Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Although nearly decimated in the 1990’s as a result of the genocide in Rwanda, Akagera National Park is on its way back to being a thriving wilderness conservation area. Lions were reintroduced to the park in 2015 and black rhinos were brought back in 2017. The park is also home to hippos, zebras, elephants, leopards, baboons, and hyenas.
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia
This alpine mountain park north of Ulaanbaatar is a picturesque place to explore on horseback, foot, or ATV. Summer in the park allows opportunities for swimming, rafting, and rock climbing, and winter brings skiing. While in the park, tourists may encounter welcoming nomadic families and visit the Aryabal Meditation Temple.
San Blas Islands, Panama
San Blas consists of over 300 islands, most of them uninhabited, off the coast of Panama. The Kuna, a people indigenous to Panama, own the islands and keep them free of foreign businesses, hotels, and chain restaurants. A great way to experience these remote palm-covered beaches is to take a speedboat or sailboat cruise that includes meals.
Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Blagaj is a small village situated at the site of a Dervish monastery dating back to the Ottoman Empire. Built at the base of a cliff overlooking a turquoise river, the monastery is nearly 600 years old. Tourists can check out the interior of the building and eat in one of the nearby restaurants overlooking the river.
The capital of Georgia, Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century and retains a colorful historic charm and culture. The Old Town architecture and narrow streets lined with balconies are redolent of quintessential Europe, while new hotels, shopping strips, and a techno scene have put the city on the map as a hip destination.