The 25 Countries To Visit Before You Die

25. Argentina

25. Argentina
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We start our world tour with one of South America’s most iconic countries. Argentina culturally is jam-packed with dance, music, and excellent food (particularly if you like steak). Though Buenos Aires garners much of the press clippings, the country is much more than just its capital city. There are a host of fantastic outdoor options — such as Perito Moreno Glacier Park and Aconcagua (the highest mountain in South America). Iguazu Falls — sitting on the Argentina-Brazil border — is also a must-see attraction.

24. Vietnam

24. Vietnam
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Like many countries within this region, Southeast Asia is the perfect place to travel for those on a budget. Vietnam is the type of place which will take your past existence…and put it out of whack (in a good way). The noises, sights, and smells will essentially put one’s senses under siege. The best way to see this country is to hop on a motorbike, and set off down a main road. Some of the smallest, nondescript little stands will elicit the best food you’ve ever had.

23. Turkey

23. Turkey
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Though the areas surrounding Turkey aren’t the most stable regions at the present moment, the country itself offers plenty in the way of intrigue. Istanbul alone is a treasure trove of historical significance. The meshing together of Europe with Asia has helped in creating a truly attractive place. There are a number of spectacular monuments scattered all throughout the landscape. Spending a couple of days along the Mediterranean can’t be the worst thing in the world. Also…google Cappadocia.

22. Hungary

22. Hungary
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Budapest in general is one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe. The bang-for-your-buck value here is considerable. One could live like a King/Queen and still not be strapped for cash. There’s a ton of cultural crossover from its many periods of being conquered by other countries. The outdoor spas in Budapest are world-renowned — as are the views from Buda Castle (overlooking the entire city). If Vlad the Impaler is of interest, Budapest also offers a labyrinth where he was once held hundreds of years ago. Also, be sure to have some pálinka (plum liqueur) and goulash (soup) whilst in Hungary.

21. Iran

21. Iran
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Depending on what part of the world one lives in, Iran can be billed as this scary place rooted in mass terrorism. This couldn’t be farther from the case. The country itself is ever-changing as more of a progressive entity. The natural beauty of Iran — particularly as it pertains to its mountain ranges — is exquisite. Europeans will literally come to Iran during winter months just to ski and snowboard. Aside from the major metropolis of Tehran, cities such as Isfahan and Shiraz are bulging with thousands of years of history. Perhaps more than anything, the collective warmth of the people will shine considerably.

20. Lithuania

20. Lithuania
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Lithuania doesn’t normally register as a must-see place when looking at the remainder of Europe. Nestled in the eastern part of the continent, it’s a relative unknown to many. We will let you in on a secret: Lithuania’s capital — Vilnius — is a dope spot. It’s a naturally picturesque city. Additionally, it’s experiencing a bit of a ‘hipster’ boom as it pertains to culture, cuisine, and art. It’s a quirky place, though quirky in the best way possible. The area called Uzupis features a ton of cool restaurants, cheap bars, and awesome artwork.

19. Morocco

19. Morocco
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Morocco can be categorized as a spattering of the world’s most beautiful colors rolled all into one…with a side of shisha and mint tea. The aesthetics here are rather striking — from local bazaars to the Atlas Mountains. Travelers can enjoy a rather nomadic experience in more rural areas. All the while, a number of intriguing cities — such as Fez, Marrakesh, Agadir, Rabat, and Casablanca — offer much in the way of enjoyment.

18. Norway

18. Norway
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When you think of Norway, you think of the fjords. This Scandinavian country is worth visiting alone on the basis of taking a boat tour deep into fjord country. While Norway itself is most certainly on the expensive side, the landscape more than makes up for it. Be sure to bundle up, it can be frigid during the winter months.

17. France

17. France
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Paris is a polarizing place. Some find it exquisite, while others find it dirty and run down. The author feels as if it’s a truly sublime city — particularly at nighttime. If big city life isn’t your cup of tea, France has a number of truly dynamic metropolises all over its geography. Marseille is a gorgeous town in the southern part of France. For those into wine, the country is known for a truly tremendous product. One could get lose driving through the center part of the country. Along the way, quaint yet charming towns are available for which to enjoy.

16. Senegal

16. Senegal
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Senegal is certainly off the beaten path. It’s not normally known as a high-end tourist destination. However, there’s a lot to like about this West Africa nation. The country has over 330 miles of sparkling beaches. Here includes fantastic seafood and a vibrant lifestyle. The capital of Dakar is bustling in the best sense of the term. One can find yummy local cuisine, native art, and all sorts of new world/old world charm for a much cheaper price than any major European city. Without question, this country is a hidden gem.

15. Belize

15. Belize
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As one can see in the image above, Belize is supremely gorgeous. This country has a really nice mix of lounging beach life along with adventure in the form of hiking and water sports (including swimming in caves). The country is quite cheap when compared to other locations, and it also features English as the official language spoken. For those who love diving, check out the Great Blue Hole. Pictures don’t really do it justice in terms of its jaw-dropping presentation.

14. India

14. India
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Few places on the planet possess the historical swath of India. The earliest roots of religion are showcased here in opulent, ornate buildings. A completely foreign way of life (when compared to the West) has existed for thousands of years. Coastal cities rival the most stunning of beaches, and the spiritual aspect of the country as a whole cannot be quantified. This isn’t a trip for the faint of heart — though it’s one you should take at some point in your life. At the very least, it’ll offer enriching elements on one’s character which far surpass monetary cost.

13. Chile

13. Chile
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Chile is yet another affordable location for anyone trying to save some money. The terrain of this country is quite interesting. A large portion of it is desert, while other sections are snowy and mountainous. Patagonia is a dreamland for adventures of all ages. Santiago is a relatively modern and clean city. In terms of a hidden gem within the country, the coastal city of Valparaiso is tremendous. You’ll find a nice mixture of modern sensibilities along with traditional Chilean culture.

12. Greece

12. Greece
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With Greece’s economy in the toilet, the country is ridiculously inexpensive for travelers. Aside from that, it’s stunning — particularly if you’re a fan of the sun. One can hop from island to island with a drink in your hand as if you’re walking down the street. For history buffs, one can easily take in the ancient city of Athens (which includes the Parthenon). Awesome food, great drinks, amazing weather, and a cheap cost? Sign us up.

11. Switzerland

11. Switzerland
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When one thinks of a picturesque environment, Switzerland is atop the proverbial totem pole. Few places on the planet can match its natural beauty. Whether taking a train through the Alps — or making a stop into the quite town of Lucerne (pictured above), one can’t go wrong with a trip to this country. While it is relatively expensive, one can enjoy many of its outdoor attractions without it costing an arm and a leg. Plus…one must have the chocolate whilst here.

10. Israel

10. Israel
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Whether you’re religious or not, Israel is a place where the cradle of civilization once took its first steps. The country as a whole is integral to the world’s historical footprint. Aside from the wonderfully impactful sites all around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the party scene here is great. Israeli’s know how to have a good time — particularly with terrific food and loads of alcohol being consumed. If for nothing else, the culture here in Israel is a must-see for any traveler.

9. Brazil

9. Brazil
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The vibrancy and opulence of Brazil is only dwarfed by the sheer size of the country. Each region is atypical nature. The Northeast includes spectacular beaches. The Northwest involves the Amazon and all the adventure anyone could ask for. As we head further south, travelers can enjoy South America’s largest city (Sao Paulo) as well as its most famous (Rio de Janeiro). From there, the Rio Grande do Sul region features the city of Porto Alegre — a place known for possessing some of the most beautiful people in the world. Brazil really has it all — and thus should be enjoyed at least once in your life.

8. Scotland

8. Scotland
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Scotland is absolutely fantastic. Edinburgh is a fantasy land of Gothic architecture, warm people, and the earliest origins of the Harry Potter series. Glasgow is gritty — yet features loads of live music venues. If one’s in the mood for something more tranquil, a trip up to the famed Highlands awaits. From a scenery standpoint, Scotland is about as green as anywhere in the world (including Ireland).

7. Thailand

7. Thailand
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There’s a reason thousands of ex-pats make their home to this day in Thailand. The tropical paradise is a huge tourist attraction — and for good reason. The beaches are top-notch — as is the conversion rate from dollars to baht. Additionally, the food markets, whether on land or on boats, boast a cornucopia of truly phenomenal treats. Even without a ton of cash, one could live very comfortably here. Plus, it’s only a stone’s throw away from other fascinating countries (Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar) in the region.

6. Portugal

6. Portugal
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Portugal is widely considered one of — if not the cheapest country in Western Europe. We’re quite shocked by this development considering the appeal it brings. One would do extremely well in renting a car, and simply driving up (or down) the coast. Portuguese villas and AirBnbs in general are very cost-friendly. Porto is a gem of a city, and Lisbon is a true heavyweight when it comes to picturesque locations. It’s a slower pace than Spain and less crowded than Italy. All the while, Portugal is a phenomenal alternative to both.

5. South Africa

5. South Africa
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Make your way to South Africa. Though it may take a long amount of time to do so, it’s certainly worth it. Johannesburg is a city with much in the way of activity. Marks from the apartheid period still hang over the city like a tarp flapping in the wind. Aside from the various animal parks one can visit, there’s also Cape Town — a city buoyed by coastal landscapes, an emerging culinary scene, an appealing mix of cultures, and unabated beauty. Simply put, there’s so much to enjoy in South Africa.

4. Croatia

4. Croatia
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Nestled within the Balkans is Croatia. Those in Europe often travel to Croatia on holiday. There’s a method to this madness, as the country combines tranquility, excellent seafood, crystalline waters, and affordable prices. A number of small islands exist off the mainland. With the help of a small boat, one could spend their entire vacation lounging on an otherwise uninterrupted piece of land. Be quick to get to Croatia…it won’t be long until the secret is out.

3. New Zealand

3. New Zealand
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New Zealand is one of the few places where you can go to the snow, the beach, and the desert all in the same day. The country’s geography is nearly unparalleled — from its snowy capped mountains and expansive wine vineyards, to lush bucolic hills. People here are exceptionally wonderful. Even more exciting, the number of sheep outnumber the amount of people living in the country. On sheer picture value alone, New Zealand is worth a visit. When delving deeper into the country’s fabric as a whole, there’s a reason why much of its population wants New Zealand to remain as somewhat of an afterthought.

2. Japan

2. Japan
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Along with the No. 1 spot on this list, Japan is universally revered for its cuisine. Clean, concise, complex, and creative, Japanese food is simply sublime. When looking at Tokyo as a whole, the city bursts into one’s psyche like a pinata at an EDM festival. The bright lights, loud noises, and constant commotion make New York City appear dull. For more of a traditional feel, one can take the bullet train out to another prefecture. Kyoto has quintessential imperial touches. Osaka is striking with its cherry trees and unique architecture. While it may appear overwhelming at times, Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

1. Italy

1. Italy
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Italy is a place where dreams are realized. Copious amounts of food can be consumed without feeling guilty about it. Really good wine can be guzzled like water. Homemade gelato flows out of stores akin to the Trevi Fountain. All the while, one can enjoy a tranquil yet strikingly beautiful country without a second thought. This includes world class beaches, tremendous weather, and everything in between. The ultimate kicker? Price. Italy is relatively inexpensive when compared to some of its neighbors to the North and West. One can hit the coast, traverse through gorgeous vineyards, and be back at the AirBnB all before sundown. Where else on Earth is this possible?