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TripAdvisor’s Best Destinations of the World 2018 revealed

Posted: 21 November 2018 3:01 pm

Sydney inches into the top 25, but who else made the cut?

This year's TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards' Top 25 Destinations of the World has been unveiled. And while the list has some tried and true favourites like Paris and London, there are a few more unique additions this year such as Hurghada in Egypt and Jamaica which don't typically make lists like these.

But back to the winners.

Coming up as the #1 destination is the city of lights (or of romance, depending on which way you see it) Paris. With flight prices falling below $1,000 return it's also becoming a cheaper holiday destination for Australians. Keen to get there before word gets out? Qatar Airways has flights to Paris over Christmas and New Year's for under $1,200 return right now. True story.

Taking out silver is the UK capital, London which is a consistent favourite with Australians. Rounding out the top 3 is Rome, making it a trifecta of European destinations.

Australia's favourite island Bali however does it for the Asia/Pacific region in 4th place while Europe's island paradise Crete comes 5th.

It might seem like Europe is dominating our feeds at the moment but only 8 of the 25 destinations on the list are Europe based. This includes Istanbul which sits on the Europe and Asia continent border.

Other Asian destinations that caught travellers eyes included Phuket (#11), Hanoi (#12), Siem Reap (#13), Tokyo (#18), Kathmandu (#19), Hong Kong (#20), New Delhi (#22) which is good news for Aussies as these are some the best-priced destinations for us thanks to budget carriers like Scoot, AirAsia and Jetstar headed their way.

Sadly Sydney was the only Australian city on the list. If it makes us feel any better New York was the only North American city that made it, too.

Here's the full list - as well as where to check out the best deals to each city.

TripAdvisor's Top 25 Destinations in the World

  1. Paris
  2. London
  3. Rome
  4. Bali
  5. Crete
  6. Barcelona
  7. Prague
  8. Marrakech
  9. Istanbul
  10. New York City
  11. Phuket
  12. Hanoi
  13. Siem Reap
  14. Jamaica
  15. Playa del Carmen
  16. Lisbon
  17. Dubai
  18. Tokyo
  19. Kathmandu
  20. Hong Kong
  21. Hurghada
  22. New Delhi
  23. Cusco
  24. Rio de Janeiro
  25. Sydney

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