Paris, London, Hong Kong, USA- the global hot spots attract millions of tourists every year. However, most travellers fancy fresh experiences in ‘off-the-beaten path’, and fortunately, there are still some least-explored countries on this planet which are every avid traveller’s ultimate dream. Though, these countries will be in the bottom of the international tourism list, they are pristine gems for those who are up for a unique experience.
Annual Visitors- 1,36,000
This tiny Pacific island consists of a unique and fascinating array of reefs with rich wild life and a vibrant life underwater too. If you want to live out that desert-island fantasy – gazing at the stars from an empty white-sand tree-fringed beach while waves gently lap the shore, then pack your bags to Pulau.
Annual visitors- 1,21,000
This tiny nation stowed between Romania and Ukraine is famous for its unspoiled countryside and vineyards. The least explored European nation feels anchored in the medieval times and you will relinquish your desire to return to modern life once you enter here. For an exquisite oenophilic experience, go on a wine tour set amidst bucolic settings.
Annual visitors- 65,000
Though not too far from Australia, yet Timor-Leste feels like a completely different world and an unsung touristic destination. When you are in Timor-Leste, at some point you will feel like you are the only tourist. With pristine landscapes and beaches that you can call your own, Timor promises to be a beautifully laid back destination.
While you are here, explore its rugged unsullied beaches and dive it to their ancient traditions that have survived through the horrors of the war in Dili’s museums. Tickle your adrenaline as you hike to jungle caves, and roam around in their misty hilly village markets and capture some great moments in your lens.
Annual visitors- 73,000
Tucked away between Guadeloupe and Martinique is unadulterated Dominica with so many natural and unexpected wonders packed into one island. The longest in the Caribbean, an extensive 115 miles hike through a spectacular mountainous terrain is a scenic bucket-list endeavor that will bring you face-to-face with sulfur springs, local farmers, picturesque waterfalls and superb diving spots. It could be easily be your ideal honeymoon destination.
Annual visitors- 24,000
Like their better-known Indian Ocean sisters, Mauritius and the Seychelles, the Comoros have remained seemingly impervious to mass tourism. With lush rainforests, cool and plesant highlands and lambent coral reefs, this island suits every one’s taste and budget. If you want to drop off the face of the Earth for a bit, then book your flight now.
A volcanic archipelago off East Africa’s coast, Grand Comoro is the largest traveller friendly island of Comoros that’s lively and lazy at the same time with minarets splitting the skyline and filled with a perpetual fragrant air of bougainvilleas and frangipani trees. Also, take on the famous 2 day trek to the Karthala volcano whose lofty peak seems to be lost in the tropical clouds. For a swim, head to the sheltered beaches around Trou du Prophete.
Annual visitors- 53,000
Liechtenstein- the sixth-smallest country in the world and a landlocked neighbor of Switzerland and Austria, is a delightful gem in Central Europe. You can chug through the entire capital city in 35 minutes. Untouched by the clutches of frantic tourism unlike other places in Europe, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do here in spite of its small size.
You may find yourself ruminating during your stroll to the medieval castles, hike to alpine landscapes & explore its picturesque villages Liechtenstein is one of the tiniest and richest countries and to come here, you need to catch a local bus from Austria or Switzerland, so you can easily add this place t for a day trip in your itinerary.
Sao Tome and Principe
Annual visitors- 13,000
140 miles off the coast of West Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe or STP, seem like two tiny floating full-stops on the vast Atlantic Ocean. Trees cover almost 90 per cent of the archipelago. This is Africa’s own miniature Havana, with its little pink palaces and colonial churches. Pico Cão Grande, a needle-shaped volcanic plug peak is so steep that it is thought to be climbed only twice in 31 million years.
A riveting lost world, Principe offers you magnificent beaches, snorkelling, jungle exploration, fishing, bird watching with interesting sparsely crowded accommodations.
Annual visitors- 7,000
This central Asian country is most mysterious and unexplored in entire Central Asia. Its landscape is not quite commonly seen anywhere else on the planet. Almost 80% of the country is desert, which means summers are baking and it’s fairly warm all year round. No visit to Turkmenistan would be complete without a visit to the Darvaza gas crater, the fire pit in the middle of the Karakum desert, otherwise known as ‘the gateway to hell’.
Certainly, the least travelled places of all Central Asian countries, here you can explore the ancient cities of Merv and Konye Urgench that conjures visions of plodding caravans along the Silk road and its grand monuments and golden statues are worth a fascinating look.
Annual visitors- 6,000
Located in west-central Africa, there is plenty to bring you to this beautiful country with black-and-white shores. It has got that bustling African tropics feel with stylish Spanish architectural influences and is the only Spanish speaking country in entire Africa. An organized tour is recommended to avoid unpleasant situations.
Annual visitors- 5,000
Marshall Islands are located halfway between Hawaii and Australia in eastern Micronesia- with a wavering line of sand and palm trees ringed by vibrant turquoise reefs. One of the two countries in the world made up of low-lying coral atolls, they are vibrant, with great visibility with abundant marine life underneath. – You would definitely enjoy renting some snorkel gear and go Scuba diving or even spear-fishing.
Annual visitors- 4,700
With the ocean lapping the shoreline of the beautiful island of Kiribati, this South Pacific island is a paradise. Whether you’re into fishing, bird-watching, diving or surfing, this remote destination is worth the trek while there are still people living here to welcome you. The airport is literally two tin sheds that hasn’t been developed for tourism on a large scale, but that’s the appeal.
Annual visitors- 1,200
Sitting about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, Tuvalu is a picture-perfect collection of nine islands tucked away in the South Pacific. Tuvalu’s relaxed island lifestyle and isolation is the ideal location for leaving the world behind. Barely a hundred visitors a year make the epic trip. It might be your only chance, as it may disappear in few years because of the rising sea levels.
Annual visitors- 500
Sitting on the horn of Africa, Somalia is a link between the Arab and the African world. Pirates, civil war and Islamic militants – first thing that comes on to the mind when we think of Somalia. But, behind the turmoil lies a beautiful country with varied landscape of mountains, deserts, tropical rainforests, beaches and coral reefs.
Annual visitors- 200
This tiny Pacific island is neighbour to Kiribati and the only country without a capital. The island is a large phosphate mine, years of mining have exposed jagged coral pinnacles, leaving a lunar-like landscape. Nuaru consists of a number of beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs, and lagoons that provide comfort, activity and excitement.
Annual visitors- 34,000
Libya is one of the largest African countries with a stunning Mediterranean coastline and gorgeous desert landscapes. The ancient sites are a reminder of ancient Greek, Roman and Italian rule. Libya is a land with sand dunes, shimmering oasis and palm trees reflecting in desert lakes, empty beaches and ancient mountain trails.
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