Today, with discount flights and highly developed tourism all around the world, it can feel like there are no new places to go. But sometimes, historical shifts can open up completely new horizons. Georgia, located on the crossroads of Asia and Eastern Europe, is one of the still relatively unknown gems in the West.
This ancient country in the Caucasus was part of the Soviet Union for most of the 20th century, followed by a turbulent 1990s that saw civil war and economical crisis. But today Georgia is emerging from the complex transition with world-class architecture, a strong youth culture, booming techno scene and a whole lot to offer travellers.
Across its 70,000 square kilometres (approximately a quarter of the size of Italy) Georgia has literally everything: mountains more spectacular than the Alps, wineries to compete with France, wild nature reserves that rival California – and all of it just a few hours drive from one another. Travel in Georgia also has that air of adventure largely lost elsewhere in the West, which basically means you’ll be trying to figure out your way around towns and villages where hardly anyone speaks English or riding a creaky minibus on a mountain road. But overall, hospitality is at the core of Georgian culture, and combined with exquisite taste and innovative design ideas this is a pretty perfect holiday destination, and all for a fraction of price you’d pay in Europe. Here’s our guide to the country’s hippest attractions.