Hidden gems of tourist destinations that you must visit

If you’re like me, deciding where to take your next overseas getaway is one of the hardest decisions. Exist ago many incredible places to see. And while big tourist cities like Greece, Tokyo, and Paris are popular for a reason, maybe you’re looking for something a little more off-the-beaten-track.

So I scoured the r/travel subreddit and collected responses from the BuzzFeed community to compile a bunch of lesser-known (but incredible) destinations to consider instead of trendy vacation spots.


Go to ALBANIA instead of Greece: “This is Greece’s lesser-known neighbor. It has beautiful beaches, delicious and fairly cheap food, and plenty of gems to explore. The only drawback is that many people don’t speak English.”


Go to POLAND instead of Germany: “Poland, especially Poland outside of Krakow, was never on my radar before I moved to Germany and started traveling there all the time because it’s so close. And WOW, Poland has everything. Cool cities, great food, beautiful castles, stunning countryside and fascinating history. It really doesn’t get the tourism it deserves, although I like that the main attractions aren’t crowded with other tourists.”


Go to BELIZE instead of Tulum: “Other than Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, the rest of Belize is not very touristy. You’ll find everything from the second largest barrier reef in the world to lush rainforests. It’s cheap, the people are very friendly and it’s relatively safe.”


Instead of Seoul, go to BUSAN: “Busan, South Korea is a whimsical juxtaposition of ancient and ultra-modern, both chaotic and incredibly organized. I’m not sure how it works, but it does… and it seems to be much better than in other big cities. The scenery, food and people were fantastic.”


“Instead of Andalucia, visit NORTHERN SPAIN: “In Northern Spain, you’ll find incredible beauty unmatched anywhere else in Europe, but at a fraction of the cost. You could spend months exploring the Basque Country, Asturias, Cantabria and Galicia on your own. Driving through the Picos de Europa mountain range is a wonderful experience. You can travel between rustic mountain towns and quaint beach towns within the hour. Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Andalucia and other resort towns in Spain get so much attention, but the north is really underrated.”


Go to MALTA instead of Sicily: “Not surprisingly, it is a bit more popular among Europeans, but Malta is virtually unknown among Americans. It’s a fantastic place to visit: cheap, stunningly beautiful and good weather all year round. I was there Last month there were quite a few tourists around Valletta’s main attractions, but almost no one around once you got even slightly off the beaten track.’


Instead of Thailand, go to SRI LANKA: “Sri Lanka is the pearl of the Indian Ocean, rich in natural beauty and history. It has friendly people and delicious (often spicy!) food, sandy beaches, palm trees and lots of wildlife.”


Go to MONTENEGRO instead of Croatia: “Montenegro is truly a hidden gem in the Balkans. Podgorica is a beautiful city and visiting the coast in and around Budva is like going back in time.”


Instead of Bali, go to BORNEO: “Borneo, and especially Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of the island), is worth a trip. Many people visit Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Java and Bali, but not many people head to Borneo. Even those who visit Borneo mostly stay in Malaysia and very few venture to Kalimantan. There you’ll find rainforest, orangutans, leopards and beaches, and it’s a lot less crowded than Bali.”


Instead of Lake Como, go to LAKE GARDA: “I’ve never heard Americans talk about this little-known Italian lake town, but it’s honestly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.”


Instead of Cape Town, visit NAMIBIA: “Namibia is just above South Africa, but it is the most isolated country in the world after Mongolia in terms of population. Have you ever seen pictures of amazing giant sand dunes in the desert? This is Namibia. This country boasts the same wonderful safari parks and five-star resorts that can be found in other popular African destinations. I visited Etosha National Park which was one of my favorite trips. And you’ll never see the stars burn as brightly as they do in the Namib Desert.”


Instead of Sydney, go to TASMANIA: “When people think of Australia, they think of beaches and reefs. Tasmania has vast rainforests, beautiful picturesque islands, and is home to the bustling city of Hobart, one of the largest Antarctic ports.”


Go to PUERTO RICO instead of the Caribbean: “Last year my wife and I went to Puerto Rico on our honeymoon. It was so easy to get there it was like cheating. Old San Juan was great and we also spent time in the islands to the east, Culebra and Vieques. I would love to go back and spend more time in Culebra. It was very peaceful and there was great snorkeling right off the beach.”


Go to ALASKA instead of Iceland: “I visited Alaska and stayed in a small town three hours from Anchorage, and I had the best time. This is completely untouched wilderness and it was mind-blowing. Moose were walking along the river bank. as we fished and orcas swam next to our boat when we visited Kenai Fjords National Park.”


Instead of Dubai, go to OMAN: “Oman is not a place for parties, but if you like to relax in nature, it has everything you could want. There’s hiking, camping, dune bashing, miles of pristine coastline and even rainforest. The country is a hidden oasis. It’s still an invisible destination, the people are some of the best I’ve ever met, and it’s completely safe.”


Go to ECUADOR instead of Costa Rica: “If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find paradise in Baños, Ecuador. Biking, rafting, bungee jumping, canyoning, ziplining, amazing waterfalls and lookouts are all within easy reach. And there is even a good night life. I would also recommend Mindo, located in the cloud forest of Ecuador. Ecuador runs on the US dollar and everything is extremely cheap.”


Visit the US VIRGIN ISLANDS instead of the Bahamas: “St. John Yusvi is the best place I’ve ever been. It’s not cheap, and I wouldn’t call it “unseen,” but most of the island is national forest, so only a quarter of the land is built on. There were days when my wife and I looked around and there was just us or a few other couples on a large stretch of beautiful beach.’


Go to TAIWAN instead of Japan: “Taiwan is a really nice place to travel. People are nice and hospitable. Traveling around the country is inexpensive and very modern and safe. You get the best of all worlds: city life and nightlife, as well as beautiful mountains and landscapes. And the food is a delicious combination of the best of Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisines.”


Go to LEBANON instead of Israel: “Go to Lebanon for amazing food, good people, nightlife and beautiful scenery throughout the country. I also eat! I’ve been to Israel, which was great in itself, but I liked Lebanon even more.”


Instead of Tuscany, go to BOLOGNA: “Bologna, Italy. IMO, this is probably the city with the best food in the country with the best food in the world. I will never forget the tortellini al brodo, tagliatelle al ragu and panna cotta that I ate there. I also loved going up to Madonna di San Luca and seeing the amazing view from the top.”


Instead of Lisbon, go to the Alentejo: “If you’re looking for a quiet Portuguese holiday, the Alentejo is for you. You can visit Roman ruins, old churches and see Moorish architecture in southern Portugal. There is also plenty of natural beauty from lakes to rolling hills and large open farms. The region produces excellent local wine and the food is also delicious. You can easily combine a trip to the Alentejo with a visit to Spain or the Algarve.”


Instead of Amsterdam, go to UTRECHT: “Utrecht has a very Dutch feel with canals and typical narrow houses. It doesn’t suffer from all the tourists that Amsterdam has, but offers all the same amenities (English speaking, restaurants open late). Also, from Utrecht you can take a train all over Europe.’


Instead of Vietnam, go to LAOS: “Laos is one of my favorite countries. I loved traveling on the Mekong River by cargo boat. The ancient capital of Luang Prabang and the city of Vientiane are great places to visit. The food is phenomenal and the whole country is relatively unspoiled by tourism.”


Go to BORDEAUX instead of Paris: “Bordeaux, France is truly fantastic. The food, weather and wine are wonderful; plus it’s a much cheaper and friendlier alternative to Paris. In fact, all the “second cities” of France have pleasantly surprised me.”


Instead of Tokyo, go to HOKKAIDO: “My husband and I went to the city of Sapporo, located on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. It was impressive. When most people think of traveling to Japan, Tokyo is the number one destination. Sapporo, however, has much fewer tourists. The mountains around the city are incredibly beautiful and the food is to die for. A scenic one-hour bus ride takes you to the old town of Otaru, best known for its glass-blowing industry and beautiful canals. The metro system is great and the people are friendly and willing to help. I have visited several places during my travels, but Sapporo stands out as the best so far.”


Instead of Honolulu, visit HILO: “Many travelers look at the whole island, but Hilo’s lush and green side of Hawaii’s Big Island is especially incredible. The highway from Waipio Valley to Hilo winds through valleys and cliffs. waterfalls and spectacular ocean views, and we kept stopping to take pictures.’


Instead of Dubrovnik, go to ISTRIA: “It seems that Istria, the closest Croatian peninsula to Italy in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea, never gets as much love as parts of southern Croatia (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, etc.), but it really deserves it. .”

What is a lesser-known destination that others should know about? Tell us in the comments!

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