If your new year’s resolution is to travel, you might want to follow in the tracks of Sal Lavallo, who at 27 is one of the youngest Americans to have visited all 193 U.N. member states.
But before booking a trip, check U.S. State Department warnings because some destinations are near trouble spots,Walking around in the city is like an open-air museum.
Don’t expect to see many other tourists in the capital city of one of the world’s newest countries, Lavallo says. “You have stunning beaches and mountains and almost no one going there.
Highlights include the new Louvre museum, the Emirates Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which he calls the “most beautiful mosque in the world.” Although a global city, it doesn’t feel like it could be anywhere, he says.
“The best food, maybe in the world, is in Lebanon. I went there one time with my girlfriend, and rented bicycles and went to rooftop bars at sunset. It’s like a pleasure city.
While you must visit with a tour group and the State Department cautions against travel in other parts of the country, Lavallo says it’s worth seeking out this city, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. The former Italian colony offers an intriguing mix of European and African influences.