Searching for another and extraordinary, maybe cutting-edge goal as opposed to similar spots every other person is by all accounts making a beeline for? While there’s certainly something engaging about spots like sentimental Dubrovnik, shocking Iceland and Scotland’s Isle of Skye, they’ve become so mainstream that it tends to be difficult to keep away from the groups. Consider visiting one of the current year’s under-the-radar travel goals rather, before they end up on the highest point of endless pail records.
#1 Valle de Cocora, Columbia
Most people visiting Colombia head to the same spots: Cartagena, Medellin, and Bogota. But there are many enchanting places to visit in this country, with the top arguably Valle de Cocora. This vibrantly green region dotted with coffee farms that are open to visitors is home to the world’s tallest palm trees. While it takes a bit more effort to get there, it’s worth the effort to enjoy this stunningly tranquil destination that’s especially ideal for nature and coffee enthusiasts.
Tonga is known as the best place in the world to swim with humpback whales. The area is part of the whales’ natural migration from the Antarctic and offers the unique opportunity to view them up close, so close you can look them right in the eye. Considered one of the most beautiful Pacific Islands, it is just 500 miles from Fiji and an ideal alternative for wildlife and nature lovers. Tour operators are available to take visitors out to see the whales, but if being that close to these large creatures makes you nervous, you can also book a boat tour to view their majestic beauty from a safe distance.
#3 Asturias, Spain
One of Spain’s best-kept secrets, despite its dramatic beauty with towering jagged mountain peaks, glistening lakes, crowd-free beaches and a fantastic culinary scene, the Asturias region is unlikely to remain hidden for much longer. For now, it makes for an ideal destination where you’re very unlikely to find yourself bumping elbow other tourists. Walk the miles and miles of scenic hikes, visit the famous holy Cave of Covadonga and the stunning Covadonga Lakes. You can also enjoy relaxing on pristine white sandy beaches framed by clear turquoise waters.
The Puglia region is not on most tourists’ radar, but it’s home to many spectacular places, from the coast along Polignano a Mare with its spellbinding sea caves to hilltop Ostuni, a White City that lies about five miles inland from the Adriatic Sea. The medieval walled city’s buildings were built right on top of one another, while archways support the houses they connect, making up for a lack of strong foundations. At its highest point is the cathedral, built in the 15th century in Gothic style, rare in this region where most of the churches are austere Romanesque or ornate Baroque. Nearby, streets are lined with boutiques and souvenir shops selling all sorts of fashions at a bargain price, local olive oil, bottles of wine, and all sorts of other goods.
#5 Yaeyama Islands, Japan
The Yaeyama Islands are the westernmost and southernmost inhabited islands of Japan, two of the three main island chains in the Okinawa Prefecture. Its coral reefs provide idyllic habitats for a wealth of marine life, including dugongs and whales. Of course, it also boasts some of the most spectacular white sandy beaches and beautiful clear aquamarine hued waters. Escape the city and enjoy relaxing and taking part in all sorts of water sports.
Bhutan sits at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, one of the most remote destinations on the planet, characterized by Buddhist temples, soaring mountains and valleys. Explore Jigme Dorji National Park and check out cities like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Trongsa which host impressive monasteries, fortresses and markets.