Europeans are fortunate to have some of the most strong passports in the world, allowing them to travel many countries without a visa.
Dozens of nations, ranging from Brazil to Japan, have signed visa waiver agreements with the EU, allowing for hassle-free vacations of up to 90 days.
But what if you want to go on a longer vacation?
Fiji: Spend four months snorkeling among hundreds of islands
If you truly want to get away from it all, go to Fiji, where EU nationals can visit without a visa for up to four months.
The South Pacific archipelago, known for its pristine beaches and teeming diving spots, is the ideal place to kick back and unwind.
After you’ve explored Vanua Levu and Viti Levu’s major islands, there are 300 more to explore with your snorkel.
Armenia: Spend six months scaling Biblical mountains and drinking local whiskey
Holders of EU passports are granted 180 days of visa-free travel to Armenia annually.
History aficionados should travel to this landlocked nation, where they can tour sites like the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral and the medieval Haghpat Monastery Complex, which is classified by UNESCO.
Awe-inspiring natural scenery abounds, ranging from the serene Lake Sevan to the biblical Mount Ararat.
Wine made in the area and brandy aged in wood barrels will keep you hydrated the whole trip.
Take a year-long vacation in Central America with Mexico and Panama
EU nationals are granted a 180-day visa to both Mexico and Panama, allowing them to go to both countries simultaneously and spend a full year abroad.
Explore beyond Cancun, Mexico’s party capital, and you’ll be rewarded with the glistening cenotes of Tulum, the Mayan ruins of the Yucatán Peninsula, and the lively art scene of Mexico City.
Go south to Panama to zipline over lush jungle in Volcan Baru National Park and relax on the white sand beaches of San Blas Islands.
UK: Spend six months combining travel and business
EU passport holders are still able to enter the UK for up to six months at a time to visit without a visa in spite of Brexit.
You are allowed to attend conferences, events, and business meetings during this period, which makes it the perfect place to mix business with play.
You could spend the entire time exploring the vast city of London, but you’d need a sizable budget. When it comes time to pinch pennies, travel to northern cultural hotspots like Manchester and Liverpool or have an idyllic camping vacation in Wales or the Lake District.
Canada: Spend six months alternating between nature and culture
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Canada for up to six months; all they have to do is apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), which costs CAD $7 (€5).
You won’t have any trouble passing the time in this large nation, which is full of vibrant cities and stunning natural landscapes.
Travelers who are fit can go skiing in Whistler or hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Toronto offers plenty of food options, and fans of jazz music should visit Montreal’s Jazz Festival. Alternatively, for the best of all worlds, visit Vancouver, a vibrant city surrounded by beaches, forests, and mountains.
Peru: Spend six months exploring Inca trails and waterfalls
EU nationals are granted 183 days visit without a visa to enter Peru. Following the required trip to Machu Picchu, there is much more to discover along the Inca Trail in the Andes.
The number of licenses granted to access the path is limited to one every day, but if you have six months to spare, you’ll have plenty of time to reserve your position.
There are several must-see attractions in Peru, such as the magnificent Gocta waterfall, the serene Lake Titicaca, and the enigmatic Rainbow Mountain.
Georgia: Take a year to explore the Black Sea beaches and mountains
Though its borders are currently open to EU nationals, Georgia is on a quest to join the EU. The tiny country allows visitors from nearly 100 nations, including those in the EU, to enter for a year without a visa.
You will have plenty of time to trek the Caucasus Mountains, which are home to charming towns and old-world watchtowers.
Next, reward yourself with a well-earned nap on the Black Sea coast before traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, where chic converted warehouses and fairytale architecture collide.