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The world’s favourite travel experiences, per TripAdvisor

Outdoor activities on the rise

From balloon rides to food tours, whitewater rafting in NZ to snorkelling between tectonic plates in Iceland, TripAdvisor has revealed the winners of its Travellers Choice Awards for Experiences. 


Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour


Recognising the world’s and Australia’s top bookable tours and activities - as chosen by travellers - the awards named a fast-track tour of the Vatican as the world’s top experience, followed by a Chicago architecture river cruise, and a Tuscany one day sightseeing tour. 


A guided jet ski tour through the Whitsundays was voted the top Australian experience, edging a best of Melbourne bike tour and Hervey Bay whale watching cruise. 


In its 2019 Experiences Trends Report, TripAdvisor found that outdoor activities were on the rise, growing year-on-year by 56%. 


“In the last year, TripAdvisor has doubled the number of bookable tours, attractions and experiences offered to travellers, because we know experiences are often the most fun and memorable parts of a trip,” TripAdvisor spokesperson Laurel Greatrix said. 


“The breadth of winners - like a Costa Rican waterfall rappelling experience, a Balinese jungle swing, skip-the-line Vatican access, and a tour of Paris by vintage sidecar - reflects the incredible selection available to travellers.” 


Kaituna River White Water, NZ


Top 10 Experiences in Australia:

Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour – Airlie Beach, Queensland, 

The Best of Melbourne Bike Tour – Melbourne, Victoria

Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise – Hervey Bay, Queensland

Perth East Foreshore and City Segway Tour – Perth, WA

Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns – Cairns, Queensland

Hobart Kayak Tour - Hobart, Tasmania

Ocean Rafting Tour To Whitehaven Beach - Whitsundays, Queensland 

Mooloolaba Seafood Lunch Cruise - Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Sydney Beer and Brewery Tour - Sydney, NSW  

2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne - Melbourne, Victoria


Top 10 Experiences in the World:

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour – Rome, Italy

Chicago Architecture River Cruise– Chicago, Illinois, USA

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour – Florence, Italy

Snorkeling Silfra Tour with Pick up– Reykjavik, Iceland

Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Private Guided Tour on a Vintage Sidecar from 1 Hour to 7 Hour– Paris, France

1-Hour Canal Tour starting at Anne Frank House AmsterdamAmsterdam, The Netherlands

Best of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing – Ubud, Indonesia

Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk Xi’an, China

Kaituna River White Water – Okere Falls, New Zealand 


What were your experience highlights over the past year? Have you tried any of these?


Images TripAdvisor


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 18 June 2019

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