The appeal of some travel destinations is that everyone wants to visit them. For the rest of us, nothing beats a country that’s not overrun with tourists, where experiences feel authentic, and the majority of the people you meet are local to the region.
Finding these off-the-beaten-path destinations can been difficult, though. At least, until now.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization just released the results of its international travel survey, including what countries see the fewest international visitors.
These destinations see only 1,000-15,000 visitors a year, but that may change, now that they’re our the radar. May we suggest considering a trip before their popularity surges? Read on to see the five least visited of all, and head to the Daily Mail for the full list.
This South Pacific island sees only 1,000 visitors a year, but those who do make the voyage are treated to crystal clear water and a low crime rate.
Only five thousand tourists head to these remote islands each year — the nearest civilization, Hawaii, is an impressive five hours away. The islands comprise 33 coral atolls, or ring-shaped coral reefs, that span 1.3 million square miles of the Pacific.
Montserrat, a Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles, currently sees about 7,000 visitors per year, though it was once much more popular with British travelers. That is, until it was hit with a hurricane in 1989 and a volcano eruption in 1995. But the consistently beautiful beaches and bright blue waters are helping popularity rise once again.
Comoros, a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, plays host to only about 15,000 tourists every year, but those who do visit are able to enjoy the country’s mountains, beaches, and wildlife-filled forests.
Africa’s second-smallest country sees about 8,000 visitors every year. The two islands are an ideal place to scuba dive, go whale and dolphin watching, or explore rainforests.