The US News and World Report has again ranked countries according to how well they break from the norm and fulfill people’s wanderlust and desire for adventure.

The top 30 adventure rankings for 2021 are ยป

  • 1. Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 2. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • 3. Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • 4. Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 5. Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • 6. Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ (Up from #11 in 2020)
  • 7. New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • 8. Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ (Up from #10 in 2020)
  • 9. Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น (Down from #6 in 2020)
  • 10. Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท (Down from #8 in 2020)

  • 11. Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท (Down from #9 in 2020)
  • 12. France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 13. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • 14. Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช (Not ranked in 2020)
  • 15. Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ (Down from #13 in 2020)
  • 16. Dominican Republic ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด
  • 17. Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • 18. Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ (Up from #25 in 2020)
  • 19. Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (Down from #16 in 2020)
  • 20. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด (Up from #23 in 2020)


  • 21. Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 22. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • 23. Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
  • 24. Morocco ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (Way Up from #31 in 2020)
  • 25. Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ (Up from #29 in 2020)
  • 26. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
  • 27. Egypt ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ (Way Up from #39 in 2020)
  • 28. Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต (Up from #34 in 2020)
  • 29. Colombia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด (Way Down from #18 in 2020)
  • 30. South Africaย ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (Down from #26 in 2020)

US News and World Report (as at June 2021) ยป

For the sixth consecutive year, Brazil ranks No. 1 overall for being a country offering the greatest adventure. The largest country in South America is one of the most heavily visited in the world by tourists. Its sprawling coastline draws local residents and tourists to beaches. The annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, held before Lent every year, is one of the largest festivals in the world and is the most public display of how deeply rooted music and dance are in the nationโ€™s culture. Among the attributes that factor into countries’ rank in Adventure and Best Countries overall, Brazil was rated No. 1 in being both a fun and a sexy place.

A countryโ€™s financial health had little impact on the ranking. Italy, Spain and Greece โ€“ three Southern European countries weathering economic challenges โ€“ were ranked in the top five countries for adventure. At No. 5, Thailand rounds out a top five that remains unchanged from last year. Australia and Mexico rose in the rankings, while Portugal saw a notable drop.

Survey respondents said Spaniards are the friendliest people among the 78 countries assessed, while Greece is viewed as having the best climate. New Zealand, with its North Island shaped by subtropical landscapes and its South Island dominated by the volcanic Southern Alps, is considered the most scenic country on the list.

Additional observations ยป

  • The ranking of the top 5 (Brazil,ย Italy,ย Spain,ย Greece, and Thailand) remain unchanged from the 2020.
  • Big movers included Mexico, Singapore, Morocco, Egypt, and Colombia.
  • The USA is ranked 31st, up two from the 2020 rankings.

This page was last updated on 2021.06.09