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Some of the Smallest Countries in the World


In the brave new world of social distancing, many travelers are looking for a new and different destination where they won’t be with a lot of other folks.

How about heading for some of the smallest countries in the world?

How about Tuvalu, a small Polynesian country with only 12,000 people, made up of nine islands.

There’s San Marino, located in the Italian Peninsula. It’s far from the crowds in Rome, Florence or Venice. It’s a landlocked country with just 32,000 residents.

And then, there’s Lichtenstein, in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria. Just 36,000 people live here, which makes it smaller than any given city in the United States. There are no big hotels and no large gathering places.

Just bring your wallet. Small doesn’t necessarily mean inexpensive.