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The 16 Least Visited Countries In The World

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1. Palau (119,000)
To be honest with you,  I had never even heard of Palau before researching for this post. Apparently, Palau is a dream-come-true for avid scuba divers and adventure seekers.
Palau is a dream-come-true for avid scuba divers and adventure seekers. Source image: here
 
2. Mongolia (476,000)
The far away land of Mongolia is a place of blooming wilderness, mountains, wild horses, authentic culture, and incredible landscapes.
The far away land of Mongolia is a place of blooming wilderness, mountains, wild horses, authentic culture, and incredible landscapes.  Image source: here
 
3. The Faeroe Islands (no report)
Is there a more picturesque landscape than that of the Faeroe Islands? Welcome to another world!
Is there a more picturesque landscape than that of the Faeroe Islands? Welcome to another world! Image source: here
 
4. Macedonia (351,000)
Despite the growing number of tourists, Macedonia is still a relatively undiscovered place to travel to. If you like to explore locations that are off the beaten path, Macedonia is a perfect country for you to visit.
Despite the growing number of tourists, Macedonia is still a relatively undiscovered place to travel to. If you like to explore locations that are off the beaten path, Macedonia is a perfect country for you to visit. Image source: here
 
5. Liechtenstein (54,000)
Liechtenstein is one of the smallest, richest and most beautiful countries on our little big planet. Nevertheless, it is also one of the least visited countries in Europe. The reason? Liechtenstein doesn’t have an airport so getting there is a pain in the ass.
Gorgeous landscapes of Liechtenstein! Image source: here
 
6. Moldova (11, 000)
Even though Moldova has became a more popular destination during the last decade, it is usually still at the bottom of people’s bucket lists. High prices and low quality of service in Moldova scare off a lot of potential tourists. The country, however, is a great place to travel to. It has a rich history of wine making, fantastic ancient castles and fortresses, and the nature there is just breathtakingly beautiful!
Nature in Moldova is breathtakingly beautiful! Image source: here
 
7. Greenland (no report)
Greenland is seriously underestimated as a travel destination. Perhaps, it is too far away for an ordinary traveller’s taste, but, for a true adventurer, visiting Greenland is a must. This country offers unique experiences, such as sailing among icebergs, dog sledding, ice cap trekking, wildlife spotting, whale watching, hiking, and visiting the Norse ruins… Greenland is IT.
Greenland is seriously underestimated as a travel destination. Perhaps, it is too far away for an ordinary traveller’s taste, but, for a true adventurer,  visiting Greenland is a must. This country offers unique experiences, such as sailing among icebergs, dog sledding, ice cap trekking, wildlife spotting, whale watching, hiking, and visiting the Norse ruins… Greenland is IT. Image source: here
 
8. Madagascar (256,000)
Despite beautiful endemic wildlife, spectacular beaches, and astounding biodiversity, the Madagascar travel industry isn’t even close to reaching its full potential. The government is working extremely hard to promote tourism in Madagascar, where 70% of the population still lives in poverty.
Despite beautiful endemic wildlife, spectacular beaches, and astounding biodiversity, the Madagascar travel industry isn’t even close to reaching its full potential. The government is working extremely hard to promote tourism in Madagascar, where 70% of the population still lives in poverty. Image source: here
 
9. Monaco (292,000)
Are you surprised to hear that Monaco is one of the least visited countries in the world? I was, too! But the thing about Monaco is that, being the world’s most densely populated country, it simply cannot fit a lot of tourists into it. Plus, Monaco isn’t really notable for its spectacular nature spots – it is, instead, a huge resort where you marvel at luxurious yachts, whilst wearing Prada sunglasses and elegant outfits, and driving a rented Lamborghini along the coast… Not exactly a place for backpackers.
Yacht Show in Monaco Image source: here
 
10. St. Vincent and the Grenadines (74,000)
Also simply known as St. Vincent, the whole country is made up of just one island, which is only 389 square km in size. But the beautiful beach landscapes of St. Vincent are, nevertheless, quite easily recognisable – this is where The Pirates of the Caribbean film series was shot.
1	St. Vincent and the Grenadines Image source: here
 
11. Bhutan (105,000)
In 1974, there were only 287 tourists who visited Bhutan. In some 40 years, the number of people travelling to the country has increased by 36, 585%. Yes, you heard it right – 36, 585%. Nevertheless, Bhutan is still considered to be one of the most well-hidden gems in Asia.
Gorgeous Bhutan, one of the most well-hidden gems in Asia. Image source: here
 
12. Belarus (119,000)
Even though The Republic of Belarus is situated in the very centre of Europe, it is one of the least visited countries on the continent. Why? Because the urban image of Belarusian cities is still pretty much stuck in the last century, and not in a good way. Belarus is basically an advanced-looking version of the Soviet Union. The streets are clean and broad, the buildings are neat and white, and, even though there are sprinkles of western influences here and there, like McDonalds or famous brand shops, you feel like you have travelled back in time to Stalinist Russia.
Mink in Belarus --- so post-Soviet! Image source: here
 
13. Kiribati (4,900)
Kiribati, a small island nation in Oceania, is literally in the middle of nowhere. It is hard to reach for a common traveller, which, maybe, is a good thing because the place has retained its peacefulness and tranquility. Kiribati has also got some of the world’s most upscale fishing destinations.
Kiribati Image source: here
 
14. The Solomon Islands (24,000)
If you’ve been looking for the paradise lost, you’ve finally found it. The Solomon Islands is a hidden retreat for beach-lovers who are looking for blue, peace and tranquility.
If you've been looking for the paradise lost, you've finally found it. The Solomon Islands is a hidden retreat for beach-lovers who are looking for blue, peace and tranquility. Image source: here
 
15. Tajikistan (244,000)
Tajikistan is always a good idea. That’s what Audrey Hepburn could have said. But she didn’t because Tajikistan is a real godforsaken corner that the people of the modern world hardly hear of on a daily basis. For those roaming further afield, Tajikistan is a godsend.
Beautiful Tajikistan Image source: here
 
16. The Marshall Islands (4,600)
The Marshall Islands is officially the least visited country in the whole world. The extreme remoteness and the lack of connection with the rest of the world are the two main reasons why the Islands are so unpopular among tourists. But if you want to travel to discover solitude, The Marshall Islands is the right destination for you.
The Marshall Islands is officially the least visited country in the whole world. The extreme remoteness and the lack of connection with the rest of the world are the two main reasons why the Islands are so unpopular among tourists. But if you want to travel to discover solitude, The Marshall Islands is the right destination for you. Image source: here
 
Over to you! Have you traveled to any of these least visited countries? Shoot a comment!
 
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  • wow, cool list! I always dreamed of traveling to Madagascar, ever since I have seen the cartoon. haha
    And all those pacific islands, just amazing! I have a friend who traveled it all by his boat and his photos are incredible! :)

    • I’m slightly jealous of your friend! :)

    • Yvonne

      I am now living in Madagascar since October. I am living and working on a hospital ship where we do free surgery for those in need. The people and the land are both beautiful and so pleasant. Living here is a great dream and priviledge.

  • Sadly, haven’t been to any of these but after this I’m dying to visit Faroe Islands, Monaco and the Grenadines! Great list!

    • I haven’t been to any of these either, and I would love to go to Greenland and the Faroe Islands, too! They look like my type of places.

  • Oh, I have been to Monaco hahahaha What a curious list! I didn’t even knew some of those countries existed, but it was definitely an interesting read. With love,
    Vera

    http://theflashwindow.weebly.com/

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Vera, thanks for reading! :)

  • The only one I’ve visited is Monaco, and you just about summed it up. I really wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re looking for a sugar daddy!

    And, LOL, I thought you were going to mention countries like Eritrea or Libya when I read your title!!!!

    • My blog posts are full of pleasant surprises, haha :D

  • I’m curious as to the official stats you pulled this information from, as I’ve seen numbers indicating lower tourism arrivals in other countries versus some of the ones you’ve shared here as the “least visited”.

    • Hey, Erin, thanks for reading my blog :)
      Good question! I took the stats from the table provided by The World Bank (International Tourism). I should have included the link inside the post, really – will do it later!
      I don’t think you can ever find the same information about the number of tourists everywhere on the web because all the organizations have different calculation methods, so there’s always going to be some inaccuracy in data. But I believe that The World Bank is quite a reliable source. Even though, of course, the last time they did any report on tourism rates was in 2012 (which explains why the stats you saw were a bit different from those I cited).

  • Guyana, Suriname, and French Guinea all have way less tourism than Mongolia. I would also venture to guess that Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal also do not get over 476,000 tourists per year. I guess this is not a definitive list. The title is misleading. It should have been called 16 lesser visited countries that i feel like writing about.

    • hahaha, well, sorry for disappointing you, Ted! :D
      The countries you mentioned are indeed less visited than Mongolia (why do people always compare everything with Mongolia? lol), but I found it a bit boring to write about the countries that everyone already knows are the least visited ones.
      Those I mentioned (even though are more traveled-to than the countries you mentioned, I don’t deny it) were at least a surprising and an unexpected read, and people learned something new from it. Which I think doesn’t defeat the purpose of my travel blog and still doesn’t contradict the title I chose.
      Have a great day!

      • well Mauritania, Niger, Chad could come on that list then… no one really know much about it. And not much tourism also. :) hug all the way from Morocco.

  • What about Ester Island? But maybe you count that as part of Chile, or Raratonga (Cook Islands), or Turmenistan?

    I am thrilled with your list as you have 10 I have not visited – yet.

    Thank you!

    • They, are, absolutely, also on the bottom of the World’s Top Destination list, too, but I just couldn’t include them all! I tried to put some less-obvious examples. :)

  • Awesome list! Now I want to visit all of these places– some of them are already on my bucket list :)

    • Glad you found it interesting!

  • Wonderful list of places, I would like to visit all. Only been to one.

    • I haven’t been to any :)

  • Olga, this is really very nice information. People generally tend to visit popular places, but the information about the least known countries will inspire many visit these nice places.

    I would like to mention here about Bhutan, it is seen as source of all life and the abode of the gods and sprits. Some of the worth seeing places in Bhutan are Thimpu, Paro, Bumthang, Punakha. Visit the Thimpu during Sept or Oct to enjoy Cham Dance, it is really awesome and memorable even.

  • Nice list! Would love to visit Faeroe Islands!

    PS. Is it just or the Kiribati photo looks (very) similar to Maya Bay in Thailand? Especially the outline of limestone rocks in the background. ;)

    • Maybe! You are the second reader pointing that out, so I guess my source failed me! I will change the picture, then! Thanks for commenting, Mark :)

  • The photo you included of Kiribati is of Thailand, isn’t it? There’s a Thai flag on the longtail. Looks like Maya Bay.

  • Cool list! I had the chance to visit Mongolia back in 2009, but got distracted by my girlfriend and ended up doing a more crowded, touristy beach area. Regrets!

    Really dig the layout of your site and the theme of the article. Keep it up! :)

  • Hi! I have been to the Faroe Island – great place, the weather is unpredictable or very predictable: it will change :-). I have been twice to Monaco and love the parks and the castle. I have been to Madagascar four times and love the island! There is so much to be happy and sad about there. The people are very friendly :-) Kirsten

  • Well yeah,

    We have been in 2 of these countries.

    We’ve driven trough Monaco with our camper-van… It took us 45 minutes driving pretty much every road in the whole country.

    And Macedonia was a huge bummer… we left sooner than we planned. But we’ve been there :p

    Mongolia and Madagascar are definitely on the to do list. and because these are all countries starting with a M we’ll throw in Tajikistan as well :)

    Cheers!

  • hmmm…The picture that you posted on Kiribati is actually one of the most touristy places in the world and that’s Maya bay in Thailand, the famous beach from the movie of the same title.

    As for Liechtenstein, It isn’t a problem of getting there it just happens to be next to Austria and Switzerland that attract all tourists and it’s simply ommited. I ‘ve heard it is pretty boring too, although I would love to check out if that is really true.

    • Yeah, my mistake. I changed the picture already.

  • Elin @tasteofslow

    Cool list! I´ve been visiting Macedonia and Mongolia on my epic roadtrip from Norway to Mongolia a few years ago. I would love to spend some more time in Mongolia!

    • Glad you enjoyed the list!
      I haven’t been to any of the countries from my own list (ironically), but I’d love to go to Mongolia too – heard so much about it, actually!

  • Nice post, you’ve got me thinking about my next travel plans! I’d love to explore every country on that list.

  • I’ve been to Monaco! it’s very pretty but agree that it’s not for backpackers. There are really nice gardens and cafes even if you are not uber-wealthy.

  • i live in the marshalls

  • Tim

    Love this list and makes me realize just how many corners of the world can be explored even when you think you have seen a lot.

  • Phil

    Three times to Belarus; once to Moldova. Your assumptions on each is pretty close. Belarus is stuck in the 1970’s, Mpldova in the 1950’s.

  • Thanks for sharing — I’ve been to Mongolia three times — back in 2000, when there was really only western-style hotel; have returned in both 2013 and 2014 to teach political leadership skills. It’s a magnificent place where herds of horses, sheep and goats have the right of way when you’re driving outside of Ulaanbaator.

    I visited that hidden gem of Moldova in October and thought the vineyards were divine and the prices were inexpensive. Returning there in March — again for public leadership skill building.

    Thanks for such a grand list. Cheers – -and happy travels (and I’ve been to Russia ten times)

  • For what it’s worth, here are the actual bottom 16, in reverse order, according to the World Bank’s 2012 figures (link: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/ST.INT.ARVL?order=wbapi_data_value_2012+wbapi_data_value+wbapi_data_value-last&sort=asc)

    Grenada (116,000)
    New Caledonia (112,000)
    Vanuatu (108,000)
    Bhutan (105,000)
    St. Kitts & Nevis (104,000)
    Dominica (79,000)
    St. Vincent & the Grenadines (74,000)
    Sierra Leone (60,000)
    Timor Leste (58,000)
    Liechtenstein (54,000)
    Tonga (49,000)
    Solomon Islands (24,000)
    American Samoa (21,600)
    Moldova (11,000)
    Kiribati (4,900)
    Marshall Islands (4,600)

    Interesting that three of them are in the Caribbean, which one might generally expect to be a pretty well visited part of the world.

  • I liked the list a lot, thank you for making it!
    have been to only one so far (Moldova), but many more to go for sure! :)

  • Hi Olga – this is a great list. Gunnar Garfors has a similar one on his site. It’s nice to see Faroe Islands included here as a country as some don’t class it as such but I believe it is. I’m heading there later this year. I’ve been to 5 so far and hope to eventually see them all. Safe travels. Jonny

  • What a great list! I haven’t even heard of a couple of those countries. I would love to visit any of these!

  • We have been to two Mongolia and Belarus and Ron has also been to Solomon Islands so not bad I think :-) May get to a few more this year

  • I would love to have a little vacay on the Marshall Islands. Travel there would be a bitch, but something tells me it would be so, so worth it.

  • Susan Laskowska Mason

    Yeah.
    That’s what I’m gonna do I think. I have some friends in Krasnodar that own a freight company. I’m gonna climb into one of their helicopters and go hiking in maybe Northern China

  • I’ve been to Liechtenstein!

  • stefan smith

    i highly recommend Macedonia! easy to get to in the balkans, with spectacular mountains, the most beautiful lake in europe, and great local food and drinks. very sunny, inexpensive, and plenty of cheap places to stay for the budget traveler.

  • Nia

    I’ve been to Falkland Island. When I went there, there’s literally 11 tourist that even the locals can identify each of us. :D its near antartic, and they dont have international airport or anything. But the great experience is going near antartic on a ferry and see whale and penguins swimming in the night where the moon looks bigger than usual it was literally magical. :) highly recommended for those who want to conclude their around the world trip with antartica.

  • I have been to Monaco, mostly because Im french, so it is kind of convenient, but I dream of going to these other places!

  • I have visited 5: Palau, The Faroe Islands, Moldova, Greenland and Madagascar.
    Madagascar is my all-time favourite so I have already travelled there twice :-)
    I wonder where Micronesia is on the list? I don’t think many people travel there.

    On our Facebook-page my boyfriend and I post a travel photo every day. Everyone is welcome to hit like :-)
    https://www.facebook.com/annemarieograsmus?ref=hl

  • Great list! I’ve only visited Mongolia and Belarus from the list but eould love to go to, well, all of them :)

  • Jerome

    Been to Macedonia, had to Google the name just to find out where it was. Living at the complete other side of the planet, it took me 3 international flights, one bus and one train trip just to get there. Even visiting another country as well just to pick up a visa to visit Macedonia. I spent a month there, and plan to visit again, it was worth it. Maybe it is not that touristy, but backpacking the smaller remote villages enabled me to experience a complete new culture and friendly hospitality.

  • Gregg McCroskey

    Palau is a great place even out of the water. There is a friendly, upbeat tempo to daily life. I was fortunate to live there for a few years in the 90’s and would go back. I also did my scuba certifications at Carp Is which has made diving in some other places less exciting. They have wonderful open markets that are totally local foods. One of the best markets is at Yano’s. Night life is great to learn to cha cha and jitterbug to fit in.

  • Katie Watson

    Great read! I have beem to Greenland ans adore it!

  • Leovigildo Manalo

    Greenland is not a country. It is a part of Denmark.

    • Greenland is considered to be an autonomous country, actually.

  • I spent seven weeks in Mongolia doing a summer teaching program. I was mostly in Ulaan Bataar, but got to go out and see quite a bit of the countryside on the weekends. Such an enchanting place!

  • Conie Kristensen

    Olga, Greenland is an autonomous PART of Denmark, not a country.
    Denmark officially acknowledged the inuits as a people in their own right in 2009 and this is the first nescessary step towards becoming a country.
    The government in Greenland still rulles within the Lines set up for the official State of Denmark.

    • Oh, okay! Didn’t know that!

    • I didn’t know that either!! Fascinating! =)

  • Daniel

    Liechtenstein-you can probably see it in one afternoon….
    Moldova-Fell in love with this place, it has a good feel to it and very beautiful and clean
    Monaco-you can see it in a day, very expensive to stay in so it makes since to stay in nearby Nice, France
    Madagascar-Loved it so much, they have everything here!!!! All kinds of terrains and great food that is very simple but tasty. I was on a Lemur sightseeing trip
    Belarus-surprisingly very clean but visas sometimes make it a pain in the ass to get in here
    Macedonia-To date my favorite country in Europe. I fell in love with this place, the people, the food and just the relaxation, I would go back a million times in a heartbeat

  • a Moldvaian

    Moldova does not have high prices, I donțt know where you made your research but that’s wrong, just wrong, prices in Moldova are among the lowest in the world!

    • Daniel

      if you were referring to my comment, I never said anything about Moldova having high prices

  • Melody

    We adopted our daughter from the Marshall Islands and lived there for over a month. It’s actually not that hard to get to. There are flights from Hawaii 3 times a week. It is gorgeous and should be added to everyone’s ‘bucket list.’

    • t.l. smith-moore

      I lived on Kwajalein which is in the Marshall Islands, the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I was there with my parents and attended High School 72-74 and graduated 74 and had to leave that May. I was never so sad that day.I don’t know about the regulations now but when I was there it was restricted to as needed personnel and some were allowed their families. A time I will always treasure and it should be on everyones list of places to visit,

      • john d

        No one likes micronesians thats why its the least visited. Even micros wanna leave micronesia

        • That sounds a bit racist! haha

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina!!! It is a beautiful country with very very very few tourists (possibly because many Americans still think there is a war going on…). I studied abroad here in 2012, and I’m back now in Banja Luka on a Fulbright teaching scholarship. If you ever find yourself in the area (between now and June), I have an extra bedroom!!
    I have a couple of friends teaching in Macedonia and Moldova… I think the Balkans are, overall, very under-appreciated by the travel community! =)

    • I’m going to be travelling Europe again at the end of the year and am hoping to visit Bosnia! Macedonia is also on the list :)

  • I’ve been to five…and want to go to all the others….My husband’s been to six. Fun! Love this post!

  • How is Leichtenstein on that list? Every person I know who’s been on a bus tour of Europe stopped in Leichtenstein, at least for the afternoon!

  • Actually I don’t believe a lot of this list. There’s no way places like Monaco and Macedonia have fewer tourists than, say, Iraq, the Congo or the Central African Republic. Unless the figures include military…

  • I’ve been to 12 of them.

    I do little videos in each. No scamming, no spam, no cost… Here… http://www.andrewmacleod.com.au/Pages/indextrav.html

  • Thanks for the interesting list, Olga! I thought for sure North Korea must have been the least visited place in the world and I am actually surprised it does’t show up at all. But to answer your question, I have actually been only to two countries out of this list, Mongolia and Monaco… :)

  • Barry

    I was born on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands! I am intrigued that it is at the bottom.

    • Wow! You’re unique!!

  • Sam Tuli

    Definitely a good list. …
    Been to lichtenstein. Nuts. Live next to Bhutan. …
    And hey…. India is pretty amazing too……

  • Sam Tuli

    Definitely a good list. …
    Been to lichtenstein. Nuts. Live next to Bhutan. …
    And hey…. India is pretty amazing too……

  • The only problem: you are very wrong about the Marshall Islands. The population is 53,000. The Marshallese have some of the world’s most beautiful voices. It is also visited by divers of all kalends, including those who dive on Bikini Atoll. Fishing is fabulous and the Marshallese erople are among the world’s sweetest and most musical. Go to bison it!

    Patricia Luce Chapman

    • Mike

      Patricia are you Rosa and Steve’s Daughter? If so I know your Parents from Kwajalein!

  • That’s an interesting list. As with all similar lists, it is highly subjective and debatable. i am pretty sure that north korea, iraq, somalia, libya, central african republic, and nauru – to name but a few – have far less visitors than some countries on this list. but they probably don’t provide any tourist statistics at all. then – what do you think is a country? faroe islands and greenland are not.
    that said, i am a long way of visiting all countries of our planet, currently 17 countries to go. and yes, a few of those are on your list ;-) please see my website for pictures and accounts of my travels around the world. and – keep on enjoying your own travels!

  • Yvonne

    I am living in Madagascar since October and I am loving it. I am living and working on a hospital ship where we give free specialized surgery to those in need. The land the people are both beautiful and I am so happy to be here in this beautiful land.

  • Awesome way of seeing the world! would for love to go to countries you’ve mentioned . keep posting.

  • Kam

    I live in the Marshall Islands!

  • Stevie

    I have been to Kiribati! I love it there, and the people are amazing. Great list!

  • I lived in both Palau and the Marshall Islands before, so this list makes me very happy :) I love seeing these places mentioned as nobody has ever heard about them.

  • Mike

    I lived in the Marshall Islands for seven years and loved it. My oldest daughter and youngest son were born there (the others in between born in Georgia (USA Georgia). Olga did you know that USA tested atomic bombs in the Marshall Islands back in the late 40’s and 50’s? You can go scuba diving on warships sunk by atomic bomb blasts!

  • Mongolia and Bhutan have always been on my list, but now I’ve added Palau and it’s trending bigtime!

  • Interesting list. Based on population, I woudn’t be surprised if some of these were actually amongst the most visited!

  • Jamie Rowe

    Live in #16 and visited #13

  • Nigel Hywel-Jones

    A nice list, Olga. Of course I would love to visit all of them. Thanks to my work I have visited 22 countries and two of them are on your list. I spent 6 weeks in the Solomon Islands in 1986. Given that you are from a former Soviet Union country this may interest you. As my wife and I were leaving the Solomon Islands at the end of April we briefly saw the headline of the once a week newspaper. It said ‘nuclear cloud drifts across Europe’. We had to fly via Papua New Guinea to Singapore. Worried that the USA and the Soviet Union had finally unleashed their nuclear weapons we debated what to do. When we got to Singapore we got a newspaper and got the full details. I think I must be one of the few people who was relieved as I said: oh thank god for that. It was only a nuclear meltdown – Chernobyl, of course. And the second country? Bhutan. I have had the pleasure of working there since 2002 and lived there from 2009 until 2013. Australian television made a documentary of my work there. Look on youtube for ‘cordyceps’ ‘bhutan’ and ‘secret garden’.

    • Oh, wow, Nigel, that’s quite a story!
      Chernobyl is still a painful topic for a lot of people – mainly because nobody understood why the Soviet government tried to conceal the disaster, rather than facing it. So many lives could have been saved if authorities reacted properly!
       
      On the brighter side (if there is one), it could have been worse, as you said – nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union would have been a complete and utter catastrophe with way more damaging consequences!
       
      PS. It’s very exciting to hear that you’ve visited 22 countries because of your job! You’re very lucky to have a job like that :)

  • We’ve been to Monaco, Macedonia and Moldova and loved it. The lack of visitors always makes up with the kindness of the people. Lots of other from your list are also on our bucket list – hope we’ll visit them soon :)

  • jayanta

    i have been to Bhutan last year on my bike,the country is so clean n peacefull n the people are too good.it was n awesome experience to ride through the beautifull green country on it’s highest motorable road (abt 14500 ft). I’m planing to go there again on bike. R u interested to join me?

  • WTA

    Thank you for a great bucket list! I’ve been to Palau and the Marshall’s. 14 more to go!

    WTA

  • Olga, awesome list!

    That Monaco total visitor count can’t be right. Are they just counting people who stopover in Monaco?

    If you take a train along the Riviera or drive the highway closest to the coast, you travel through Monaco. The total must not be including these.

    In response to Bert Archer’s comment, St. Kitts & Nevis are probably less visited much because of the sheer expense of being there. The considerable volcanic activity on St. Vincent in recent years has probably significantly dampened its tourism.

  • I have been to 35 countries, but only one from this list, Lichtenstein. Apparently the weather in The Faeroe Islands is terrible. so I won`t be going there anytime soon. As a photographer, realistically, none of these places really call my attention. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have been to four of them, and this is a fun list.

  • Lydia

    great list, makes me want to visit them all! I have been to Central Mongolia last year, we traveled 5 days with a driver and guide. We were blown away by the landscape and the beautiful people! The only down side is the food, not great but I did not go for a culinair experience! We all loved it! (We were a group of 3 and arranged the trip on our own)

  • Russell

    St Vincent and the Grenadines is NOT just made up of one island, hence “and the Grenadines”, the Grenadines make up several inhabited and dozens of tiny uninhabited islands which are indeed part of the same country. I have spent all told over a year there with various visits.

  • What a beautiful list! Makes me want to visit them all. Ahhh there’s so much to see!

  • Ric

    Hi Olga:

    Interesting list…are you sure this is 100% correct? What about countries like N Korea, Somalia, Libya, East Timor, or Turkmenistan? Also, Greenland isn’t a country.

  • Been in Macedonia last year.

  • sher

    yeah…I live int he Marshall Islands and wish I were back in Madagascar hahahahaha It’s a lot of beautiful nothing! Its like being in prison, and when I go back to the real world on vacation I shouldnt be allowed out alone until I learn to look both ways before I cross the street! No cars, no cell phones….sometimes thats nice and sometimes its not so fun…Im moving to Germany this week so I cant wait to rejoin society! yay!

  • I have been to a few of them, one is on my travel list in May, many of them are already on my Bucket List, and I will probably have to add the rest as well! :-)
    http://travellinn.net/2015/03/16/my-travel-bucket-list/

  • I’ve been to Liechtenstein many times! The pictures don’t even do it justice. I’m dying to go to Madagascar and Macedonië. I’m planning to pay Macedonië a visit this year. But first Bali.

  • anon

    marshall islands are the most contaminated place on eafth due to nuclear testing — don’t go!

  • I have to admit, some of these were not surprising because of their remoteness. The European ones though? It’s a bit odd to see them on the list considdering how well-touristed Europe is.

  • hey! Another great read on you blog, I think i have just found another 10 places to add to my Bucket List.
    Cheers.

  • Well, some visited, some were on my list already but fine I’ll add some more :D amazing photos you found

  • Wow, really, Monaco? Does Tuvalu in the Pacific count? Great angle on the article!

  • I actually lived in the Marshall Islands, your #16, from age 13-18. During the 70’s. I loved every minute of it and would return in a heartbeat! I have lifelong friendships with people who would say the same thing!!!
    I still call it home!

  • It’s such a surprise to see some of these places on this list. They’re so beautiful, I can’t imagine people don’t want to travel there more. I definitely want to add Palau to my own list now! Thanks for sharing such an interesting article!

  • Gabriel

    Debating if I should go to Bhutan… Will see where I decide to go.

  • Why on earth are they the least visited countries? They look beautiful! I’d like to go to Kiribati, take a book with me and just enjoy the silence for a couple of days!

    • Olga Rabo

      No idea! But it seems really unfair, doesn’t it?

    • Joan McKniff

      Cost of RT flight!

  • The Boozy Backpacker

    Maarten Troost wrote a hilarious book about living in Kiribati, The Sex Lives of Cannibals. It’s one of my favorite books ever. Check it out! <3

    • Olga Rabo

      The title sounds very adventurous! ;) I’ll have a look at it!

  • Wow I haven’t heard of quite a few of these places! They look beautiful though!

    • Olga Rabo

      They are, aren’t they?
      Thanks for your comment Rachel!

  • EG Green

    Great list Olga! :)

    • Olga Rabo

      Thanks! :) Have you been to any of the countries listed here?

      • EG Green

        Not yet, but a few are very high on my radar! What’s your current location?

        • Olga Rabo

          Now – Berlin! This weekend – the Baltic Sea! Next month – Austria! Not entirely the “least visited places”, but oh well :D

          • EG Green

            Very Awesome! I was in France last week. Heading to Sri Lanka tonight. And next month Dubai and Jordan! :) Also not least visited places…but we’ll get there eventually :P

          • Olga Rabo

            Sounds great though! Happy travels :)

  • Just published my posts from Belarus; http://travellinn.net/category/belarus/. Have you been there Olga? Greenland and Bhutan is high on my list. When I think of it, all of the places on this list I haven’t already been looks tempting! :-)

  • Romancing the Globe

    Intriguing list! I’m surprised to see St. Vincent and The Grenadines. We spent today planning our sailing/SCUBA trip to there for April of this year. Maybe our group of 35 sailors will raise the numbers a bit?! :-)

    • Olga Rabo

      Oh, that sounds so adventurous! I’m sure you’ll have a blast there!

  • gogi

    St. Vincent and The Grenadines is made up of St. Vincent and the majority of the island chain of the Grenadines. That’s definetly more than one island. Or was that intended to be a joke? And how on earth is Moldova expensive? The only place I’ve been to which was cheaper than Moldova was Java (outside of Jakarta and Bandung). Anyway, still a nice blog! :)

    • hahaha, thanks, I guess? :D

      • gogi

        Haha you’re welcome. Sometimes I just can’t keep my inner know-it-all from breaking out. ;)