The 18 countries you can visit without a visa

Bhutan
Head here for the Jomolhari Mountain Festival in the first half of October for folk songs and dances themed on the snow leopard, traditional Bhutanese sports, horse and yak riding, delicious local food, and guided hiking tours around the mountain of Jomolhari. If you’re feeling more adventurous, add a hot-air balloon ride as well.
British Virgin Islands
Just the spot for water babies, given the powdery sand beaches, perfect water conditions, lagoons, year-round trade winds and a variety of marine life. Go wreck-diving around RMS Rhone.
Cook Islands
A group of 15 tiny spots in the South Pacific, between New Zealand and Hawaii, Cook Islands is perfect for a quiet, long beach escape, with some surfing, wakeboarding and paddleboarding thrown in. Make the most of the bustling nightlife, including the colourful night markets around.
Dominica
It boasts nearly 500 km of hiking trails running across stunning gorges, valleys, mountains, rain forests, natural springs and waterfalls. Dominica is also home to the Waitukubuli National Trail, Caribbean’s first long-distance hiking trail, and Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which has the world’s second largest hot lake—the Boiling Lake
El Salvador
A Caribbean hotspot that packs in pristine beaches, volcanic lakes, a national park, a charming town and a boisterous nightlife.
Grenada
The ‘Spice Island’ is best explored with a tour of nutmeg, lemongrass and pimento plantations. Of course, it suits beach lovers too, with its numerous unspoilt sand strips.
Jamaica
This tropical gem is brimming with culture: tempting food, foot-tapping reggae and
Macau
It doesn’t insist on a visa, which spells great news for your The Hangover-style bachelor party (without the aftermath, of course). Stay at the JW Marriott or the Ritz–Carlton, a short distance away from the Grand Resort Deck, the Cotai strip and The Venetian Macao.
Micronesia
A clutch of isles in the western Pacific, with uncluttered beaches, great diving conditions and a brilliant marine life.
Nepal
The casinos of Kathmandu reopened last week, a great excuse to spend all the money you save with cheap airfares.
Niue
This Pacific paradise is the largest raised coral atoll on Earth, just what you need for a fabulous diving experience. That’s not all this place offers: there’s fishing, caving, swimming with whales and dolphins as well.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Head to this two-island Caribbean country if you want to combine a beach holiday with some history for your mind. Set off on a sugar-plantation tour, attend a soca gig or party away at The Strip on Frigate Bay.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
A cluster of 32 drop-dead gorgeous islands in the heart of the Caribbean, with hardly a tourist around.
Samoa
Call it a visa-free alternative to Tahiti. For your eyes are truly spectacular beaches, gorgeous waterfalls and rock pools. The active lot can go caving or try their hand at kilikiti, the Samoan version of cricket. Don’t forget to visit Treasure Island, once the home of Robert Louis Stevenson, now a museum
Seychelles
Go island-hopping in the Outer Seychelles, visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in Praslin and savour some cinnamon- and coconut-flavoured Creole curries. Start with Mahé’s postcard-like beaches and tropical forests.
Trinidad and Tobago
The land of calypso, superb beaches, spicy food. Time your trip to the Carnival in February.
Turks and Caicos
One of the most romantic spots in the Caribbean, a favourite with celebrities. Stay at the Parrot Cay Resort and unwind with a heavenly spa massage
Vanuatu
Even if you’re not a lava lover, there’s plenty for you on these volcanic islands: unspoilt beaches, lagoons of the purest blue, and forests so green you can’t take your eyes off them! You could also tee off in Port Vila or witness the famed land-diving ritual on Pentecost Island.