These are the world's most undiscovered travel locations

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Adventure travel operators Undiscovered Destinations used Google data to determine which nations were attracting least interest online, in terms of people searching for holidays or vacations to those places.

These are the least searched-for holiday destinations in the world. Some, you can see why; others are waiting for your booking.

Baby Mountain gorilla sitting on his mother in the Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic Of Congo.

1. Democratic Republic of Congo
Perhaps among the least surprising entries on this list, it’s fair to say it’s clear from the news and history books why the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) isn’t top of the tourism agenda. An appalling colonial legacy gave way to a succession of brutal civil wars, and even one of the world’s largest UN peacekeeping missions has struggled to maintain order.

The country claims vast tracts of Africa’s tropical heartland and, in a more stable climate, a tourism industry could thrive. Primates are the flagship attraction, from gorillas in the volcanic Virunga National Park, to a bonobo sanctuary not far from the capital, Kinshasa.

2. Kosovo
The youngest nation in Europe (born in 2008), it may be that Kosovo simply hasn’t had time to put itself on the tourist map yet. One of the last off-the-beaten-track destinations in an otherwise well-trodden continent, Kosovo charms its few visitors with rickety mountain towns, alpine flora and fauna, and crumbling medieval monasteries.

Two decades have passed since the wars of the 1990s, and visible signs of conflict are steadily fading from view. Today’s Kosovo is awash with natural and man-made beauty, from the UNESCO-listed Novo Brdo Fortress in the east, to the vistas of the Rugova Valley in the west.

3. Lesotho
Heavily overshadowed (and geographically surrounded) by neighbouring South Africa, Lesotho is famed for its friendly populace, extremely altitudinous scenery, and for part-inspiring the fictional nation of Wakanda. Pronounced ‘leh-soo-too’, it’s the only country in the world entirely above 1000 metres and has as much in common with Nepal as Cape Town.

Landscape is the order of the day, from the stunning Maletsunyane Falls – a 192-metre-high single-drop plunge – to the panoramas of the Sani Pass. As far as breathtaking scenery is concerned, Lesotho may well be one of the world’s last true hidden gems.

4. Mauritania
Among the most sparsely populated countries on Earth, Mauritania rewards intrepid visitors with brightly coloured Moorish architecture, plodding camel caravans, and staggeringly grand desert scenery. Though not quite in DRC’s league, the social and political situation puts it on the do-not-advise list for many Western governments, and parts of the vast Saharan hinterlands are deemed unsafe.

5. Nauru

There is one straightforward reason Nauru remains outside the tourist consciousness – it’s absolutely minuscule. A teeny-tiny atoll deep in the South Pacific, Nauru measures just eight square miles, has a population of around 12,500, and boasts a GDP that couldn’t buy you some footballers.

Visa applications are also notoriously cumbersome but otherwise it’s a postcard-perfect paradise – complete with swaying palms, sparkling sands and laid-back vibes. We hope it remains relatively undisturbed, as too many visitors might cause it to sink.

Which destination would you like to visit first?

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    I travelled by car through Kosovo from Macedonia to Montenegro during the conflict. It was quite a memorable experience. The scenery is fantastic, rugged mountain countryside ideal for guerrilla warfare. We were stopped by various black clad military and rebel units with field guns and a variety of hand weapons around 20 times in the first day. It sharpened my negotiation skills. We overnighted in the rebel Moslem stronghold of Pec where because we were not Serbian and we had troubled to visit them the hospitality was overwhelming. Due to our slow travelling progress we decided to buy a few food basics, bread, cheese and tomatoes from roadside kiosks to complement our ever present brew kit. It was embarrassing to have our money refused at every turn, “no you our guest” was the refrain.
    The tourism infrastructure is probably still rudimentary but for those willing to get off the beaten track it’s well worth it.


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