Are you tired of hearing about the same destinations time and time again? Are you looking for somewhere that doesn't attract thousands of visitors and their flashing cameras? Well the good news is that there are some countries in the world that are just as beautiful but attract far fewer of the usual tourists. If you're interested to find out where in the world to go next, read on.
As an isolated volcanic island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Ascension is a truly one-of-a-kind destination. But this makes its accessibility difficult. There aren't many amenities on the island since very few travelers make their way to this location. The island has only 880 permanent residents, all of whom reside in the city of Georgetown. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a shot! The Green Mountain National Park offers various walks through the island's lush vegetation.
This tiny nation is nestled between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains. Andorra can be visited all throughout the year as it has no true high season. It's the perfect location for those who enjoy the great outdoors, with everything from hiking to winter sports. It's also home to the Caldea Thermal Spa, Europe's largest spa, leaving plenty of opportunities to relax after a long day out in nature. The spa covers 6,000 square meters of both indoor and outdoor lagoons, saunas and pools. For those who like to ski or snowboard, there is Vallnord, a ski and snowboard resort located in the mountains overlooking the city.
Vanuatu is an archipelago that can be found in the South Pacific Ocean. With its unique topography surrounded by sea, expect to find an abundance of natural wonders. The largest island is Espiritu Santo, and it's known for its beaches particularly Champagne Beach. Just north of the island is the Loru Rainforest Protected Area, where one can find creatures such as coconut crabs, bush tails and a bat cave. Nearby is the Nanda Blue Hole, a natural limestone swimming pool brimming with cerulean water. Mount Yasur is one of the country's most impressive sights and be found on the Tanna Island of Vanuatu. The best time to visit is between the months between May and October, there are many festivals and sporting contests.
This tiny landlocked country found in Central Europe between Austria and Switzerland is often overlooked by travellers in continental Europe. But it's not exactly surprising that it's not as well known, given that it is a micro-state of only 160 square kilometers. Liechtenstein's biggest asset is its slopes, which one can make full use of for a range of outdoor activities. You can go snowboarding and skiing during the winter or hiking and mountain biking during the summer. There are two castles of note, Vaduz Castle and Gutenberg Castle. Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Lichtenstein, but what makes it truly special is that it appears to be hanging from the edge of a cliff!
Belize can be found on the eastern coast of Central America. Along the coast lies the Caribbean Sea and the west is covered in dense jungle. One of its top attractions is the Great Blue Hole, a natural marine sinkhole just off the country's coast. If you enjoy diving, this is easily one of the best diving sites in the world.
Aside from stunning seas and water activities, there are some outstanding archaeological sites in Belize as well. Xunantunich is one of them, located in western Belize, and the large structures here can be climbed and explored. This site offers beautiful views and a rich cultural history. Belize also has its own barrier reef where snorkelers and scuba divers flock to explore the amazing coral reef under the sea.