We all know the likes of France, Brazil, England and the US offer tourists the chance to embark on the holiday of a lifetime. But what about those countries which often go overlooked? Today, we’re going to take a look at five underrated nations who’re worth checking out this summer. 

French Guiana

There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of French Guiana. While you might expect that means this South American nation is a small principality, the reality is very different. This country is only slightly smaller than Portugal in terms of land mass and boasts a population of over 280,000.

With temperature which reach 27 degrees Celsius with regularity, and beautiful golden coasts stretching from one end of the country to the other, it might be a struggle to see why French Guiana has been overlooked for so long. The answer may come from the fact that 95% of it is covered by deep, tropical forest life. This shouldn’t put you off – in fact, it’s one of the key features for tourists.

For a genuine taste of paradise, with barely any tourists around to distract you, this is the place for you.

Namibia

While the likes of Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya steal the headlines when it comes to safari holidays, Namibia is able to compete with any of them. As Audley Travel point out, it has some of the world’s highest dunes, with a vast array of wildlife you won’t find anywhere else.

From cartwheeling spiders and chameleons, to geckos that bark, you’ll be able to find traces of nature which are totally unique to this region. Naturally, you’ll also be able to enjoy the age-old classics like lions, tigers, elephants and a myriad of simian species.

Belgium

Holland may have Amsterdam, but it’s Belgium where tourists should flock if they’re looking for a taste of culture. Bruges is without question the pinnacle of this, with historical sites littered throughout this quaint capital city.

As arguably the most multi-cultural country in Europe, the Belgian people have come together from all corners of the globe to form a melting pot of languages and styles. For anyone looking for a truly unique experience in Europe, this is the place to head.

New Zealand

Australia grabs the limelight somewhat when it comes to trips to Oceania, but it would be wrong to overlook its neighbour to the east, New Zealand. Despite having more sheep than members of the general population, the land of the Kiwis has a series of breath-taking landscapes well worth checking out.

Stunning waterfalls and mountainsides are the norm of the tiny little island nation. They manage to pack a lot into a relatively small space, leaving travellers with no end of wonders to explore.

Switzerland

Switzerland is dubbed the “most neutral country in the world” by many, owing to their lack of involvement in global political conflicts. For anyone looking for a safe trip away, that reputation seems to have spread to their internal affairs as well, with the European state having the lowest crime rate in the world according to Clements.

Hikers and adventurers won’t lack for things to do, with mountains (including the Swss Alps) littered throughout the country. Be sure to also make the most of the delicious fondue, which is popular throughout the nation.

Are you tempted by any of these lesser known destinations? Consider heading out on a trip to one for your summer travels this year.

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2 Comments on “Off The Beaten Path Destinations To Consider Visiting This Summer

  1. Hi there

    Thanks for sharing the article, wonderful insights. Keep up the good work.

    I am planning a trip to New Zealand and there is conflicting advice on when the ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) will commence.

    Do you know whether it is the 1st of July or 1st of October for New Zealand ?

    Thanks
    Varun

    • I’m really not sure, Varun. Typically those things are set up alongside fiscal years, so my guess would be July 1st.

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