Ethiopia - Having resisted Western powers for the course of its history, Ethiopia shows few signs of European development. The eclectic mix of the lip-disked Mursi tribe and the body-painted Karo, makeshift dwellings of nomadic tribes, urban centres and spires of the Orthodox Church paralleled by mountain views, plunging valleys and escarpments make Ethiopia a historical and cultural marvel.
Arctic Lapland is magical winter wonderland contrasts by the alluring and dancing 24-hour sun in the summer replaced by the dark winter days and the aurora borealis phenomena. The wild wilderness of the Artic Lapland is sparsely a populated area bordering Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea where Arctic cities coexist with the nomadic reindeer herders and Saami communities.
The last great Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan is where the rice is red and where chillies aren't just a seasoning but the main dish, where monks check their smartphones after performing a divination, and where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests, Bhutan is a country shrouded in mystery and magic, where you will trek through Himalayan giants and later sooth yourself in 4 star accommodation in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness.
From the steamy jungles to sub-zero peaks, Borneo has some of the world's most species-rich equatorial rainforests complete with mighty rivers, orangutans and proboscis monkeys. The most prominent feature in Borneo a protected World Heritage Site and the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago.
There are limited areas in the world that can fascinate and enthral quite like Kamchatka. The vast volcanic peninsula that is almost entirely wilderness is an extraordinary primal region of reindeer herders, rushing rivers, hot springs and snow-capped peaks. Getting here takes time and effort, and exploring the region even more so, but few visitors leave anything other than awestruck.
The alluring charm of Mongolia entices the very reason for exploration and adventure. Wide open plains and fresh air, big skies and sheer vastness are some words to describe this ancient land. It is a harsh yet mystical landscape of prairie, forest and scattered lakes surrounded by a wall of mountains. But not many visit Mongolia and its nomadic populations leaving this jewel open for true exploration.
Some of the Himalaya’s most famously tantalising and accessible hiking is on offer in Nepal, with iconic trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. The natural wonders are indeed a drawcard but it's the rich and deeply raw traditions and cultures that grab your eye at every corner. Visit vibrant Nepal and your perception on life is changed forever.
An emerging adventure playground bursting with untapped and unique cultures in mountainous panoramas, Timor-Leste is often overlooked due to its torrent history of brutal occupations. This landscape has changed dramatically and this peaceful island nation now offers visitors a chance to see raw beauty before the masses come in droves.
Vanuatu is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. It is not only one of the most unspoilt and intact tropical places of the earth, it also hosts some of the most spectacular volcanoes. The Vanuatu archipelago contains many active volcanoes including Ambae, Ambrym, Lopevi, and Yasur and combined with a rich history and culture, makes it an exploration hotspot of the Pacific