The 12 Best countries to visit

By June 5, 2017

Gunnar Garfors has become the youngest person every to visit all 198 countries and he is just 38. That leaves me 8 years to beat his record but I doubt I will manage it, I am barely into double figures but if you’re interested in the countries I have visited you can read them here.

More importantly though, of the 198 countries, he has visited he has visited he has picked the 12 you should visit.


Peles Castle, Romania. Beautiful famous royal castle and ornamental garden in Sinaia landmark of Carpathian Mountains in Europe

“Transylvania, best known for its castles, mountains, and of course Dracula, will stun you. Not to forget the parties in the capital Bucharest. And Romanians even know how to make great beer”

To be fair this is potentially on my list of places to visit in 2018 – its got so much to offer.


Beautiful view of the tropical jungle river at the beach of Masoala National Park in Madagascar

“There is no doubt about the French having ‘visited’. The gourmet options in Antananarivo are world class, until it comes to the bill. You will think they have forgotten most of what you ordered. The coastline, the lemurs, and the baobab trees will gobsmack you.”


Godafoss waterfall at sunset, Iceland, Europe

“You know that big island in the middle of the Atlantic. It’s been battered and beaten by winds and waves for a million years, and it is still there!’ Just bring your swimming gear, and sit in 40 degrees hot natural springs while your hair will freeze and get covered by snow. Unreal.”

While in theory, I haven’t been to this island, I have landed there twice and will be again later this year and from the sky, it does look like an amazing place. If you are thinking of visiting then why not check out our travel guides to Iceland.


Tourist junks floating among limestone rocks at Ha Long Bay, South China Sea, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

“The definition of friendliness can be found here. Just remember not to let the hustle, bustle, and traffic stress you. Sit down, order a drink, relax, and watch. And do not forget to check out the Mekong Delta and its floating markets.”


View to Ruh Ordo cultural complex near Issyk Kul lake at mountains background in Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

“Stunning nature, colourful markets, and very friendly people, unless they think you are an American pilot who is likely to run away with one of their beautiful girls. Bring a cup for world-class vodka.”


Tabuaeran, Fanning Island traditional house. Republic of Kiribati

“Paradise, like it used to be. There isn’t much luxury, but the fantastic seafood and the hospitality you are likely to experience by locals make up for it, by far. Just do venture outside the ‘civilisation’. And set aside some time, there are rarely more than 2-3 planes arriving here a week.”

New Zealand

Panoramic view from Roy's Peak, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

“Enjoy white, black, and golden beaches, any kind of water sports and activities you didn’t know existed.”

This is at the top of places for me to visit. I am fascinated by these islands, I either need to find a work related conference over there or wait for my young children to grow up a bit as it’s a long flight for them, but we do have some wonderful guides if your interested. You can read them here.


Island Ometepe with vulcano in Nicaragua

“This is a very diverse country between Costa Rica and Honduras. You’ll find legendary surf spots, incredible diving opportunities, and stunning nature. Just don’t order a Cuba Libre here. The bartender might eventually mix you a Nica Libre, though.”

Sierra Leone

freetown the harbour of sierra leone

“This paradise is on virtually no one’s bucket list, but it should be if you are willing to challenge your comfort zone a tad. Expect amazing beaches, idyllic villages, and smiling people. Don’t expect infrastructure.”


Boats on Soufriere Bay, Soufriere, Dominica

“One of the least known islands of the Caribbean so deserves to be seen by more people. Of course, that would take away some of the charm of the volcanoes, Boiling Lake, the hidden beaches, and the rainforest. Never mind I said anything. The two small airports can anyhow only take down propeller aircraft.”


Lofoten islands is an archipelago in the county of Nordland, Norway. Is known for a distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands.

“OK, OK, OK, call me biased, but if you haven’t seen the West Coast or Northern Norway, you don’t know what stunning scenery is. The wild mountains, the twisting fjords, the unimaginable waterfalls, the magnificent glaciers, the tiny villages, and the midnight sun will leave you speechless. Yeah, even you from Texas. And did I remember to mention the Northern Light? Go, or regret forever.”


Piriapolis resort town in the Coast of Uruguay

“You know that country in between Argentina and Brazil? The second smallest country in South America is still rather undiscovered, although I have no idea why. The memo about the calm and relaxed, yet very exciting people must have gotten lost in the mail.”

Where are you heading this year, have any of these 12 countries tempted you to visit.


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