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The 12 Most Scenic Countries you can visit to escape reality

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Switzerland

Switzerland

Β It should come at no surprise that Switzerland is one of the most scenic countries in the world (if not the most!). With high mountains, lakes, charming Swiss villages and some of the most polite people in the world, it is impossible not to feel welcomed and a world away from anything but peace.

12 apostles day trip

Australia

Pristine beaches galore, Australia is commonly referred to as the most beautiful country to visit in the world. But it’s not all just great surf and seaside towns, there’s also the Australian outback to explore if you really want to get away and head outdoors.

ireland

Ireland

Green, green, and more green. Ireland is simply stunning and incredibly underrated as a naturally beautiful country that will leave you feeling a world away from reality. The Irish are also some of the friendliest people in the entire world who love to chat and meet visitors – so be prepared to meet and greet the locals!

isle of skye scotland

Scotland

There’s a reason so many big films have been shot in Scotland – it is quite simple one of the most visually stunning countries on planet earth. Think untouched landscapes, magical myths and dramatic cliff edges. Scotland is one of the top gems in the Northern Hemisphere to truly get away.

nepal

Nepal

As the world’s hiking capital, Nepal naturally has dramatic and surreal landscapes to impress even the most well-travelled explorer. It is also still one of the cheapest countries in the world, so be sure to add it to your list of places to visit when you just need to get away.

Norway scenic train

Norway

No list of the world’s most scenic countries would be complete without the inclusion of Norway – a hikers’ paradise.

brooke saward

First views over the city from the black tower

Romania

As long as you’re not scared off by the bears in the forest, you will love an escape to Romania. Hiding over in the East of Europe, Romania doesn’t see nearly as many visitors as it should. Romania is also home to some amazing castles!

Neuschwanstein Castle neuschwanstein disney castle

Germany

Germany is a vast country with oodles of open land to explore and experience. Each region is different to another, but my personal favourite is Bavaria in the south – filled with stunning scenery and plenty of spa towns.

On the road to animal discovery

On the road to animal discovery

South Africa

It’s impossible not to fall head over heels in love with South Africa. A safari is where it all begins, but there’s so much more to see and do in South Africa that makes it the perfect place to escape reality.

peru

Peru

Home to the renowned Inca Trail, Peru is likely to already be on your radar… so, what are you waiting for?

Β  malaysia

Malaysia

Southeast Asia is home to some fantastic scenery but if there’s one standout, it would have to be (arguably) Malaysia.

bosnia and herzegovina tourism

Bosnia & Herzegovina

And finally, the biggest surprise for me this year came when I visited Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tourism has still not picked up in the country so now is a great time to visit before the crowds come – because I can assure you, they will!

 

Over to you – where is your favourite escape?

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  • zuka.archvadze@yahoo.com'
    didi_virtxa1
    March 17, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    and what about Georgia (caucasus)

  • Dd@gmail.com'
    Skkk
    December 19, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Where is paradise on earth_kashmir

  • louisaklimentos@gmail.com'
    Louisa Klimentos
    September 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

    There is a total of 685 national parks in Australia and that is not including our state forests ,so how is Newzealand 100 times more scenic than australia .Obviously Anna only has seen the east coast of Australia mainly QUEENSLAND .iF YOU STICK TO THE MAJOR HIGHWAYS IN qUEENSLAND THEN YOU WILL BE TRAVELLING THROUGH THE AGRICULTURAL REGIONS .YOU NEED THE TAKE OTHER ROADS TO SEE NICE SCENIC PLACES.nEW ZEALAND IS A REAALLY SCENIC COUNTRY ,BECAUSE IT IS SO SMALL.AUSTRALIA IS A BIG COUNTRY AND THE BEAUTY IS MORE WIDE SPREAD.tHE KIMBERLEYS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF THE UKiT TAKES A DAY TO DRIVE ACROSS KAKADU.sO SAYING THAT NEW ZEALAND IS 100 TIMES MORE SCENIC THAN AUSTRALIA IS NOT TRUE.tHAT IS THE CASE PER SQUARE KILOMETRE.tHERE IS MORE TO AUSTRALIA THAN THE EAST COAST YOUKNOW?

  • sn2mlg@gmail.com'
    Mynameisblank :P
    July 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    This list is not good, on a scale of 1 to 5, i’d rate this two. These places are (Arguably) one of the greatest for natural scenery. But where is New Zealand? I like New Zealand’s natural scenery more than Australia’s (But I prefer Australia’s urban landscapes though, and was real awesome visiting the Land Down Under) and where is Canada? And why did you include Malaysia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany? (Don’t get me wrong, they have great landscapes, but Canada and New Zealand have quite, yes, quite better ones)

    This list is not that good, if I were you reading these comments I would edit my post (if it is possible) and add more countries.

    Still the selection of countries are great, I still don’t know why many other countries (and more deserving countries) don’t have a spot in the list!

  • estudiaa@gmail.com'
    German
    June 23, 2015 at 6:23 am

    If Argentina doesn’t make your top 10, then you have disapproved Geography. Think of Iguazu Falls and Calafate Glaciers alone, and it will place Argentina at the top of your list.

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    Jajo
    June 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Pakistan has one of the worlds best natural scenery. Go and visit.

  • asdf@asdf.com'
    WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE LOL
    May 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Look at this stupid cunt he hasn’t even written New Zealand and he’s got Germany and fucking Bosnia in there lol. Yeah looks go look at war torn Bosnia that sounds like a really nice to bask in the glory of mother nature.

  • louisaklimentos@gmail.com'
    louisa klimentos
    January 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Yes Cananada is one of the most stunning places on earth and they even have deserts .The people are great and get along well with us Aussies.When they visit Australia,most Canadians appreciate the Australian beauty and yet they come from a most beautiful country.They are different from the British people ,who in some cases fault Australia

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    anthony
    December 28, 2014 at 3:00 am

    hw abt uganda,source of the nile,waterfalls lyk sipifalls,gameparks wth silver back gorillas,white rhinos, lions,name it.u sh’d totally include it.

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    anakin
    November 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

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    Kat
    October 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Sorry, forgot to mention Old Quebec, Quebec, Canada. Beautiful city.

  • kittykatgoddess@hotmail.com'
    Kat
    October 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    You missed Canada! Canada is a very beautiful country. You should check out the Rocky Mountains. Visit Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Go skiing on top of Grouse Mountain with the amazing view of Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit Bay of Fundy on the Eastern side of Canada. Beautiful country.

  • elaceinwonderland@yahoo.com'
    Elace in Wonderland
    August 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    You forgot New Zealand πŸ™‚

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    Zen
    August 30, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Lol I went to Ireland and it didn’t look like that- time for a revisit I guess πŸ™‚

  • stephanie.h.huynh@gmail.com'
    Stephanie
    August 19, 2014 at 2:19 am

    This is a GREAT list but New Zealand needs to be on there!! It’s beyond words. | http://www.thepassportlifestyle.com

  • samantha.campanini@yahoo.it'
    The Queen of Dreaming
    July 26, 2014 at 12:39 am

    All great places to visit! When I want to escape reality my place to go to is Sudtirol!

    http://justsem.wordpress.com

  • sbrotherton1975@gmail.com'
    Simon Brotherton
    July 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

    The Lake District – England. Close to home but a great escape with some of the finest scenery in the country

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    sara
    July 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Such a great post, your photographs are beautifully crisp and clear with such defined features love it! I have a list as long as forever with places I have to visit with not enough time off work lol. You’ve helped add a few more to my must visit places. Great post!

    Follow back?

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    Sara

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  • mattie.ngwana@gmail.com'
    Vhutali
    July 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    beautiful list. i can only just dream of those. but i’m busy exploring the safaris of South Africa.

  • my_lalabu@yahoo.com'
    kat
    July 16, 2014 at 12:52 am

    you’ll have to include Canada! Checkout the Canadian Rockies! The scenic drive from Banff to Jasper! Ahhhhmazing! Try to google Banff, Lake louise, Peyto Lake, Athabasca falls, and Jasper and you’ll see what i’m talking about…

  • mukuba2002@gmail.com'
    Zablon
    July 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Great list, they are all going on my bucket list

  • magdalene22feb2011@yahoo.co.nz'
    Maggie
    July 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I live in the most beautiful part of New Zealand – Queenstown and now living in Wanaka! I met so many visitors around the world telling me NEW ZEALAND is so beautiful, stunning scenery. We have many couples flying from overseas flying into Queenstown to have their wedding photos taken!

    You have miss out New Zealand for sure!

  • lisette_leona@hotmail.com'
    Lisette
    July 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Nice to see Norway on the list. Totally amazing! The fjords in the west, like The Hardangerfjord … wow! Found some pics here, I think some of them were published in an article in NYT some time ago: http://hanskristianriise.com/The-Fjords

  • jay_cee55@hotmail.com'
    JC
    July 15, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I also can’t believe you left out NZ….the scenery there is amazing and so diverse. Switzerland is pretty (I live there); but not as pretty as NZ (I’m from there!) But then beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say!

  • anna.leese@gmail.com'
    Anna
    July 15, 2014 at 6:12 am

    New Zealand is about, oh… 100 times more scenic than Australia.

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    Lasse
    July 15, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Just visited Bosnia five days ago and can definately recommend. Amazing nature, good inexpensive food and very friendly people. Cross the border you find Montenegro which nature lovers may find even more astonishing. Some current pics from both countries in our blog.

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    Annie Sharkey
    July 15, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Couldn’t agree more! Born and live in Scotland to Irish Parents (Mother lives still lives there) and holiday regularly in Switzerland! Will make a point of trying to get to the others on the list at some point – thanks for sharing

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    Ryan CarterΓ©t
    July 15, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Erm…Iceland..? New Zealand..!?!

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    Jane
    July 15, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Great, great places! But let’s not get so caught up in β€œthe rest of the world” that we forget the good old USA!

  • Onlyonejane@gmail.com'
    Jane
    July 15, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Great, great places! But let’s not get so caught up in “the rest of the world” that we forget to good old USA!

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    Jill
    July 15, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Did I miss New Zealand?

  • allison.bridgman@gmail.com'
    allison
    July 15, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I got a lot of flack for travelling to escape reality – this totally makes me feel better. Most recently I was in the Banff National Park in Alberta – my favourite place in Canada.

  • othersomewhere@gmail.com'
    OS
    July 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve been to a few of these but Switzerland is definitely on my list for the future. I think it’s quite pricey though?
    Other beautiful places I would add though are Wales and some of the beaches on the US west coast. I’m somewhat of a US-fanatic though! x

  • lyubomira.kirilova07@gmail.com'
    Mira
    July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    You should definitely try Bulgaria next time you visit Eastern Europe – it is not just the beach parties over there; the mountains are simply beautiful, offering some of the most stunning views on the Balkans :))

  • myfambition1@gmail.com'
    olympia
    July 14, 2014 at 7:11 am

    i love your list but i think that you should add to this list the one of the Greek islands, like Santorini. they are just out of this world

  • ramydhia@gmail.com'
    Ramy
    July 14, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Yeah Malaysia is arguable, I prefer their neighbor, Indonesia

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    Janie
    July 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve hit a few of these but I’d love to experience all of them at some point in my life! Thanks for sharing! -Happy Travels!

  • mayatetali@yahoo.com'
    Maya
    July 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Maybe I am biased being born in bred in the US, but I have to say the US is one of the most scenic places in all of the world. Many people think of the US and think of the bustling cities, but that is what is so great about it. We have huge cities and a slower paced country side. Try Yellowstone National Park or anywhere in West/North/Middle of the Country. Maine is absolutely beautiful as is Northern Cali to Washington. Arizona although quite hot is gorgeous as well and we cannot forget Alaska or Hawaii. The beaches in the US are great as well.

  • dancinlaughin01@gmail.com'
    Penelope
    July 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Great list! I would definitely include New Zealand on this list because it is so unreal and beautiful. I felt like I was in Lord of The Rings when I went a couple of years ago. I’m dying to go back. You feel like you’re in another world in New Zealand.

    Cheers from San Francisco,
    Penelope
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    Novellette
    July 11, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Definitely Hawaii! Nothing like the sun and the sand πŸ™‚

  • depasquale.sara@gmail.com'
    Sara @ SimplySaraTravel
    July 11, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Incredible pictures! I agree with you on Ireland – when I went there last year, I knew it was going to be gorgeously green, but it surpassed my already high expectations with just how lush and beautiful it was! I have a friend who just came back from Bosnia and Serbia and raved about the trip – I’m intrigued! Looks wonderful πŸ™‚

  • Kenzie.Kuivanen12@gmail.com'
    Kenzie
    July 11, 2014 at 1:45 am

    As I read this it kind of turned into, places I really want to visit! My favorite escape is at the Grand Teton National Park near Yellowstone! I went there a few years ago and they had a trail that lead to a spot where you can look over the most gorgeous views! It’s so pretty!
    xx
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    Ken Kai
    July 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Nepal is definitely a place I’d like to visit. My mum has been over and climbed the mountains with monks that she paid to help on her journey. They really looked after her as she did with them. Great list though!

  • trudymiller@vodafone.co.nz'
    Trudy
    July 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I can’t believe you have left out New Zealand! Check out any Lord if the Rings movie to see the scenery… it ranks up there with the most gorgeous countries in the world and I feel privileged to live here! If you’ve never been you need to book a trip pronto πŸ˜‰

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    caroline [the diy nurse]
    July 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Im ready for more of Latin America to make these lists πŸ˜‰

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    Sue P.
    July 10, 2014 at 7:13 am

    We used to live in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, and you’re right that it’s a beautiful place. We’re about to visit Croatia again as it’s an almost-hidden gem as well.

  • departureswithaimee@gmail.com'
    Departures With Aimee
    July 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Lovely post Brooke! It’s very helpful to me as I’m currently planning out my year travel wise. Your photos are beautiful. For me a great escape will always have to be Paris, not the busy areas, the remote towns. πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    Elizabeth
    July 10, 2014 at 1:30 am

    The south of China is also amazing. The scenery is stunning, the hiking is great, the food is amazing, and the people are generous.

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    yvonnelaura
    July 10, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Oh, I’m so ashamed.. I didn’t visit any of those country’s except for Switzerland and Germany. Reminds me to go travel some more.

  • bettyj.ogburn@yahoo.com'
    Betty J. Ogburn
    July 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    …I’ve only been to Ireland so far–but Germany and Scotland are definitely on my list!!…Bosnia looks enchanting, as well, :-)…

  • raffaela@swoon-mag.com'
    Raffaela
    July 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Great list. Unfortunately I’ve only seen Switzerland (which is where I live) and Germany out of these places. But I’m going to Scotland in three weeks. So excited!

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    Debbie
    July 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Australia!!! and the greek islands πŸ™‚
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    The Slow Pace
    July 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    For me, that would be the Balearic islands. Amazing emerald green or light blue waters, incredible architecture and… Spanish food! What’s not to love?

  • twototravelandtango@gmail.com'
    Two to Travel and Tango
    July 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    New Zealand would make my list, no doubt. Google “Mathias Piano Man” and you’ll see why I’m in love with the experience I had in Queenstown- watching Mathias play the piano in that scenery, simply one of the most relaxing and peaceful travel moments ever.

    My dark horse candidate would be Ecuador. There are some great remote beaches if you get away from the main tourist drags that feel so other world.

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    Brittany
    July 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    That picture of Ireland may be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! wow.

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    valerie
    July 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Great list, Brooke!