15 must-see international destinations

The Great Wall of China.
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Choose from our enviable list of international destinations, and don’t stop exploring.


Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is no ordinary place. It is a traveller’s ultimate dream; a Himalayan kingdom replete with myths and legends, where the best of traditional culture thrives and the latest global developments are enthusiastically embraced.

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A vast, pulsating land of surprises, China is at once familiar and exotic. Its diversity and mix of tradition and modernity make anything you say about China true and not true at the same time. But the one truth is the sheer range of experiences that it offers: from ancient temples to cutting-edge skyscrapers, and culinary adventures to achingly beautiful landscapes.

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At first, Dubai appears like a vast expanse of desert broken only by huge hills. A second later you scramble to readjust your vision, as a glass and steel metropolis unfolds itself like a shimmering mirage in the Arabian Desert.

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The Eiffel Tower
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If you are interested in culture, history, fashion and food – or simply beautiful surroundings – France can offer you all that and more. It is an ideal destination for a trip alone, with the family, or for a romantic holiday.

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Great Britain

Travel in Great Britain is a fascinating mix of glorious architecture and throbbing nightlife, famous attractions and hidden gems. But even as you soak in new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences, Britain will often feel like home.

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Hong Kong

With a colourful history behind its towering skyline, Hong Kong has much to offer a traveller seeking a gateway to Asia’s multitude of cultural experiences.

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Grand Canal and domes of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy.
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You can’t really take a wrong step in Italy, crammed as it is with 47 Unesco World Heritage Sites, dozens of world-class museums, designer boutiques and all the pizza you could eat – add to this, friendly locals with an infectious passion for the good life.

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Japan is indeed a world apart – a cultural Galapagos where a unique civilisation blossomed, and today thrives in delicious contrasts of traditional and modern. Its spirit is strong, warm and welcoming.

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The British capital is is packed variety and entertainment – its historic grandeur is unmatched, and its nightlife is second to none. London’s dynamism can be felt on every street corner. And yet, it’s all reassuringly familiar.

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The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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You can experience Malaysia in a multitude of ways, depending on your preferences. Climb to the rooftop of a glass-and-steel skyscraper, stroll above treetops on a canopy walkway or dive underwater to swim with colourful fish.

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Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, monasteries and mantras. Then there are the casinos and cafes of Kathmandu, the temple towns of Patan, Bhaktapur and Bodhnath, wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park and much more.

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For a truly multicultural experience, it doesn’t get much better than Singapore. Whether it’s food, shopping, museums, beautiful gardens or exciting theme parks, this tiny country can meet all your holiday needs.

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Antoni Gaudi La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.
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The essence of Spain can be experienced in many ways. You will hear it in the soulful strumming of a flamenco guitar, taste it in tapas at a packed bar and feel it in vibrant fiestas, intimate villages and buzzing big cities.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka may be small, but that just makes it easier to explore its amazing variety. You can spend one day swilling beer on a white-sand beach and the next sipping a cuppa on a verdant tea estate. Then there are welcoming people, flavourful food, affordable prices and fun train rides.

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This once-shy kingdom today hosts millions of tourists from every corner of the globe. Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai have become global cities, but Thailand has managed to marry its traditional and deeply spiritual sensibilities with a spanking new cosmopolitan soul. The result can be enchanting or exhausting, thrilling or confusing, vibrant or seamy – but always hospitable and affectionate.

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