That’s the question we posed to a select group of travel bloggers. Many of the responses from these independent experts within the travel community were surprising and fascinating!
Here are their informed and unbiased recommendations…
Belgrade is chock-full of cute cafes, bars, bookstores and galleries, and it's home to one of the best club scenes in Europe. Nearby Novi Sad is quaint, charming, and home to the world-renowned Exit Festival. Delicious food, welcoming people and great local booze (try apricot rakija or Jelen beer!) make Serbia a winner.
People in Georgia are known for their exceptional hospitality and love of festivity and music!
This small country has it all: Spectacular scenery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, great wine, friendly people, beaches, lakes and national parks. It’s also relatively easy to travel around the country in a short space of time and is within easy reach of surrounding countries.
For such a small country, it has incredible diversity. You can be at the beautiful beaches and stunning coastal towns in the morning and then drive to glaciers and virgin forests in the afternoon.
If you like wilderness then it's the country for you. In peak summer we had a campsite in the stunning Durmitor National Park to ourselves. You simply have to do the Old Town of Kotor; it is one of the most beguiling old cities we have ever stayed in, with great views from the fortress on the hill. For a small country Montenegro punches way above its weight.
Aside from being more accessible and welcoming than China, it's often hugely overlooked as a nature and outdoor adventure destination as well - Taiwan has some major scenery for cycling, trekking, climbing, and more. Also, Hello Kitty Jet!
Albania is finally starting to get attention thanks to its beautiful beaches, mountainous landscapes and the laid back Mediterranean lifestyle. Albania is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe and 2014 is the perfect time to visit the country before mass tourism arrives.
This country has a lot more to offer than beer and chocolate. In the area around Dinant you'll find beautiful nature and many authentic castles; the romantic medieval town of Bruges offers culture; Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels offer history, culture, gastronomy and excellent shopping opportunities.
Cuba is bright and colourful and full of culture. It is so unlike any other country you will ever visit, with its own history and personality just waiting to be explored – and the food is to die for!
I visited in 2009 and it felt like going back in time. Myanmar is famous for its colonial architecture, glittering gold temples and fabulous smiling people... visit now before too much changes!
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