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Visit this small country before the word gets out about what a wonderful place it is. After years of tumultuous politics, most of the region has come back stronger and more stunning than ever. A lot of people don’t even know that Montenegro, which is often referred to as the pearl of the Mediterranean, has been independent since 2006. Go to Kotor in Montenegro for a true untouched retreat and to Belgrade, the capital of neighboring Serbia, for a mixture of history, modern hipster bars, cafes, and fascinating museums.