Is the rainforest calling your name?

Guyana mountains

Guyana

If you want to visit South America, explore the Amazonian rainforest and follow in the footsteps of famous explorers such as Sir Walter Raleigh and David Attenborough, but the only words you know in Spanish are "fiesta" and "siesta," Guyana is the destination for you.

The republic of Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in the world and a huge wealth of animal and plant diversity. This small and sparsely populated South American country is the only mainland English-speaking country on the continent.

Guyana was a British colony from 1841 to 1966, and still preserves its colonial heritage. For instance, 90 percent of its population speaks English and all drive on the left side of the road.

Our next exotic English-speaking destination does not only have English as its official language, it is (surprisingly) one of the top five countries in the world with the largest English-speaking populations.

Does it get more exotic than the Far East?

Philippines resort

Philippines

Although there are more than 76 major languages and 500 dialects in the Philippines, English is the country's official language. It is the language used in schools and universities as well as by most newspapers, radio and TV programs.

The Philippines has been a popular destination for foreigners for centuries, although, until recently, it was rarely with peaceful goals.

First, the Spanish colonized the Philippines in the 16th century. In 1898, it became the United States' first and only colony. In the 1940s it fought for its survival against Japan and finally, in 1946, regained its independence.

Now, this huge archipelago of more than 7,100 islands attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists in search of its famous beaches, its picturesque high altitude rice terraces and Old-World cities, which still retain 18th century architecture from the Spanish conquistadors.

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