According to the World Tourism Organization's annual report on international travel, more than 1 billion people traveled to another country somewhere in the world last year. We hate to break it to you, America, but you are not the most visited country in the world. Don’t worry, you’re not too far behind.
2013: 26.5 million arrivals
2012: 22.4 million arrivals
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Thailand has been luring tourists for ages now with its beautiful beaches, delicious street food, incredible temples and friendly culture.
2013: 28.4 million arrivals
2012: 25.7 million arrivals
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Maybe it’s the vodka. Or the cool buildings. Or Putin. It could very well be a combination of all three things that make tourists flock to Russia.
#8 United Kingdom
2013: 31.2 million arrivals
2012: 29.3 million arrivals
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Oh, Big Ben. Tourists just love you, don’t they?
2013: 31.5 million arrivals
2012: 30.4 million arrivals
Photo Credit: Flickr/Mariano Mantel
A country that’s filled with beer gardens is a country that most anyone would want to visit.
2013: 37.8 million arrivals
2012: 35.7 million arrivals
Because Turkish delights in Turkey are worth the trip — and so is discovering one of the world’s most historic countries.
2013: 47.7 million arrivals
2012: 46.4 million arrivals
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A country that lives by the saying la dolce vita, or “the sweet life,” and has gelato? Yes, please!
2013: 55.7 million arrivals
2012: 57.7 million arrivals
Photo Credit: Flickr/Dennis Jarvis
The Great Wall is one thing that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
2013: 60.7 million arrivals
2012: 57.5 million arrivals
Photo: Flickr/Miquel González Page
There’s something so playful about Spain. Maybe it’s the fact that dinner starts after 10 p.m.
#2 United States
2013: 69.8 million arrivals
2012: 66.7 million arrivals
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There you are, America. From sea to shining sea, you keep tourists busy.
2012: 83 million arrivals
2013 numbers not finished yet
Well, clearly the French are doing something right