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South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand's South Island brims with majestic landscapes at every turn, from dramatic mountains to fjords to glaciers. Here, you can admire the mountains of Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from hiking trails or a boat on Milford Sound. At night, journey to the University of Canterbury's Mount John Observatory to gaze at the starry skies. You can also indulge your inner daredevil in Queenstown, explore two of the most accessible glaciers in the world on the island's west coast or sample delicious food and wine in the Marlborough region.

Paris

The magnetic City of Light draws visitors from around the globe who come to see iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. But what travelers really fall in love with are the city's quaint cafes, vibrant markets, trendy shopping districts and unmistakable je ne sais quoi charm. Get lost wandering along Paris' cobblestone streets, or grab a croissant and relax on the banks of the Seine for hours. If you're up for a quick daytrip, head about 15 miles southwest of the city center to another must-see attraction: the Palace of Versailles

borabroa

What this small French Polynesian island may lack in size it makes up for in sheer tropical beauty. Here, you'll find picturesque beaches, lush jungles and luxurious resorts. The island's dormant volcano, Mount Otemanu, makes for a great photo-op or challenging hike, and the friendly Bora Bora locals can help you catch a glimpse of the island's best sights during an off-road excursion. To relax, head to Matira Beach for crystal-clear water and soft sand. Although a trip to Bora Bora is very expensive, most travelers say it's worth every penny.

A frontrunner has been declared for the world's most expensive city (and the world's most expensive city for expats). We've also been told which is the world's most beautiful city, and which are the world's friendliest cities. Now, the results are in for the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Global Liveability Report," which ranks the best places to live in the world, scoring 140 cities in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education, and infrastructure.

This year's ranking looks much different than years past, thanks in large part to COVID-19. The report took into consideration how different cities handled the pandemic: strong border closings, ability to handle the health crisis, and the pace at which vaccination campaigns were rolled out. This caused past frontrunners in Canada to fall completely out of the top ten, while regulation sticklers in Australia and New Zealand take up over half of the top ten. And before you even look, be warned that zero U.S. cities made the cut—again. There's always next year.

Counting down, here are the 10 best places to live in the world.

This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

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·         10. Brisbane, Australia

Overall rating: 92.4
Stability: 95
Healthcare: 100
Culture & Environment: 85.9

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