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Top Ten Countries of 2014


A summary of my top ten countries of 2014!

With 49 new countries across 5 continents visited in 2014, I had a serious year of travel with some wonderful and crazy experiences. I’ll post the complete list soon, but until then, here is my pick for the top 10 new countries visited based on the uniqueness and quality of their sights, the county’s current situation, and the overall experience.

10. Tunisia

Tunisa
Often passed up for its popular neighbor, Morocco, Tunisia offers a wealth of historic sites, Mediterranean beaches, cultural cities, desert excursions, and even the filming location of the original Star Wars.

9. Rwanda

Rwanda
The country has recovered surprisingly quickly after its horrific genocide claiming up to a million lives. The majority of Kigali’s tourist sights revolve around the genocide and provide a powerful and unforgettable look into humanity at its worst.

8. Montenegro

Montenegro
Though similar Montenegro won out ahead of its neighbor, Croatia, mainly because it was less popular. As it is not yet a member of the EU and does not use the Euro, tourist seem to avoid this small country which means less crowds and expense. Small coastal towns, where scenes from Game of Thrones were shot, and a quiet capital allow the country to maintain an undiscovered charm.

7. Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats Isla Incahuasi Cacti ViewWith the largest salt flat in the world, historic colonial towns, a scary silver mine and beautiful landscapes Bolivia has a lot to offer minus the crowds of some other South American countries.

6. Cuba

Cuba
The largest and most unique island of the Caribbean offers a glimpse into the past partially due to its government and the US embargo. The exotic culture, cuisine, history and natural surroundings provide the setting for an ultimate vacation.

5. Ukraine

Ukraine
With several travel advisories and a slew of unfortunate incidences within the last year, Ukraine is now avoided if possible. However, the western side of the country is still functioning much like before just much quieter and without the crowds, making it a perfect adventure. Check out the resort town of Odessa, the incredible capital of Kiev, with its memorials from the revolution of less than a year ago, and the nuclear disaster zone of Chernobyl.

4. Lebanon

Lebanon
Currently experiencing some difficulties due to the conflict in Syria, Lebanon nevertheless maintains incredible sights such as the Baalbek and Anjar ruins. Beirut, the capital, still offers some of the world’s best nightlife.

3. Tanzania

Tanzania
With Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, several other popular national parks, and Zanzibar, Tanzania has established itself as a prime international tourist destination.

2. Peru

Peru
Peru really needs no introduction as Machu Picchu is a well known attraction and rightfully so. As one of the 7 New World Wonders, it is certainly a sight that needs to be experienced in the first person to take in its grandeur. The country has a lot more to offer such as the pristine Lake Titicaca, the massive Colca Canyon, the ancient Nazca Lines and colonial towns like Cusco and Arequipa.

1. Jordan

Jordan
Jordan topped the list with its incredible ruins of Petra (an Indiana Jones fans’ must see), sprawling deserts and mountains of Wadi Rum, awesome Dead Sea resorts and spas, up-and-coming Aqaba on the Red Sea, and the Amman area with ancient Islamic and Roman ruins.

Runner Ups

These countries came close to making the list.

Brazil

Brazil
With the 2014 World Cup and the impending Olympics Games, Brazil has been busy getting the city up to speed including focusing on crime and other concerns. As the largest country in South America, there are plenty of sights to visit such as the Amazon, the major cities, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as well as the Iguacu Falls.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia
Steadily recovering from the Bosnian War in the 90s, the country is still very raw and authentic. Buildings are still riddled with bullet holes as a reminder of the recent past. The youthful capital Sarajevo was full of activity and had some interesting sights. We also happened to visit during the film festival which added to the excitement.

Estonia

Estonia
This Baltic country is a mix of Russian, Scandinavian and EU influences. With a beautiful old town surrounded by water, Tallinn offers plenty of sightseeing. The soviet past is seen in Hotel Viru while an eerie prison is basically unaltered and open to explore.

What’s on your travel list for 2015?

David De Clercq

About David De Clercq

Founder and writer at World-Adventurer.com, David is on a mission to travel to every country in the world and has less than 10 countries left! He loves new adventures, unique cultures, historic landmarks, and luxurious hotels. Follow along as David shares a journey of a lifetime!