Why you need to go: This North African nation sits on the Mediterranean, giving it that balmy European feel that people seem to love about Sicily and the south of France. You can visit Tunisia for the beach alone, but you’ll stay for the rich history, Ottoman ruins, and food.
Why it isn't more popular: It’s had a bad rep by association since late 2010, when the Arab Spring started in Tunisia and spread to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Americans lump Tunisia in with its more volatile neighbors.
The one thing you must do: Visit the Amphitheatre of El Jem. With a capacity of 35,000, it’s the largest Roman colosseum in North Africa, and more intact than Rome’s.