5 underrated countries that should be your next destination

  1. The Faroe Islands
    This archipelago — about halfway between Iceland and Norway — is home to shaggy sheep as well as a burgeoning music scene, complete with a score of summer festivals with both Faroese and foreign artists.
  2. Swaziland
    Swaziland is home to rolling flatlands, lush valleys and a flat-topped mountain range that forms the country’s eastern border with Mozambique, but it’s still underrated when it comes to American travel.
  3. Guernsey and Jersey
    Guernsey and Jersey are the two principal districts that make up the Channel Islands off the French coast of Normandy. They feature small streets lined with trees that grow together high above the ground, flower vendors, kind people and beautiful architecture.
  4. French Guiana
    French Guiana, or Guyane, is a melting pot of cultures, languages and traditions if there ever was one, encircled by the Caribbean and an irrepressible jungle. The region is an overseas part of France, and the population is made up of the French, Amerindians, Chinese, Brazilians and descendants from those who escaped the transatlantic slave trade to form their own communities in French Guiana.
  5. Brunei Darussalam
    Darussalam means “abode of peace” in Arabic, and that’s what this Southeast Asian nation exemplifies to many. Its over 100 miles of coastline are peppered with mangrove swamps, and dense, diverse forest covers nearly three-fourths of the land area.