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10 Happiest Places In The World (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 07/27/10 09:07 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:10 PM ET

Whether it's gorgeous beaches and natural scenery or spotless cities influenced by various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, this list covers the interests of every mirth-seeking traveler. So if happiness is what you seek, take a look through these magnificent locations and see what they have to offer.

Below are Lonely Planet's picks for the top spots. Adapted from Lonely Planet's "1000 Ultimate Experiences." Read more articles on

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Many a human’s idea of blissful living involves swinging in a palm-strung hammock while the ocean swooshes gently onto a white-sand beach nearby – so it’s no surprise that the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu was voted top dog in the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index. The water’s ridiculously blue and teeming with life; the interior’s lush and volcanically rumbling, great for exploring amid the breadfruit trees. But it’s the sense of community that makes this a truly happy place. Extended families congregate regularly for age-old celebrations – in Vanuatu, there’s always a knees-up somewhere.
Visit from April/May to October, when temperatures range from 64°F to 82°F. The terrifying Land Diving festival (the original bungee) runs in April/May.
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