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Five Countries That You Haven't Thought To Visit

Updated on November 3, 2015

Slovakia

Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia | Source

An Overview

Bordered by Hungary, Austria, Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic, Slovakia is a central European country greatly influenced by the culture of its neighboring countries. The country is relatively small, with a little more than five million citizens calling Slovakia home. The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava, a small yet cosmopolitan city with a fascinating history.

Why You Should Visit

Slovakia is home to naturally diverse landscapes and a rich history evident in its charming folk culture and majestic castles. In fact, with more than three hundred castles, Slovakia has more castles than any other European country. Even though many are in ruins, these castles offer a glimpse into Slovakia’s dynamic and historical past.

The scenery in Slovakia is not to be missed. The terrain is breathtaking, with emerald green mountain crags stretching high into the foggy heights of sun kissed skies. Crystal lakes and rivers find themselves nestled in valleys while natural gorges and caves contribute to Slovakia’s beauty. The capital, Bratislava, has fascinating architecture, remarkable castles, memorable museums, historic churches, and a quaint old town section that’s worth the visit.

Kyrgyzstan

Yurt in Kyrgyzstan
Yurt in Kyrgyzstan | Source

An Overview

This central Asian country is bordered by Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Bishkek, home to a little less than a million people, is the capital. The country of Kyrgyzstan is known for it’s remote location and is often visited for its natural beauty in the mountainous landscapes and the nomadic cultures.

Why You Should Visit

The mountain landscapes in Kyrgyzstan aren’t just beautiful—they’re rugged, captivating, and wild. The tourism in Kyrgyzstan is definitely more attractive to nature lovers. Anyone who’s looking for an explorative adventure will find that this country does not disappoint. Lake Issyk-Köl is the world’s second largest alpine lake and is in close proximity to stellar hiking opportunities, where the mountains views are sure to captivate any audience. The gorge Altyn-Arashan is home to numerous hot springs that are popular with the tourists. You can find the springs in the charmingly beautiful Arashan State Nature Reserve.

The people of Kyrgyzstan draw you in with their nomadic cultures and simplistic lifestyles. In many parts of Kyrgyzstan, families still live in yurts, which are round, portable tents that are made out of various skins or felts. This intriguing culture is an attractive highlight to many visitors.

Moldova

Cricova Winery in Moldova
Cricova Winery in Moldova | Source

An Overview

Moldova is nestled between the countries of Romania and Ukraine. One of the least visited countries in the world, Moldova is considerably small with less than four million citizens. The capital of Moldova is Chișinău. Despite the lack of tourism, Moldova is an incredibly country to visit. The picturesque European scenery stuns and the potential adventures are endless.

Why You Should Visit

Moldova has a fascinating history in wine making and its variety of wines is acclaimed for quality and affordability. The country is home to many vineyards where hospitable locals grow and press their own grapes. Aside from the wineries, museums, and charming markets, there’s much to do in Moldova. Bicycling, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, an even caving are all options for those who want to enjoy Moldova’s natural landscapes.

The capital of Moldova, Chișinău, is the country’s largest city with a population of around 700,000 people. It’s an interesting city to visit, with fascinating museums and charming green parks.

Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia | Source

An Overview

Deemed by many as the “heart of South America”, Bolivia is a landlocked country bordered by Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru. Bolivia is the ultimate land of contrasts. It’s home to a diverse variety of landscapes, from the tropical jungles in the Beni to the snow capped Andes Mountains of La Paz.

Why You Should Visit

There are many reasons to visit this undiscovered gem, from the breathtaking salt flats in Salar de Uyuni to the stunning views from the cable cars in La Paz. Salar de Uyuni is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Bolivia, where the world’s largest salt flats stretch like an unassuming ocean as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season, a film of water covers the flats and reflects the sky like a perfect mirror.

Lake Titicaca is the highest alpine lake in the world, connecting Bolivia to Peru. It’s known for its fascinating reed boats as well as the floating islands and the indigenous people that live there. The breathtaking lake is humongous, stretched wide across South America at an elevation of over twelve thousand feet.

Azerbaijan

View of Mount Shahdag, Azerbaijan
View of Mount Shahdag, Azerbaijan | Source

An Overview

Azerbaijan is bordered by the Caspian Sea, Georgia, Russia, Iran, Armenia, and a small part of the country separate from Azerbaijan is bordered by Turkey and Armenia. With many rich cultural influences, Azerbaijan has an attractive atmosphere and offers a diverse itinerary. The country is home to a little less than ten million people.

The people of Azerbaijan are known for their lively and welcoming spirit. Their culture is rich with a love for music and poetry. Baku is the country’s cosmopolitan capital and is the largest city situated on the Caspian Sea. While you can find many interesting things to do in Baku (think museums, galleries, and city squares), a lot of the true beauty can be found outside the city limits.

Azerbaijan has great diversity when it comes to climate, wildlife, and plants. There are over forty national parks and reserves to help protect and maintain livable conditions for the animals that reside within the parks. The Sirvan National Park is one of the last places in Europe to find the wild Caucasian antelopes in their natural habitat.

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There are many countries in the world that are worth a visit. Each one of these countries are special in their own way, and travelling to one is a great way to step onto the beaten path and enjoy a memorable, unconventional experience. Travelling somewhere outside of your comfort zone is a great way to discover the hidden treasures of the world.

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      These would be such wonderful places to visit. I really don't know which I would choose first if I had the chance to go. I think perhaps Kazakhstan would be first, though, because it seems most difficult to get to. Much planning would have to go into such a trip!

    • Chantelle Porter profile image

      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      My husband's parents are from Slovakia and I would love to go one day.

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