Are you better travelled than the Queen?

The BBC recently published an interactive map allowing you to compare the number of countries you have visited with those of the Queen.

Our travel expert, Bob Atkinson, has been to 51 out of the 116 countries on Her Royal Majesty’s list (plus 36 she hasn’t been to) – but have you counted up your destinations and shared them via Facebook or Twitter yet?
 
While Queen Elizabeth II is extremely well travelled having visited everywhere from the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu to Ghana, we’ve noticed a few places that she hasn’t got to yet. So, why not take a look at our list of popular holiday destinations Her Royal Majesty has missed and plan a visit yourself? Then you can claim you’re better travelled than the Queen… well, almost.

Egypt

Despite having been to the surrounding countries of Libya (1954), Jordan (1984) and Sudan (1965), the Queen has never paid an official visit to the holiday hotspot of Egypt.

A favourite destination among many Brits, Egypt holidays offer superb diving and snorkelling spots, white-sand beaches, world-famous sights and year-round sun.

Cape Verde

Her Royal Majesty visited the West African countries of The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia in 1961 but didn’t make it to the beautiful Cape Verde archipelago.

Why not plan a trip there yourself? It offers an average 350 days of sunshine a year to laze on the stunning white-sand beaches, to windsurf and to soak up the islands’ unique atmosphere and culture – the islands bring together Caribbean, African, Portuguese and Brazilian influences.

Greece

Prince Philip was born in Greece, but Elizabeth II has never been to the country on an official visit (although she did actually go there in 1950 before she became Queen).

Greece may be hitting the headlines at the moment for all of the wrong reasons, but travel to the country is still safe – read more in our article ‘Should I go to Greece this year?’ – and Greek holidays are still extremely popular with British tourists. 

In fact, searches for holidays to the country have actually gone up by 17.5% on TravelSupermarket so far in May, compared to April.

This is not surprising as Greece has so much to offer holidaymakers – more than 6,000 islands to hop between, mouth-wateringly fresh food, history and culture galore, and beautiful beaches to flop on in the sparkling sunshine.

Cuba

The Queen has visited much of the Caribbean – including Jamaica (in 1953, 1975, 1983, 1994 and 2002), the Bahamas (1966, 1977, 1985 and 1994) and the Cayman Islands (in 1983 and 1994) – but she has never been to Cuba.

However, Her Royal Majesty has lost out here. Holidaymakers in Cuba can enjoy stepping back in time and salsa dancing in the island’s capital Havana, soaking up the sun in the island’s beach resorts and sipping on mojitos as the sun goes down over the sea.

The Dominican Republic

Heading to the east of Cuba, Queen Elizabeth II hasn’t been to The Dominican Republic either – a popular destination in the Spanish Caribbean.

Dominican Republic holidays are ideal for those who want a long-haul break without blowing their budget and all-inclusive packages are popular here. The weather is hot year-round making the island a favourite winter sun retreat too.

Sardinia

While Her Majesty has been a regular visitor to Italy having been to seven cities on the Italian mainland and Palermo in Sicily, she hasn’t ventured to the Italian island of Sardinia.

But The Queen has really missed a trick as stylish Sardinia knows how to pack a holiday punch.

Visitors to the glitzy resorts on this island can relax on the beautiful white-sand beaches, admire the yachts in the island’s pristine harbours and sip good wine while tucking in to tasty fresh food in the evenings.

Bulgaria

The closest our Monarch has made it to the eastern European country of Bulgaria is Istanbul – she visited the city in 1971 and 2008.

But Bulgaria really tempts British holidaymakers who want to keep costs down and the country recently came top of the Post Office’s Holiday Costs Barometer as the best option for a bargain mid-haul break.

As well as offering good value for money, holidaymakers can laze on the beach in sunny resorts along the Black Sea, take day trips to traditional villages in the mountains and learn all about the country’s rich history while looking around Roman and Byzantine ruins.

The Canary Islands

Our Queen ticked Madrid, Barcelona and Seville off her visited list in 1988 and took a trip to Majorca in the same year, but she’s never experienced the Canary Islands.

This cluster of islands off the West Coast of Africa keep Brits coming back year after year for a blast of much-needed sun, watersports in the Atlantic and to explore the wild volcanic landscapes.

And, just because you’ve been to one of the islands, don’t assume you’ve ‘been there and done that’ as each one is unique – from fun-filled Tenerife and Fuerteventura with miles of unspoilt rolling sands and dunes, to  El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands which was once considered to be the end of the world.

So, why not count your countries on the BBC’s map to compare your globetrotting with The Queen’s – and if you don’t get close to the 116 countries Her Royal Majesty has visited, why not use our list of unvisited destinations as inspiration instead?

Please note: Any facts or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing.

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