8 Countries You Might Not Have Heard of But Should Visit ASAP

Benin: A West African nation with a complex history, known for monuments like the Route d'Esclaves and contemporary art at Fondation Zinsou.

Brunei: A tiny Southeast Asian country on Borneo, featuring beautiful Islamic architecture, the world's largest floating fishing village, and Ulu Temburong National Park.

Comoros: A volcanic archipelago off Africa's east coast, offering beaches, jungles, and the capital city of Moroni on Grande Comore Island.

Cook Islands: South Pacific paradise with coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, and impressive mountainous hikes on Rarotonga.

Dominica: Lesser-visited Caribbean nation, an active volcanic island with the world's second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake, and lush rainforests.

Eswatini: Formerly Swaziland, a landlocked kingdom between South Africa and Mozambique, known for nature reserves, national parks, and Sibebe Rock.

Federated States of Micronesia: A Pacific country of 600 islands, lush forests, mangrove and cloud forests, and colonial-era ruins.

Gabon: Central Africa's west coast eco-travel destination, with over 10% of its land protected as national parks, offering untouched nature from beaches to rainforests.