18 Countries That Aren't on Your Travel Bucket List (But Should Be)

Over one hundred and ninety countries have been recognised all over the world. Some, like a neon light shining upon them have continued to remain visible while others, as if covered by a fog have less people being aware about them.

1. Seychelle

One of the world's smallest countries. Seychelles is an island on the West Indian Ocean, off East Africa. Its capital - Victoria is located on the island of Mahé. Seychelle has no official language but English, French and Creole languages are more prominent. Although Seychelle is known as one of the least populous countries in the world, it boasts of the finest beaches in the world. The presence of its beautiful climate all year round makes it a place of attraction every time. If you would like to visit Seychelle, the Mahé island, Saint Anne National Park and Anse Georgette, which is a very great tourist centre for couples, are places you must visit.

2. Cyprus

Cyprus, officially called The Republic of Cyprus is an island country located south of the Anatolian Peninsula in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The citizens mainly speak Greek and Turkish although other minor languages like Cypriot Arabic exist.

Cyprus, which is a highly religious country is famous all over the world for its beauty, littered along its streets are sanctuaries, cathedrals, monasteries and old fortresses. One of the "must-visit" places in Cyprus is the Argos village. 

As a tourist, you do not need to worry about the hospitality of the Cypriots as they are known worldwide as approachable, friendly, loyal to friends and traditions and also, lovers of entertainment.

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3. The Principality of Monaco

Monaco which is situated at the north of the Mediterranean Sea surrounded on land by France and Italy being about 16 km away. The country which is the second smallest country in the world has been tagged as "the playground of the rich and famous" because of the presence of beautiful man-made beaches, clubs, designer malls and casinos. French is the official language in Monaco but other languages like English and Italian are spoken by the minority. 

As one of the safest countries in the world, visiting Monaco as a tourist will be incomplete without your visit to the Oceanographic museum, Larvotto beach and Prince's Palace of Monaco where the rulers of Monaco live.

4. Armenia

One of the most beautiful and unique countries in the Middle East is Armenia. Being the first country to adopt Christianity, some of the world's oldest churches and monasteries grace the scenic view in Armenia. As one of the oldest countries in the world, the people boast of their unique alphabet, cuisine and rich history. Armenia is also recognised worldwide as one of the safest places to be and everyone who has not been there should ensure they do so.

5. Cambodia

Cambodia is a Southeastern Asian nation on the Indochinese mainland and is largely home to a lot of plains and rivers. Dubbed one of the poorest and most unsafe countries in the world, Cambodia has witnessed the incidence of wars in its recent history. Although Khmer is the official language in the country, English is also widely spoken. Tourists have been advised to remain security conscious in their visit to the country because Cambodia boasts of beautiful sceneries in the world. Places like Angkor-Wat are a must-see because the sunrise looks exceptionally beautiful there.

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6. Serbia

Serbia is a landlocked country in South East Europe and also, one of the developing countries of the world. Loaded with diverse religions, fortresses, palaces, traditions and folklore, Serbians have been recognised as being lively and laid-back people.

Interesting places to visit in Serbia include the Church of Saint Sava which is the largest Orthodox church in the world so far and has not yet been fully finished.

7. Kosovo

Officially recognised as the Republic of Kosovo, Kosovo is a relatively new country which declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008. Although the country is small, it was beautifully formed by the creator and has the youngest populations in Europe with its official languages as Albanian and Serbian. If you are visiting Kosovo, remember to enjoy the panoramic view of Prizren, the exciting exhibits of the Ethnological Museum and the monasteries which seem to become more beautiful as the years go by.

8. Romania

Another location where travellers never seem to get tired of visiting. Romania is a beautiful Eastern European country which is recognised everywhere as a place where the cost of living is low, good and healthy life is spinal, a top destination for music and art and a fast-growing international hub.

The official language of the country is Romanian and the main religion practised is Christianity. Although "Romance" could be culled from the name of the country, romance seems to be a far-fetched idea as Romanians have been discovered to be formal, suspicious and reserved with a strong need for privacy. However, Romanians admire modesty, humility, discipline and loyalty.

9. Kuwait

Kuwait is located in Western Asia and is also recognised as one of the richest countries in the world. It is one of the most visited countries in the world as its strong oil industry and financial sector makes it a big, fat chunk of meat.

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Kuwait has a culture of not having alcohol and so, it's as tough as a needle passing through a camel's eye to find alcohol in Kuwait. Arabic is the official language of Kuwait, but English is widely spoken. It is used in business and is a compulsory second language in schools. 

10. Congo-Brazzaville

Congo-Brazzaville is a central African nation with lots of rainforests that serves as a habitat for gorillas. Although Congo-Brazzaville is one of the poorest countries in the world, there are scenic places that will make your stay enjoyable. The Gorges of Diosso, Musse Cercle Africain and Nouabale-Ndoki National Park are places to visit to learn more about the rich African culture and heritage. Congolese, despite their economy and war-filled past, are resilient, loving and have a high regard for culture and traditions.

11. Lithuania

The Republic of Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of Europe. It is an affordable and safe country and has a well-balanced ratio of happy employees.

Lithuanian universities have also been recognised as offering a comprehensive spectrum of quality education all around the world with the majority of its citizens being well-educated.

12. Bahrain

Another country you might not know existed is Bahrain, an island country in the Persian gulf located east of Saudi Arabia and north of Qatar. The country's main language is Arabic with an ethnically diverse population. Islam is the main religion practised in Bahrain and the country boasts of the largest underwater theme park in the world.

13. Kazakhstan

Size does not necessarily mean popularity as the largest country in Central Asia and ninth largest in the world, Kazakhstan remains some of the unknown countries all around the world.

The country which gained its independence on December 16, 1991, is endowed with arable lands and enviable mineral resources. 

Kazakhs, as its people are called, are Turkic-speaking people and historically, nomadic. The locals are also friendly and generous towards visitors.

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14. Jordan

Jordan is a small country located in Western Asia. It bears the ancient biblical kingdoms of Moab, Gilead and Edom within its borders. The people speak Arabic and have foreign investors based upon a skilled workforce. It has played a pivotal role in the struggle for power in the Middle East.

Jordan's significance results partly from its strategic location at the crossroads of what Christians, Jews and Muslims call the Holy Land; the country is a key ally of the United States and, together with Egypt, is now one of only two Arab nations to have made peace with Israel.

15. Guyana

Officially known as the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and located on the northern mainland of Southern America.

Guyana is the only South American country with English as its official language. The country has an abundant of nature and if you are a tourist, ensure to visit the Kaieteur falls - the largest single drop waterfall by volume in the world.


Malta is an island country of the Mediterranean. It consists of an archipelago between Italy and Spain. Maltese speak Maltese and English as their official languages. Malta is a country well known for its warm temperature and amazing landscapes causing many movie productions to find their way to the country.

17. Grenada

Also known as the Spice Isles. Grenada, which is home to various delicacies of nutmeg is located in the Caribbean. The country which gained its independence from the United Kingdom in February 7,1974 has been recorded to have the highest level of poverty among Caribbean countries.

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The poverty notwithstanding, if you are a lover of beautiful architectures and buildings, its capital, St. George is a place you should never omit visiting.

18. Bhutan

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The kingdom of Bhutan is located between China and India making it one of the landlocked countries in Asia. It's uncommon official language - Dzongkha requires that every tourist who is not familiar with the language get an interpreter. Bhutan is a relatively safe country and this has been attributed to the religion practised in the nation - Buddhism and its focus on the wellness and happiness of its people.

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