Modern, affluent city-state with a medley of Chinese, Indian, Malay and British influences.
Known for its world-class safaris and beautiful beaches.
Scandinavia's smallest nation features hundreds of islands, rolling farmland, endless beaches and a more continental vibe.
A rich and rewarding culture and cuisine with frenetic cities and chilled-out beaches make it a very popular destination with many visitors returning time and again.
This stunning country is bordered by Spain and the picturesque Atlantic Ocean.
Ancient and rich culture, it is the heart of the Indian Subcontinent.
One of the most ultramodern countries in the world with advanced technologies; skyscrapers in the Megalopolis; empire of cool cultures: Samurai, Ninja, Sushi, Hello Kitty, Pokémon, and Nintendo.
One of Europe's best loved destinations for holidays and living, Spain has the most to offer of the Iberian countries.
Rome, Florence, Venice and Pisa are on many travellers' itineraries, but these are just a few of Italy's destinations.
An expanding economic market, it has some of the best natural countryside in Europe.
France is the world's most popular destination and one of the most geographically diverse countries of Europe.
The Great White North certainly has vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness, but it also features some of the world's most modern, cosmopolitan cities.
The economic powerhouse of Europe with major metropolitan cities and some lovely countryside.
The sleeping giant of Southeast Asia and the world's largest archipelago, with more than 18,000 islands spanning three time zones.
One of the richest countries in Africa has its share of wildlife and tourist-friendly sites.
Istanbul, Ankara, Pamukkale.
The largest and most populous country in Oceania, very often considered a continent by itself.
Beautiful forests and mountains, and some of the most notable architectural attractions in Europe, bordered by the Bohemian Forest.
With the most hours of sun in Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean is a haven for beach-goers, party-people and cultural enthusiasts alike, and is known for its rich and tasty cuisine.
Although, like most countries, tiny in size compared to Australia, a major destination and widely regarded as one of the most pristine and beautiful countries on earth.
Largely inaccessible from the independent Southern Caucasus states, this beautiful region of extraordinary mountains and river gorges, delicious food, stunning stone mountaintop villages, legendary...
A flat country that is consistently changed by the seas. Inventive minds in Dutch history developed a technique for claiming land back from the ocean.
Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Nahuel Huapi National Park.
While technically not entirely Balkan (the region of Transylvania lies in Central Europe), Romania offers a wonderful combination of old and new, mixing dance halls with Dracula.
One of the largest, most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations on Earth includes some of the world's most famous cities, natural parks of unspeakable beauty, and virtually everything in betw...
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Eilat.
The giant of East Asia, with a vast array of cultural and natural treasures among the frenzied development.
This financial leader has some of the best ski resorts in the world.
Formerly the sleeping giant of Europe, modern-day Poland is a thriving nation with important national parks and countless historical attractions.
One of the most visited countries worldwide, Croatia has renowned natural beauty.
A beautiful and untouched country with lush forests and breath-taking lakes.
Iguaçu Falls, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro.
The Alps, historic cities and villages, and a wealth of cultural attractions, Austria really is the country of the Arts.
Hundreds of thousands of islands and lakes to explore in this bridge to the east.
Mexico is a big tourist attraction for sun-seekers, naturalists/ecotourists and historians alike; the first flock to Mexico's tropical beaches, while the latter will find everything from Mayan ruin...
Asia's sleeping tiger that has yet to achieve its full economic potential.
Santiago de Chile, Valparaíso, Torres del Paine National Park.
Scandinavia's largest country by area and population is home of endless forests, clear blue lakes and the beautiful archipelagos along its coasts.
A melting pot of East and West, with beautiful beaches.
Lviv, Kiev, Odessa.
Slavic region formerly best known as High Hungary, after World War One it became part of Czechoslovakia, and then sovereign since 1993.
Multicultural country covering the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and the jungle-dwelling tribes of Borneo.
Firmly marching down the road to capitalism as one of the world's fastest growing economies. One of the more popular tourist destinations in the area.
Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa.
Dynamic but still undiscovered destination of East Asia (at least for Western travelers).
Historically the battefield for World War One, this picturesque country is often seen as the figurehead of the EU.
Often called the 'Emerald Isle', Ireland is home to some of the best-kept natural scenery, as well as an expansive and fascinating history, with a landscape that never ceases to astound the eyes an...
Famous for deep fjords, steep mountains, countless waterfalls, wooden churches, the Northern Lights and millennial maritime traditions.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park, La Fortuna.
Bogotá, Cartagena, Medellín.
La Paz, Sucre, Copacabana.
An island of sharp contrasts: lush mountains, skyscrapers, gentle tai-chi and good food.
The pearl of the Orient, has a tropical climate and cultural influences from the rest of South Asia.
Mt. Kilimanjaro and major game parks.
Home to Mount Everest, adventure tourism, and pure hospitality.
Situated on both the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
The most Nordic of the three Baltic countries, with linguistic connections to Finland.
Rich in culture and history, varying climates and terrains from hot deserts to snowy mountains.
Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca.
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala City, Tikal.
Canaima National Park, Caracas, National parks of Venezuela.
Often called the miniature Europe, it is on the crossroads of the Slavic, Germanic and the Romantic world.
Home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies.
Historic cities, monasteries, national parks and a good nightlife, Serbia has a lot to offer the traveller.
Namibia produces some of the world's highest quality diamonds.
Wildlife abounds and this is the best place for treks into the Congolese jungle to visit the nearly extinct mountain gorillas.
Home of the ancient city of Angkor, still recovering from decades of war.
Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan.
Petra, Amman, Aqaba.
Panama City, Boquete, Portobelo.
A predominately Protestant country, its forefathers were of Germanic background.
Diving, Belize Barrier Reef, San Pedro Town.
The lush green heart of the Caucasus, with fabulous cuisine and culture, incredibly diverse landscapes, and an exceptional wealth of ancient churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and cave cities.
A political hotbed, but also an impressive mix of cultures with beautiful historic cities.
Africa's second largest population; an old Christian country, home to castles, beautiful monasteries, and wonderful food.
Paphos, Ayia Napa, Limassol.
San Juan, Toro Negro State Forest, Vieques.
Sometimes referred to as Africa in Miniature, the terrain includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau.
The Bay of Kotor, the Budva Riviera, winter sports and natural scenery, Montenegro is one of the most traveller-friendly countries in the region.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain.
Beirut, Byblos, Baalbek.
The world's largest landlocked nation is sparsely populated, dominated by archetypal Central Asian steppe, with deep reserves of fossil fuels, and pockets of beautiful wilderness for outdoors enthu...
Mbabane, Lobamba, Hlane Royal National Park.
The warm heart of Africa, around Lake Malawi.
Spectacular scenery of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls on this North Atlantic island.
A beautiful and diverse country with impressive castles, long coastlines and a unique culture and history.
An amalgam of desert moonscapes and arid mountains, dotted with the ruins of great ancient civilizations, and ruled until recently by a post-Soviet lunatic cultivating one of the most bizarre cults...
The forgotten, but growing, country of Southeast Asia, landlocked by Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
Once known as the breadbasket of Africa, widely known for its famous landmarks, tourist attractions and varied scenery.
An ancient, millennia-old civilization amidst stark mountain landscapes and remote canyons.
A nomadic land of vast spaces and mystic Buddhism.
The richest state of the Caucasus, its capital awash in oil wealth and international business, wonderful old palaces of the Shirvan Shahs in Baku and Sheki, Zoroastrian fire temples, barren landsca...
Minsk, Brest, Grodno.
Asunción, Ciudad del Este, Encarnación.
Mecca, Riyadh, Medina.
Montevideo, Punta del Este, Colonia.
Expect the unexpected in the land of the lemurs and the so-called eighth continent.
Tiny coastal nation popular with European beach package tourists and birdwatchers.
Known for its traditional villages and churches, Macedonia also has some of the best wildlife.
West Africa's other "visitor-friendly" destination, with tasty food, nice beaches, and French colonial history.
Bayahibe, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata.
Ancient country with a history that includes both ruling its own Empire and being part of the British Empire.
Livingstone, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, South Luangwa National Park.
Roatán, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula.
Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos.
A pastoral and multi-ethnic country, only considered Balkan due to its cultural ties with Romania.
This small Duchy once laid claims for the entire Benelux region around 600 years ago.
Home of beautiful mangroves and the world's longest beach.
Dense jungle in the south and semi arid in the Sahelian north, this very unstable country is very much off the radar for visitors.
Valletta, Mdina, Sliema.
Managua, León, Granada.
Located in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa.
The largest country in Africa.
So-called "Africa for Beginners"—West Africa's richest, most-English speaking country, with highly varied landscapes, a few off-the-beaten-path beach getaways, and the solemn, imposing slave castle...
Damascus, Aleppo, Krak des Chevaliers.
A safe and relatively easy country for travellers to visit; birthplace of the Voodoo religion and former home of the Kingdom of Dahomey.
With cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent, and other old Silk Road citadels, this country has way more than its fair share of culture and history.
San Salvador, Santa Ana, Natural attractions.
Negril, Ocho Rios, Kingston.
Orwell's worst nightmares come true.
Famous for the rich wildlife of the Okavango Delta.
A truly beautiful country high in the mountains, and with the exception of the admittedly fascinating but unsafe Ferghana Valley, Central Asia's easiest and perhaps most pleasant place to visit.
Arbil, Baghdad, Samarra.
A vast, dangerous, chaotic, overpopulated, and always fascinating country, with great wealth—little of it shared with its people.
A Buddhist-majority country influenced by East Asian culture and way of life.
A tiny land-locked country in the Pyrenees mountains.
Has escaped the strife afflicting other Central African states; rich in oil and mineral reserves and a high biodiversity.
Huge tracts of forest with a small population mean great potential for eco-tourism, but the country is still to fully recover from a terrible war in the 1990s.
Landlocked country that is very off the beaten path for visitors.
Central Asia's poorest backwater truly is off the beaten path, but has some incredible landscapes and Persian culture nonetheless.
The largest and most developed of the islands, with the most to do.
Large open spaces with more than 90% of the country being desert or semidesert.
Port-au-Prince, Citadelle Laferrière, Cap-Haïtien.
A self-governing country, but still part of Denmark, Greenland is a vast island of stark landscapes and midnight sun.
Huge, blessed with incredible natural wealth and beauty, culturally diverse, and is extremely unstable and dangerous.
Muscat, Salalah, Khasab.
Relax on the stunningly beautiful beaches and reefs or get into the backcountry and do some exploring.
Formerly something of a jewel in the West African crown, this nation has taken huge steps backwards due to recent political driven conflict.
technically not a part of the UK, the Isle of Man is a small island between Great Britain and Ireland in the Irish Sea}}.
Similar in nature to neighbouring Mali and perhaps the most popular Sahelian country with travellers.
One of the largest countries in Africa and home to the world's oldest continuous major civilisations; sadly very prone to conflict in recent years.
Interest for the traveller here is primarily centred on the Saharan dune regions.
Bethlehem, Qumran, Jericho.
Tropical rainforest, great scenery and diverse cultures. An adventurous, rarely visited travel destination where caution is advised.
Tropical Indian Ocean island.
One-time backpacker Shangri-La, but after 30 years of bloody (and ongoing) war, famine, and nightmare politics, it holds considerably less touristic appeal today.
A country with a remarkable history and heritage; home to the ancient trade capitals and seats of learning of Djenné and Timbuktu.
Suva, Nadi, Natural attractions.
Gorillas in the mist.
Long Island, Freeport, Natural attractions.
The Kingdom in the Sky.
Former Portuguese colony which went through a brutal civil war. Now largely safe, but has been surprisingly slow to appear on the tourist radar.
Includes three islands with a strong claim to being the most beautiful island in the world, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea, but also Mururoa where the French carried out nuclear tests until 1996.
Settled by former African American slaves in the 19th Century, this country has been through murderous conflicts, and it is too dangerous to visit outside Monrovia.
Kralendijk, Curaçao, Bonaire.
Bridgetown, Holetown, Speightstown.
Manama, Muharraq, Bahrain Island.
The world's newest country, split off from warring neighbor Sudan in July 2011.
Port of Spain, San Fernando, Tobago.
A group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.
Overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
Smaller than Jersey, and pretty, with a smaller town but less open countryside than Jersey.
Tiny Atlantic island group off the coast of Senegal with wonderful beaches.
Doha, Zubarah, Aspire Dome.
One of the world's newest and poorest states, at the eastern tip of Timor.
Some of the best beaches anywhere in the world, and huge potential for tourism, but held back by enormous transport infrastructure problems and extreme poverty.
One of the least visited nations on earth, it is by no coincidence that the nation is also wrought with political instability, civil war, and rampant kidnapping/abductions.
Natural attractions, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Croix.
Completely land-locked, and well off-the-beaten-path for all but the hardiest of travellers; very unstable in the north.
Paradise on earth, home to gorgeous beaches and has cultural influences from India and the Middle East.
Georgetown, Lethem, Linden.
Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Grimaldi Forum, La Turbie.
Oranjestad, Noord, Palm Beach.
Natural attractions, Tórshavn, Gjógv.
Kuwait City, Salmiya, Failaka Island.
Some great hill scenery (the Switzerland of Africa), major rainforests and Atlantic beaches, ravaged by decades of political turmoil and lawlessness.
The eastern two thirds of this sprawling island nation fall within the scope of Polynesia. Remote and poor, the sun rises first here every day.
Sana'a, Aden, Shibam.
One of the smallest countries in the world in terms of population.
This tiny state is a financial centre as well as having some picture-postcard scenery in the Alps.
On the shores of Lake Tanganyika; largely deforested and has precious little to interest the visitor.
Saint-Leu, Natural attractions, Saint-Denis.
Port-Vila, Tanna, Luganville.
Soufriere, Gros Islet, Castries.
Roseau, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Portsmouth.
Nouméa, Bourail, Wildlife.
Saint John's, Antigua, English Harbour.
Paramaribo, Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Surinamese Rainforest.
Natural attractions, George Town, Grand Cayman.
Natural attractions, Honiara, Rennell Island.
A small, sleepy country that is home to no less than 40 different ethnic groups, and the surreal villages of Tamberma Valley.
a sovereign country occupying two small portions of the northwestern coast.
Fifteen islands spread out over an Exclusive Economic Zone of 2,200,000 square kilometres.
Philipsburg, Marigot, Grand Case.
The Valley, Prickly Pear Cays, Sombrero.
Natural attractions, Road Town, Tortola.
Basseterre, Saint Kitts, Nevis.
This relatively small nation has heavy Arab and African influences.
City of San Marino, The Three Towers of San Marino, Borgo Maggiore.
Two main volcanic islands with luxuriant vegetation, traditional culture and wonderful open-sided houses.
Natural attractions, Pago Pago, Tutuila.
Fort-de-France, Trois-Ilets, Saint-Pierre.
Basse-Terre, Pointe-à-Pitre, Natural attractions.
The large and growing US military presence coupled with an expanding tourism industry makes Guam one of the most economically stable areas of Micronesia.
St. George's, Sauteurs, Petit Martinique.
Cayenne, Kourou, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni.
Perhaps one of the continent's most corrupt country, where massive oil wealth is confiscated by a thuggish government, is not a terribly safe place to travel, but it has great beaches, laid-back be...
Small country across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen and largely Arabic in nature.
Mustique, Kingstown, Port Elizabeth.
The CNMI may have the planets best weather, clearest water, cleanest air, and the scuba diving, fishing, fire red sunsets, and beaches of Saipan and Rota are unimaginable.
A beautiful nation with a lake full of jellyfish, and much more.
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.
The so-called “Friendly islands” and a Kingdom. But traditional and modern cultures are now clashing.
Mata-Utu, Natural attractions, Futuna Island.
Tiny Indian Ocean island group between Madagascar and Mozambique.
A former Portuguese colony which has been through lots of struggle since independence and is little visited by travellers.
Tiny islands in the Gulf of Guinea.
Site of U.S. nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll.
Soufrière Hills Volcano Hazard Zone, Brades, Plymouth.
Home to descendants of the Bounty mutineers.
An island of phosphate. The world’s smallest independent republic.
A coral island halfway between Tonga and the Cook Islands.
Nukunonu, Natural attractions, Hemoana Stadium.
From the rolling hills of England, to the deep valleys of Wales, the beautiful glens of Scotland to the fishing markets of Northern Ireland, the former heart of the world's largest empire remains j...