Where Do People Go?
Tourism is not there just to help us escape the mundane, everyday life. It is also a chance to learn about the world, discover different cultures and mentalities, and try the local cuisine. For many people, traveling is not a matter of being on a holiday, but of having a life-changing experience. That being said, tourism accounts for a large portion of income for many countries, and most of them would be lost without it. Let us discuss the locations tourists enjoy visiting the most.
Ah, France. The country of romance, art, wine, and cheese. 82 million people visit this country every year, and nearly a quarter head straight to Paris, the city of light and love. It’s not just a place art students enjoy visiting in pursuit of culture, it has over 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Louvre alone is worth visiting, as it is the world’s largest art museum and it is really old – the original construction began as early as the 12th century. Visitors can enjoy Greek, Roman, and Islamic art, among many others. It contains pieces created by the most famous artists in the world, like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
The United States
The second place on our list goes to the US of A. The Americans get around 75 million visitors every year. This is due to their many sites and monuments, like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. This is not the only reason, however, as the American culture has taken the world by storm. Large food portions, the melting pot of cultures, beliefs, and systems of value, as well as being able to visit the places where the plot of most of the movies we enjoy takes place is why the USA is one of the most visited countries in the world. Speaking of movies, Los Angeles, home to the famous Hollywood, draws in a whopping 48 million visitors.
Right behind the US, breathing down its neck, is Spain. The number of visitors is nearly the same. It is not the warm sun and the spicy food alone that draw the visitors in. Spain has a special place on the world soccer stage, with its famous players and clubs in Barcelona and Madrid. For those of us that don’t really care about soccer, there’s always the famous Palacio Real, the King’s palace in Madrid.
The cultural manifestations of Spain are also diverse and adrenaline-pumped. Young men from Spain and the tourists from all over the world come to test their courage running with the bulls. If you think you have what it takes, pop over to Pamplona at the beginning of July. This feat is not for the faint of heart – it can be downright deadly.