What are the 10 best places to visit in Europe and overseas when planning international travel? You may be surprised at just how many destinations you’ll want to add to your bucket list. The world’s a big place, and it’s never too late to plan a ski trip, a beach vacation, or an exotic adventure. Enjoy a wine trip to Champagne, take in the penguins on Antarctica, or simply enjoy the many winter activities in and around Montreal – there’s no shortage of inspiration for great things to do when you look further. Looking for some inspiration? Here are 10 of the best places to visit in Europe and internationally when it’s time to hit the road!
Patagonia offers some of the most mind-blowing environs and fun, outdoor activities in the world to experience. Little has changed in the 500 years since European explorers first set foot here as well.
This is the end of the world, or at least, the southernmost part of it. Consider going by cruise, and visiting during the region’s summer, which is our winter. Here, you can take in the majesty of nature and wildlife – and the trip will help make for a true bucket list/best-ever vacation.
Want to experience a French vacation without the long flight? Take a jaunt north to Quebec, Canada to the very cosmopolitan city of Montreal. Here, you can enjoy French culture, food and museums in a welcoming metropolis. It’s especially good to visit in winter, when the city celebrates with about a dozen events and festivals.
If you want to experience Disney magic, but want to enjoy it from a different angle, then head to Japan’s version of The Happiest Place on Earth. Check out the Jules Verne-esque DisneySea, and best of all, it’s just a subway ride away from downtown Tokyo.
The capital of Bulgaria isn’t yet on hipster travel lists, but you can bet it will be soon: Believe us, Sofia is one of the 10 best places to visit in Europe, and internationally, now. A connecting city for centuries between the Near East and the Middle East, it boasts centuries of culture and history to soak up. Plus, it sits at the foot of a great mountain for skiing.
Phrases like “affordable” and “French wine region” don’t really go together, but in Champagne, you can go fancy on a budget. Just an hour and a half outside Paris, the trip can be affordable if you avoid the big names and stick to the smaller wine producers, who offer samples for free. Also, be sure to check out the historic sites in the area to add some culture to your trip.
If you’re a bibliophile who closes down bookstores rather than bars, then head to this little Welsh town on the River Hay. This small town of 1,600 supports more than two dozen bookstores (one for every 70 people) and hosts the legendary Hay Festival. It’s also just plain pretty.
Plan to go, or just visit this four seasons outdoor wonderland (located just 65 miles outside Seoul) to hit the slopes or take in the scenery. It’s a popular destination that’s often off the typical beaten path.
This island nation in the Indian Ocean is full of gorgeous beaches, swoon-worthy lagoons and plenty to do. November and December are two of the best months to go diving, but really, any time of year, this island is paradise.
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Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and
drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. She's written for TheKitchn.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Entrepreneur.com, and dozens more publications.