Most travelers know how it feels to find oneself in a place crowded with tourists. When you can't find a free spot on a beach and swim peacefully, need to wait in a huge line to get somewhere, or have to book accommodations six months in advance, you desperately want all these people to be gone. But, of course, it's impossible to make them gone.
However, there's something you can do to stay away from these crowds. You can find the locations, where no one else will go. They don't have to be some wild places, where you won't even have anywhere to live. In fact, there're a number of countries in the world that aren't as popular for tourists as good old Thailand, United States, and Spain. They are countries that are not super popular with tourists, getting travelers that range from 135,000 to 130 tourists per year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
These countries are unpopular for different reasons. It's hard to get to some of them, because they don't accept any international flights, while others have strict visa policies or poor tourist infrastructure. But all of them can boast beautiful and relatively untouched nature, as well as peaceful atmosphere.
Just imagine that when you go there, you won't have to force your way through the crowds of tourists. Your vacation will be so nice and peaceful that you won't even want to visit popular tourist spots anymore. So see the list below and think of exploring these hidden gems on your next trip.
20 Grenada, West Indies: 135,000 Tourists
Grenada is one of the most underrated countries in the Caribbean Sea. For some reason, it doesn't get as many visitors as other islands. But, in fact, a small number of visitors do a great favor to Grenada in terms of ecology. Unlike some other Caribbean nations, it still has pristine beaches and relatively unspoiled rainforests.
It's noteworthy that very soon Grenada might start getting more tourists, because new hotels and resorts are popping up all over the place and the tourism industry is growing. So take your chance and come to Grenada to explore its tropical landscape, while it's still not so popular.
19 Bangladesh, Southeast Asia: 125,000 Tourists
Even though it might seem that the number of tourists in Bangladesh isn't so small, you need to know that this country has one of the lowest numbers of visitors in the whole of Asia. Most travelers pay more attention to its neighbors (India and Sri Lanka), but Bangladesh actually has a lot to offer, as well.
If you come to this country, you'll see a lot of stunning landscapes and historical monuments without crowds of tourists. Wanna have a picnic in a forest? Swim in the sea and rest on one of the world's longest beaches? And what about exploring the rich flora and fauna? You can do all this in Bangladesh!
18 Moldova, Europe: 121,000 Tourists
Moldova is one of the least visited countries in Europe. One of the reasons why so few people come to this country is the difficulty to get there. Moldova is landlocked between Romania and Ukraine, so you have to go through either of these two countries to see the stunning landscapes of this hidden gem.
In fact, there're many reasons to come to Moldova. Due to being unpopular among tourists, it has its special charm and a laid back vibe. Besides, you can find there a number of wineries that sell good-quality and relatively inexpensive wine. Other activities you can do in Moldova include kayaking, horseback riding, caving, and hiking.
17 Vanuatu, Oceania: 95,000 Tourists
Vanuatu is an island nation that has belonged to the Spanish, French, and English in the past. Since 1980, it has become independent and now this country is still developing. Tourism is one of the main sources of Vanuatu's economy, even though it still doesn't get as many tourists as it could expect.
Meanwhile, tourists can find a lot of things to do in Vanuatu. First of all, you can choose the climate that suits you better, because in the north it's hot and humid and in the south it's mild and dry.
Go there for a relaxing vacation to enjoy magnificent views and try delicious cuisine!
16 Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, West Indies: 79,000 Tourists
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the island nation that formerly was a French and English colony. The tourism industry there is still growing, partially because it's a mountainous region, which makes transportation quite difficult. But if you're ready for these minor inconveniences, go there to see the place, where most of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, enjoy its stunning nature, and even climb a volcano.
Interesting fact: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has the second longest country name in the world. What do you think is the first one? You guessed it right - it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland!
15 Dominica, West Indies: 78,000 Tourists
Dominica (please don't confuse it with the Dominican Republic) is also a country in the Caribbean that doesn't get a lot of visitors, despite having wonderful nature, pristine beaches, and diverse fauna. In fact, the reason to the country's lack of popularity is linked to the difficulty to get there. The thing is, there're no international airports on the island.
If you have a private jet or think you can deal with some transit issues, be sure to come to Dominica. You'll surely love its natural landscapes and absence of tourists. Besides, you should know that it's a favorite spot of many celebrities, who like to stay away from crowds, as well.
14 East Timor (Or Timor-Leste), Asia: 72,000 Tourists
Have you ever heard of a country named East Timor or Timor-Leste? Most likely, you haven't and you don't even know, where it's located. But it's okay, since we're here to educate you on geography!
East Timor is located in Southeast Asia. It's one of the youngest countries in the world, since it received independence (from Indonesia) only in 2002. It's unpopular among tourists, because of its poor infrastructure and awful roads. People who've been there say that driving is an adventure on its own.
In the meantime, East Timor is a heaven for divers, because it has rich marine life. Just be prepared to splurge, because everything, from food to accommodation, is expensive there.
13 Djibouti, Africa: 71,000 Tourists
Even though Djibouti is an African country, you won't see there the things that we usually associate with Africa. There are no wars, no political unrest, no refugees, and almost no tourists. So if you're ready to be constantly watched by the soldiers (Djibouti has the largest army base in Africa) and aren't going to do anything suspicious (like using a drone), you should come there!
You'll certainly like the marvelous landscapes of Djibouti and enjoy its beautiful beaches. We also recommend you to visit Lake Assal, the lowest point on the African continent. It has an extremely high salt content, so you can literally float on it and do it alone, without any other tourists around.
12 Liechtenstein, Europe: 69,000 Tourists
Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest country in Europe, so it's no wonder if you haven't even heard of it before. The reason why it doesn't get many tourists isn't because it doesn't have anything to show, due to its small area. The things is, if Dominica doesn't have an international airport, Liechtenstein doesn't have any airport at all. To get there, you have to drive from Switzerland or Austria.
But if you decide to do it, you won't regret. Liechtenstein has a lot to offer, from its stunning landscapes to beautiful castles.
Fun fact: Liechtenstein is the safest country in the world. The last murder there was committed in... 1997. Wanna go there now?
11 San Marino, Europe: 60,000 Tourists
San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe (only Monaco and Vatican City are smaller) and it get the lowest number of tourists. Its area is only 24 square miles (61 square kilometers) and its population is 33,000 people.
If you think that there's nothing to do in such as small country, you're wrong (again). In fact, San Marino has a lot to offer to its visitors. Go there to visit the Cathedral of San Marino, their medieval town hall, and the Three Towers of San Marino situated on the three peaks of Monte Titano and overlooking a marvelous landscape.
You will also like San Marino, if you're into nature and architecture, because you'll have a lot of views to enjoy there.
10 Sierra Leone, Africa: 54,000 Tourists
The tourist industry in Sierra Leone is still undeveloped, because at first it was hindered by the Civil War that lasted from 1991 to 2002, and then there was an Ebola virus outbreak from 2014 to 2016. Now when the country is considered Ebola-free, it has become safe to visit it again.
Sierra Leone has a large potential for attracting tourists due to its beautiful landscapes and fantastic beaches. Besides, it also has an interesting colonial heritage.
The residents of Sierra Leone are usually glad to see tourists and communicate with them, because most of them speak English. So if you like history and would like to learn something interesting from locals, be sure to visit this African country!
9 Guinea-Bissau, Africa: 44,000 Tourists
It's hard to develop tourism in a country engaged into endless coups, so Guinea-Bissau (please avoid confusion with Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, and Papua New Guinea - they're all different countries) still doesn't get as many visitors as it deserves.
Like all other countries with relatively untouched nature, Guinea-Bissau may offer its scanty tourists a good chance to enjoy pristine landscapes. Besides, Orango Island (one of the areas of Guinea-Bissau) is also known for its saltwater hippos, as well as matrimonial traditions, which means that it's governed by women. It makes the island very different from most of the world, so you might like it, if you like change.
8 Mauritania, Africa: 39,000 Tourists
Here's another African country on our list of the least visited countries. Mauritania (don't confuse it with Mauritius) doesn't get a lot of visitors, because it has a terrorism reputation. In 2007, a terrorist attack led to the demise of a French family on Christmas Eve and, as a result, Dakar Rally was cancelled there the following year and people stopped coming to this country out of fear.
To this day, Mauritania still has very few tourists. If you ever make up your mind to come there, visit the Banc d’Arguin National Park and enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the country. You can do it all by yourself, as no other tourists will be there.
7 Federated States of Micronesia, Oceania: 24,000 Tourists
Federated States of Micronesia is the country located in the western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator. It consists of four states made up of over 600 islands. A little number of visitors to Micronesia can be explained by heavy rainfall that takes place almost all year round, especially from June to December. At times, it becomes so strong that it poses serious danger.
But if you choose the time of your visit wisely and come to Micronesia, you certainly won't regret it, because it offers wonderful swimming and diving opportunities. Besides, if you're a US citizen, you can live and work there freely, because the country's government used to be administered by the US and it's still responsible for Micronesia's defense.
6 Solomon Islands, Oceania: 22,000 Tourists
The tourism industry on Solomon Islands is underdeveloped because of the transport limitations and lack of infrastructure. Besides, for some time it was known as a hot spot for cannibals, so few people actually wanted to visit the islands.
But now it seems to be safe to visit Solomon Islands and you should do it, if you want to see the extremely clean ocean water, do some scuba diving, and witness the rich marine life. The good thing is that you won't be bothered by other tourists, while exploring the ocean bottom.
But hurry up, because the number of hotels is growing rapidly, which means that the number of tourists is going to increase soon.
5 Marshall Islands, Oceania: 10,000 Tourists
Marshall Islands' low number of visitors is due to the high price airplane tickets. But if you're ready to spend some extra money to see its beautiful nature, be sure to come to these islands located right next to the equator.
If you plan to visit Marshall Islands, you should think carefully of what exact island to choose. Some of them are still highly polluted because the United Stated carried out their atomic bomb experiments on some of the islands after World War II.
For example, Arno Atoll is a great choice, because you can easily reach it by boat and enjoy its clean water and unpolluted sandy beaches.
4 Montserrat, West Indies: 9,000 Tourists
Monserrat is the least visited island in the Caribbean. Probably, it's known the most for its Soufriere Hills Volcano that erupted in the 1990s and covered the island's former capital Plymouth with ash and debris. Since then, half of the island remains uninhabitable.
For this reason, the tourist industry on Monserrat is still undeveloped. However, it doesn't mean that there's nothing to do on the island. In fact, you should go there to see how beautiful it is and do some snorkeling and diving. While staying there, you'll get the unique experience of living in a small island town and find the relaxation we all lack due to living in large cities.
3 Niue, Oceania: 8,000 Tourists
Niue (pronounced new-ay) has an area of 101 square miles (261 square kilometers) and it's considered one of the largest coral islands on the globe. Only 1,624 people live there, so even though 8,000 tourists per year looks like a very small number, it's actually huge for the island.
If you come to Niue, you'll have a number of things do to, from hiking to cycling, from swimming to diving. Along the coast of Niue, you can find a number of beautiful caves and limestone cliffs. Besides, tropical rainforest occupies about 20% of the island's territory and provides home for the rich fauna you can explore.
2 Turkmenistan, Asia: 7,000 Tourists
Turkmenistan is rarely visited by tourists because few people get their visas. Try to apply through a travel agency, since it's very unlikely that you can succeed by doing it yourself. If you're lucky, you'll get your visa approval and see this hidden gem of Asia.
The most extraordinary tourist attraction in Turkmenistan is the "Door to Hell". It's a large burning hole located in the Karakum desert. Be sure to take a tour there and spend a night in a tent next to it. Such a unique experience!
It's also a good idea to walk along the streets of Ashgabat, the capital, and see its numerous marble structures that secured a World Guinness Record. At last count, there were 543 marble covered buildings.
1 Nauru, Oceania: 130 Tourists
Ladies and gentlemen, behold the least visited country in the world! It's Nauru, an island country in Oceania. It's extremely small - its area is only a bit over 8 square miles (21 square kilometers). Approximately 10,000 people live there and only about 130 persons per year come to the island to see its wonderful nature and, literally, run around the island (yes, you can actually do it!).
In fact, there aren't many options of what to do on Nauru. But if you want to unplug from the world for a week, relax completely, and just read a book, but don't want to go to an uninhabited island, it's a perfect place for you.