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After decades of war and famine, this once-highlight on backpacker routes is no longer as inviting
A beautiful and diverse country with impressive castles, long coastlines and a unique culture and history.
The largest country in Africa.
An unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Independent State of Samoa.
A tiny country in the Pyrenees mountains with stunning natural beauty and snow-capped peaks
Former Portuguese colony which went through a brutal civil war. Now largely safe, but has been slow to appear on the tourist radar.
Anguilla was colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, and administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century
Antigua is perhaps the island which most typifies the modern day view of a small Caribbean destination
Cerro Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Americas while Salinas Chicas, at 40m below sea level, is the lowest point in South America.
An ancient civilization amongts the mountain landscapes. Home to world heritage sites, old monasteries and a laid back, friendly culture.
Aruba is an island 33 kilometre long (20 mi) located about 1600km west of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea
Famous for kangaroos and koalas, wide stretches of uninhabited land, fun beaches and a low-key culture
Alpine beauty, music, some of the best festivals, countless ways to pamper yourself - discover your moments of bliss
A rich country, home to palaces of the Shahs, Zoroastrian fire temples, barren landscapes, and world-class forest and mountain hikes.
A small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. Manama, Muharraq, Bahrain Island.
Home of beautiful mangroves and the world's longest beach.
According to accounts by descendants of the aboriginal tribes on other local islands, the original name for Barbados was Ichirouganaim.
With four UNESCO world heritage sights, including the Mir Castle Complex and the Nesvizh Castle there are enough things to explore here.
Historically the battefield for World War One, this picturesque country is often seen as the figurehead of the EU.
Home to "La Isla Bonita" and the Blue Hole, this Island nation is more than just a divers' paradise
A safe and relatively easy country for travellers to visit; birthplace of the Voodoo religion and former home of the Kingdom of Dahomey.
Overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
A mountainous and mysterious Buddhist kingdom that holds itself to the bar of Gross National Happiness
Paradise-like country that will welcome you with its wild primaeval forests, rivers, mountains, and warm people.
A political hotbed, but also an impressive mix of cultures with beautiful historic cities.
Famous for the rich wildlife of the Okavango Delta.
The country that hosts the greatest party on earth will energize and enchant you
The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico.
A sovereign country occupying two small portions of the northwestern coast.
Land of roses, yogurt, transition or crossroads where countless tribes left a mark over millennia - discover it yourself!
Landlocked country that is very off the beaten path for visitors.
Until recently rather isolated under a military dictatorship and now undergoing political changes and opening up to tourism.
On the shores of Lake Tanganyika; largely deforested and does not have a lot going for it tourism-wise
Home of the ancient city of Angkor, still recovering from decades of war.
Sometimes referred to as Africa in Miniature, the terrain includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau.
The Great White North certainly has vast expanses of wilderness, but it also features some of the world's most modern, cosmopolitan cities.
Tiny Atlantic island group off the coast of Senegal with wonderful beaches.
Administered by Jamaica from 1863, they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent.
Dense jungle in the south and semi arid in the Sahelian north, this very unstable country is very much off the radar for visitors.
Completely land-locked, and well off-the-beaten-path for all but the hardiest of travellers; very unstable in the north.
A vast land of extremes - from 5,000 km of coast and beaches, to dry Deserts, to glacial Patagonia - that will always make you feel welcome
The giant of East Asia, with a vast array of cultural and natural treasures among the frenzied development.
Historic towns, modern and energetic party cities, and a whole lot of nature to explore in between.
Tiny Indian Ocean island group between Madagascar and Mozambique.
Fifteen islands spread out over an Exclusive Economic Zone of 2,200,000 square kilometres.
Since the late 1980s Costa Rica has been a popular nature travel destination, with plenty of national parks to explore.
Long coastlines, party islands, lots of sun and a Venetian history make this one of the Mediterranean's top travel destinations.
Many Americans had beach homes during the summer, and rich companies owned large factories and land
The third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union.
Beautiful forests and mountains, and some of the most notable architectural attractions in Europe, bordered by the Bohemian Forest.
Huge, blessed with incredible natural wealth and beauty, culturally diverse, yet extremely unstable and dangerous.
The birthplace of Lego and the tales of Hans Christian Andersen is one of the happiest countries in the world
Scandinavia's smallest nation features hundreds of islands, rolling farmland, endless beaches and a more continental vibe.
Small country across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen and largely Arabic in nature.
Its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest thermally active lake in the world.
A country of stunning beauty and diversity known for its beaches, mountains and colonial architecture
One of the world's newest and poorest states, at the eastern tip of Timor.
Such cities and best known places are the Galapagos Islands, and the city of Cuenca. Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca.
Home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies.
Important cultural and commercial centers for Central America on the whole include Santa Ana and San Miguel.
Perhaps one of Africa's most corrupt countries - not very safe to travel, but it has great beaches and bars, and locals speak Spanish.
This relatively small nation has heavy Arab and African influences.
The most Nordic of the three Baltic countries, with linguistic connections to Finland.
Africa's second largest population; an old Christian country, home to castles, beautiful monasteries, and wonderful food.
If you would like to avoid the busiest season, it is best to visit the Faroes in late May or early June.
FSM scuba diving along with Palau and the Marianas is the world's best and includes the wrecks of Chuuk, Pohnpei, and the mantas of Yap.
Its majestic coral reefs draw tourists from around the world, but were the nightmare of European mariners until the 19th century.
Thousands of islands and lakes to explore in this bridge to the east. The most remote and perhaps most conservative of the Nordic countries.
Wine, Impressionism, Revolution, Patisseries, Alps, Beaches,... come explore France!
A French department in the Amazonia region of South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname.
Includes three islands with a strong claim to being the most beautiful island in the world, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea.
Has escaped the strife afflicting other Central African states; rich in oil and mineral reserves and a high biodiversity.
The green heart of the Caucasus, with fabulous cuisine and culture, diverse landscapes, and a wealth of ancient churches and cave cities.
The economic powerhouse of Europe with major metropolitan cities and some lovely countryside.
West Africa's richest, most-English speaking country, with varied landscapes, beaches, and the imposing slave castles west of Accra.
Where Europe and Africa meet
The sunniest country in Europe, Greece combines beautiful islands and a rich cultural heritage with appetizing Mediterranean cuisine.
A self-governing country, but still part of Denmark, Greenland is a vast island of stark landscapes and midnight sun.
Its days of turmoil are far behind and we can start to appreciate the island for what it is-one of the greatest holiday spots on the planet.
A French possession since 1635 except for the years 1813-1814 when it came into Swedish possession as a consequence of the Napoleonic Wars.
The large US military presence and an expanding tourism industry makes Guam one of the most economically stable areas of Micronesia.
Guatemala is a country in the Central America region of North America. Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala City, Tikal.
Smaller than Jersey, and pretty, with a smaller town but less open countryside than Jersey.
Some great hills, major rainforests and beaches, ravaged by decades of political turmoil and lawlessness.
A former Portuguese colony which has been through lots of struggle since independence and is little visited by travellers.
Atlantic Ocean coastline in the northeast, and lies between Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west
The poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Tourists who are unsettled by grinding poverty probably should visit elsewhere.
Worth a visit, especially to the Maya ruins in Copán Ruinas, the colonial towns of Gracias and Comayagua, and the fantastic Caribbean Coast.
A beautiful and untouched country with lush forests and breath-taking lakes.
Spectacular scenery of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls on this North Atlantic island.
Ancient and rich culture, it is the heart of the Indian Subcontinent.
The sleeping giant of Southeast Asia and the world's largest archipelago, with more than 18,000 islands spanning three time zones.
Iran is a large country between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea. Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz.
Lies at the north end of the Persian Gulf and has a small (58 km) coastline in the southeast of the country.
Famous for its green landscapes, Guiness beer, leprechauns and Celtic history
Technically not a part of the UK, the Isle of Man is a small island between Great Britain and Ireland in the Irish Sea}}.
Israel packs a lot into its small area - a rich history, sacred places for many religions, beaches, mountains, deserts, and a modern mediterranean culture
Italy stands out for its rich history, delicious cuisine and wines, exquisite art, and a warm, welcoming culture
An island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.
Otaku, samurais, gourmet food - Japan has inspired our lives and fantasies in many ways. Yet, it will dazzle and surprise you!
The largest and most developed of the islands, with the most to do.
An Arab kingdom in West Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River, and extending into the historic region of Palestine.
Sparsely populated, dominated by archetypal Central Asian steppe, with deep reserves of fossil fuels, and pockets of beautiful wilderness.
Known for its world-class safaris and beautiful beaches.
Remote and poor, the sun rises first here every day.
A modern bustling country mixed with old world traditions and desert bedouin tribes.
A country high in the mountains, and except the unsafe Ferghana Valley, Central Asia's easiest and perhaps most pleasant place to visit.
A mountainous country that is becoming more and more popular on the backpacker trail.
A predominately Protestant country, its forefathers were of Germanic background.
A Democratic Republic country in the East Mediterranean
Settled by African American slaves in the 19th Century, this country has seen many conflicts, and is not safe to visit outside Monrovia.
Large open spaces with more than 90% of the country being desert or semidesert.
This tiny state is a financial centre as well as having some picture-postcard scenery in the Alps.
An expanding economic market, it has some of the best natural countryside in Europe.
This small Duchy once laid claims for the entire Benelux region around 600 years ago.
Expect the unexpected in the land of the lemurs and the so-called eighth continent.
The warm heart of Africa, around Lake Malawi.
Multicultural country covering the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and the jungle-dwelling tribes of Borneo.
Paradise on earth, home to gorgeous beaches and has cultural influences from India and the Middle East.
A country with a remarkable history and heritage; home to the ancient trade capitals and seats of learning of Djenné and Timbuktu.
Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. Valletta, Mdina, Sliema.
Site of U.S. nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll.
The French came in 1674 and with the exception of a short lived British occupation, the island has been in French hands ever since.
Mostly interesting for the Saharan dune region
Tropical Indian Ocean island.
Been There, Haven't Done That!
A pastoral and multi-ethnic country, only considered Balkan due to its cultural ties with Romania.
Oceanographic Museum, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
A nomadic land of vast spaces and mystic Buddhism.
Montenegro is one of the most traveller-friendly countries in the region.
Once a popular get-away destination Montserrat has been hit hard by the four elements, both from without and from within.
Situated on both the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Relax on the stunningly beautiful beaches and reefs or get into the backcountry and do some exploring.
One of Africa's premier destinations for eco-tourism and wildlife watching
An island of phosphate. The world's smallest independent republic.
Home to Mount Everest, adventure tourism, and pure hospitality.
A flat country consistently changed by the seas. Inventive minds in its history developed a technique for claiming land back from the ocean.
The Dutch Antilles, was an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Asians, descendants of those who came to work in the nickel mines here about a century ago, are mostly Vietnamese, Chinese and Indonesian.
A land of nature and magic like no other
The largest country in Central America with an area of 130,373 km2 and contains the largest freshwater body in Central America.
Similar in nature to neighbouring Mali and perhaps the most popular Sahelian country with travellers.
A vast, dangerous, chaotic, overpopulated, and fascinating country, with great wealth - little of it shared with its people.
A coral island halfway between Tonga and the Cook Islands.
The CNMI may have the planet's best weather, clearest water and air, plus scuba diving, fishing, sunsets, and unimaginable beaches.
Orwell's worst nightmares come true.
Famous for deep fjords, steep mountains, countless waterfalls, wooden churches, the Northern Lights and millennial maritime traditions.
Excellent schools and hospitals, good governance, and on-going infrastructure improvements in this once introverted and closed nation.
Rich in culture and history, varying climates and terrains, and home of 5 out of only 14 'eight-thousanders' on earth.
Palau's rock islands offer stunning scenery and a wild variety of marine life, making it a heaven for divers
Two physically separate territories, the West Bank to the east of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip in the southwest along the coast.
Many of the local blogs can give you the most current info. Panama City, Boquete, Portobelo.
Tropical rainforest, great scenery and diverse cultures. An adventurous, rarely visited travel destination where caution is advised.
Paraguay has been experiencing an increase in the tourism sector due to the opening of new hotels, new tourist attractions
Outside of the main tourist spots people will often not speak English, and -trying to be helpful- might give wrong or inexact advice.
A unique fusion of Asian and Spanish traditions. Over 7,000 islands most with beautiful tropical beaches and flashing smiles.
Home to descendants of the Bounty mutineers.
Formerly the sleeping giant of Europe, modern-day Poland is a thriving nation with many national parks and countless historical attractions.
Bordered by Spain and the picturesque Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.
A Caribbean island that is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States of America.
Qatar has the world's third-largest natural-gas reserves, behind only Russia and Iran. Doha, Zubarah Fort, Zubarah.
Known for its traditional villages and churches, Macedonia also has some of the best wildlife.
Huge forests with a small population mean great potential for eco-tourism, but the country is still recovering from war in the '90s.
A mountainous, heavily forested island east of Madagascar, belonging to France
While technically not entirely Balkan Romania offers a wonderful combination of old and new, mixing dance halls with Dracula.
Full of mountains and river gorges, stone mountaintop villages, legendary hospitality, delicious food, and a long cycle of violence.
Having massacred the native Arawaks in the 17th century, the French population, is one of the oldest in the Caribbean.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are a pair of tropical islands in the Caribbean, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.
Saint Lucia tends to be popular due to its tropical weather and scenery and its numerous beaches and resorts.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation in the Caribbean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. Mustique, Kingstown, Port Elizabeth.
Two main volcanic islands with luxuriant vegetation, traditional culture and wonderful open-sided houses.
Basilica di San Marino, Guaita, The Three Towers of San Marino.
Tiny islands in the Gulf of Guinea, known mostly as a source of Cocoa beans
Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country that occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and has coastlines on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea.
West Africa's other 'visitor-friendly' destination, with tasty food, nice beaches, and French colonial history.
Historic cities, monasteries, national parks and a good nightlife, Serbia has a lot to offer the traveller.
A group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.
With great beaches and beautiful inland scenery, its potential for tourism is held back by infrastructure problems and poverty.
Modern, affluent city-state with a medley of Chinese, Indian, Malay and British influences.
Interesting for its countryside, especially the Tatra Mountains.
Often called the miniature Europe, it is on the crossroads of the Slavic, Germanic and the Romantic world.
Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea
One of the least visited nations on earth, this nation is also wrought with political instability, civil war, and rampant kidnapping.
One of the richest countries in Africa has its share of wildlife and tourist-friendly sites.
Dynamic but still undiscovered destination of East Asia .
The world's newest country, split off from warring neighbor Sudan in July 2011.
From its sun-kissed shores to mountainous north, Spain offers adventure, history, a colorful culture, and as many Tapas as you can eat!
The pearl of the Orient, has a tropical climate and cultural influences from the rest of South Asia.
One of the largest countries in Africa and home to the world's oldest continuous major civilisations; sadly very prone to conflict recently
Travellers have long been drawn to this friendly, tropical country to explore its spectacular nature
Known for its beautiful scenery and relative friendlyness
Scandinavia's largest country is home of endless forests, clear blue lakes and the beautiful archipelagos along its coasts.
This financial leader has some of the best ski resorts in the world.
A country with a rich history but mired in a long strife, not a great place to visit nowadays.
An island of sharp contrasts: lush mountains, skyscrapers, gentle tai-chi and good food.
Central Asia's poorest backwater truly is off the beaten path, but has some incredible landscapes and Persian culture nonetheless.
Mt. Kilimanjaro and major game parks.
Famous for its magnificent islands and beaches and all-out full moon parties, Thailand offers a much richer destination filled with temples, jungles, mountains, and vibrant cities.
The Bahamas or The Bahama Islands, is an archipelago consisting of many islands. Nassau, Long Island, Freeport.
Tiny coastal nation popular with European beach package tourists and birdwatchers.
A small, sleepy country that is home to no less than 40 different ethnic groups, and the surreal villages of Tamberma Valley.
Originally settled by Polynesian emigrants from surrounding island groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889.
The so-called Friendly islands and a Kingdom. But traditional and modern cultures are now clashing.
Under Spanish rule, large numbers of French settlers established cocoa plantations in Trinidad and imported slaves to work them.
Located in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa.
Turkey is a contiguous transcontinental country, located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia, and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe.
Desert moonscapes and arid mountains, dotted with ruins of great ancient civilizations; difficult but potentially very rewarding travel.
One of the world's smallest countries, this island nation is threatened by climate change and the rising sea level
Wildlife abounds and this is the best place for treks into the Congolese jungle to visit the nearly extinct mountain gorillas.
The second-largest country in Europe is an eclectic mix of east and west
A modern and dynamic country that blends the feeling of an advanced and clean country with that of a theme park
From the hills of England, to the fishing markets of Ireland, the former heart of the empire remains just as magnificent as in its heyday
Together with the British Virgin Islands, to the northeast, the territory forms the Virgin Islands archipelago.
The pre-20th century live stock driving techniques are still used here, and are less visited than the pleasant beaches and city centers.
The people are warm and friendly and the country is nothing short of beautiful. The government will complicate your trip, though.
Vanuatu is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand and east of Australia.
Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America. Canaima National Park, Caracas, National parks of Venezuela.10.5"
Firmly marching down the road to capitalism as one of the world's fastest growing economies.
Although discovered by the Dutch and the British, it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842.
Yemen's territory includes more than 200 islands, the largest of which is Socotra, about 354km to the south of mainland Yemen.
A landlocked country in Southern Africa.
Once known as the breadbasket of Africa, widely known for its famous landmarks, tourist attractions and varied scenery.