Cape Verde
The breath-taking Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa draw many visitors to their white-sand beaches, year-round sunshine and luxurious hotels, but there are plenty of other reasons to add this destination to your must-see list. The country has made a huge effort towards improving gender equality, as well as celebrating gay rights with its annual Gay Pride week. The islands form a crucial nesting ground for the endangered loggerhead turtle too and, by 2020, the country is aiming to draw half of its energy from renewable sources.