As you probably know, we love a good report or survey here on Bobinoz. Australia normally does quite well in these things too, which is probably why I like them so much.
For example, Australia’s biggest two cities did very well when compared to London and New York in the Safe Cities Index report of 2015. Australian cities consistently does well in the Most Liveable Cities in the World survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
If I’m not mistaken, Melbourne have topped that chart for seven years in a row now.
A survey of people who like to travel in which they can pick what they think is the most beautiful country they’ve been to. Not just any old people, but people who read those ‘Rough Guides’ books, so some of the world’s wisest travellers.
It’s a top 20 list too, we love those even more on Bobinoz. I quickly clicked on the link, I couldn’t wait see just how well Australia would do.
I’m thinking top 5 for sure, but more likely somewhere in the top 3, and for a fleeting moment I even wondered if it might be between Australia and Canada for top spot.
Here’s the list, in reverse order of course.
The world’s most beautiful countries as voted by Rough Guide readers:
20 – Vietnam
19 – Croatia
18 – Ireland
17 – Norway
16 – Peru
15 – Switzerland
14 – Finland
13 – India
12 – Mexico
11 – Slovenia
10 – Wales
9 – USA
8 – Iceland
7 – England
6 – Indonesia
5 – South Africa
4 – Italy
3 – New Zealand
2 – Canada
At this stage I am quivering with excitement, I’m thinking it’s in the bag for Australia. Bear in mind in the article I was reading, each country in the list was separated by a huge photograph and a bit of text, so I needed to scroll further down to see the winner.
Yes, scroll down, like I did….
1 – Scotland
I could have jumped on a Greyhound Bus and moved to Scotland without a visa, but instead I went through all the expense of moving to Australia?
Not only that, I moved out of England (7th) to come to unplaced Australia. With Wales (10th) just next door to me, no border control, I could have just driven there in a few hours. And yet I moved all the way to Australia?
Even Ireland, less than an hour and a half by boat from the UK mainland made the top 20, and I flew for 26 hours to move to Australia?
Of course, during my time in England I visited all three of these countries, so I know exactly what they are like. Having lived in the fourth country, England, for nearly 50 years, I know what that is like as well.
For me, the Lake District is absolutely stunning, so I can see the attraction. Scotland too has some quite amazing scenery, although it rained most of the time I was there, so it was hard to see the views through the mist and low-lying clouds.
Ireland was amazing as well, had a great holiday there, such a laid-back place, cute even. And then there’s Wales; hmm. Wales in 10th and Australia nowhere?
Well I never did.
Australia; not so shabby
So I turned my back on all four of those countries to come to Australia, but really, it’s not so shabby here…
How can this not be beautiful enough for the top 20? Well, maybe, just maybe, a good number of those Rough Guide readers just didn’t fancy the 26 hour flight for themselves, so perhaps a lot of them haven’t seen Australia.
It’s worth the long haul flight, I’m sure of that.
For the original article, please check out this page on Rough Guides.