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This page highlights regional travel and tourism resources that describe and illustrate selected tourist attractions in specific continents, nations, and cities.

World Travel Conceptualization

The Earth's Continents

The word continent is derived from the Latin phrase terra continens, which literally means "connected land".  The term generally applies to a large, contiguous landmass that is mostly, or entirely, surrounded by water.  However, the geological structure of planet Earth does not enable this definition to be uniformly applied.  Geologically, Europe and Asia form the single continent of Eurasia, but from a travel perspective, Europe and Asia are usually considered separate continents.

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Continental Travel & Tourism Pages

  • Africa Travel Guide
    Africa, the second-largest continent, occupies about 20.3 percent of the world's land area.  In 2008, Africa's population was estimated at 1.033 billion persons, and Africa's busiest airport is OR Tambo International Airport.
  • Antarctica Travel Guide
    Antarctica, the southernmost continent, surrounds the South Pole.  Unlike the other continents, Antarctica has no indigenous population.
  • Asia Travel Guide
    Geographically, Asia forms the larger, eastern part of the Eurasian continent, but for cultural and historical reasons, Asia is considered a distinct continent.  In 2008, Asia's population was estimated at 4.167 billion persons, and Asia's busiest airport is Beijing Capital International Airport.
  • Australia Travel Guide
    Australia, the smallest continent, occupies about 5.2 percent of the world's land area.  In 2008, Australia's population was estimated at 36 million persons, and Australia's busiest airport is Sydney Airport.
  • Europe Travel Guide
    Geographically, Europe forms the smaller, western part of the Eurasian continent, but for cultural and historical reasons, Europe is considered a distinct continent.  In 2008, Europe's population was estimated at 733 million persons, and Europe's busiest airport is London Heathrow Airport.
  • North America Travel Guide
    North America is the larger, northern component in the double continent of America.  In 2008, North America's population was estimated at 352 million persons, and North America's busiest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • South America Travel Guide
    South America is the smaller, southern component in the double continent of America.  In 2008, South America's population was estimated at 393 million persons, and South America's busiest airport is Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport.

The World's Nations

The word nation is derived from the Latin word natio, which literally means "that which has been born".  The term usually refers to a group of people who share a common culture, heritage, and language.  The national travel guides listed here highlight some of the world's popular travel destinations.

airport departures board

National Travel & Tourism Pages

  • China Travel Guide
    Located in eastern Asia, China's total land area is 3,705,407 square miles.  In 2009, China's G.D.P. per capita was about $6,600 (US), and in 2010, China's population was estimated at 1.330 billion persons.  The China National Tourist Office website is the official travel and tourism portal for China.
  • Egypt Travel Guide
    Located in northeastern Africa, Egypt's total land area is 386,662 square miles.  In 2009, Egypt's G.D.P. per capita was about $6,000 (US), and in 2010, Egypt's population was estimated at 80.47 million persons.  The Egypt Tourism Authority website is the official travel and tourism portal for Egypt.
  • France Travel Guide
    Located in western Europe, France's total land area is 248,429 square miles.  In 2009, France's G.D.P. per capita was about $32,800 (US), and in 2010, France's population was estimated at 64.77 million persons.  The French Government Tourist Office website is the official travel and tourism portal for France.
  • Germany Travel Guide
    Located in central Europe, Germany's total land area is 137,847 square miles.  In 2009, Germany's G.D.P. per capita was about $34,100 (US), and in 2010, Germany's population was estimated at 82.28 million persons.  The German National Tourist Board website is the official travel and tourism portal for Germany.
  • Greece Travel Guide
    Located in southern Europe, Greece's total land area is 50,949 square miles.  In 2009, Greece's G.D.P. per capita was about $32,100 (US), and in 2010, Greece's population was estimated at 10.75 million persons.  The Greek National Tourism Organisation website is the official travel and tourism portal for Greece.
  • Ireland Travel Guide
    Located in western Europe, Ireland's total land area is 27,135 square miles.  In 2009, Ireland's G.D.P. per capita was about $42,200 (US), and in 2010, Ireland's population was estimated at 4.62 million persons.  The Tourism Ireland website is the official travel and tourism portal for Ireland.
  • Italy Travel Guide
    Located in southern Europe, Italy's total land area is 116,305 square miles.  In 2009, Italy's G.D.P. per capita was about $30,300 (US), and in 2010, Italy's population was estimated at 58.09 million persons.  The Italian Tourism website is the official travel and tourism portal for Italy.
  • Japan Travel Guide
    Located in eastern Asia, Japan's total land area is 145,882 square miles.  In 2009, Japan's G.D.P. per capita was about $32,600 (US), and in 2010, Japan's population was estimated at 126.8 million persons.  The Japan National Tourism Organization website is the official travel and tourism portal for Japan.
  • Russia Travel Guide
    Located in northeastern Europe and northern Asia, Russia's total land area is 6,592,745 square miles.  In 2009, Russia's G.D.P. per capita was about $15,100 (US), and in 2010, Russia's population was estimated at 139.4 million persons.  The Russian National Tourist Office website is the official travel and tourism portal for Russia.
  • United Kingdom Travel Guide
    Located in western Europe, the United Kingdom's total land area is 94,525 square miles.  In 2009, the UK's G.D.P. per capita was about $35,200 (US), and in 2010, the UK's population was estimated at 62.35 million persons.  The Visit Britain website is the official travel and tourism portal for the United Kingdom.

Destination Cities

The word city is derived from the Latin word civitas, which applied to a body of citizens who were united by law.  In modern times, the term refers to a large, or important, town.  The city travel guides listed below highlight points of interest and tourist attractions in some of the world's major cities.

New York City skyline at night

City Travel & Tourism Pages

  • Ottawa, Canada
    The capital city of Canada is located on the Ottawa River, between Ontario and Quebec.  The Ottawa Tourism website is the official travel and tourism portal for Ottawa.
  • Beijing, China
    The capital city of China is located on an extensive plain in northeastern China.  The Visit Beijing website is the official travel and tourism portal for Beijing.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
    The capital city of Denmark is located on the eastern coast of Zealand Island.  The Visit Copenhagen website is the official travel and tourism portal for Copenhagen.
  • Cairo, Egypt
    The capital city of Egypt is located in northern Egypt, along the Nile River.  The Egypt Travel - Cairo web page is the official travel and tourism portal for Cairo.
  • Helsinki, Finland
    The capital city of Finland is located on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland.  The Visit Helsinki website is the official travel and tourism portal for Helsinki.
  • Athens, Greece
    The capital city of Greece is located on the Attica plain near the Saronic Gulf.  The Breathtaking Athens website is the official travel and tourism portal for Athens.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    The capital city of Ireland is located on Dublin Bay, at the mouth of the Liffey River.  The Visit Dublin website is the official travel and tourism portal for Dublin.
  • Mexico City, Mexico
    The capital city of Mexico is located near the southern end of the Valley of Mexico.  The Visit Mexico - Mexico City web page is the official travel and tourism portal for Mexico City.
  • Oslo, Norway
    The capital city of Norway is located at the northern end of the Oslo Fjord.  The Visit Oslo website is the official travel and tourism portal for Oslo.
  • Stockholm, Sweden
    The capital city of Sweden is located on islands and peninsulas near the Baltic Sea.  The Visit Stockholm website is the official travel and tourism portal for Stockholm.
  • London, England
    The capital city of the United Kingdom is located on the River Thames in southern England.  The Visit London website is the official travel and tourism portal for London.
  • New York City, NY
    The most populous city in the USA is located in Downstate New York, near the Hudson River.  The NYC - Visitors web page is the official travel and tourism portal for New York City.
  • Washington, DC
    The capital city of the USA is located on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia.  The Washington.org website is the official travel and tourism portal for Washington.

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