There are some countries in the world that tourists tend to skip, not because they are unpleasant but because they may not register in the minds of people as places to visit. Nevertheless, there is one country in particular that is not heavily visited and that, at least for the time being, you probably should skip: North Korea. North Korea is a communist country that is virtually closed to the outside world. However, some intrepid travelers have determined to brave its harsh political system to experience its unique history. Yet people who have visited have been arrested and sometimes even killed, with fabricated evidence about imaginary crimes.
Tuvalu is probably a much more pleasant vacation spot than North Korea. It is an island in the South Pacific that receives only about 2000 visitors every year, possibly because it is so incredibly remote. Yet the scenery is just what you might imagine in a South Pacific paradise.
Another country in the South Pacific that often gets passed over is the Marshall Islands. This collection of about 1000 islands has a massive shark sanctuary to help protect sharks from overfishing (yes, people do fish for sharks) and extinction. The country only receives about 6000 visitors a year, but those who do make their way to the Marshall Islands are greeted with a vibrant culture and exquisite scenery.
Kiribati is another island nation in the South Pacific that, like the Marshall Islands, only receives about 6000 visitors every year. Though small and little known, Kiribati lies on the equator and is the only country in the world to straddle all four hemispheres! Its scenery is heavenly, and the lack of tourism makes it more pristine for the intrepid travelers who would travel to this remote location.
Moving from the South Pacific, Guinea-Bissau is a country on the western coast of Africa that only receives about 22,000 visitors each year. It has been plagued by endemic violence, and many of the people who do visit Guinea-Bissau are international aid workers rather than tourists. However, it has immense cultural and geographic treasures, including a collection of 88 islands that have been deemed a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. If you make your way to this area – the Arquipelago dos Bijagos – you will probably see everything from buffalos to hippos to monkeys.
There are plenty of other countries that are not as well-traveled as more usual vacation spots. These places are not for first-time travelers but can undoubtedly be worth the trip.