Readers’ Choice Awards ranks Tanzania 14th and Israel 15th on a list of countries to visit.

Tanzania ranks 14th and Israel ranks 15th in “Top 20 Countries in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2019,” released October 7 by Condé Nast Traveler.

Some 600,000 readers submitted comments for the 2019 awards.

In the country ranking, Israel received a score of 89.54, placing it just below Tanzania with a score of 89.62. 

United Republic of Tanzania

Thanks to booming tourism, English-speaking locals, and political stability Tanzania doesn’t exactly fly under the radar. But as a teeming source of natural wonder and experiences, it’s a draw for anyone looking to suck the marrow out of life. If you’re planning a safari in Tanzania (and you should), you'll have a great shot to see all of the Big Five, as the flat, never-ending Serengeti provides endless opportunities to witness nature’s bounty. Roaming wildebeests, elegant giraffes, baobab trees: they’re all here, as if straight out of the original Lion King, but in stark, live technicolor. Seeking more than bush and plains? Head to the miles of coast along the Indian Ocean, where you’ll find white sand beaches, palm trees, and languid, lazy sunrises. Of course, Tanzania is also home to Mt. Kilimanjaro, a seductive quest for intrepid mountaineers seeking to climb the highest peak in Africa.




A hotbed of complicated politics, millennia of history, awe-inspiring vistas: Israel is as likely to confound as it is to delight. From cities like Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, modern politics are never far from one’s mind, but an influx of modern services, hotels, and restaurants are shifting the conversations. The government continues to encourage development, essentially marketing that the country is open for business. In Tel Aviv, the country’s de facto capital for food, this is certainly true: Frenetic, lively markets hawk fresh and local foods, while international chefs like Israeli-born Michael Solomonov and London’s Yotam Ottolenghi continuously draw inspiration from the region’s cuisine. In Jerusalem, you’ll find some of the world’s most sacred sites, like the Wailing Wall, but beyond the well-worn pilgrimage trails, you’ll also see an influx of modern life amid the luxury hotel boom. If nothing else, visiting this country at a crossroads of religion and culture will always be memorable.



Here is the Top 20 Countries in the World: Readers' Choice Awards 2019:

Indonesia 92.78
Thailand 92.37
Portugal 91.94
Sri Lanka 91.79
South Africa 91.59
Peru 91.28
Greece 91.18
Philippines 90.63
Italy 90.62
Vietnam 90.46
Turkey 90.15
Japan 89.74
Mexico 89.7
Tanzania 89.62
Israel 89.54
Colombia 89.41
New Zealand 89.11
Ireland 89.08
Cambodia 89.03
Croatia 88.83