I visited more than 20 countries in a year of traveling for work. Here are the 5 most unforgettable places I saw, and exactly what you should do there to get off the standard tourist route
- A year ago, I left New York to travel around the world as Business Insider's international correspondent. Over that time, I visited over twenty countries.
- I decided it would be fun to pick my five favorite places I've visited over the last year.
- My list includes: Bali, Indonesia; Almograve, Portugal; Inner Mongolia and Gansu, China; Arusha, Tanzania; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
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I always felt like ranking countries to travel to is a hopeless exercise.
Everyone's experience of a place is different, altered by dozens of factors from weather and season to the randomness of meeting a friendly local in a pub or bumping into someone having a bad day on the street.When I first visited Vienna, Austria, I went out one night in early September and found it to be a lifeless museum of a city. When I returned two weeks later, I found the city electric with bumping clubs and late-night restaurants. The difference: The first time I came, the city was empty because all of the students in the city were on holiday. I didn't even know.
Over the last year, I have found myself in the middle of more adventures than I can remember. There's been off-roading in the desert in Inner Mongolia, visiting one of the seven wonders of the world in Jordan, and partying all night in Seoul, to name a few.
With over twenty countries checked off on the trip, I decided it was time to pinpoint my favorite places I've visited this year and why. Perhaps you'll find some inspiration for your next trip abroad.
Here's what's gone down so far: