Hi, I’m Shannon O’Brien. Welcome to my travel website.

I hope it helps you plan a badass vacation.

I hope you find the beauty in the world that I have found looking for the best destinations in the world.

I do my best to scientifically approach finding the best attractions. An impossible task, to be sure…

But I’m gonna do it anyway.

Here’s the methodology I use to find “the best” that earth has to offer:

  1. I pull data from the top 10 search results for different categories. They are as follows:

  • Best destinations in the world
  • Best beaches in the world
  • Best national parks in the world
  • Best museums in the world
  • Best amusement parks in the world
  • Best landmarks in the world
  • Most surreal places in the world
  • Oldest surviving structures in the world
  • Oldest cemeteries in the world
  • Best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world

2. I take all those attractions, and rank them by the number of times they are mentioned across the top 10 search results for each category.

3. I remove the outliers, meaning those destinations only mentioned once as being best destinations. They are no longer considered best of destinations. Throw ’em out.

4. I find the relative safety of each destination. I do this by using indices other people who are smarter than me created. These are the safety categories I use:

  • Homicide rate
  • Civil and political rights score
  • Economic freedom score

5. I average out the different indices scores to create a relative safety ranking.

6. My husband collaborated with me and created a computer program that results in a ranked list of the best destinations in the world, in order of relative safety.

7. I make a travel itinerary based on all highest rated and most mentioned attractions for each region on the completed list.

So that’s the methodology.

I hope you have a fun time hunting down the awe-inspiring beauty contained within our own planet. I hope you hug a tree and feel, just for a second, that the tree hugged back.

Safe travels,
Shannon O’Brien