The 5 countries that appear below are worth visiting. All with their natural or man-made wonders, spread over all continents except Europe. The old continent has so much international tourism that even the least visited countries (San Marino and Liechtenstein) receive at least 60,000 visitors a year. It is not much if we compare it with France (83 million tourists), Spain (75 million) or Italy (53 million), but it is a lot if we consider that some of the countries that we are going to see next do not receive more than 1000 visitors a year. .
There are several reasons why these countries do not receive many visits. Impossible distances, extremely difficult ways to get there, bloody civil wars or dictatorships are some of the reasons why this does not happen.
1 – NAURU (Oceania)
Nauru is the third smallest sovereign country in the world (behind only Vatican City and the Principality of Monaco). After being in German and British hands (and Japanese during World War II) for centuries, it became independent from Australia in 1968. Today its economy is based almost solely on the export of phosphate and it has some business with Australia, but still thus the future is very uncertain for its inhabitants (11 thousand). Surely tourism is not what will save them: only 200 visitors per year.
Yes, you read well. This country receives only 200 visitors per year. Its scarce 21 square kilometers have almost no hotels or restaurants, much less nightlife. The only way to get there is through its own airline (oddly enough, it’s called Our Airline) which has only one plane: an old beat-up Boeing 737. It’s the only country in the world that doesn’t have a capital, although its largest town , Yaren, it works as such.
Those 200 intrepid people who are encouraged to visit this country lost in the Pacific Ocean (4000 kilometers from Australia) every year, will be surprised by paradisiacal beaches, coral reefs and the possibility of surrounding the perimeter coast of the country snorkeling in just one day.
2 – SOMALIA (Africa)
Considered the most violent country in the world, Somalia is located in the Horn of Africa. Its independence dates back to 1960, when part (Somaliland) became independent from the United Kingdom, and another part (Somalia) from Italy. From this moment on, its economic situation was always delicate, and it had military dictatorships and wars, both with other countries and with tribes within it. After a long civil war, the country was divided into small independent states, without a power that governs it as a whole. Today it is a real chaos. It is considered a failed state.
Although at some point, decades ago, its tourism was an important source of income for the country, today the war, the misrule, the violence of Muslim extremists and the sharia generate a rejection for tourists. Most governments in the world discourage their citizens from visiting the country. Even most of the embassies and consulates no longer operate in the country, so if you have any problems, it is likely that we will not find diplomatic help.
500 travelers are encouraged to visit this country. These brave ones have the possibility of discovering the curiosities of Somalia: in the Baakara Market you can buy everything (literally everything), the coral reef of its beaches remains almost virgin, thanks to the little exploitation of the place and the hotels by the sea are the cheapest in the world. Mogadishu, the capital, is now relatively safe and businesses are thriving. Turkish Airlines even has a route of two weekly direct flights from Istanbul.
3 – TUVALU (Oceania)
Tuvalu is one of the 4 countries that make up Polynesia, and one of the 14 that make up Oceania. It is located almost halfway between Australia and Hawaii. It only has 11,000 inhabitants and covers an area of 26 square kilometers, with 5 coral reefs and 4 atolls. In 1978, Tuvalu became independent from the United Kingdom and has experienced some stability ever since.
Although Tuvalu does not have many exports, much of the money it used to improve its infrastructure and gain entry to the UN came from heaven. When the Internet domains were distributed to each country, Tuvalu got the “.tv”. The name of this domain is popular and therefore has great economic value, because the words television and television are also abbreviated as TV. The small island country sold the rights to use the domain to certain sites related to television and pornography. Despite benefiting from this money, many Tuvaluans (mostly Christians) feel conflicted about benefiting indirectly from this industry.
Another significant fact about Tuvalu is its height. It is the second flattest country in the world, after the Maldives. It has a maximum height of 5 meters above sea level, so in a few years it could disappear due to global warming and rising sea levels. It is being seen what to do with its 11,000 inhabitants, since they will have to go to another country, although it is already probable that this destination will be New Zealand.
Despite how difficult it is to get there, about 1,200 tourists arrive in Tuvalu each year. Peaceful environment, nothing crowded, virgin beaches, transparent water, palm trees, relaxation and a huge turquoise lagoon where you can snorkel.
4 – KIRIBATI (Oceania)
Kiribati is an archipelago and island country located in the central western Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia. It is made up of a group of 33 coral atolls and the volcanic island of Banaba spread over an area of more than three million square kilometers, although the country itself has 800 square kilometers. Among its atolls, Kiritimati stands out: the largest atoll in the world and the first populated place on the planet to go around the calendar every year. Some 110,000 inhabitants live on its islands and it became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979.
Kiribati had 5,000 visitors last year, although it could be a top-tier tourist destination. The problem: Like most Pacific islands, it’s very difficult (hence expensive) to get to. White sand beaches, crystal clear water for swimming and snorkeling, and dense green tropical vegetation await those lucky enough to make the trip. Travelers also arrive in search of first class fishing. When the tide goes out, the remains of Japanese and American shipwrecks from World War II can be seen.
Like Tuvalu, Kiribati could disappear in the coming years due to rising sea levels. They have even already bought thousands of hectares from Fiji in case its inhabitants have to relocate to the neighboring country in the coming decades.
If you want to go visit him, now is the time. You can go to receive the New Year before anyone else on its Millennium Island (named after entering the new millennium first). Also, in case you didn’t know, it is the only country in the world that is located in all 4 hemispheres (its extension is so large that it takes 5 hours by jet plane to get from one end to the other).
5 – MARSHALL ISLANDS (Oceania)
Our fifth country on the list is again from Oceania, from the Micronesia region, just like Nauru. The Marshall Islands were a dependency of the United States, until their independence in 1990. They also passed through Spanish, German, British and Japanese hands. Of the 53 thousand people who inhabit the island, the majority are Mormons. The economy is centered on the export of phosphate, copra, coconut, tomato, melon and banana. They also raise pigs and chickens. US government aid is the mainstay of the economy.
Although foreign visitors do not exceed 5,500 per year, the country is going to bet more on tourism in the coming years. It is a true paradise for snorkeling, diving and other water sports. The flight is a bit expensive, since only one airline lands, but the diving in the atolls is considered one of the best in the world. Former territory used for nuclear tests by the United States, it hides remains of machinery buried under its waters. Unlike many other places, in the Marshall Islands you can camp on the beach at night without any problem.
For those interested in marine life, the country has the largest shark sanctuary in the world. In addition there are about 1,000 different kinds of fish and 250 types of coral around the islands. hurry up Like Tuvalu and Kiribati, in the short term it could disappear under the sea.