Japan is a country where precision meets tradition. Japan's insular character has allowed it to develop a very unique, intricate culture with an emphasis on inner balance, tranquility and natural beauty.
Popular destinations: Tokyo, Osaka and Iya Valley
France's joie de vivre is exhibited by world-famous gastronomy, long coastlines, massive mountain ranges, picturesque villages and farmland vistas, and great philosophers, writers and artists.
Popular destinations: Paris, Marseille and Lyon
Ukraine pleases with never-ending astonishing sights, along with lower prices than just about anywhere else in the world. Ukraine is a better value than even India or Thailand, and has fewer tourists. What more could one ask for?
Popular destinations: Kiev, Lviv and Kharkiv
Twice the size of France, and with a diversity of landscapes and cultures that would be hard to find even in countries five times its size, Colombia should by all rights be one of the world's top travel destinations.
Popular destinations: Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena
Peru is without a doubt one of the most captivating countries in South America. Famously home of the epic lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru's unique past awakens the adventurer in travelers of all sorts.
Popular destinations: Lima, Cuzco and Iquitos
Nepal is a friendly and serene country where stunning hills and mountains seeming rise out of the ground as if they were weightless. Nepal contains 8 of the world 10 highest peaks.
Popular destinations: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Patan
Europe's well preserved cultural heritage, open borders and efficient infrastructure make visiting a breeze, and you'll rarely have to travel more than a few hours before you can immerse yourself in a new culture.
Popular destinations: Paris, Rome and Madrid
Asia is home to the majority of humanity, lively cities, sublime landscapes and almost endless options. Asia varies from the mega-cities and technology capitals of East Asia to the magnificent monuments in South Asia, and from the beach bungalows and jungle treks of Southeast Asia to the desert ruins and modern mega-malls of the Middle East.
Popular destinations: Tokyo, Mumbai and Hong Kong
Africa abounds with bustling metropolises, diverse people, and amazingly varied and beautiful landscapes. Africa is home to over 50 countries, more than any other continent in the world, and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population.
Popular destinations: Cairo, Marrakech and Cape Town
Ruins of ancient civilizations share South America with world-class metropolises, outstanding architecture, many of the world's biggest festivities, and genuine indigenous culture mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers.
Popular destinations: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
Oceania is a vast, arbitrarily defined expanse of the world where the Pacific Ocean – rather than land borders – connects the nations. It is home to glistening white beaches, coconut palms swaying in the breeze, beautiful coral reefs, and rugged volcanic islands rising out of the blue ocean.
Popular destinations: Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland
Choose the road less travelled. And remember that the best places to visit are not in the guide.