Thanks to anti-poaching programs driven by conservation groups and the local government, Botswana is now among the places where you can see wildlife’s big five. Home to the Okavango Delta and otherwise covered by the Kalahari Desert, Botswana boasts some of southern Africa’s most stunning landscapes, and it’s renowned for its low-impact, upmarket tourism business.
Argentina means tango and soccer, wine and waterfalls. The country is one of the best places to travel to for its Iguassu Falls. The falls, nearly 2 miles wide, are surrounded by Atlantic rainforest and form the border separating Argentina and Brazil. There are still relatively unexplored regions, too. Venture to the country’s northwest corner, and you’ll be rewarded with modern hotels and restaurants that mingle with traditional gaucho culture and few tourists.
Beyond the ancient temples and shrines and the ultramodern cities and bullet trains of Japan lies a world of natural wonders. Hike from hut to hut through the Japanese Alps, dive into the coral reefs off of white sand beaches outside Okinawa, or sink into one of the many natural hot springs found in nearly every region of the country.
The famous beaches and nightlife always beckon, but so do Mexico’s deserts, cities and unspoiled cloud forest, which the BBC called the most magical forest on earth. Colonial-era San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, both rich in history and culture, are magnets for artists and other creative types.