Tokelau is probably one of the more difficult places to travel to, with plenty of planning needed before getting there. There are no airports or seaports to allow for easy travel in and out of the island, making it difficult for those who wish to travel in and out of the island. It is made out of 3 atolls, with a total land area of about 10 square kilometres.
Wallis and Futuna, a French overseas territory, was originally settled by people from East Asia approximately 3,000 years ago who made ancient pottery that was found throughout the island. The island has a fairly tropical climate, with the weather ranging between 20 to 30 degrees celsius, as well as rainfall frequently exceeding 3,000 millimetres annually. Its location was strategic during the second world war, with the United States military building plenty of infrastructure during the time, which is still in use in this day and age.
Samoa, not to be confused with American Samoa, is the westernmost island of the Polynesian islands. Samoan culture is arguably central to the Polynesian way of life. Not to mention, like many islands in the region, the tropical climate has seen plenty of holidaymakers has cited the climate and culture to be some of the larger factors in choosing these places as their destination. The country’s archipelago was created as a result of volcanic activity, and while most of the volcanoes are dormant or extinct, there has been geological activity in recent years, with the last eruption occurring about a hundred years ago.
The Solomon Islands lays to the southeast of Papua New Guinea and has a relatively cool climate for the region that it’s located in. Strong ocean winds keep the place relatively cool, with temperatures that rarely rises above 32 degrees celsius.
American Samoa, the nation of canned tuna, has an economy built on canned tuna. The country’s export comprises of over 90% of the country’s total export, and all of it is exported to the United States. The United States has also spent a significant sum of money on this island nation to improve the standard of living back in the 1960s, building schools, hospitals, roads and fish canneries, which was what sparked the canned tuna industry.
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (TFFF/FDF)
Martinique is a part of France in the Carribean. It is just slightly smaller than the city of New York, and is often referred to as the rum capital of the world. Some of the largest exports from Martinique includes oil and gas products, bananas, rum and avocados, but a large portion of the economy is also formed from the tourism industry. Martinique is also the birthplace of the famous military leader Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine.
Saint Lucia is a small island in the Caribbean that is approximately 43 kilometres long and 23 kilometres wide at its widest point. It is a well known volcanic island with geothermal vents being some of the more well-known tourist attractions on the island. Marine life is also incredibly diverse, with multiple species of whales, dolphins and sea turtles are native to the region.
Personally, I think that Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries this planet has to offer. Having driven through the alps on the way to the Geneva Motorshow, this nation is well known for luxury and taking it to the extreme. It is also one of the most liveable country in the world, despite the high cost that the country is also well known for. Not to mention, I’m a big fan of Swiss timepieces, a symbol of Swiss luxury in its own right.
After controlling in the nation of Barbados, I’ve now entered the final 100 countries and territories which has yet to be controlled. Unlike many nearby islands, Barbados is not formed through volcanic activity, but instead, through other geological phenomena. It is also much flatter than nearby islands, with flora and fauna diversity also being lower. However, Barbados is still has a relatively high per capita income as a result of having large economic sectors in the agricultural, manufacturing and service industries.
Vanuatu is the smallest of the five countries in the Melanesian region, with the others being Fiji, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. While some parts of Indonesia and French Caledonia is a part of Melanesia, it is not exclusively in the Melanesian region. Vanuatu is a country of approximately 300,000 inhabitants, with a majority of the people on the island working in the agricultural, fishing or tourism industries. And with the island welcoming approximately 300,000 tourists annually before the pandemic, that is more or less as many people as are from Vanuatu.
New Caledonia is a territory of France. However, it was first named by Captain Cook who named it as such due to its resemblance to the Scotland. Not to mention, for country in the Pacific, it is a relatively large country, at approximately 18,500 square kilometres, or about half the size of Taiwan.
Fiji is a country in the Pacific, especially well known in the aviation community with its flag carrier, Fiji Airlines, having an incredibly complex and unique livery which is popular among many. Like its fleet of young planes, the country’s population is young, with half of the population under the age of 29.
The birth country of the youngest Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousufzai. Having been shot by the Taliban after reporting on the situation at her school. However, since then she has continued her activism, publishing a book just under 8 years ago, as well as earning a degree at the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.