- Canada and Austria sit alongside Norway and Ireland for the top spots on a recent online discussion
- Friendly locals, stunning views and not too many people are some of the reasons travelers love a destination
- Hiking and walking in the mountains is a popular activity across all the top rated destinations
So which destinations really do live up to the hype? Travelers recently listed the places that are worth the time and expense of visiting, on an internet forum.
Norway sits at the top with users singing the praises of its fjords, the number of rocks there are to ‘jump on’ – and its beautiful people.
User Klogavis wrote on Reddit: ‘Endless nature, giant pretty mountains, drinkable see-through water, so many rocks to jump on, very few people in sight, 9/10. I would go in the summer though.’
London and New York are nowhere to be seen in this best-of list.
‘So pretty it looks Photoshopped.’ West coast Canada stuns travellers who want to hike, camp or kayak in the Rockies
Banff and Canmore in Canada also strike gold among the online users, who praise the forests and lakes of the west coast and the hiking and adventure opportunities.
Shewolfnym said: ‘I went this summer and it was beyond amazing. Canada’s so pretty it looks Photoshopped. I still can’t get over the pics I took.’
Plenty of people agreed. Another user wrote: ‘I never saw the Rockies before going there and I was amazed at just how beautiful everything was. There were so many gorgeous lakes and incredible mountains. We were lucky enough to see all types of wildlife too like bears, elk, deer, and bighorn sheep! I will definitely be going back at some point since I would love to explore the area more.’
Pogothecat was entranced by the view: ‘It was like a vision of eternity. No could possibly show how how beautiful that view is.’
Take it all in. Table Mountain wins over travellers for its beautiful views over Cape Town
But it’s not just the obvious attractions that draw the most praise. A huge number of Reddit users were impressed by Austria. The country’s friendly people, clean cities and gorgeous landscapes have also been a big hit with users appreciating both the rich culture and the cheap prices.
PlaidAvenger wrote: ‘I felt like no matter which direction I looked it was like a picture from a postcard. I expected the people to be somewhat cold but they were very friendly and welcoming. I’d love to go back.’
Another person added: ‘The city is unbelievably clean, the public transport is great, and I could eat schnitzel every day. I went in March when there were barely any tourists which also helped (also the pound was 1.40 to the euro which I will probably never see again). It got to the stage where I’d round the corner and go “oh another beautiful 18th century sculpture. Meh”.’
Salzburg in Austria rates highly for its architecture and its cleanliness among online travelers
One user said: ‘The people were great. The scenery is spectacular. There’s so much history there that I could spend a week visiting historic sites alone. The Burren, in my opinion, is a very underrated attraction. It has a beauty to it that I really enjoyed. I would definitely want to re-visit the Ring of Kerry, though, and spend a few days hiking and camping there.’
Lifeisbeautiful88 added: ‘People were beyond friendly and it was like a jolly pub celebration complete with trad every night. The bar atmosphere is so different – less sleazy dudes trying to get it and people being friendly to actually be friendly. It was wonderful.’
Prague’s nightlife, Poland’s cheap beer, Yellowstone National Park, the Oregon coastline and Wadi Rum in Jordan are all also rated highly while Edinburgh and Athens provoked lively debates on the discussion board as both are iconic but have their problems.