The Sims 3: World Adventures is an expansion pack released on 17 November 2009 in Canada, the US, Australia and Asia, the 19th or 20th[citation needed] in Europe, Africa and Indonesian for Windows and Macintosh.[2] It is the first expansion pack for The Sims 3. This confirmed speculation that expansion packs would be released after The Sims 3 as its predecessors The Sims and The Sims 2 had numerous expansion packs. The first hint of this expansion pack showed up on a French gaming site in March 2009, under the title Les Sims 3 Destination Aventure.[3]

The game was officially announced on August 3, 2009 at a press release for Electronic Arts. Information about the game appeared on both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 websites after this. The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad versions were released on April 2, 2010.

The game is reminiscent of previous expansion packs The Sims: Vacation and The Sims 2: Bon Voyage as players can take their Sims away to vacation destinations. Like the previous two games mentioned, Sims once again have the choice of partaking in three different forms of vacations but in a first for the series, the new vacation destinations are based on real World locations. Sims are able to vacation in new locations: Shang Simla, Champs Les Sims and Al Simhara. These new locations are the same size as neighbourhoods Sunset Valley and Riverview, and parody the countries of China, France and Egypt respectively.