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6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tunisia

There's something about the cooler weather that makes me want to venture off to somewhere exotic. Maybe I'm missing summer (and all of the warmth that comes with it) or maybe it's because I'd rather do anything that think about all of that holiday shopping that I still have to do. 

Whatever the reason, I've been dreaming of places like Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia--you get the picture. While Egypt and Morocco are pretty well known, I haven't known too many people who've actually been to Tunisia (other than my uncle, but he's very well-traveled!). Though I haven't been, here are six reasons why I want to visit (and why you should, too!):

1) It's got a Mediterranean-like climate. 

With summer highs in the high 80s and low 90s (or around 32 Celcius), and winter temperatures in the 60s (or high teens Celcius), it's mild enough to sightsee year round without worrying about heat stroke or packing an overcoat. 

2) There's history everywhere.
El-Jem Coliseum

In Hammamet, you can walk in the footsteps of Hannibal, the Phoenicians, and the Romans. Visit the Antonine Roman Baths backdropped by the Mediterranean, the Roman ampitheatre, the sacrificial site of Tophet, and the Bardo Museum (which boasts the world's largest collection of ancient Roman mosaics). 

3) Beautiful beaches are the norm. 
Sousse Beach

Tunisia is known for its gorgeous view along its coast; the country borders the Mediterranean and is warm enough to swim nearly year-round. From the cliffside beaches in the north to the desert-backed beaches of the south, the crystal clear water will entice swimmers and scuba divers of all ages. 

4) Tunisia is a globally-inspired country.
With influences from the Spanish (who once held many of the coastal cities in the 1500s), the French (who ruled the country from the late 1800s to the mid-1950s), and the Middle East (with whom Tunisia has identified in recent years after it sought its own independence), you're as likely to find a croque monsieur on the menu as you are couscous.

5) It's less known than Egypt or Morocco.

If you're an "off-the-beaten-path" kind of traveler, Tunisia still has plenty of hidden spots to discover. Since the tourist trade has flourished only since the country's Arab Spring, it's been a kind of secret destination for those in the know. There's enough infrastructure within the country to support safe touring while still allowing Tunisia to keep its exotic, mysterious flavor. 

6) It's small enough to tour around via car.
Though it packs a punch culturally and historically, Tunisia has less land mass than the United Kingdom. You won't have to pick one spot to stay for your entire holiday; since it's compact, you can use one area as a base and visit multiple places each day. Visit Sousse, a UNESCO World Heritage site, one day, head out to Djerba for some sun the next day, and then visit the souk in Tunis to round out your trip. 

Have you ever been to Tunisia? Is this country on your travel bucket list?