Bali bested some of the world’s most popular destinations when it was named top destination for 2017 by travel website TripAdvisor.
Bali, an island and a province of Indonesia, lies in between Java and Lombok. It is a popular destination for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. It is a beautiful island blessed with volcanic mountains, long stretches of sandy beaches, protected coral reefs, a vibrant culinary scene, a rich culture, and welcoming people.
It is the first time that Bali is named no. 1 destination, although it has been widely popular especially among European tourists. Last year, London won the top award, which did not really surprise anyone. It is a vibrant, diverse city that offers tourists so much, from theater to arts and culture.
However, London went down one spot this year, landing in second place, followed by Paris, another tourist favorite. The Eternal City of Rome is in fourth place, what with all of the city’s treasures, from museums to fountains, to architectural wonders. New York climbed four places to reach fifth place. These five cities have always been at the top of the bucket list of most travelers.
“We’re excited to reveal our community’s favourite travel destinations for 2017 and recognize these iconic places with Travellers’ Choice awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor in a press release.
TripAdvisor used an algorithm that took into consideration the number and quality of reviews and ratings for establishments like hotels, restaurants and attractions of surveyed destinations. The information was gathered over a 12-month period.
Below is the complete list of traveler’s destination choice according to TripAdvisor:
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. London, United Kingdom
3. Paris, France
4. Rome, Italy
5. New York City, United States
6. Crete, Greece
7. Barcelona, Spain
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
9. Prague, Czech Republic
Photo by: Karen Castro