What Countries Do Tourists Overlook the Most?
There are so many beautiful places in the world to visit. But, many tourists overlook these locales as potential vacation spots. If you’re looking to visit a place that’s not overrun with tourist traps and inflated prices, have a look at these countries. They’re safe to visit and have lots to do. Plus, you’ll see some gorgeous scenery. With all that relaxing you’ll indulge in, you’re sure to return home feeling rejuvenated.
This neighboring country of Columbia and Peru is often overlooked by tourists visiting South America. Ecuador is peppered with award-winning restaurants and plenty of incredible sights to see. You can also visit pristine, powder-sand beaches with lots of places to go swimming.
Breathtaking beaches, amazing architecture, seaside restaurants worth writing home about, mountain ranges, ski slopes, forests — that’s just a taste of what you can expect if you make a trip to Montenegro. It's a very diverse vacation spot with activities and sights for every type of traveler. Also, it's quite budget-friendly compared to its neighbors.
Lots of people choose to vacation in Central America, so it might sound strange that Panama people often overlook Panama. It's the epitome of a tropical vacation paired with a rich history, retreats and remote mountains that are pretty breathtaking.
Even if you're not into vampiric legends and all things Dracula, there’s still a lot to explore in the country of Romania, especially if you're a person who enjoys attractions that are on the more atypical side. In Romania, you can find tons of them, including a theme park located in a salt mine.
Taiwan is one often overlooked gem of East Asia. While it may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of this region, it should be. It's packed with interesting cultural events and has some of the best food in the world. If you love exploring, there are markets galore where you can find unique souvenirs.
South Africa is an incredible place for a vacation. The wildlife, the sights, the culture, the tours — they’re all once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You can go on just about any type of wildlife safari you want, seeing lions in the wild, catching the sight of elephants roaming or viewing the wildlife up close and personal.
Dominica is a Caribbean island nestled between Martinique and Guadeloupe. There, you’ll encounter jungles, stunning mountains, natural hot springs and so much natural beauty. It's the perfect place for a romantic vacation and an adventurous one bundled together.
If you enjoy spas, Finland will wow you in the best way. This country loves its saunas and has tons that are both beautiful and restorative. If you prefer to see the great outdoors, there are nature excursions to suit your interest. You can do boat rides, head into the country or spend time in one of the amazing cities.
It used to be a common belief that Malaysia was unsafe, but society here is very modern. Officials have implemented policies and designed an infrastructure that helps keep citizens and tourists alike safe. Malaysia boasts beautiful city views, jungles, glittering coastlines and plentiful wildlife. Actually, Malaysia is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
If you don’t travel near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel, it’s generally a safe country to visit — and it’s a beautiful one, too, with everything from beaches to snow-capped mountains. Watersports and hitting the slopes are both options for enjoying the outdoors. There are loads of museums for history buffs and plenty of historical buildings.
If you prefer a more laid-back vibe when you travel — paired with options to have once-in-a-lifetime encounters with wildlife — the African country of Mozambique should be on your radar. There are pristine beaches where you can take part in reef diving and surfing, and you can also opt for safari experiences that are out of this world.
Want modern architecture, culture and lots of diversity? You may want to check out Singapore. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and if you love history, you have learning opportunities galore! There are beautiful cultural traditions you can experience and famous landmarks that you can’t pass up — like the Merlion statue.
While this country in South America may be one of the smaller ones, the experiences are anything but little. It's located between Argentina and Brazil. Here, there are vibrant cities, laid-back beach towns, a spectacular wine region, delicious food and lots of cultural opportunities.
If you're looking for a truly unique place to visit, consider North Macedonia, which was formerly part of Yugoslavia. There are enormous statues that will remind you of something out of a movie, the oldest bazaar in the Balkans stunning architecture, museums and tasty cuisine. History buffs, foodies and shopping fanatics will all find something to enjoy here.
Ever thought of a Mediterranean island getaway? Worry about throngs of tourists who have that same idea? Take a look at Malta. The weather is incredible, and you’ll likely find that traveling here is more affordable than it is in many other European locales.
For those who have an adventurous side and love animals, there are few more intriguing places on Earth to vacation than Madagascar. It's the fourth-largest island in the world, and when it comes to nature and unique creatures, it's breathtaking. Because it’s somewhat isolated, it’s not an incredibly popular tourist destination.
If you want to visit a country where the residents are known for their warm hospitality, Georgia is the place to be. The country itself is small, but those who live here are known for their big personalities. Expect everything to be nothing less than sensational, from the people to the food to the landscapes that you just have to see to believe.
Sri Lanka is a place of beauty, culture and incredible food. It's surprising that many more people don't consider visiting. The beaches here are amazing, with some even being named among the top 100 in the world, according to various publications.
For decades following the Vietnam War, Laos kept itself isolated and it wasn’t seen as a safe place to visit. That’s changed a lot in recent years. While some areas are still off limits due to unexploded land mines, Laos is generally a safe country for travelers. And its pristine natural beauty can’t be beat.
Ever heard of Andorra? If you love traveling, you'll be glad you learned about it. It's tucked in the Pyrenees Mountains where scenic vistas are ample and absolutely beautiful. Many of the cities are very quaint, and the stone buildings will transport you to a different time.
Poland is starting to grow when it comes to tourism, so you may want to make your reservations soon. From castles to ossuaries to beautiful forests, there are lots of captivating things to see here. On a more somber note, Poland’s place in WWII is undeniable, and several former concentration camps are open to visitors.
Vanuatu is a beautiful island in the South Pacific with a rich history. There are shipwrecks to be explored while you’re scuba diving, gorgeous beaches, waterfalls that look too beautiful to be real, snorkeling excursions and exotic restaurants that’ll have you drooling.
Estonia is filled with architecture of centuries past and presents various opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime photo-ops. There's also a lot of history and culture that you can dive into. Off the mainland, there are over 2,000 islands that you can explore.
For those who love scuba diving and all things water, Belize is a paradise. For everyone else, it's still a paradise filled with jungle adventures, vibrant wildlife, hidden waterfalls, Mayan ruins, a sinkhole that can be seen from space and plenty of other interesting sights.
Slovenia is a peaceful place, boasting low crime rates, friendly people and plenty of beautiful architecture and natural surroundings. It's very underrated in terms of travel, possibly because it's such a laid-back place. The landscapes are diverse, and you can camp just about anywhere. If you love rafting, the rivers here are waiting to be explored.
Botswana is another great place where you can see animals in the wild. The safari spots here are some of the best in the world. Seeing the elephants is one magical experience you have to try. The landscapes are diverse, too, which is ideal if you prefer to explore.
If you thought Utah’s landscapes were otherworldly, you’re sure to love Jordan. The terrain is so unique here that it’s frequently used as a filming location for movies that are set on Mars. Viewing the stars at night in the desert is said to be life-changing. But the unique vistas aren’t the only reason to visit.
Strap on your hiking boots; there’s a lot to explore in Tasmania. This captivating island is about the size of Ireland and is located off the coast of Australia. Here, you'll get a mix of wild locations — rural and rugged landscapes that are truly beautiful — and urban cities. This underrated destination is also a foodie's paradise.
Wales is often overlooked for other, more popular destinations, but it’s a gorgeous country to visit, and the climate is temperate. There are ruins that are some of the most well preserved in the entire world. If you love gothic architecture, Wales has exactly what you're looking for.
Climbing Mount Everest isn’t the only reason to visit this stunning country nestled between India and Tibet. Nepal is also a great destination for hikers of all skill levels. But if you aren’t interested in spending all your time giving your legs a workout, fret not.