As challenges for travelling again diminish with most of Covid-19 restrictions being removed around the world, global travellers have begun hitting the road and the skies again and with a vengeance.
With that in mind, TIME, leading American news magazine, based in New York has compiled a list of the Top 100 ‘World’s Greatest Places’ where top spots to visit this year. TIME says it solicited nominations of places from international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye towards those offering new and exciting experiences.
Here are the top 10 international destinations that figure in ‘World’s Greatest Places’ to travel this year.
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
The first entry in the list is the tiny emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. Defined by its stunning geodiversity, the UAE’s fourth largest emirate, also referred to as GCC’s adventure destination, continues to attract thrill seekers with its marvellous outdoor adventure offerings.
Earlier this year, the emirate debuted the region’s longest toboggan ride Jais Sledder, that whizzes through the mountains at speeds exceeding 40 kmph.
Named after Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the Hajar Mountains, the attraction joins Jais Flight, world’s longest zip line. There is also the newly launched RAK Airventure that is a tethered hot-air balloon that soars over 30 m high for 10 minutes and captures a breathtaking panorama of the region’s natural and urban landscape.
Park City, Utah
Second on the list is Park City, a city in the summit of Utah in United States, which is a charming ski town that rose to fame when it started hosting its annual Sundance Film Festival, a star-studded celebs-in-snow-boots event in 1978. It has now grown into become a major winter and summer destination on par with Aspen, another famous Ski resort city in US.
Recent additions to the area’s luxury resort collection include the Pendra Park city which is located in the centre of Canyons Village. Restaurants such as Tupelo Park City and KITA have boosted the city’s culinary chops.
Next on the list are the Galápagos Islands, a volcanic island group in the Pacific Ocean and a province of the Ecuador, considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing.
Its wealth of unique plants and animals is rarely found in other parts of the world.
The Islands are also famous for being the source of Darwin’s theory of evolution and remain even today priceless living laboratory for scientists.
One should definitely visit the Tortuga Bay for its popular marine viewing including local turtles, or the Charles Darwin Research Station for its unique Galapagos tortoises.
Dolni Morava, Czech Republic
Coming fourth in the list is Dolni Morava, a municipality and village in Ústí nad Orlicí District in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic.
The village is famous for many attractions but perhaps the one that has lured many till date is its most famous Sky Walk, a wooden structure 55 metres above the ground that takes one beyond the tree tops and even higher.
Another worthy mention should be its Sky Bridge 72, which is cconsidered world’s longest suspension bridge.
The capital of South Korea has now emerged as a creative haven for those looking to make their mark. From food to fashion, the city is famous for its trend-setting residents. It ranks fifth on the TIME list for 2022.
Competing with other popular cities in Asia such as Tokyo, Beijing, and Taipei, South Korea’s capital is often overlooked. But there is plenty to explore and discover as the beautiful city offers modern attractions like the futuristic architectures Lotte World Tower and the Skyscraper or ancient attractions such as the prehistoric Buddhist temples and traditional houses at the Bukchon Hanok Village.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef, on the northeast coast of Australia, is in the top of the list for divers and snorkelers and is sixth on the list of Top 100.
With home to a stunning variety of marine life, around a third of the world’s protected marine life, it provides perhaps the best in the world, snorkelling and diving opportunities for visitors.
It was the first coral reef system to be awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO and is also considered to have world’s largest coral reef system.
Another rather surprising entry in the top 10 of the Top 100 of TIME is Doha, the capital of Qatar that ranks seventh and is the second destination in the Middle East, after Ras Al Khaimah for the adventure junkies.
With its thrilling desert safaris, film city excursions, road trips, scuba diving, fly boarding and other water sports, Doha is a must to be listed in the bucket list of adventurers, says TIME.
Apart from its impressive collection of adventure sports, the national capital will also delight culture enthusiasts and architect fanatics like the IM Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, and the National Museum of Qatar, which is as awe-inspiring inside as out.
The largest city in the US state of Michigan, Detroit, was listed on the top 10 global cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, one of the world’s largest travel guide book publisher.
It is also considered one of the best U.S. city for business travel.
Nicknamed ‘Motor City’, the destination is best known as the birthplace of the modern automobile, with visitors flocking to its infamous Henry Ford Experience, a giant-screen theatre at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation that shows educational films.
Apart from automobiles, Detroit is much more thanks to its thriving art, music, sports, and nightlife scene and is listed at the eighth spot by TIME.
The Arctic is famous for its polar wildlife, that is unique and distinct to the region. For the Arctic visitors, it is the extraordinary encounter with the polar bears and witnessing the Northern Lights that encourages them to visit this all year round freezing land.
Transporting through huskies are one of the unique aspect of this destination. Apart from the wildlife and nature, snow sports such as Ski, snow sledding, and snowmobiling are some of the adrenaline rush activities one can take part in. It ranks ninth in the TIME’s list.
Nairobi in the east African country of Kenya is the only capital city in the world with a National Park. The Nairobi National Park is studded with open grass plains and is home to Africa’s Big Five that consists of Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard. Apart from these the park also houses other variety of wildlife species like Zebras, Antelopes, Giraffes and many more. One can also picnic in the picnic spots that the park offers.
Aside from its enormous variety of wildlife, the capital city has an exciting nightlife. When the sun sets, the city is wide awake in the form of night clubs and restaurants.
From the CBD to Westlands to Mombasa Road, large crowds of Nairobians breathe life into the city, the nightlife of Nairobi will not disappoint its guests and indulge one to have the best of their time, says TIME, listing Nairobi at the 10th spot.