The most precious gems are usually hidden. And there’s no doubt that the heavenly beautiful travel destinations are usually veiled from mortal eyes.
Maybe it's time to ditch the crowds and seek out an underrated vacation spot. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that any travel-lover should try. Check out this list below if you love exploring new interesting places.
Dive into the blue lake at Jiuzhaigou National Park, China
Is this 1375-metre-long beautiful crystal blue lake in China look tempting enough for you? Tucked away in among the Min Mountains near the Tibetan Plateau, it’s far from the bustling streets of Beijing! Deservedly, UNESCO turned the place into a World Heritage site in 1992.
Walk the Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii
Have you ever wonder what it would feel like to be in heaven? If yes, pack your bag and come to Haiku Stairs in Oahu right away. These majestic stairs are called “stairway to heaven” and they had a top-secret purpose when they were built in 1942. Constructed by the Haiku Radio Station to transmit radio signals to Navy ships across the Pacific. Today you can walk the 3,922 challenging steps of this staircase to reach the breathtaking view. Do you dare?
Swim in the Enchanting River in Surigao del Sur, Philippines
The Philippines is slowly showcasing its beauty one island after the other, with places like Boracay and Palawan becoming ever more popular. But, there are still many unknown spots to be discovered. Tucked in behind the rocky mountains of a small province called Surigao Del Sur lies this fairytale-like river. Dive into the caves of the enchanted river without being disturbed by crowds of people.
Explore the Crooked Forest in Szczecin, Poland
Discover the bizarre array of crooked trees that can be found near the town of Gryfino in Western Poland. Around 400 pine trees in the Crooked Forest grow at a 90-degree angle from the root.
Some say that the reason behind the 90-degree bend of the trees is a gravitational pull within the area. Others have more sinister reasons. Come and see it for yourself. You might come up with some new peculiar explanations.
Discover the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, USA
This archipelago is a hidden gem of Wisconsin. These 60-foot high sandstone walls are almost too perfect to be naturally made, but they are! Nature has carved delicate arches, vaulted chambers, and honeycombed passageways into sea caves, created a new isolated dimension away from reality. Exploring these magnificent sea caves will give you the vibe of getting lost in a whole new universe.
Go to the Salar de Uyuni (Salar de Tunupa) in Bolivia
This salt flat that extends to 10,582 square kilometres is considered to be the world’s largest salt flat in the world. Tucked away in Potosi, southwest of Bolivia, this is one of the most beautiful unknown places in the world. Formed as a result of the prehistoric lakes within its surroundings. You can take wonderful pictures that look like you got lost between the fluffy clouds right here.
Snorkel the Aquarium in Rangiroa, French Polynesia
This long stretch of natural coral reef is one of the best snorkelling spots in the world, full of colourful tropical fish. Healthy coral surrounds the aquarium with depths ranging from 1m to 4m. A secret snorkelling spot to avoid the crowds!
Wrap up warm in Svalbard, between Norway and the North Pole
Are you ready for a cold adventure? Then hop on for a ride to the Arctic ocean to discover Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and the North Pole. One of the most beautiful untouched places in the world. Svalbard translates to “cold coasts”, so if you are curious what it feels like in the North Pole, this is your place to try. Over here you can find many nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and some polar bears too!
Dare to look down “The Door to Hell” in Derweze, Turkmenistan
This must look like something from out of this world while it’s completely man-made. This natural gas field is known as “The Door to Hell”, or “The gateway to hell”, collapsed in 1971, and geologists then set it on fire to avoid the spread of methane gas. Since then, it keeps burning continuously and become a unique place to visit. Only the bravest people dare to get near this crater for a good selfie.
Hideaway in a small oasis surrounded by dunes in Huacachina, Peru
In Southwestern Peru lies a small town surrounded by a small lake and surrounded by enormous sand dunes in the most infertile places on earth. This hidden oasis only has 96 residents. This place offers you a good spot to catch the sunset and explore the town’s rustic shops, be adventurous, and try out sandboarding!
Walk up to the Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Italy
Are you up for a secret getaway? Like literally, an escape that’s totally hidden. Then pack your bags and head to Tropea, Italy. Get a good view of this 12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery. This place is a best-kept secret of Italians where they all go for vacations while not a lot of travellers know about this place yet. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while you’re sunbathing?
Explore Lake Natron in Tanzania, from afar!
This lake turns animals into stone, just like Medusa. Yes, it’s real! A highly unusual place to visit, but with a perfect explanation behind it of course. The water in this lake is extremely alkaline with a pH value as high as 10.5. Consequently, it automatically burns the skin of any animal that dares venture into the water. Small tip: SKIP SWIMMING IN THIS LAKE!
Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia
Located within the borders of Colombia and Ecuador, lies this enormous neo-gothic church. Doesn’t it look exactly like the ancient castle in medieval movies to you? It is said to be built by a family in the 1700s who claimed they had seen the Virgin Mary in the sky. It’s off the beaten track, so you won’t find too many tourists here!