Are you the kind of person that prefers to avoid tourist-heavy destinations when you travel? Does your dream vacation consist of just wandering through the streets and discovering local-approved gems rather than hitting up all the main sights? If so, consider trying one of the locations below for your next vacation.
While other countries in Southeast Asia are flooded with tourists all year round (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia), Cambodia remains a relatively unpopular gem that will satisfy all your tropical beach and ancient temple cravings.
Eastern Europe is a popular travel destination for its rich history, architecture, hearty cuisine, and strong drinks. Cities like Prague and Budapest are getting more and more popular with tourists, so head even further east to Kiev. It’s probably not the first city that comes to mind but you’ll love its beautiful architecture, great nightlife, and very reasonable prices for pretty much everything.
When you think of the States, Oregon might not be very high up on your list but it definitely should be! Situated between Washington, California, Nevada, and Idago, Oregon boasts a very diverse and beautiful landscape. You’ll find everything from gorgeous golden sand beaches and rocky shorelines to deserts/canyons/sand dunes to typical lush Pacific North West forests. Plus, Portland is a hipster’s paradise with its plethora of quirky cafes and shops.
If you’re looking for gorgeous white sand Caribbean beaches, skip the resort-heavy islands and Mexico and head to sunny Belize. Besides the amazing beaches, you can also visit ancient Mayan ruins, go on breathtaking jungle hikes, and go cave-hopping.
If you’re craving that European charm without all the crowd, check out Belgium! This small country is often overlooked by its neighbors France, Germany, and the Netherlands. It still has the charming cobblestone streets, centuries-old architecture, impressive museums and not to mention delicious fries, chocolate, waffles, and beer.
As Iceland grows more and more popular, people are overlooking its equally beautiful neighbor Greenland. If you truly want to get lost in nature, Greenland is the place for you with its dramatic mountains, glaciers, icebergs, and wildlife. Plus you’ll be able to see the northern lights!
If you’re looking to discover Africa, consider Ethiopia. It’s home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in all of Africa. You’ll be able to go on incredible hikes, see ancient stone-cut architecture, marvel at wildlife, and visit the salt lakes.
There’s so much more to this island than zoo animals (though it is an excellent place for animal lovers - 80% of its wildlife can’t be found anywhere else on the planet!). You can also find gorgeous tropical beaches, sky high baobab trees, rainforests, and desert. It’s a truly unique and diverse place that doesn’t receive a lot of visitors for some reason!