The 25 Least Visited Countries in the World

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  1. Queueue says:

    Totally loved this article! I won't come across too many people who've travelled to 190 countries, I don't think!

    Keep it going!

  2. Oh, I am not about to stop anytime soon. Four countries on this list remaining. Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati will all be visited over Easter. If Air Pacific wants…

    I'm glad that you liked it. Thanks!

  3. Unknown says:

    Turmenistan! Cool. I just got back from East Timor. Super interesting place. ALmost backpacker friendly. I am trying to make a good travel outlet. Travel film is my hobby gone haywire. Great article.

  4. Anonymous says:

    so people don't visit dangerous countries. who knew?

  5. Very interesting list – would love to check some of these out some day!

  6. Mo Ratel says:

    When you say you have been to 190 countries, what are you counting? Even layovers? Or do you have some criteria. That is a lot of countries and I am envious. I have wanted to go to several on this list including Domenica, Bhutan, Micronesia and the Soloman Islands. I have been to five countries, not counting layovers, which would make it six. I want to go to them all.

  7. Dear Mo Ratel,

    Stops in airports or transport legs (i.e. on a train or in a car) through a country do not count. I need to have been properly inside the country and have a story to tell from there…

    I count the 193 UN countries, the 2 UN observers (the Vatican and Palestine) plus Kosovo, Taiwan and Western Sahara. That gives a total of 198.

    I will have visited all in May, if everything goes according to plan. Best of luck travelling more. It's the best hobby ever!

  8. MIQUELON says:

    You missed the islands of St Pierre & Miquelon ( with 6000 to 8000 tourists annually.

  9. This is something new! I haven't even heard most of the travel destinations you have mentioned except maybe for Bhutan, North Korea and Somalia.

  10. This was awesome, I am featuring in my Buzz post tomorrow. Especially loved the commentary. Thanks

  11. Angela says:

    I like this a lot. Totally inspired to go and visit some of the non-african countries! I'm going to bookmark this and if I visit one of the countries (and still remember this) I will let you know!

  12. Jaslyn Lim says:

    The "Burning Crater" in Turkmenistan is definitely a sight to see. If I could travel alone there, I would probably take my chances.

  13. Those islands belong to France. They are not a country.

  14. Thanks! Much appreciated. Do keep me posted, it's great to be able to inspire to travelling. Travelling makes me smile and I like to smile…

  15. You can indeed travel there alone. Getting a transit visa to drive/bike through the country will let you go on your own. Or hire a guide that can leave you there alone overnight and pick you up the next day in a 4WD.

  16. Pretraveller says:

    Thanks for a very interesting article. When he was a teenager my father used to live on Fanning Island which is part of Kiribati. He has many great stories about living on an atoll!

    I think I am very happy to NOT visit most of the places you have mentioned, but each to their own…

  17. Ariana says:

    There's alot more to do in Afghanistan than "try on a burqa." In a place where kidnappings have skyrocketed, wearing a burqa is actually a safety shield more than a tool of oppression.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Nauru is NOT the second smallest republic. It is THE SMALLEST republic.

    In your list of countries, why have you not included Niue? Entities such as Kosovo are disputed and unrepresented in the UN, whereas the sovereign status of Niue is not.

  19. Ariana,
    Of course there is much more to do in Afghanistan than trying on a burqa. It is a fantastic country that will receive a lot of tourists as soon as peace reaches it. This short article that mentions more than 25 countries was never meant to cover everything to do in each country, just a few, often light hearted, examples of each.

    Niue is a part of New Zealand (the people voted agains independence in 1974) and is not a part of the UN despite being represented in some UN organizations. You are right about Nauru being the smallest republic. Thanks for pinpointing that out. It has now been corrected.

  20. bentzy says:

    Nice post! Is Bermuda part of your 198 list?

  21. Nope, it's a British overseas territory… I'd still love to go sometime, but I will first finish the 198 in May.

  22. Eileen says:

    This article was one long geographical orgasm. FABULOUS

  23. Anonymous says:

    I've been to six countries on the list. Not bad. Especially considered i "only" visited 60-something countries in total. Too bad all those south pacific islands are so hard (e.g. expensive) to go to.

  24. Wow, congratulations! Mauritania looks really cool to me all of a sudden. What's your secret? You must have spent a fortune on visas alone, right? Any advice for someone else who wants to hit every country?

  25. The secret is having no wives, kids or dogs… It is a very expensive hobby, so almost everything I make is used towards it. The best advice is to try to combine visiting new countries with existing work or holiday trips. That will save you quite a bit of money. If in i.e. Johannesburg for a week long conference, you can easily visit for instance Lesotho one weekend and Mauritius the next.

  26. Iain Mallory says:

    Very cool list with some surprises at both ends of the list and some that probably weren't expected either. Guess it's not unexpected that so many conflict zones appear.

    I've ticked off a few of these, really need to add a few more, thanks for complining the list.

  27. I love this list! And I am going to send it to other travelers whenever a high-and-mighty conversation about touring untouristed places arises…

  28. houshuang says:

    Hei, sykla gjennom Turkmenistan i 2002, på vei fra Xian til Tabriz. Merkelig sted, så vilde kameler i ørkenen, og mange bomullsplantasjer. Så bilder av diktatoren overalt, men vil vel ikke si at det var det most crazy place after North Korea – vi kunne sykle rundt uten problemer og sove i telt (de var strengere i nabolandet Uzbekistan, der de ville ha små klistremerker for hver dag vi hadde vært der, for å bevise at vi hadde bodd i godkjente hoteller). Vet ikke om det har forandret seg mye etter at Turkmenbashi døde. Tror også det er mye usikkerhet rundt tallene, det kan jo være veldig mye trafikk av lokale fra landene rundt, for eksempel, men det regnes kanskje ikke som turisme? (Vet ikke hvor enkelt det er for dem å få visum heller). Uansett, morsom liste!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I'm from Afghanistan. I know Afghani women. Every one of them that I've asked if they really mind where any kind of veil and they have all said no. From your pov, they may look poor, but please, ask an Afghani woman what they think about it.

  30. DavidNYC says:

    Fantastic article. Love the sense of humor. I'm definitely a "top-10" list type of traveler (love France!), but I really enjoyed reading this piece.

  31. Var de i Ashgabat? Utrulege bygningar, men nesten ingen folk bortsett frå politi. Ekstremt sær atmosfære og definitivt mykje meir merkeleg enn Uzbekistan. Men eg var der i 2010.

  32. Good point! And i can see some advantages of wearing one, not having to deal with loads of guys for instance. But when asking them that, keep in mind that they have never tried anything else. I am relatively sure that many of them (not all) would chose to not wear a burqa if they could and if society accepted that.

  33. Thanks, David! Nice of you to say 🙂

    More travel list posts coming up…watch this space.

  34. Great, thanks for that, Susan!

    I have now travelled to 196 of the 198 countries of the world, and I'd definately say that this list is one of the best travel lists ever, for those not too keen on spots of tourist hell…

  35. Thanks, Iain! I have enjoyed 24 of the countries on the list. I will visit the last one, Kiribati, on April 1.

  36. Abigail says:

    What a great article! I would actually love to visit North Korea one day ! So many beautiful countries, too bad laws or political conflicts make them so hard to visit…

  37. tuamae says:

    I'm from Guinea-Bissau. It was one of the few places I didn't have to google.

  38. gillian says:

    Hmmm. That UNWTO List of most visited countries which put Malaysia at #9 is a little misleading. Yes, technically every Singaporean that crosses the border to buy cheap gasoline is a tourist and you DEFINITELY don't want to try to cross back into Singapore on a Sunday night. It also will include all the expats working in Bangkok who are doing visa runs. But for a SE Asian country, Malaysia has relatively few tourists, especially compared to Thailand.

  39. I went to East-Timor five years ago. The diving was divine and the people there, so awesome! But it's always difficult to give recommendations. So much depends on the people you meet and your experiences. First time I went to Greece I was super disappointed, grouse food and unfriendly people. I said "never more". Second time (yes, I broke my promise to never go there again) I fell in love in both the food and the culture!

  40. Anonymous says:

    I went to Dominica as a medical student (one of the largest US-based medical schools is located there). There's not all that much to see there but if you like hiking, you might find some interesting sites. I would argue that the people there are not particularly eager to have tourists anyway. Most of them keep to themselves.

  41. I looks like Nauru is right next to Kiribati (on the map). Why didn't you go to both on during the same trip? Is it not possible to do?

  42. neclovek says:

    What about all teh unrecognized and partly recognized territories? I ve visited Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabakh recently and it was a lot of fun, and it definetely feels like a country

  43. Woody says:

    Very fun articles. Congratulations on your travels.

    A group based in L.A. also keep a list that is at once much easier and much harder than your list.

    You can join their club with 100 countries out of 321 places, the easy part; but out of 321 places, the hard part is to finish such a list. The Travelers Century Club counts, for example, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Midway Island, Guam, etc. as separate places, because they are "removed from the parent country, either geographically, politically or ethnologically", and they also count airport fuel stops and the like.

    Well, even by those lax standards I'm probably never gonna make 100, having run out of money in the on-going Lesser Depression and now running out of healthy life. But I've had a great time visiting the 60 or so countries that I have.

  44. Maresha Mead says:

    Great article. I lived in Turkmenistan for two years, working for the Peace Corps. The Gate to Hell is cool, but there's also KoneUrgench in Dashoguz and Merv in Mary for people who are interested in history. Also, the rotating statue of Turkmenbashi has been taken down.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Very funny article, quite a few countries I had nev heard of before

  46. Fascinating article

  47. It is, through the one plane of Our Airline, Nauru's only airline.

    I did not have the time when I visited Nauru in 2010. I will visit Kiribati on Monday, though as the second last country…

  48. Sulayman says:

    What, no Grenada?

  49. Anonymous says:

    Hey I'm from Guinea-Bissau too. I actually clicked on this article because I figured Guinea-Bissau would be on the list…and it was.

  50. Anonymous says:

    no money to travel, so I collect automobile license plates from around the world. After countless letters to local papers and embassies and 15 years., I'm at 100 countries now. Could use help getting more..

    email me if you can provide some missing countries…

  51. Saverocity says:

    Inspirational post! I think you have just created a monster here,and just helped me pick my next 25 vacations! The tent near the gates of hell with a picnic sounds awesome.

  52. Kristen says:

    I fail to understand why because someone has limited travel experience to more touristy areas, that you question why they are reading this blog. Is a less travelled person unworthy of reading about your experiences? If anything it should be encouraged they read about it to be more informed of these lesser known countries. Maybe some people will go to these countries after reading about them.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I was in Dominica years ago. It was one of the ports we visited on a cruise. I was very impressed with the beauty of the island. It was one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and I have been to most of them. I haven't really seen it as a destination by the cruise ships anymore, which is a shame. You're right though, it should not be confused with Dominican Republic. It's like night and day.

  54. This article rocks! really ROCKS!I've seen some kind of snippet on yahoo and i really wanted to read the whole article.i wouldn't go to north korea even if you pay me(and i'm not an american). Also, you made me google some countries i've never heard in my life. Eduactional and with a smooth sense of humor! KUDOS!

  55. Amy R says:

    And now you're on your way to Kiribati, or I'm sure you would've replied to all the comments above.

    I read a book (Children of Allah by Agnes Newton Keith) about her experiences in Libya. She lived there in the late 1950s, early 60s, and her teenage sons scuba-dived the sunken ruins of Libya's coast.

    They have such a lot of coastline – was that not possible (scuba diving) anymore?

    I would love to travel to some of those places! Thank you for making this herculean effort, which is probably also a lot of fun!

    Just curious, if you've been to the farthest flung territory of Norway? That little island in the South Atlantic…

  56. Anonymous says:

    Also, since you are an Afghani male, the women will not tell you that they hate the veil. I know women who live in the United States who are from countries where niqab or chador or even hijab is required and they do not wear it in the US of their own free will. I am sure that if they were home and asked by a male if they mind wearing a veil, those same women, would very likely say "no."

    I am an American-born, non-Muslim woman and I have worn hijab and found it beautiful and pleasant but I know that it is not a choice for many (?most) of the women who wear it.

  57. Anonymous says:

    This article was delicious! I have been to a mere dozen countries but hope to see at least two new ones per year. I don't have a wife/husband, pets or kids but I also don't have the $$$ to travel much more than twice per year. I have heard of all of these countries (with the help of the Olympics) and have planned to visit five of them for one reason or the other. Thanks!!!

    Quick question- do you have ONE passport?

  58. Anonymous says:

    Isn't Vatican City considered the smallest sovereign nation?

  59. Denise says:

    I actually think that is very cool. I don't collect but I have taken photos of license plates as part of my travel records. My favorites are of the different plates for Israel and Palestine.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Nauru is the smallest Republic IF you do not count the surrounding water area that it claims jurisdiction over. If you do count the water area, then San Marino is the smallest (and oldest) Republic.

  61. Anonymous says:

    I like your sense of humor… "why do people visit Libia?" some people just love sand", or why so few visit N Korea? Do I have to answer this" adorably funny.

  62. Anonymous says:

    I would have liked to see those numbers and ranking relative to the population of that particular country.

  63. Anonymous says:

    agree, and good luck explaining purpose of your trip to immigration in the US and other western countries.

  64. Best of luck with your travels!

    I have two passports, as one of them is usually in an embassy in order for it to get stamped with a visa, the other one is in my pocket while I travel. I change both of them every 18 months or so as they fill up with stamps. Norwegian passports only have 32 pages.

  65. Hi Amy,

    I am still in Fiji, waiting for the twice weekly plane to Kiribati. I was in Libya when the colonel was just about still alive, scuba diving wasn't the highest priority right then. Those dives sound fantastic, though! I will not rule out going there to do those and see more of the country.

    I have not been to the Bouvet Island. It's very hard to get to, just the very occasional scientific trip. Not sure if I'd be very useful to any scientist, really…

  66. Much appreciated comments, Jocuri. Thanks!

  67. Hi Kristen,

    Valid point, although that was written with a certain amount of irony. I wish that people that only go to resorts and never actually experience the countries that they visit would dare try something new. Then again, if they all do that, they'd ruin the experiences I cherish in countries that are currently less explored… 😉

    Knowing some people like that, they would never venture beyond Scandinavia, Spain and possibly the UK.

  68. These countries primarily recognize each other. I have been to some of them, but I don't count them towards the mission of 198 countries. They sure are interesting though, and I may visit all of them at a later stage.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Really enjoyed your article and wish I was still young enough to visit all these countries. When I travel I also like to go where no one else goes. Thanks.

  70. Anonymous says:

    I work in Equatorial Guinea and what is written in this article is true. There is plenty of natural beauty here to see and the infrastructure grows each day. The people for the most part are friendly but not always open to conversations with non-locals. The current government is trying to make EG more accessible for travelers but there are many deterrents.

  71. JenniferWent says:

    Thoroughly enjoyable (lol) read! My favorite line: "Electricity is for chickens"I can't travel anywhere without a supply of lipstick, so this will be my handy "steer clear" list. Thanks for this article — made my day and I will now be following you on Twitter!

  72. Anonymous says:

    Great article and great comments

  73. Anonymous says:

    Nice, interesting article, but hasn't the author ever heard of spellcheck?

  74. Anonymous says:

    You should do an article on the countries with the easiest women to have sex with.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Plains fly every week from Lisbon to S.Tomé, so it's not that difficult to get there (if you're going for, at least, one week). But I liked very much the article. Congratulations.

    Paulo Martins

  76. Anonymous says:

    great article. thanks for sharing.

  77. troppmann says:

    Just for the record, Central African Republic IS famous for something – the greatest Pygmy music in the world. And that means some of the greatest music in the world. I, for one, want to go there!

  78. Umar says:

    Well, it sounds as if all muslim women are forced to wear some form of veil. This is not true for sure in most islamic countries, women do have a choice and some choose not to practice wearing veil. In my personal opinion it is a great thing, keeps lots of on-lookers away, and that, I believe, was the primary purpose of veil to begin with.

  79. Akpanke Ogar says:

    Sao Tome? Funny, Sao Tome and Principe is fasy becoming a tourisy paradise.

    Beaches, Whale watching (@ the equator, scuba diving, glorious forests…and world class hotels (

    I understand there are direct flights from Cameroun and other Central African nations.

  80. Anonymous says:

    I nailed several in one week a few years ago! I am a WWII buff and was stationed in Japan. Flew to Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) on Nauru Air to dive on sunken ships and tour the battlefields. The flight flew out of Guam to Nauru to refuel then stayed at Tarawa for four days. Then to the Solomon Islands. Best vacation in my life and I have literally been around the world.

  81. Anonymous says:

    I have been to Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. It is beautiful. My kids mother is from there, so my kids are half Micronesian. If you go snorkeling off the coast of Moen, the main island in the lagoon, it is like an aquarium. There are diving packages to Palau and Micronesia, and they love Americans because they are part of the Compact of Free Association, which means the people can travel and work in the U.S. without a Green Card. Many of them live on Guam, which is a territory of the U.S., and a cheap flight away.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that comment is lame …

  83. Anonymous says:

    I've been to Bhutan (#17), and if anyone is reading this and doubted what Gunnar said about the penises, I can verify his claims. They make a Starbucks in New York look like an uncommon find. The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, the politics and history are fascinating, and the views and monasteries are breathtaking. If you get a chance to go, don't turn it down. Unlike many on this list, Bhutan is very safe, "clean" in terms of disease, and there is plenty to see. Getting in is the hard part.

  84. How about Tokelau? I bet it has even less tourists than Nauru. It doesn't have an airport, it doesn't even have a dock. Also, the government offices are not in the country, they are in Apia, Samoa. I bet it is not No. 1 on your list, because it has so few tourists you haven't even heard about it!

  85. Anonymous says:

    Gunnar Garfors, in addition to being a travel guru, you are a humor god! Thankyou for the laughs just as much as the advice.

  86. I'd love to visit Tokelau too. It is a New Zealand territory, though, not an own country.

  87. Hehe, thanks for that! I will put it on my resume…

  88. There are direct flights from Portugal, Gabon, Angola and Cameroon. And charter flights from Paris starting in April 2013.

  89. Great! Thanks for the info 🙂

  90. Dominican Med-Student says:

    I'm a current medical student on the island of Dominica. It's a beautiful place!!! I wonder how many of the 73,000 tourists are actually just us medical students traveling to and from the island?!?! HaHaHa!

  91. Anonymous says:


  92. Cuba had 2.7 million tourists in 2011, according to UNWTO.

  93. Great and inspiring article, Gunnar! Just think how many of those countries would be safe for a woman to travel alone in. You men have it good 🙂

  94. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the request in the interest of those who will want to have sex when they travel. Also include where it is safer to have casual sex.

  95. Anonymous says:

    I wonder when you've been to Brunei Darussalam before? How long? What was interesting to you there? Stumbled upon this blog from either Yahoo or MSN homepage, great stuff btw, i am so full of envy haha

  96. Anonymous says:

    Great article and full of humour. Thanks

  97. I was in Brunei in 2010, but only for a day. I took the boat from Kota Kinabalu, walked around town and flew back to KK. Nice and quiet town, would like to go back to explore it properly…

  98. Anonymous says:

    About Bhutan: recently was as listed as the place where people are the happiest. Happiness is part of their constitution.

  99. Anonymous says:

    This article was amazing.
    Did you visit Haiti.

  100. I have been to the Solomon Islands and found it to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The people are incredibly friendly, the food is fantastic and the WWII history is amazing to see, even for non history buffs. I long to go back.

  101. Man, when do you work? I am so envious! Greets from Macedonia.

  102. Anonymous says:

    Put me in your documentary eh haha. Visit the forest reserves next time and the wonderful mosques in the country! Get a good guide first before you do all that. Thanks for visiting my beloved country

  103. Anonymous says:

    So my tourist visa to Afghanistan is unique. Good to know… 🙂

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  105. Thank you, nice of you to say!

    I was in Haiti January 2012. The country is still very much suffering from the earthquake with thousands living in tent camps.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Hi Gunnar,

    I'd be interested in your thoughts on Tuvalu and Kiribati. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiribati on Arorae Island from 1998-2000. I was surprised that you didn't list it as one of the island nations that will be underwater in the next 25 years because of climate change. It it untouched by tourists luckily. The people of the outer islands still have kept their culture alive. The president of Kiribati has looked into purchasing land in Fiji to move the population. I guess one I-Kiribati national tried to apply for a visa for New Zealand(I think) as a climate change refugee…and was denied. So sad…as they are not the people causing the climate change.

    RPCV Kiribati

  107. Anonymous says:

    Mauri Gunnar!

    By now you have arrived in beautiful Kiribati. Oh…wow….you are making me homesick. Make sure to try the raw flying fish soaked in toddy vinegar. Also, the raw tuna served over rice with a sauce of fresh coconut cream, a little curry and onion. Also, breadfruit soup and fried breadfruit are quite delicious. Try the boiled toddy water and of course the moimotos(young coconuts)are amazing. Not at all like the stuff they try to sell in the store in the states.

    You've probably done your cultural research…but never sit in a mwaneaba and point your feet at someone across the way…it is impolite as your feet are the dirtiest part of your body.

    If you want to get off the bus somewhere in Tarawa..just yell out…Taioka ikai..please stop here.

    If you want to get some lovely gifts to bring home..I think there is still a Catholic Women's Center that makes handmade traditional gifts.

    For scuba diving…I believe there is still a Japanese run diving operation where they will take you out…and you stay in traditional houses on stilts overnight.

    I think you can still take a World War II tour also. Some people have found old shells on this tour. I also hope you are able to experience the traditional dancing. It helps to go to Kiribati knowing people as it is not a tourist destination….but I hope you have a lovely time.

    Tia bo moa,

    Gina (Nei Tina)

  108. Anonymous says:

    hmmm. Maybe that was the primary purpose…to keep on-lookers away…but why should women have to hide behind a veil because men can't seem to stop looking at them…something to ponder. We are all beautiful human beings. Why should one gender have to hide.

  109. Tamaresque says:

    Well, everyone in Australia has heard of Nauru, unfortunately, because we have the embarrassment of having a refugee detention centre there. For some reason the Australian Government doesn't want to accept asylum seekers into the country and tries to export them to neighbouring countries like Nauru and Malaysia. It even pays those countries to do so and as Nauru is bankrupt, they jumped at the chance. This (and the way we neglect Aboriginal peoples) is our abiding shame. 🙁

  110. Drazsi says:

    Great article!
    I have lately traveled to Republic of Moldova, Eastern Europe – and what I found was that according to estimations there are app. 7-11.000 tourists visit the country yearly. To go into more extremes – there's a small (4,163 km2) separatist territory called Transnistria in Moldova with its own currency, border guards, etc.
    Transnistria probably has less than 1000 international tourists per year and is probably the only place where you can see officers with KGB sign (written in Cyrillic letters) on their badges and symbols of USSR with Russian peacekeepers in the neighborhood.

  111. Anonymous says:

    Hello Gunnar Garfors have you ever been in the Philippines and when?

  112. I am willing to bet that I work more than most people. I just do it from whenever on my laptop and phone.

    A lot of travelling is involved for work as well, by the way. And I am currently taking my summer holiday as an extended Easter trip.

  113. Wow, I am impressed! How old is that one? I had to get a journalist visa to be allowed to enter.

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  115. Dear Drazsi,

    Sorry to be a party wrecker, but Moldovia has 75,000 visitors a year, according to the UN statistics. Transnistria has a lot fewer, but I still had to stand in line for half an hour to access when I visited in 2008.

    You will find KGB officers in Belarus too. The KGB office in Minsk is huge, but allegedly much bigger underground than what you can see above ground. My brother and I was chased off the stairs of the building when we did a syncronized handstand there a few years ago. Transnistria is a very interesting place, but less strange than I had anticipated. They have fast food chains there too (although not McD's).

  116. Hello Anonymous,

    I was in the Philippines in 2009, but only in Manila and only for few days. I have a very good friend from there, and I will visit again and explore more of the country. Where are you from?

  117. Drazsi says:

    Dear Gunnar,

    could you give a link for the UN statistics? I can believe it's true but the sources I found said the numbers between 7-11.000 (e.g. The country didn't look like one that never saw a tourist though.
    We tried "Andy's Pizza" in Tiraspol but it was worse than McDonald's in my opinion 🙂
    Thanks for the rectification (no party's wrecked fortunately :D)

  118. chrisworth says:

    Brilliant piece GG, thank you for writing it. Er, I count 4 of the 25… ten years travelling/living overseas and 60 countries or so, but barely a passport by your standards…

  119. nilakamil says:

    Whatta great list, and you're very inspiring. I have only been to 18 countries so far, but it's counting 😉

    Since am married with kids and am traveling with them whenever possible, I could only 'afford' trips within the safety of big cities, mostly provided by the ones in the top-ten list. But it'll be interesting to visit some of these countries. Wish me luck! 🙂

  120. Fred says:

    Amazing that the Commore Islands are still on this list. It seems like nothing changed there in 50 years. i toured the islands in 1972. And the people are friendly, very friendly.

  121. Anonymous says:

    I've actually been to Liechtenstein, in 1984. You are right, not much there. Women had just been granted the right to vote a few days before I arrived.
    One word: Mali. If tourism stats could even be found, I bet it would make it to this list.

  122. I got that reading your articles, and I still stand envious. BTW keep on the good job with the introduction of digital radio.

  123. Anonymous says:

    You forgot to mention that some people might not be interested in visiting Nauru because Australia has basically turned it into an island prison for asylum seekers, as part of the so-called Pacific Solution.

    Because, you know, despite our vast amounts of land and non-replacement level fertility rate we're not big enough to take a handfull of displaced peoples and have to "detain" them for years in a jail on the tiniest republic in the the world.

  124. Anonymous says:

    Interesting list, but I can suggest some additions. According to Caribbean Tourism Organization stats released in March 2013, there are three nations that reported even fewer tourist arrivals in 2012 than Dominica which comes in at 25 on your list. They were:

    1. Montserrat 4,498
    2. Anguilla 64,698
    3. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 74,364

    Here's the source document:

  125. Anonymous says:

    Very insightful reading. Thanks although I cant help but notice dude is leaning over a little bit on the last photo as if hes tired of all of that traveling.
    -Comedian missy wilson

  126. Tibor Posta says:

    Hi Gunnar,

    This article is very exciting!

    ps: I want to see "The Door to Hell"

  127. Anonymous says:

    Hi i'm from Dominica (#25 on the list). You forget to say that we are the land of 365 rivers, The land where Pirates of the Caribbean "dead mans chest" was filmed, The land with the largest boiling lake in the world, and the list goes on.

  128. Anonymous says:

    I love this article! My family is from Dominica, and I have had the opportunity to live there for a few years as a child. If you take the time you can experience the amazing beauties this island has to offer such as the boiling lake, sulphur springs, emerald pool, botanical gardens, etc.

    All I want to do is travel. Hopefully one day I can say I did 198 countries so I can determine a proper holiday! Truly amazing! I need to follow you.

  129. Hello Chris,

    60 countries is a lot! Much appreciated feedback, btw. Thanks!

    And yes, passports fill up relatively fast. I go through two passports every 18 months or so. I need two, as one is in an embassy getting a visa, while the other is in my pocket while travelling.

  130. 18 countries is still way above average! And that when married with kids. Good job!

    I'd say a lot of the places on this list are safer than big cities, btw. And they have kids all over the world, so taking them along should be just fine. They will even get friends in new countries, learning about other cultures in a very real manner.

    Best of luck to whichever countries you got to next!

  131. Hahaha…I don't do tired! Too much energy…

  132. Oh, you so should! That place i unreal, in the middle of the desert. I am glad you enjoyed the read, thanks!

  133. It's a great thing that you mention those! I couldn't list everything under each country, though. That would have vastly increased the piece which is already pretty long. 365 rivers…nice!

  134. Just do it, as Nike would have said. You only live once, so sign up for newsletters from airlines near you to be the first to know about amazing travel offers.

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  135. Anonymous says:

    I know theyre not UN members but they do belong to other organixations, Pacific Islands Forums etc so why not pop into Tokelau, Niue and Cook Islands. I visited Tokelau many times some years ago. Then you had to charter a ship to get there, but I had a government behind me. Today you still have to go over the reef to reach the shore. Still no airports, harbours and I'm not certain about roads and vehicles. None when I used to visit regularly. Unforgettable.

  136. Hi Gunnar, really enjoyed your post!
    I used to know a girl who was from the Marshall Islands, so I was quite pleased to see them on the list.
    I'd be interested to know how many people visit Kyrgyzstan, there is a documentary on TV in the UK at the moment with a young girl who moved to Yorkshire from there 🙂
    So now that you've been to all 198 countries, what's your plan?

  137. Anonymous says:

    I'm a woman and I've traveled around the globe alone. I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly) that may be one of the reasons not to travel alone. We need to take more precautions than men do, but it's worth it.

  138. They had 1.3 million visitors in 2010, according to UNWTO. Is her name Kirstin?

    Still the last country to go, after that I will still travel to places less travelled and keep writing about them. Can't stop now 🙂

  139. Anonymous says:

    Have you been to South Sudan?
    I have been there, but not as a tourist. Fascinating place, very friendly people. Lots of foreign business people and NGO workers there but tourists?

  140. Anonymous says: good…

  141. I was there last April. Yes, very fascinating place and surprisingly good food…

    Not many tourists. The hotel manager almost went ballistic when I told him I was there as a tourist 🙂

  142. Anonymous says:

    Hi Gunnar,

    I have a question, I am interested in traveling to Guatemala, mainly to see the archaeological sites of Tikal, El Mirador and Aguateca but my husband was reading the US travel advisory which stated that the crime rate is very high and many tourists have been targets even in touristy areas in daylight. What was your experience there and do you recommend it for traveling? Thanks!

  143. Guatemala is a great country with hospitality right up there at the top. They are however experiencing increased crime, which is bad. I wouldn't think thwice of going there again, whether you should go depends on your travel experience. If you have 'been around' and know how to travel in a less developed country, go for it. If not, I'd go with a personal guide (not very expensive) or a group (if you don't mind travelling in groups – I presonally hate it) Just remember to always look like you know what you are doing and where you are going. Nothing attracts crime more than a clearly lost tourist.

  144. Pilote says:

    I have been to Afghanistan before the Russians invaded although I enjoyed the tongue in cheek nature of this article right now not too many of the countries featured would be on top of my bucket list. Happy travels.

  145. Anonymous says:

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  146. Anonymous says:

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  147. Anonymous says:

    By the way if you want to go to the Philippines, here are some popular tourist spots in the Philippines like Palawan (white sand beach and underground river), Bohol (Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers) and Boracay (white sand beach) I hope you will visit here again in the Philippines by the way Christian here again take care 🙂

  148. Anonymous says:

    Hi Gunnar,

    I am interesting in travelling to as many countries as possible. How do you go about doing this with limited funds ($3000)? Any advice would be great! Thanks!

  149. You can cover a lot of countries in Europe by train. 30 countries through one interrail pass:

    Then sleep for free on people's sofas:

    Alternatively travel by bus in South America. Also cheap, but relatively long distances.

    Best of luck! 🙂

  150. Anonymous says:

    I am from Dominica and do agree with most of what you said. The main reason why we are on this list is due to the fact that the small island is always confused with its bigger brother the Dominican Republic.

    Before the advent of e-mails, it was a normal mishap for our mails to have gone to the Dominican Republic.

    If one really wanted to confuse the two islands any more than they are, both countries are a Republic. 🙂

  151. Anonymous says:

    Great point and 100% true

  152. Anonymous says:

    Your student body is just a tab over 1000 students. Nice try thou 🙂

  153. Anonymous says:

    I think Montserrat and Anguilla are both British overseas territories.

  154. Amanda says:

    I've only been to two – North Korea (twice) and East Timor. Both were fascinating, but I'd recommend East Timor to anyone adventurous, and North Korea not as much.

  155. Liechtenstein is a lovely little country, modern and clean while retaining quaint cobbled street towns.

  156. John Leeson says:

    Re: Libya
    "Why you may still want to visit
    Some people like sand."

    A bit of a short-shrift. The sand indeed is spectacular. The Libyan Sahara holds ancient volcanos, an underground city, breathtaking rock art (from pre-desert times, with giraffes, crocodiles and more). Mountains, soaring dunes, desert lakes, Berber caves…

    The country has 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and many of the most magnificent Roman and Greek sites anywhere in the world. (Not just Leptis Magna).

    The longest Mediterranean coastline (admittedly, in need of some tourist upgrade), and yes, some extremely friendly and welcoming people.

    No doubt things need to settle down before tourism can finally take off, but it has huge potential.

  157. Emma says:

    Oh my gosh I have actually been to number 22 on a contiki tour lol! I didn't get to appreciate it much seeing as that's where I found out my credit card was missing. Oh well at least I can say I've visited one on your list! Best post ever 🙂

  158. Anonymous says:

    i am not sure if you ve been to St Helen ? and Trisatan de cuna

  159. Anonymous says:

    Dominica is beautiful!! It was a cruise port for Carnival and a few other major lines and I had the chance to stop there on two different itineraries. Great food, nice people and cool snorkeling in 'champagne' bubbles right off the coast. Not many stereotypical caribbean beaches though.

  160. Sanaz says:

    Hey Gunnar, this is really impressive! What are your top ten favorite places? I'm very curious 🙂

  161. Amelia says:

    Your blog posts are really impressive. One day I really hope I can explore these places and write about them too.

  162. miviajar says:

    Comoros is a nice destination, another reason to visit it is his traditions. The celebrations of great marriage are awesome

  163. Hello Sanaz,

    This is a very difficult question to answer as every place amazes me in one way or another.

    I will still give you some countries I really like:

    South Korea

    and of course Norway (despite my slight bias)

  164. I have not. Any tips of what to do there?

  165. Very cool! I've always said that there's no place I wouldn't like to go. This list confirmed that.

    I don't travel nearly as much as I'd like to. But I am proud to say that I've been to two of the places on your list: Lichtenstein and Dominica. Boy, I suddenly feel like I'm a real world traveler! 🙂

  166. Sanaz says:

    Gunnar, Thank you for this wonderful list! I will keep these countries in mind while preparing for my next vacation LOL
    And I'm so so glad you mentioned Norway 😉 I haven’t been to every country, but Norway is my favorite destination so far. Hope to visit your beautiful country soon!
    Greetings from Vienna (Hope you’ve been here!?)

  167. Unknown says:

    Is Aruba, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Isle of Man, Christmas Island, Cocos Island included?

  168. No, none of those are countries. 193 UN countries, 2 UN observers (Vatican, Palestine) and 3 countries acknowledged by a number of UN countries (Kosovo, Western Sahara, Taiwan).

  169. Anonymous says:

    I like this list 🙂 I'm very proud of having been to Tonga earlier this year. Isn't it just divine?

  170. WOW! Great summery! And I'm sure, I won't et foot in any of these Countries. Buthan, maybe, because I like the people and religion. But I have no sence in travelling into any of the other countries.
    I think you need good preperation with your Visa. Have fun travelling! 🙂

  171. Anonymous says:

    I love the article, but "least visited countries" is a bit misleading. What are the least visited countries, in number of tourists *per capita*? That's a slightly more interesting statistic, I think. If a country with a population of 200 gets a measly 200 visitors per year, that's still a booming tourist location!

  172. I see your point, but both the total number of tourists and the size of the country matters. The number of tourists per capita is a different article…

  173. Marie says:

    Wow, thank you for this article, it's very helpful! Even though I'm not planning to travel to any of these countries quite yet! I don't think there is a country in the world that I wouldn't visit if I had the chance. Imagine coming home saying "Yeah, I just spent a few days in North Korea". Totally awesome.

  174. TERRASENSES says:

    Amazing article… Maybe next time you could enjoy visiting Ecuador…… Amazing country in the middle of the World 🙂

  175. Gunnar, I really like your style. We travel full time with three children, and while hitting every country isn’t our goal, love exploring new places, and find that those we enjoy the most are often less visited. To the comment above- I suspect fewest tourists per capita might be a closer measure of countries we enjoy. One of our blog followers recommended your list here as a source for inspiration, and indeed it is! In particular, it has me looking into a few African countries that were otherwise off our radar (we are in SE Asia, sloooowwwly heading west).

    Our limitations: we live on a sailboat, with a very small budget… it leaves a lot of places we are unlikely to visit, but opens up opportunities to see others that few people can readily reach as tourists (like Sao Tome & Principe!).

    We do tend to be in out of the way places, like yourself, so come find us on the good ship Totem for a cup of tea and travel talk sometime! Now that you’ve hit the countries, maybe some out of the way protectorate- say, Chagos, or maybe St Helena before that 747 airstrip goes in?

  176. Anonymous says:

    I got excited just by reading this article, especially about "Why not run around a country?". Haha! I've visited two countries so far, and planning to see more. I am from the Philippines, please watch the video below to know a bit more about my beautiful country. 🙂

  177. Very nice information. Really excited to read and planning to visit a few of these.Thank you for sharing.

  178. This interesting topic is discussed with great seriousness, I learned a lot from these few lines in any case, thank you give time to your readers.

  179. Anonymous says:

    Excellent list and article!

  180. Thanks a lot for your message! You should certainly visit Sao Tome and Principe. Do you have a blog or some other way of finding out where you are? In that case you may suddenly see me on Totem, I am not hard to ask…

    St. Helena is not out of the question. The only certainty is that I will never stop travelling…

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  183. Darren says:

    Next year, I plan to undertake an around the world cycle tour, I have planned to include some of these countires in my trip, namely Liechtenstein, Bhutan, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Turkmenistan and Equatorial Guinea. I will hopefully cycle through 94 countries, visa-permitting of course. I will be setting up a website and writing about my journey in the near future. Nice article by the way.

  184. David Fee says:

    It's appropriate that a Norwegian would travel to so many places. I mean your Viking ancestors went to every continent (except for South America, Antarctica and Australia) in longships long before Columbus discovered the Americas. I thought you might want to check out these links as places even you might find intriguing.

  185. Anonymous says:

    Great article. By the end of the year I will have been to 50 countries including Afghanistan. I lived there for two years when I was a kid. And yes that dates me a bit! It was the late 1970s before the Russian invasion.It was a wonderful place. I feel so sad for the Afghan people who have been through hell these past thirty years. I also lived in the Cook Islands as an Australian Volunteer. The pacific islands are also amazing. The people are so friendly and its very beautiful. I'm sure the other pacific islands are similar. Hopefully I will one day I too will visit. I also really want to go to Bhutan.

  186. mathan kumar says:

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  187. Anonymous says:

    What would be the best means of traveling from the US to the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan? Also, any surrounding countries worth a visit? Would love to make a trip out there.

  188. Anonymous says:

    you should have included de facto former USSR independent states that are not UNO members : Transdniestria, Abkhazia, south Ossetia
    So that makes 201 countries in my book!

  189. Graham Hughes became the first to travel to all 201 countries without flying

    flying to 5 continents in one day is just an excerise in pollting the world….. nothing exceptional and just a waste of money.

    Interesting article on the 25 least visited though.

  190. My husband and I are always keen to see a new country – we've been to seven on your list -Dominica, Liechtenstein, Bhutan, Micronesia, Afghanistan, Comoros and Turkmenistan.
    Saw this article shared on facebook. Will now look at more of your blog entries.
    We blog our trips on

  191. The Streets says:

    How about Moldova? Only 8000 visitors in 2010 (the most recent stats I could find). I certainly felt like the only tourist in Chisinau last winter…
    Thanks for the inspiring article. Bhutan, here I come!

  192. Brad says:

    I have been to Bhutan, Somalia, Djibouti, Central African Republic and Sudan (though strangely not on list as North Sudan)
    Heading to Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone, hopefully to the Pacific ones at some stage for the diving! Great list, love it!

  193. Anonymous says:

    you forgot South Sudan you have to go down there now to complete your list, it's independent from North Sudan (aka Sudan) since last year.

  194. Thanks for posting this useful information. This was just what I was on looking for. I'll come back to this blog for sure! I bookmarked this blog a while ago because of the useful content and I am never being disappointed.

  195. Vanessa B says:

    I toured the south Pacific on a boat and one of the stops was Tonga! we even met the king and took part in a lavish ceremony! It was fantastic 🙂 Enjoy it! Traveling is such a wonderful gift! I only have 62 countries on my list so far, but I am working on it 🙂 Safe travels to you Gunnar!

  196. South Sudan's been an independent country since July 9, 2011. I was in both Sudans in 2012.

  197. Where does the Liberia statistic come from? ("Estimates based on UN numbers from 2008 and 2009 indicate as many as 89,000 foreign tourists per year.") I live in Liberia and have done some work with the Ministry of Tourism and they record just under 4,000 tourists to Liberia in 2012. Last I checked, the UNWTO did not have data for Liberia on number of visitors. So I'm curious to know where the 89,000 came from.

  198. Anonymous says:

    Dear Gunnar Garfors,

    You may have explained this before but this is the first article I have read from you. I wish to travel the world someday but how do you do it? Do you pay for every single trip, do you get sponsored, or what? I've always wondered how to manage the funds in traveling the world and I'm hoping you don't have a couple mansions 🙁 (meaning the only way to do it is being rich). Thanks, and this article was really cool!

  199. Hi Katie,

    I tried to get in touch with the Ministry, but I never received a reply. The estimate is based on tourism revenues posted by the UN and calculated into tourist numbers, based on average revenues per tourist in nearby countries. I would be happy to receive official Liberia numbers, though, if you are able to get hold of them from the Ministry.

  200. It's all about priorities. I spend everything I make on travelling. And I travel as inexpensively as possible. No sponsorships. Unfortunately. 🙂

  201. Anonymous says:

    You should be getting sponsorships! I read some more about you and 5 continents in one day? That really is remarkable. But either way the experience must be the best part….but thanks for answering the question, I guess I better start planning! Thanks again!

  202. Jonny Blair says:

    Nice Post Gunnar! I've only been to 2 of these yet done 70 countries across all 7 continents. Cant believe youve made them all – amazing work! Id have to change your list slightly though – Antarctica needs to be on it – not officially a country, but only gets 31,000 tourists a year. Somalia isn't strictly a country either – essenially it's 3 countries in one. Also youve left off Nagorno Karabakh, must be on there! If you want to feature as a World Traveller on my blog let mne know! Safe travels. Jonny

  203. Wow… I guess most visits to East Timor are from my home country, Indonesia. East Timor was part of Indonesia until 2002.

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  206. craig roark says:

    I have a question you know the Visastamper well whenever anyone gets into the top ten points wise it accepts the country you entered yet doesn't post to passport therefore you don't get points.Why is that???? I'm a Travel Century Club member with 130 countries visited.

  207. craig roark says:

    Garfors I did enjoy my visit to Norway & Svalbard back in 1991.I would like to take a cruise that visits Antarctica,South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands,Trista da Cunha,Ascension Island,St.Helena Island,Fernando do Punha Island,Devils Island, Cape Verde Islands.Does anything like that even remotely exist? The Travel Century Club list them as nations even though most of those are territories.Did you know that Antarctica is the driest place in the world?Scientists claim that There hasn't been any rainfall in one region in the Antarctic Peninsula on the Ross Sea for nearly two million years!!!!! THE PLACE THAT LOOKS LIKE PARADISE ON EARTH IS COCOS ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA.NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE KEELING ISLANDS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN.

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  209. Anonymous says:

    What about Eritrea? Any idea how many tourists visit annually?

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  211. Anonymous says:

    I'm just wondering – are you Norwegian?
    I'm Norwegian, and you're name sounds Scandinavian, haha
    Tho I must say I envy you:( I want to visit all the countries too, but (as a minor) it seems pretty impossible

  212. sarah malik says:

    I'm a muslim woman (19 years of age) hijab is really a pre-choice for me,I live in AD capital city UAE ( Middle East),it's 2 hrs (approxiamtly)away from Dubai,a city that is said to be one of the safest places in the world.And I can sware by it!Considering how I've NEVER heard a gun shot in my life nor did i see a dead person…

    Point is that i live in a very secular environment and I have free will so long as i dont do anything that is immoral or shameful.I've known life without hijab.Wearing it was initially my choice! Until today I cant imagine life without it,it's like part of my flesh.
    Let me display to you the different kinds;
    I have loads of friends who wear hijab willingly,some on&off,some for the wrong reasons,some dont bother and say they set a period in the future that they'll start,some have no choice(rarely do i hear about it only on tv,you know like strick muslim households),and some Intentionally wear it even if their mother doesn't!!*shocker*

    I do agree on ONE thing you said about us being beautiful beings Allah s.w.t told us time & time again that we are and the veil is only a sheild.Let me tell you this;in reality all the beautiful things in life are covered up. From the pearls in their shells, to the jewellery in their safe, even to the Queens in their castles. See, Beautiful things need to be protected not put out on display for the whole world to touch and see,this devalues their true price. This was the way of our Mary (pbuh) and this is the way we enjoy women follow.

    Also we dont have to follow trend,spend money on color-coordinated outfits also think about all time wasted ruminating before an important hang-out.(I also wear Abaya) 😀 *proud*

    If only you knew how I feel as a Muslima.I feel honored and elevated,and for one I wish non-muslim woman could share the same gift I have.Because when I see another women strutting her 'booty' or whatever,wearing reveling clothes and being an exhibitionist that only degrades us women and most of them are unhappy and depressed.Their sense-of-style is determined by some man with dissolute desires and calls himself as a fashion expert who places them on runways for all to watch like they are animals scrutinized in a lap.It's a mans world you live in and who gets hurt?your women!they are treated like leftovers,from one man to another.They are as cheap as the drink you buy them in that night time club.You make them do what you want and leave them unconscious.They stay unmarried & most of which are undesirable (i say that bc society set standards for women in general)

    Now i'm not saying that all women(non-muslim)should adopt our teachings but why not dress like back in the 40's/80's ?.. oh thats right we cant because society now tells us its outdated so like a herd of sheeps we have to listen to them!no?'s the sheep mentality you got right there!
    Society today in your countries are corrupt,they tell you what to do as though you're owned by them.Whats accepted today would never have been accepted in the past!it just keeps getting worse… and now i see why you look at us as the oppressed and the ones stuck in old ages.You know my friend before you say ''poor women'' make sure you know who exactly is suffering Us or you!

    anyways; I'm not here to offend anyone,I'm just telling you how I see things in my point of view!

  213. sarah malik says:

    OHHH My!! Never realized how long this would be,it didn't even take that long to type it!Haha.I promise.

    Anyways,I can see how this can come off a bit harsh.Ok maybe a bit more than a 'bit',but you should know that i'm coming from a good place and I'm tired of Muslim men having to speak on our behalf!like we dont have a voice or as though we are looked up in dungeons faraway from where the sun shines.I can take the whole they are 'oppressed' thing because lets be honest,in the west where racism is still a major problem,we dont exactly see you people as the 'open-minded'.I mean come on you have to admit that one.I keep an open eye in most countries especially Britain&America.I mean i dont follow the news just the ground breaking one.Y'know as a form of entertainment!The Propaganda is just impresses me how untouched with reality they can be(not just the Fox news outlet) lol

    Ok now I got to run.nice having a semi-dialogue with you folks!

    Bye! 🙂 🙂

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  218. Anonymous says:

    How did you ger the visa for Equatorial Guinea? I had a ticket to it last year but I was told to go to their embassy in Brussels for a interview to get it, didnt make it. On your list I have been both to Sao tome & Principe and Guinea Bissau, loved both.

  219. Anonymous says:

    I had to count how many countries I had visited & depending on if they are counted as countries or not its 54-58. Kyrgyzstan & Armenia is coming up soon. Happy when you graded Kyrgyzstan on your top-10 list. Its so indivudual though so I might hate it. My top-10 so far is 1.Sao tome & Principe. 2.Colombia. 3.Guinea Bissau (Eletricity is for chickens, when you take a pee at night a crocodile might eat you, exciting though). 4.French Guyana. 5.Benin. 6. Israel (Best breakfasts). 7.Venezuela (For the women). 8.Portugal. 9.South Africa. 10.Sweden

  220. Ryan says:

    Similar to a couple of commenters above, I also think Moldova should be on this list. According to UNWTO ( and Index Mundi (, Moldova has between 10,800 and 11,000 tourists per year.

    Also, according to the same sources, I think that St. Vincent & the Grenadines has slightly fewer tourists than Dominica. However, if Moldova is added, then the St. V & the Grenadines vs. Dominica battle won't matter for a list of 25.

    (Oh… and yes, I'm semi-obsessed with this list)

  221. Jonny Blair says:

    Nice post Gunnar. I've been to a few of these places and planning to do them all at some point. In terms of the country debates, we all have our own opinion on that and personally I'm all about separate countries. I class Hong Kong, Macau, Palestine, Somaliland, Aruba, Antarctica, Gibraltar etc. all as countries and dont care if theyre official or not. We don't have to go by the UN rules all the time. The traveller's century club is a better list though it too has flaws. Safe travels. Jonny

  222. Anonymous says:

    Well If your my sister and one of these "male onlookers" actually approaches you and speaks then I must kill him.
    Honor is important. Mixing of the sexes is not. Approach the proper way or face the family.
    As a Texan that is my understanding of the reason.

    sorry for the Anonymous post I don't have an account in any of the listed options, SuperChuck_A11

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  224. ScabbedSaint says:

    Hi Gunnar,
    Your info on Mauritania is inaccurate I am afraid.
    Credit card works, however only visa was valid when I visited in 2011.
    You have 2 ATMs in Nouadhibou and several more in Nouakchott.
    However out in the desert and the small towns there are no ATMs available.

    I am heading on a longer trip through central Africa starting in November and will cross off a few of the countries on this list.

  225. Anonymous says:

    Dear Gunnar Garfors,
    I am from India. I loved this article like any thing. Really I have become your fan sort of. I would really like to visit all 25 mentioned countries some day. Just for the curiosity – you never mentioned anything about India. What rank would you give India?

    Thanks a lot for the article. Love each and every sentence of it.
    Good luck and happy journey

  226. Wooow …What a beautiful world.
    Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.

    Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. Within a mere area of 65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline – much of it pristine beach – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.

    This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

  227. emily.bronte says:

    best part of this post is to stay in a tent overnight near the flames. They make a comforting sound.


  228. Steve Paul says:

    Well this is the finest post i had ever seen! you describe all that in a unique way!
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  229. emily.bronte says:

    best part of this post is a coral surrounded by coral reefs. The diving and snorkeling is great! And there's even a choice of airline to get here

  230. emily.bronte says:

    best part of this post is to mind you and each other. Sometimes they will still need to use the facilities, so if you are lucky you may get to exchange some extra information.

  231. Anonymous says:

    I just want to say again (but this time fully exactly) as comments from people under the site and under other articles of the Bulgarian language and of other Bulgarian women wear the title Miss Bulgaria as comments from people (of the sites and and I learned many interesting facts for Bulgaria and the world.

  232. Anonymous says:

    Well, it should be a choice, don't you think? In a lot of muslim countries it is not a choice, so therefore it isn't free will. How can you choose to do/wear something if that is your only option? Do you really think that the women here will tell you they don't like it? Not likely. And even so…if you've been told your entire life that it's wrong not to wear it, why would you dislike wearing it?

  233. Anonymous says:

    @sarah malik You say you're being misjudged, but are you sure you're not mispresenting the image the non-muslim women too? In modern societies (I'm talking about non-muslim societies here) there are less differences between men and women than in your society. True, there is still inequality in certain areas, but women have a right to choose, vote, get a job and educate themselves and decide what they want to do in their lives, while in muslim societies (in a lot of the countries) they have a lot less rights than men. Now, as a non-religious young woman, who lives in Europe, I don't think I'm viewed as an object. I don't think that sexuality is something to be ashamed of. Is something that should be respected, sure. But sexuality doesn't necessarily mean cheap or tasteless. We dress the way we want to. It's not necessarily mandated by society, although it does affect it, sure. But I think my society is growing more and more patient and accepting. To all kinds of people of different nationality, race, sexuality…There are still loads of things that are corrupt, yes. But I think it's improving. So really, I don't think you should judge us either. We aren't sheep, we have a right to choose in every aspect of our lives. And that is an important thing.

  234. ashu says:

    Great Post Garfors… You really moved me…
    Wish to travel with you someday!!!

  235. Respected Journalist
    How are You?Congraulations on Visiting all the 198 countries of the world(I count it as 201 Countries),you have visited Vatican City,is it safe to visit Vatican City,or is it highly dangerous because that country has the worst Crime Rate in the world,with 1.5 Crime Rate Structure Per Citizen.I thought of Visiting,but seeing all the High-Profile Stuff it has Wrong Reasons,i thought that Just leave it.

    Please give your opinion by replying

  236. Gunnar, our blog is at http;// Watch our track (there's a map on the home page) and come visit when you're in the neighborhood! We will probably float around SE Asia most of the next year, then cross the Indian Ocean. I've got Sao Tome and Principe tagged on the map now!

  237. Amanda says:

    Are you a member of ALPCA, the automobile license plate collectors association? If not, check it out; it is the perfect place for plate collectors. I myself am a member.

  238. emily.bronte says:

    best part of this post is home for a meal. Not to be forgotten are the breathtaking ruin
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  239. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mr. Garfors,

    What an amazing article! I just wanted to ask if it will be clever to travel to Turkmenistan in summer (because of the temperature). Also, is it possible to buy a guide to Turkmenistan (Lonely Planet or something like this? Thank you very much!

  240. I like these all or think to spend my vacation to select one of them..Thank you to the sharing…Interesting post or also you did a nice work on this post..So please being with us or share interesting post or also share in which much more that are helpful for me..!!

  241. Ashish Yadav says:

    i am interested in visiting north korea

  242. Matthew S says:

    Interesting and amusing article.
    It amazing that you were able to visit so many different countries.
    What did you think of visiting Luxembourg?
    I lived there from 2001-2009.

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  244. Anonymous says:

    You forgot many small remote island countries which are not served by air service, and therefore do not have many tourists – such as St.Helena, Tristan Da Cunha & Pitcairn Islands. Also countries that have very strict entry permits (due to having a military presence) – such as Ascension Island, and Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory. You mentioned Nauru, but there are also many other small island nations in the Pacific that I am sure have very few tourists – such as Niue, Tokelau, Aitutaki, Penrhyn, Cook Islands, and Wallis et Futuna. Then what about the Antarctica region with small places such as Gough Island (population 6), Falkland Islands, "South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands" and "Terres Australes et Antarctiques Francaises" ?

  245. tamlud says:

    Hi i am pleased to see someone travelling as i have been doing. my topics are about the rare and unseen things around this globe. I am an artist and interested in adventure of exploring this planet and make art out of what i find and the book of unusual situations on the journey. I want to get connected with someone who is interested to create something out of this as an lifestyle worth living for. there is so much around this globe unseen and rare for the world to know. keep on your interesting journey, and thanks for what you have done. . my facebook name is michael faun nimbus

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  247. I am seeing this list on the last day of 2013, whereas it was published in first of few days.
    was surprised that how couldnt i noticed this.
    Surely this is the best way of helping them who always wanted to go daring…
    Many thanks for this and congratulations , hope that by the time i am posting this comment, you must have added more numbers to your count.

  248. Lynn Robbins says:

    Both country's are best and beautiful for visit. I glade to know about Tonga. Tonga, formally the dominion of Tonga, could be a Polynesian sovereign state and ground comprising 176 islands with a area of concerning 750 sq. kilometres scattered over 700,000 sq. kilometres

  249. Anonymous says:

    How are you offsetting your carbon?

  250. Anonymous says:

    This is really coo!. I haven't even been outside the United States yet but I was curious about some of the middle eastern countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. What was it like getting there and what was the culture like? Also, what is the worst international flight you've been on?

  251. Anonymous says:

    I've been to Equatorial Guinea. It is one weird place. Like much of Africa, the biggest danger to the people are the people supposedly there to protect them: the police and army who are little more than armed gangs of thugs.

  252. You can also head to Bhutan if you have an invitation from a resident. It's pretty hard to get though as you need to know them personally (and as such they must've left the country for a period of time) of 2 years I believe.

  253. John Court says:

    What About cocos island?

  254. Hi Gunnar, I just read a report from the Moldovan tourist department, and they operate with the number 9,000 visitors in 2010. Why UN statistics say 75,000 I don't know.

  255. Anonymous says:

    Hallo Gunnar….I thought that I would find Niger on your list, have proudly visited this country on an Sahara-crossing trip (with a group)…a few years ago. It is not a tourist magnet……Hmmmmmmm..skal Google landet for aa se hvor mange turister de har. Hilsen Borghild..

  256. Anonymous says:

    Don't even try to put Africa in this. You guys need to talk about America It is to boring. To much kidnapping. and Children here do not have training or respect for elders. This is an unnecessary website. God is very disappointed. Useless. Sierra Leone Forever.

  257. Anonymous says:

    I've heard that Saudi Arabia has closed its doors to tourists and doesn't give out any more tourist visas. New country on the list!

  258. David Paul says:

    Good work dear! Your blog is very informative. You are right these countries are very least visited countries in the world. I think many people must be totally unknown about some of these counties.
    Waterfalls beaches and island always attract me. Now after reading this blog I with visit Solomon Islands because it sounds cool. Let me know what time will be best to visit this country? I want to go there after my usa east coast tours.

  259. Edgar says:

    Thank you for sharing me about "The 25 Least Visited Countries in the World". I like this post so much.

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  263. jonesh says:

    You are cool Gunnar Garfors. When did u visit nepal ? i want to know about your visit to nepal and the experience you had here…wish I could b along with u in your travels….Im Jus a fan of yours…You are great …God Bless You

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  276. Denisse Jana says:

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