TripAdvisor names 10 best countries for travel experiences

The travel forum has also selected the best destinations for activities based on user ratings

Activities and travel experiences are the way to squeeze the most out of your holidays. Lying on the same beach each day for two weeks is just not comparable to kayaking down a wild river or hiking through a jungle.

Cloud forest tours are one of the activity that has made Costarica the best country for travel experiences — Shutterstock
A cloud forest tour is one of the activities that have made Costa Rica the best countries for travel experiences – Shutterstock

TripAdvisor has selected the best countries and destinations where experience seekers can fulfil their passion and create some unique memories.

The world’s largest travel forum has evaluated ratings on more than 121,000 travel experiences and has come up with list of places with the highest number of points.

The ultimate winner of the comparison, in both countries and destinations categories, is the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Rafting in white water, guided sloth seeings and walks through cloud forests have brought the country an overall score of 4.81 points out of five. The place you should head to experience most of the offerings is La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Tandem parasail flights are some of the best-ranking activities of New Zealand — DaViDa S / Shutterstock.com
Tandem parasail flights are some of the best-ranking activities of New Zealand – DaViDa S / Shutterstock.com

Second place belongs to New Zealand – a country famed for its adventure tourism. But the best experiences are not only the adrenaline kicks, such as kayaking to the Maori carvings from Taupo and tandem parasail flights over the Bay Islands but also a much more relaxed food tour with local experts.

Known for its bustling cities, delicious food and beautiful coastline, Vietnam has taken third place. The best activities the booming country has to offer are food tours, bike tours, or food tours on bikes.

The best travel experiences Vietnam has to offer are food tours, bike tours, or food tours on bikes —  Shutterstock
The best travel experiences Vietnam has to offer are food tours, bike tours, or food tours on bikes – Shutterstock

Ireland, which has ranked fourth in the list, offers customers whiskey tasting as well as a historical 1916 rebellion tour, or just simply hiking tours through the outstandingly picturesque nature, while Scotland offers mainly highly appreciated walks around its famous castles and lakes.  

10 world’s best countries for experiences according to TripAdvisor users

  1. Costa Rica
  2. New Zealand
  3. Vietnam
  4. Ireland
  5. Scotland
  6. Australia
  7. Portugal
  8. Mexico
  9. United States
  10. Iceland

10 world’s best destinations for experiences according to TripAdvisor users

  1. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  2. Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  3. Tromso, Norway
  4. Rotorua, New Zealand
  5. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  6. Sedona, Arizona, USA
  7. Queenstown, New Zealand
  8. St. Petersburg, Russia
  9. Santorini, Greece
  10. Key West, Florida, USA