Even engineers deserve some time off now and again. Why not treat yourself and book a holiday to any one of these fabulous destinations from around the world?
Here we've included some of the most popular places to visit from the last few years. But in case they are not "up your street," we've also made 7 suggestions for engineers to visit if they fancy a busman's holiday.
What are the top 10 vacation destinations?
According to Forbes.com, here are the top 10 most-visited vacation destinations of 2019:
- San Antonio, Texas, the United States of America
- Puebla, Mexico
- Hawaii, USA
- St. Helena
- Province of Laguna, the Philippines
- The Balkan Peninsula
- Agra, India
- Budapest, Hungary
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Gobi Desert, Mongolia
With regards to the most searched tourist destination over the last few years, these are top ten travel-related searches on Google:
1. Trip to Italy
2. Trip to Paris
3. Trip to Iceland
4. Trip to the Bahamas
5. Trip to Ireland
6. Trip to Vegas
7. Trip to Bora Bora
8. Trip to New York
9. Trip to New Orleans
10. Trip to Spain
Which country had the most tourists in 2018?
According to an article by the Telegraph, using data from the United Nations travel arm, there is a clear winner for the most popular country for tourists in 2018.
France, it appears, was the most popular, receiving around 93.2 million travelers in 2018. That is, apparently, a 7.3% increase from 2017.
Which is the best holiday destination in the world?
This really depends on what you're into when it comes to holidays. You might love all-inclusive holidays or prefer to mix with the locals.
Whatever the case, according to lastminute.com, here are some top-rated destinations you can also consider:
4. Antalya, Turkey
6. The Greek Islands
8. The Dominican Republic
Seven destinations you should definitely visit this summer
With so many great places to visit around the world, it is pretty difficult to shortlist them. But, that being said, here are seven suggestions for you to consider visiting this summer.
1. Musee des Arts et Metiers, France
If you have the opportunity, you might want to head over to the Musee des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France. This museum as packed full of awesome engineering-related stuff from engines and electronics to electronics both old and new.
You'll need a good few hours to see most of the collection, but it will certainly be time well spent. Since you are already in Paris, you could also check out the Eiffel Tower or any number of the city's amazing museums and other landmarks.
Why not book your flight today?
2. Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
The Deutsches Museum in Munich is another excellent destination for engineers this summer. This great museum is filled to the rafters with great examples of European inventions from many countries including, of course, Germany.
The museum has over 30 amazing tech-related exhibitions that cover a vast area of 25,000 m2. Some of the main attractions at present include a replica mineshaft and a fantastic star show in their planetarium.
This museum is a literal shrine to some of the masterpieces of science and technology.
3. Falkirk Wheel, Scotland
If you find yourself in Scotland this summer, you might want to head over to Falkirk to check out one of the most iconic pieces of civil engineering ever built. The Falkirk Wheel is, to this day, one of the U.K.'s most impressive pieces of engineering and first opened in 2002.
The wheel forms part of the British Waterways plan to regenerate central Scotland's canals, and it helps connect the Forth and Clyde Union Canals in Scotland.
This amazing "wheel" has a diameter of 35m, with two opposing arms that extend 15m beyond the central axis. It is really worth your time to check this work of engineering out.
4. Hoover Dam, The United States
The Hoover Dam is one of the greatest feats of engineering in the world. It also happens to be pretty good looking too.
If you are in the area, you might want to make a beeline to visit it for a few hours or so.
The dam was completed in 1936 after five years of construction and is America's largest concrete formwork dam ever built. It is a very popular tourist attraction and is visited by millions of people every year.
Sadly, about 112 people were killed during its construction.
5. BMW plant, Germany
If you took up our recommendation to visit the Deutsches Museum in Munich, you might want to also check out the BMW plant. For less than $7, you can get a guided tour of the facilities and follow their process from press, body and engine shops to final assembly.
The main plant was built around 1922 and was converted to motorcycle production after WW2. The plant returned to the production of automobiles sometime after, and today produces some of BMW's most iconic models.
"Also located on-site is the BMW museum, which boasts 125 iconic cars, motorcycles and engines, and BMW World, which hosts exhibitions on BMW cars past and present," according to imeche.org.
6. Bailong Elevator, China
The Bailong Elevator, in China, is another destination you might want to consider visiting this summer. The elevator is officially one of, if not the tallest outdoor lift in the world, and is situated in some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever likely see.
Its name means "Hundred Dragons Elevator," and it was literally hewn into the side of a cliff in Wilingyaun area of China. The entire structure rises roughly 326 meters up the cliff.
Construction began in 1999, and the structure was completed in 2002. It cost around $14.6 million (120 million yuan) to complete.
7. Swedish Army Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
The Swedish Army Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, is another excellent place to consider visiting this summer. As you've probably guessed, the museum mainly focusses on military history and has a great collection of engineering-related military tech.
The site first opened in 1879 as a museum but has been used for military purposes since the 17th Century. It was once the main depot for the Swedish army's artillery.