When the World Economic Forum released its 2015 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index naming Spain, France, Germany, the United States, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada as the top 10 travel destinations, the TravelingMoms starting buzzing. We love the top 10, but we have other favorites that we think should be on the list of the best travel destinations in the world. These ten international destinations are favorites of TravelingMoms. We’ve been there and we think you should go too.

Our Picks for Best Vacation Spots

BestDestinationsTraveling Moms have visited amazing destinations all over the world. When the World Economic Forum released its 2015 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index naming its 10 best vacation spots in the world, we told you what we thought was best about each.

Then we came up with 10 more that we think should have been on the list of best vacation spots in the world.

Here, in no particular order, is the TravelingMom List of the 10 Best Vacation Spots in the World and what we think is best about each.

Fjords of Norway, Photo by Terri Marshall, Globetrotting Grandmom

Fjords of Norway, Photo by Terri Marshall, Globetrotting Grandmom

 

1. Norway

What’s best, according to Terri Marshall, Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom

Consistently ranked as one of the happiest places on earth, Norway is my No. 1 destination. Renowned for its majestic mountains, fabulous fjords and rugged beauty, Norway has attracted adventure lovers for years. While the country’s landscape is truly a treasure, the cities of Norway are equally intriguing. It’s hard to pick a favorite place in Norway, but here are a few highlights:

Trondheim is the cultural center of the Trøndelag region. This picturesque city with its timber built fisherman warehouses of red, gold, brown and green flanking the sides of the Nidelva River is a fascinating contrast of old and new. Here I climbed the medieval steps to the top of the majestic Nidaros Cathedral. I even became a rock star for a day at Rockheim.

After a devastating fire in 1906, Ålesund was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style that was prevalent at the time. Strolling through the charming yellow, salmon, blue and rose buildings ornamented with a myriad of turrets, spires, medieval ornaments and dragons, it’s easy to see why Ålesund was recently voted the most beautiful town in Norway.

And then there is Røros where I attended the ancient festival, Rørosmartnan. For over 150 years traders from all over Norway have harnessed their horses to sleighs and traveled across frozen lakes and rivers through snow blanketed forests to arrive for opening day – and I was there for that day. Pure magic.

2. The Philippines