Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Different Kind of Destination







Are you in the fortunate position of running out of places in the world to visit?   Have you been to London and Paris too many times and besides, so has everyone else?  Then consider taking a jaunt to countries few have heard of and fewer still have visited.     Is it because of crime, climate or cost?

No.

It is because they are so small that they have escaped notice.   It may be the reason that some of them are also tax havens and replete with duty free shops, banks and insurance companies.  But that is just a small part of the appeal.   Two of my daughters recently visited Andorra, which at 181 square miles or 468 square kilometres is only the sixth smallest country in Europe.   A landlocked nation in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, Andorra also has a lesser known official language, Catalan.  Nevertheless, over ten million tourists visit annually enjoying not only the duty free status but the summer and winter resorts.   My daughters certainly enjoyed the many activities from skiing to hiking to rapelling down hills and mountains, kayaking, tubing . . . you get the idea.

I wrote earlier about once considering how it might be interesting to  explore the  official Unesco Heritage sites -- until I discovered there are over one thousand.   But, if you focus on small countries, starting  (or ending) with Andorra:

                                 
  • Vatican City (0.44 km2) ... 
  • Monaco (1.95 km2) ... 
  • San Marino (61 km2) ... 
  • Liechtenstein (160 km2) ... 
  • Malta (316 km2) ... 
  • Andorra (468 km2) ...


you will have a different kind of travel experience, and likely unique among your friends and acquaintances.

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