For our 11th Top 10, we captured what's hot on the travel scene. But, being true to our tradition of directing attention to places that deserve more recognition, we spiced up the list with a few places that recently relaxed their visa requirements for tourists. Ignore them no more, they are easier than ever to get to. You won't be disappointed.
With more countries relaxing their visa requirements, the number of countries and regions that are "cut off" from the rest of the world is becoming smaller. That is definitely not a bad thing, but from a traveller's perspective, it's always exciting to visit a new place that is totally different from anything else.
Republic of Artsakh is one of those pockets. Known by few and recognised by even fewer, it recently changed its name from Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to Republic of Artsakh. The self-proclaimed republic lies within Azerbaijan, but is disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Mostly populated by ethnic Armenians, it was however established as part of Azerbaijan during Soviet Times, which resulted in an armed conflict when the USSR dissolved. Though the fighting stopped in 1994, the latest clash was in 2016. Note that it's only possible to visit Artsakh from Armenia and you will be denied entry to Azerbaijan later on, if they find any proof of a visit to Artsakh.