9 Countries You’ve Never Heard Of

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3. Bhutan, South Asia

The Kingdom of Bhutan is almost entirely surrounded by India except for its northern border that is shared with China. The predominantly Buddhist country encompasses both subtropical forest regions in the south, and subalpine regions of the eastern portion of the Himalayan mountain range in the north. Because of its great environmental diversity, a vast range of exotic animals is found within Bhutan’s many forests. Clouded leopards and sloth bears lurk in the subtropical forests while Tibetan wolves hunt blue sheep in the Black Mountains of the Himalayas.

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2. Andorra, Europe

Located within the Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra shares its borders with France and Spain. Despite being the sixth smallest country in Europe, over ten million visitors flock to this country each year. With the highest life expectancy in the world as of 2014, it is possible that these tourist trips have been devised in order to discover the Andorran’s secret to a long life. Perhaps it involves frequent hikes to the country’s capital city, Andorra la Vella, which is located at over 1000m above sea level, making it the highest capital city in the Europe — height-wise, at least. (We all know Amsterdam takes the cake in terms of the other kind of highest.)

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1. Lesotho, Southern Africa

Even though Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa, the country still stands out – literally. The entire landmass of Lesotho is above 1000m in elevation, making its lowest point, at 1400m above sea level, the highest lowest point in the world. Similar to a Disney villain, the country of Lesotho is fueled by a mix of water and diamonds, which together make up its most significant stores of natural resources. Lesotho’s snow-peaked Maloti mountains and Maseru lowlands, which reach temperatures as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit, further add to this country’s solid supply of ice.



American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.

Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.