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The 10 most "unpopular" travel destinations in the world

By Beate Krause | August 28, 2014, 11:02 am

The scramble on the beach, the fight for the best loungers by the pool - in Germans' favorite vacation spots it can sometimes get really tight and annoying. But there is another way: TRAVELBOOK presents the ten travel destinations with the fewest tourists.

The figures from the latest report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are clear: The tourism industry is one of the fastest growing branches of the economy. New holiday destinations are constantly being offered, and the number of travelers continues to grow: from 25 million in 1950 to 278 million in 1980 and finally to more than a billion in 2013.

France, the USA and Spain are among the most popular travel destinations. But there are also vacation spots where hardly any tourists jostle - despite a dream beach or dream area. One wonders what makes these goals so unpopular. In the case of Moldova, it may still be due to the fact that the country has no sea. But why no one wants to go to Anguilla in the Caribbean or to Palau in the South Pacific, one can only guess. It is possible that these destinations are simply not well known, but one thing they are sure of: heavenly!

TRAVELBOOK presents the ten travel destinations which, according to the UNWTO, are visited by the fewest tourists.

1. Kiribati

In 2013, just 6,000 people visited the island nation east of Indonesia. It consists of three island groups (Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, Line Islands) with 33 atolls - widely scattered over an area north and south of the equator. The capital South Tarawa lies on the main atoll Tarawa.

Kiribati (pronounced: Kiribas) conveys a pure South Sea feeling, with white sandy beaches and untouched nature. A paradise for water sports enthusiasts, surfers, deep sea fishermen and bird lovers. The Phoenix Islands with their fascinating underwater world are the largest protected sea area in the world.

In addition to hotels and lodges, living in traditional huts (Kia Kias’s) is popular. The residents speak English, until 1979 Kiribati was part of the United Kingdom.

Climate: tropical-humid and hot. The average temperatures are between 26 and 34 degrees.

Entry: A visa is issued upon entry if the return or onward ticket is presented.

2. Montserrat

Only about 7000 tourists spent their holidays on this island, which belongs to the Lesser Antilles, in 2013.

Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, Montserrat was never settled by the Spaniards, instead the first English arrived in 1632. Today the volcanic island is a British overseas territory.

After devastating volcanic eruptions from 1995, a large part of the island was devastated, large parts are closed, especially in the south. The capital Plymouth in the southwest was abandoned: it is now a tourist attraction, a modern Pompeii.

Hiking, water sports and fishing are popular. The beaches - with the exception of Rendezvous Beach in the north - have black sand.

Climate: subtropical with high humidity. Average temperatures around 30 degrees, which the constant trade wind makes bearable.

Entry: No visa is required for German citizens for tourist entry with a stay of up to 90 days. Submission of an onward or return flight ticket is required.

3. Niue

In 2013, around 7,000 visitors came to the Coral Island in the South Pacific. It is very isolated around 2400 northeast of New Zealand, is self-governing, but associated with New Zealand.
Tourists who like to observe the wildlife (e.g. whale watching), dive, fish and hike will find an ideal destination here. The tropical rainforest is spectacular, there are no dangerous animals or insects, and crime is virtually unknown. Niue is considered to be one of the safest places in the world.

The landscape is characterized by cliffs, beaches are in short supply: Avatele Beach in the northwest of the island is one of the few sandy beaches.

Nieu is the largest upscale coral atoll in the world, which rose from the sea in two earthquakes. The island has the world's most branched cave system that you can explore on your own or with a guide. Among the many hiking tours to the coral reef is certainly one of the most impressive.

Climate: tropical to subtropical climate, average temperature around 25 degrees. Rainy season between December and April.

Entry: A stay of up to three months without a visa is possible.

4. Liechtenstein

Last year, a good 60,000 tourists visited the small principality (sixth smallest state in the world), which is squeezed between Switzerland and Austria.

Just under 37,000 inhabitants from 90 different countries live on 160 square kilometers. Vaduz Castle in the capital of the same name is the landmark of Liechtenstein and the seat of the royal family. Therefore, a visit is unfortunately not possible.

To do this, tourists can visit the Princely Hofkellerei. The Herawingert vineyard (4 hectares of vineyards) is one of the best locations in the Rhine Valley. The offer will be Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Hikers love the wonderful alpine landscape. Famous: the Fürstensteig high-altitude hiking trail. In the mountain village of Malbun there is the world's only eagle adventure hike with a golden eagle.

5. Anguilla

The island, which belongs to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and is part of the British overseas territory, was visited by around 69,000 tourists in 2013. The island owes the name Anguilla, which means eel in Spanish, to its elongated shape.

Anguilla is the ideal bathing island. Visitors will find more than 30 beaches here, and they all have one thing in common: crystal clear water and white powdered sugar sand. Warning: topless or nudism on the beach is prohibited!

Climate: tropical, from December to March it usually stays below 30 degrees. In the humid summer months, the temperatures are significantly higher.

entry: A passport is sufficient for a stay of up to 90 days, a valid return or onward flight ticket must be presented.

6. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The island state belonging to the Lesser Antilles consists of the main island of St. Vincent and the 32 islands of the northern Grenadines. Visitors in 2013: around 72,000.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a real dream destination. Mustique is the meeting point of the jet set, here are the largest and most beautiful luxury villas of all the islands.

The main island of St. Vincent offers tropical rainforests, mountains and an active volcano, La Soufrière. South of the main island of St. Vincent is Union Island, which with its many bays, lagoons and reefs is a paradise for sailing, diving and snorkeling. In the immediate vicinity is Palm Island, a private island resort of around 70 hectares.

Climate: tropical, the hottest months are June to September. The most popular travel time is therefore December to May.

Entry: Passport valid for at least six months, no visa required for EU citizens. Return or onward flight tickets must be presented.

7. Dominica

The island of the Lesser Antilles was visited by around 78,000 tourists last year. It is a dream destination for hikers: the island can be explored from north to south on the 185-kilometer Waitukubuli National Trail. But water sports enthusiasts also get their money's worth. Dominica is one of the top ten diving spots in the world.

Festivals and events attract visitors every year: from the annual carnival, “The Real Mas” to the “Domfesta” theater festival to the World Creole Music Festival in October.

Climate: moderately tropical and quite humid all year round. Average temperatures of 26 degrees. Best travel time in winter from December to February.

Entry: Passport valid for at least six months, no visa required for EU citizens. Return or onward flight tickets must be presented.

8. Timor-Leste (East Timor)

The republic is an island nation in Southeast Asia and separate from the Indonesian western part of the island of Timor. The former Portuguese colony only became independent in 2002 and had around 78,000 visitors last year. Timor-Leste is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands north of Australia.

The country is popular with individual and backpack tourists, hikers and mountain bikers and is a true natural paradise. Around 240 species of birds have their home on East Timor, seven of which can only be found here.

On the island of Atauro north of the island's capital Dili, in the Strait of Wetar, convicts lived in colonial times. Today there is a wonderful diving area here. Not only fish, but also herbivorous dudongs, manatees, can be observed here. Numerous species of whales pass by here between October and December.

Climate: tropical. Timor-Leste is south of the equator and has temperatures around 35 degrees all year round, on the north coast it is even hotter. The rainy season is from November to May

Entry: Visas will be issued upon arrival at the international airport in Dili. Fee: US $ 30 for stays of up to 30 days. After this period an extension can be granted, the fee for this is then 30 USD per four weeks. For entry by land, a visa must be applied for in advance.

9. Moldova (Republic of Moldova)

Around 96,000 visitors traveled to Moldova in 2013. Although only 100 kilometers from the Black Sea, the republic has no direct access to the coast. In the north, east and south it is surrounded by Ukraine, in the west Moldova borders with Romania.

The country has been independent since 1991, but the east (Transnistria) is not under the control of the central government. The Federal Foreign Office therefore advises against traveling there.
Around 70 percent of the 3.9 million residents live in cities.

Since the roads are in a very bad condition, the plane or train is recommended as a means of travel. The official language is Romanian, English is spoken in the capital and knowledge of Russian is also helpful. There are still a few hotels, so agencies rent out fully furnished apartments, although most of them are outside the cities.

The many monasteries, which are more like fortresses, or the large wine cellars - such as the one in Cricova, which stretches up to 60 kilometers underground - that can be accessed by car are worth seeing.

Climate: moderately continental, with dry, hot summers and comparatively mild winters.

Entry: There is no visa requirement for EU citizens, the passport must be valid for at least three months after departure. Children need their own travel documents.

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10. Palau

About 105,000 tourists visited the South Seas state last year. It is assigned to the island region of Micronesia. Palau consists of six archipelagos with 356 islands.

The capital Melekeok is located on the largest island, Babelthuap, and has only around 400 inhabitants. Palau is one of the top diving destinations: Reef sharks, manta rays and turtles can be observed during dives.

Another experience is a boat trip to the islands of Peleliu and Angaur, where you pass the Rock Islands - small rock islands overgrown with trees and bushes that jut out of the sea like hills.

Climate: tropical, with average temperatures of 27 to 30 degrees.

Entry: Passports must be valid for at least six months after departure, children need their own documents. When entering the country, tourists receive a visa with a validity of 30 days at the airport. A valid return or onward flight ticket must be presented for this.

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