Jordan
Compact it might be but size doesn’t always matter. When it comes to monuments and epic scenery, Jordan plays with the big boys. A sea where you can’t sink—check. Sprawling Roman ruins—check. Moonscape desert—check. The soaring cliff-cut masterpiece of Petra—double check. Everyone from Moses to TE Lawrence marched through here, leaving a liberal scattering of riches across the land. Combine that with a landscape that swoops from Wadi Rum’s rock outcrops and pink-tinged sand to the undulating ridge of the Great Rift Valley, and you have proof that great things really do come in small packages.