Travelling is a great hobby to have. Granted, it’s not the cheapest one, but considering all the wonderful things you’ll see and the amazing experiences you’ll have it’s very much worth it. However, when travelling a lot of people choose to go to the most popular destinations like Paris – to see the Eiffel Tower, or London to see the Big Ben, or New York – to see the Statue of Liberty. All those locations are great in their own ways and are definitely worth visiting. But we’ve come up with 9 interesting places people don’t usually think of visiting, but really should.
Antarctica isn’t the easiest place to travel to. It’s not like you could just buy a ticket, hop on a plane and then spend a week wandering the icy land, high-fiving penguins on the way. There’s no tourism per se in Antarctica, but there are 3 ways for you to see this gorgeous place. The first one is to take a commercial cruise with a short shore visit. This is the easiest and most popular way so far. The other two options are either a specially mounted land exhibition or sightseeing by air, which means you get to fly over Antarctica in a helicopter.
Few people even know about the existence of Patagonia, unless they’re from the neighbouring countries. Patagonia is a sparsely populated area in the South America that’s actually shared by Argentina and Chile. This place is mostly made up of deserts, grasslands, steppes and the southern part of Andes mountains. You might say it’s a whole lot of nothing, it’s just a lot of land that’s barely been touched by humans. But that’s the beauty of it. It’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great place to go for a backpacking vacation. It’s kind of like a South American version of the Shire.
When picking a summer vacation in Europe most people think of going to Italy, Greece or South of France. But why not go to Croatia? It’s got a lovely coastline where you can sunbathe on the beach, and it also has a lot of interesting historical and cultural sightseeing spots for you to visit and enjoy. For example some of the architecture in this country has been around since the middle ages. How impressive is that?
4. Kenya (Ngorongoro Crater)
Let’s be honest, when you hear Kenya you can’t help but imagine one of those countries Angelina Jolie would go on a vacation to and adopt a couple of kids while she’s at it. But Kenya is much more than that. It’s a great place to go on a safari and see wild animals like lions, elephants and rhinos in their natural habitat. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a place in Kenya that is especially beautiful because it’s one of the few places on our planet that hasn’t been altered by humans. It’s a protected area that’s a World Heritage Site, and it contains a huge volcanic caldera.
5. Vanuatu (Yasur Volcano)
Vanuatu is a great place to go to if you like swimming, diving or scuba diving. The nation is made up of over 80 islands and there’s coral reefs and sunken sheeps you can explore. It’s a great place for an unusual and interesting beach vacation. It’s also one of the few places on earth where you can witness an eruption volcano. Mount Yasur has been erupting for 3 years non stop, a couple of times an hour.
Lots of people travel to Asia, but few actually go to Myanmar. Perhaps the reason for that is the confusion with the name. You see, Myanmar used to be called Burma. Myanmar has a lot of visually stunning, and culturally exciting things to offer. Their places of worship called Pagoda are especially fascinating and beautiful. The most popular way of seeing those is taking a ride on a hot air balloon. How exciting is that?
7. Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Russia isn’t the most popular travel destination, at least right now, due to their political situation. Also, it’s a huge country and trying to see all of it would be very difficult so people usually go to the capital. Not the worst choice, but if you really want to see the best of what Russia has to offer you should visit Saint Petersburg. It’s truly the cultural capital of Russia, with many museums, theaters and interesting art exhibitions. It’s a place mostly associated with painters, poets, writers and various artist.
Mongolia was very sheltered during the times of the Soviet Union and traveling to Mongolia was almost impossible. These days it’s slowly but surely moving towards being a tourist friendly country. Mongolia is a very unique place. It offers those lucky ones who get to visit gorgeous scenery, rich culture, vast untouched landscapes and a look at nomadic lifestyle, which is unusual these days.
9. Yunnan (old town of Lijiang)
Yunnan is a province in China that few tourists get to see, which is a shame. It’s a place where you can see huge rice terraces, beautiful lakes and snow-tipped mountains all at once. The old town of Lijiang is a particularly interesting city to visit. It used to be a huge commercial centre back in the 13th century, and a lot of the buildings and streets in the city have remained unchanged since then. Visiting Lijiang is like traveling back in time, in the best way possible.