Planning your next getaway can be a challenge; do you opt for the same destination that has always served you well, or is it time to try something new and visit a country you’ve always dreamed of exploring? Below, we’ve put together six amazing destinations that you’ve probably never considered, but definitely should!
Arguably the world’s most culturally rich continent, Europe is home to unrivalled art, architecture and history that have to be seen to be believed. There are a wide variety of river cruises in Europe for you to consider, whether that’s a short break around France, or a longer expedition spotting by the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. A cruise holiday may not be the first thing you think of when planning an adventurous getaway, but such holidays give you a unique opportunity to explore.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea was one of the first landmasses to be populated by modern humans and is today home to more than 7,000,000 people. Papua is the world’s most diverse country, with over 700 native tongues being spoken around the country. For tourists, the country boasts an array of unspoilt landscapes and wildlife, with Mount Wilhelm and Kokoda Track two of the most frequented points of interest. The Bomana War Cemetery offers a unique cultural experience, while the Port Moresby Nature Park is jam-packed with wildlife.
Situated in the central Pacific Ocean, Kiribati is an island region that boasts stunning sandy beaches, year-round warm weather and a unique musical and sporting culture. Breaking free from the United Kingdom in 1979, Kiribati is an exploration that combines a tropical paradise with home comforts.
With a vast landscape, traditional celebrations and a history of sport, Mongolia offers a unique opportunity to experience the way of life in East Asia. With the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Erdene Zuu Monastery and National Museum of Mongolia all offering once-in-a-lifetime sights, Mongolia is a firm favourite for those looking for a getaway away from the beaten track
A nature lover’s paradise, Madagascar offers truly stunning landscapes and enough nature to keep you entertained for a lifetime! The island’s beaches are undeveloped, with turquoise waters inhabited by marine life for you to explore. Whether you try out the Ranomafana National Park or the Nosy Mangabe, you’re bound to find time to reconnect with nature and put things into perspective.
Home to the Paro Taktsang monastery, Bhutan boasts of stunningly unique Dzong architecture such as the Tashichho Dzong and Punakha Dzong. Eastern Bhutan hosts regular Buddhist festivals, while the Kurje Lhakhang, meditation space of the great Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche, is found in Central Bhutan. However, with the government charging a minimum of $250 per day for every tourist that enters the country, Bhutan is not for those who are on a tight budget.
Travelling off of the beaten track is one of the best ways to immerse yourself into local culture, meet interesting people and enjoy life-enriching experiences. However you choose to travel, remember to pack smart, book as many excursions as you can and try the local cuisine – it’s always delicious!