5 Underrated Countries to Visit Now and Beyond

Last updated on: Jun 15, 2020

(Last Updated On: June 15, 2020)

2018 is already shaping up to be a great year for travel with major sporting events and emerging tourism destinations increasing in appeal to more travelers.  Here are 5 underrated countries to visit now and beyond.


No visit to the country is complete without visiting its cities, both large and small; Ha Long Bay, and the beautiful countryside. Vietnam stole my heart as one of the few places where you can get a taste of the local culture quite easily, even in the larger cities.  

However, in places like Hanoi, you need to exercise a high degree of caution at street crossings or risk getting run over by scooters.  Speaking of taste, the food is spectacular! 

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Vietnamese Food - Underrated Countries to Visit


Once known as the mecca for the drug trade, this country has transformed into a major tourist destination. There is just so much to see and do here, and all of it is steeped in tradition!

Of course, there’s coffee, most of which is exported; but also beautiful beaches; the world’s second-largest carnival; local festivals; incredible street art; diverse musical styles and dances; delicious foods like arepas and sancocho; and even a desert! 

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Colombia - Underrated Countries to Visit


Though Russia has been in the spotlight for much of 2017 for not-so-good reasons, it’s actually a wildly intriguing place for tourism. A visit to the Kremlin should be on everyone’s bucket list, and St. Petersburg is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. 

This summer, the FIFA World Cup will take place in a number of cities across Russia, so now’s the time to take advantage of visa-free visits to the country!

Russia - Underrated Countries to Visit

South Korea

Don’t let all the talk about nukes and missiles scare you away!  South Korea is one of the most exciting, underrated countries to visit. The bustling streets of Seoul offer some of the world’s best shopping as well as some of the best street food. 

In February, the country will host the 2018 Winter Olympics, which makes 2018 the perfect time to “chill” in Seoul. Just make sure to bring lots of warm clothing.

South Korea - Underrated Countries to Visit


Though Bali has long been on the tourist path, there’s just so much to ‘eat, pray, and love’. You can trek through rice paddies, hike mountains, visit amazing temples, attend spiritual ceremonies and cultural performances, explore beautiful beaches, and sample delicious Balinese cuisine, to name a few. 

And, the less-visited Lombok and Gili Islands, right off the coast, are worth exploring before mass tourism takes over. Not to be missed is Yogyakarta with its impressive ancient temples.

Lombok - Underrated Countries to Visit

Have you visited any of these underrated countries? Which was your favorite?

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Taryn White
With 75+ countries and all 50 U.S. states crossed off her list, Taryn's wanderlust and wanderlist continue to grow! She loves historic places, off-the-beaten paths, and beautiful beaches. Follow her pursuits on Instagram and www.tripwishlist.com.

8 thoughts on “5 Underrated Countries to Visit Now and Beyond”

  1. Oh my! I loved all of these! It is great that they are not typical touristy destinations, but still offer so much for visitors! Colombia is a place that has called my attention lately. Some friends told me that people are super nice and the food is delicious! Thanks for all the suggestions!

  2. How you narrowed it down to 5 I’ll never know haha impressive! Vietnam is amazing country and seems to be the place to visit at the moment! Always wanted to visit South Korea too but in the current climate perhaps not 🙁

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