Our expert-chosen list is packed with must-see destinations, places, and amazing adventures guaranteed to inspire.
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Egypt is breaking away from its long tourism history of temples and tombs and moving toward grassroots tourism start-ups
, reflecting a country full of broad cultural riches. Leave room for some history, though: In 2022, the country will commemorate the centennial of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Add conservation work and wildlife-watching to the list of things that add to the appeal of Malawi
Its eponymous lake, reggae-loving beach towns, mountaintop mission stations, hiking trails, and three major wildlife reserves make this small African country wildly popular.
Get away from it all at the high passes of Himalayas in Nepal.
Experience the front door to the world’s tallest peaks, a spectacular playground for trekkers, climbers and adventurers.
Social distance the natural way in a Himalayan wonderland of mountains and monasteries.
Experience all that is alluring about the Arabian peninsula in the progressive Gulf destination of Oman.
Wild, open deserts, vast mountain ranges, a shimmering coastline, and vibrant cities make it a prime destination for those looking to experience a country with strong cultural heritage.
Discover the eco-friendly island named after an eel, Anguilla.
Explore by bike or scooter, snorkel it’s psychedelic-hued reefs, laze on pink-tinged beaches, delve into its historic ruins and join locals for evening barbecues.
If one word could describe Slovenia it would be green – literally and figuratively.
Some two-thirds of the nation is forested, and the ‘Slovenia Green’ eco certification is among Europe’s most rigorous.
This is the place to come for unheralded wine and culinary prowess plus hiking and cycling trails wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic.
Belize is where chilled out vibes and adventure combine.
It has the world’s second largest barrier reef, relics from its Maya past and wildlife experiences ranging from birdwatching to jaguar-spotting.
This nation may be small but it’s the place to go for relaxation and adventure in equal measure.
Looking for lots of outdoor adventure? Head to the beautiful island of Mauritius.
Mark Twain compared the island’s coral reefs and transparent waters set against a rugged interior backdrop to paradise.
This island’s fascinating cultural mix and intriguing natural setting make it the perfect remote escape.
Inspiring landscapes, wilderness, and jaw-dropping fjords are just a small portion of Norway’s natural beauty.
This sustainability leader is also busy introducing the world to new cultural icons with its brand new museum dedicated to Edvard Munch, and its the beautifully refurbished National Museum, the largest art museum in the Nordic countries.
A diverse landscape full of adventure, interaction, and culinary delights awaits all who visit Cook Islands.
Authentic Polynesian traditions pair with a bold approach to sustainability on this proudly independent South Pacific nation.