This Saturday (September 27) marks World Tourism Day, set up as a milestone to encourage global citizens to spread their wings and go exploring. But with this day fast approaching, are you sure that you know the best places to discover, get lost in, or even move to?Well don’t fear, we have taken a look at some of the world’s most breathtaking cities for all you intrepid travellers out there who are looking to live or visit somewhere new.
1. Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
The perfect seaside town in Bangladesh to relax on the beach. Make sure to visit Sonadia Island, seven kilometers off the coast of Cox’s Bazar.
2. Manzanillo, Mexico
Located near the Pacific Ocean, this city is one of the most famous in the world for fishers, which makes it the best location for avid anglers to move to.
3. Petra, Jordan
The ancient city of Petra has been described as a place that must be seen before you die. With its rose coloured stone, there is no better place to be transported back in time.
4. Barranquilla, Colombia
Situated near the Caribbean Sea, this is the perfect place to take a trip to when visiting Colombia. Make sure you don’t miss the city carnival, which is dubbed the most famous in the country.
5. Medina, Saudi Arabia
The second holiest city in Islam, Medina can be found in the west of Saudi Arabia, and is full of beautiful Islamic architecture.
6. Bogo City, Philippines
Located in the province of Cebu, make sure to visit in April or May where there are two town fiestas to celebrate the patron saint, Saint Vincent Ferrer.
7. Quetta, Pakistan
The Fruit Garden of Pakistan – make sure you visit all the orchards in the area to taste the beautiful produce.
8. Flores, Indonesia
The perfect destination for those with an adventurous side. Be sure to visit Kelimutu, a volcano which hosts three lakes. The North coast of the island is ideal for those who enjoy snorkelling and diving.
9. Kakamega Forest, Kenya
The only tropical forest in Kenya, Kakamega is home to over 360 birds, nine of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
10. Cape Coast, Ghana
This idyllic fishing port is a great place to unwind, relax and do a spot of fishing in summer months.
11. Lagos, Nigeria
The largest city in Africa, this metropolis offers something for everyone, from a strong business district, to relaxing creeks.
12. Abidjan, Ivory Coast
For all you French-speaking enthusiasts, make sure to check out Abidjan, known as the cultural center of West Africa.
13. Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Located in the North West of Uganda, and named after the waterfall which can be found within, the park is famous for its wildlife, and is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts.
14. Kandy, Sri Lanka
One of the major cities on this island, Kandy is a religious city where one of the most holy places for Buddhists, The Temple of the Tooth, can be found.
15. Mandalay, Myanmar
Mandalay can be found north of Yangon, near the Irrawaddy River. This relaxing cultural hub is definitely a place not to be missed on your travels around Asia.
16. Essaouira, Morocco
This blue coloured coastal town is a beautiful, historical place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the major cities in Morocco.
17. Sousse, Tunisia
One of the best places to visit to pick up some traditional food products, and textiles from Tunisia.
18. Mount Meru, Tanzania
An active stratovolcano, a mere 70 kilometers from the world famous Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is perfect for those wanting to explore the surrounding savanna and forest, which plays host to diverse wildlife including birds, monkeys and leopards.
19. Lake Oku, Cameroon
Found on the Bamenda Plateau, this lake lies in an explosion crater on Mount Oku. There are many rare species to be discovered around this area, both in the lake and the surrounding forest.
20. Victoria Falls, Zambia
One of the most awe-inspiring natural beauties in the world, this waterfall is one that should be a must see on all travellers’ bucket-lists.