If there is someone in this world that makes us envious, it is Gunnar Garfors , a Norwegian adventurer who at 37 had already managed to visit the 193 countries of the world, as well as other territories that have not been recognized by the UN. Garfors managed to overcome this challenge on the island of Cape Verde, which is located off the coast of East Africa, in 2013. After succeeding, he wanted to make a list of countries that everyone should visit once in their life.
He seems to us the best person to make recommendations on where to travel , since he can speak properly, so let’s take a look at his list, which includes 12 countries of all kinds. Would you like to join us?
First of all, the Norwegian recommends Romania, and more specifically Transylvania, known for its castles , its mountains and, of course, Dracula. If you have the opportunity to visit the country, you will not be able to forget to discover its capital, Bucharest, and to taste its beer.
We change continent to tell you about Madagascar, an island located in southeast Africa known for its baobab trees. Of course, beyond this rare plant species, you will love its coastline, lemurs and its gastronomic proposal.
We return to Europe to talk about Iceland, an island located in the middle of the Atlantic that, as Garfors explains, has been battered and beaten by waves and wind for millions of years. For him, the best thing in the country is being able to bathe in hot springs at 40 degrees while his hair freezes.
Vietnam is also present on this list, despite the hustle, bustle and traffic stress of the place. And, according to the adventurer, the definition of friendship can be found in this place. If you have the opportunity to visit it, don’t forget to visit the Mekong Delta and its floating markets.
You may not even have heard of Kyrgyzstan, but it is also on the list thanks to its stunning nature , colorful markets, friendly people, and vodka.
For its part, Kirabati, an island country located in the west central area of the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia, has managed to sneak into the list for being a paradise without many luxuries but with fantastic seafood and for its hospitality.
We are still in Oceania to tell you about New Zealand, a country where you can enjoy white, black and gold beaches. In addition, you can practice a large number of sports and water activities.
The first American country on the list is Nicaragua, which is located between Costa Rica and Honduras. According to Garfors, it is a very diverse destination where you will find legendary surf spots, many possibilities for diving and breathtaking nature.
If you dare to challenge your comfort zone, Sierra Leone may seem like paradise, since in this country it is possible to find incredible beaches, idyllic towns and smiling people. Of course, do not expect to find a good infrastructure here.
Despite being one of the lesser-known islands in the Caribbean, the Norwegian has wanted to include Dominica on his list, as he believes that it should be visited by more people. Those who do, will be able to enjoy volcanoes , boiling lakes, rainforest and beautiful hidden beaches.
Although Norway is his native country, Garfors has also wanted to include him on the list. Its west and north coast stand out, with its wild mountains, its fjords , its unimaginable waterfalls, its magnificent glaciers, its small towns, the midnight sun and the northern lights.
Finally, we have to talk about Uruguay, the second smallest country in South America. In this corner between Argentina and Brazil, the tranquility of its people stands out.