masks.
The largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai mixes modern infrastructure with rich culture and history. Don't miss the Dubai Fountains (the world's largest choreographed fountain system set on a 30-acre manmade lake) the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, or the famous Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel shaped like a sail.
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Swim with stingrays, visit Seven Mile Beach, or taste rum at the Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery. Grand Cayman is the largest of the British Caymans territory.
The capital of Nepal is full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and unique villages. Above, the square of Bhaktapur.
Take a cruise in the blue sea of Bora Bora with a view of Mount Otemanu, above. Visitors enjoy this South Pacific island for the beauty, romance, snorkeling, off-roading and submarine tours.
Once the capital of the Incan empire, high-altitude Cusco is famous for its ruins, stone streets, Qoriacancha palace and the church of Santo Domingo on the Plaza de Armas, the central square. Above, native weavers, dressed in traditional clothing, demonstrate their handicraft.