Likely promoted to No. 1 based on the fact that the country will host the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is much more than its beaches. (Of course, you certainly can’t miss the beaches.) Treks to the lush rain forest are simple and a must-do, and the colorful villages that dot the country are called some of the most unique in the world.
Visit way before the 2016 Summer Olympics, because as it draws nearer the city will be buzzing with construction and hoards of tourists will bustle about eager to take in the sun-soaked country.