“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds as you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Traveling is an art. People with varied taste can have different perspectives on the destinations they choose. While some like the popular and trendy on-going destinations, some love to explore the unexplored. While the latter is rarely found these days, this does not limit places which are waiting to be yet discovered. Here are 7 best kept secret vacation destinations of the world that will make you want to sail today!
Looking for someplace serene where you can relax and be away from the hustle-bustle of the world? Well, this is Roatan for you. It is one of Central America’s most underrated vacation destinations. Well, that is majorly because this place is not at all popular. The home to the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef, along with a number of outstanding beaches this place also has activities like snorkeling and diving. Diving here would be heavenly as the warm cerulean water is filled up with thousands of marine creatures, canyons, and the most extensive variety of coral and sponges in the entire region. There are also numerous things you can do on land as there is an ample number of waterparks, rides through jungles etc. You can also interact with the animals if you are an animal lover. This place is perfect if you are looking for some relaxation along with tranquility.
Commonly known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Cambodia’ this place is perfect if you want to enjoy the beauty of this place but hate the overly crowded capital Siem Reap. The place has a vast number of Buddhist shrines and scenic temples that will leave you with no regrets about not visiting the Angkor Wat. There are a number of shops from where you can rent a bike and spend the entire day gazing the natural beauty of this place. The sounds of chanting and village celebrations will just add to the charm of the picturesque view. You can also take the river kayaking excursion or ride the “bamboo train,” which will take you from between the jungle through tiny bridges and rice paddies.
Ostuni, Puglia, Italy
Just five miles from the magnificent blue waters of the Adriatic Sea is Ostuni or the White City. It is a tiny hilltop town that was initially made without any plan which will be evident from the confusing streets, alleyways, staircases, and arches. The beauty of this place is one way you might turn into a dead end while the very next way would take you to have a look over the beautiful deep blue sea. The highest point at this place is the 15th-century Gothic cathedral which is highly rare as during that era most of the churches were Romanesque or ornate Baroque. The best part about this is that the local shops sell things at a very low and economical price. You can get a bottle of wine for as little as $3 or Rs. 195.63 according to the Indian currency.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to this place will make you feel like you are in some other parallel universe. This is one of those places where ancient history and modernity coexist. Corfu is the oldest village of Perithia and is located towards the northern mountains of the island. The village beautifully depicts the island’s history keeping it still intact. Their history can date back up to the 14th century or even before. You can take a walk up the stone path and eat at the small eateries that serve mouthwatering traditional Greek food. You can go hiking or explore the place yourself with a guide or all by yourself.
Margaret River, Australia
This place is very well known to the natives of Australia but is not known by many outsider. Although other places like like Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef are a treat to the eyes too, this area is no less when compared. Tourists can go for a caving experience in the three very famous caves in this region, namely Mammoth, Jewel, and Lake. These caves are popular due to their unique formations. A staircase used to descend to the primeval lost world is the Lake cave for you. The mirrored reflections here will make you understand why it is regarded as one of the most spectacular caves of the world. The jewel cave displays the longest straw stalactites discovered to be ever discovered in a tourist cave, which is a little over 19 feet. The mammoth cave has formations so unique it will keep you wondering for days!
Cuba is a very famous tourist destination and visitors flock to Havana like bees’ flock to dahlias. Very few people make it to the “pearl of the south” that is Cienfuegos. The city has beautiful Spanish and French architecture from the colonial times. The city has rightly earned its nickname because its charm cannot be easily defined into words. Many believe that this UNESCO-listed city is the most beautiful city in Cuba. It has Cuba’s most elite Chamber Orchestras along with an extraordinary art scene. Another stunning thing here is the “Art in your Hands,” a coop art studio, which is the residence of eight artists, who are very different in their style, live and design here.
Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
This place is certainly a dream village. Extending from a deep valley, tourists here witness locals jumping in the Stari Most Bridge right into the Neretva River, you can also enjoy a beautiful swim at the Kravice waterfalls after you gaze the beautiful Turkish homes. Although the Stari Bridge, which was built in the 15th and 16th century was destroyed in the 19th and 20th centuries during the Austro-Hungarian period, has now returned to its full glory and is a treat to the eyes to visit this place. You will also find bullet-laden walls here that describe the country’s tough past along with the gorgeous blue waters and the shiny pearly white stones.