This could be interesting... What do you think is a country that provides a great range of different sites and just generally "has it all"?
the first two that come to mind for me would be The USA and Aus.
USA because it has a large climate range (alaska to hawaii) some of the best skiing in the world as well as surf, world famous icons and big cities.
Aus for pretty much the same reasons, snowy mountains down south (Victoria New South Whales) to tropical islands up north, not the best skiing in the world but certainly some of the best surf, world famous icons and big cities
Canada has a lot to offer in that respect too. Warm summers on beaches with surfing, sailing, hiking etc. And lots of snow in winter for skiing.
Mountains, Plains and coastlines.
Big cities to little outbacks.
And very friendly people!
France as well (apart from the plains) -and they also have yummy food and wines!
It's hard to compare in such a big scale. You never have it all! Each region, each country, each people, and each place is different and offers something to any traveller! Therefore, traveling round the world is so interesting and exciting!
Why don't you come to Vietnam for one of the best destinations in the world: beautiful landscapes (great beaches and diving as well), warm-hearted people (smiling always), delicious food (and very healthy), interesting cultures (especially daily life and activities), amazing history (involved with China, France, Japan, and the US), so on and so forth.
Welcome you to Vietnam!
And I will recommend the next destinations if you ask me.
Well, I have to agree with Thi,
But don't come to Holland: no desert, no skiing, no mountains, no tropical islands and no big icons. The weahter s*cks as well. But the cities are very nice and is generally considered a good country to live in.
But to stick with the topic: it's all in the minds of people and therefore I also agree with countries like australia and the usa, less with Canada and France so.
A great alternative is Chili and/or Argentina: very high mountains, some very nice cities, skiing, deserts, (sub)tropical rainforests in the very north, indian cultures and top spots like Tierra del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier, Buenos Aires, Torres del Paine, Atacama desert, Iguazu Falls and Peninsula Valdez wiht lots of animals.
Another nice topic would be countries that have absolutely nothing to offer. Number 1 would be Nigeria.
FRANCE (has it all, from smart people with a great culture to beautiful cities to the best food to fantastic beaches and mountains. That's why I moved there part time - to PARIS - and am working on relocating full time)
USA, doesn't have it all cause a lot of the people are really ignorant - Bush supporters, religious fanatics, people TOTALLY unaware of most of the rest of the world, etc., etc. (I live here part time so I deal with it daily - sorry but it's true) but geographically has a lot to offer. Just use an Ipod all the time when in public so you don't have to deal with the people unless you can suss out they have a bit of a brain (Please no complaints, I was born here but travel a lot. Everything I'm saying is 100% factual - after 80 countries and decades of travel it becomes kind of OBVIOUS).
AUSTRALIA, people are alright (hit and miss, remind me of American's a bit too much sometimes) but geographically a very interesting country
ARGENTINA, smart, aware people, Buenos Aires is a great, beautiful city. Also has nice beaches and skiing in beautiful mountains. Great food and wine. Very inexpensive place to live with a lot of great culture and nightlife.
There you have it, Zoom
South Africa, the rainbow country, the world in one country. Has everything from mountains to beaches, from desert to rainforest, from remote rural areas to major cities. From the poorest (under a dollar a day) to the super rich, from black to white, from first world to 3rd. You'll find culture and crime, the beauty of nature and the urban attraction of the cities, plus some of the best wildlife parks in the world.
I don't think it is possible to go to a country that 'has it all' because, simply, no country does! Tell me a country that has paddy fields and rain forests, great raging water falls and sugar cane plantations, snow capped mountains, and miles of flatness, desert but also lusheous green country side, an area full of lakes but also big sprawling metropolis, a country with the northern lights, but also where the water flows straight down the drain and doesnt spiral clockwise or anti-clockwise. It is impossible (sorry about the rant)
that's why i agree with the statement that you have to travel the world to see it all! But it's not just the actual country, it'S the population and social diversity, the culture and traditions. No two places are the same and that is why people travel and, incidently, the very purpose of this website!
Personally, i wouldn't want a country that had it all: for me, the actual method of getting to your desired destination can be all part of the experience
When i wrote this thread i knew straight away that at least a couple of people would say " no country has it all" which is 100 per cent absoulutely true but i what im saying is which country has it all in general or has alot to offer etc
I would have to say that Malaysia pretty much has it all
from beaches to historical towns, to jungle trekking to cities, to homestays to climbing the 20th highest moutain in the world (mt kinabalu) to natural hot springs and parks where turtles lay their eggs, scuba diving and snorkelling, its one amazing country which lots and lots to do and see
New Zealand has a helluva lot considering its so small.