Since deciding to take my time to visit every single country in the world, I have narrowed down several countries that I would like to visit right away. The reason is that at some point, I will get married and have kids and it will not be a wise decision to travel to these countries then. Also, I am still relatively young and would like to take advantage of that fact and go on more strenuous travel that involves multi-day trekking.
In this article, you will see the 20 countries that I’m aiming to visit in the next 5 years.
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- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
Most of the countries on this list are on the dangerous side. Of course, there are ways to make travelling to these countries safer. For Iraq, I can go to Erbil which is an autonomous region of the country and is safe to visit.
For Yemen, I can go to Socotra which is an interesting island with unique biodiversity and far away from the war happening on the mainland.
Libya has recently signed a peace treaty and it’s looking like the country may open tourism in the next 5 years.
Afghanistan has a safe border that you can enter from Tajikistan.
For the remaining countries, a short trip to the capital city might be the safest way to approach them.
Countries that the US hates
- North Korea
Travelling to North Korea is actually not dangerous as long as you follow the rules. However, the US hates this country for obvious reasons. Travelling to North Korea can be done by taking a tour starting in Beijing and it’s a relatively straight forward process.
Sudan is also not dangerous for tourist to visit but the US government hates them for some reason. Iran is on the same boat and I heard many people who travelled there saying that Iranians in the country are welcoming of tourists/
Both these countries are secretive and rules can change really quickly. Before the pandemic, tourism is open to both these countries. However, they’ve shut down again amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Who knows when they plan to re-open again but it might be a while. I am crossing my fingers they allow tourism again in the next 5 years so I can visit those two countries.
- New Zealand
These three countries are very safe to visit. However, the type of activities I enjoy is more strenuous. For Argentina, I’d like to trek Patagonia. The same goes with Nepal as I plan to do the Annapurna Circuit.
With New Zealand, I want to do a long campervan road trip starting from the north all the way to the south of the country. I’d love to do several treks also, especially the one at Tongariro National Park. If you didn’t know, that national park is Mordor in the Lords of the Rings movies.
The next five years should be an interesting time to travel. Once the pandemic ends, I will start ticking off the countries on this list along with participating in the activities involved with going to these regions of the world.
The biggest obstacle is obviously money as going to some of these countries are not cheap.