Forget Popular Tourist Spots, Try These 17 Underrated Travel Destinations Around The World

Traveling has become a quintessential part of our lives. Exploring new places, cultures and cuisines not only widens our horizons but also provides us with a much-needed break from the monotony of everyday life. While popular tourist destinations like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam are on everyone’s bucket list, we often tend to overlook some of the hidden gems waiting to be explored. In this blog, we will take you on a virtual journey to discover the top 9 underrated travel destinations that are off the beaten path and are sure to surprise you with their charm and beauty. So pack your bags, grab your camera and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

1. Mongolia: Explore the Undiscovered Beauty

Mongolia is a hidden gem, full of undiscovered beauty. With vast landscapes, high cliffs of granite, and the biggest national park in the world, Khan Khentii, there’s plenty to explore. And while you may be on top of a mountain, nothing compares to the sheer awe-inspiring views of Tian Shan, the ‘Heaven Lake’ in Mandarin Chinese. For those who love wildlife, Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur offers unique opportunities to observe endemic red-breasted Gelada baboons. And for those seeking cultural immersion, Hustai National Park is a must-visit, replete with traditional Mongolian culture and stories. Mongolia is an unexplored destination, ripe for discovery, offering endless possibilities for adventure and cultural exploration.

2. Bariloche, Argentina: The Hidden Gem

Bariloche, Argentina, is truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Located in the breathtaking lake district, visitors can indulge in outdoor activities such as skiing, trekking, and rock climbing. But that’s not all, Bariloche also boasts delicious local cuisine, a rich history, and stunning vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s no wonder that it’s often referred to as the Switzerland of South America. With so much to offer, it’s a must-visit destination that should be on every traveler’s radar. And while it may not be as well-known as other Argentina hot-spots like Buenos Aires or Iguazu Falls, it provides an authentic and unique travel experience. So, if you’re looking for a destination with charm, culture, and adventure, Bariloche should be at the top of your list.

3. Oman: The Cultural Oasis

As the blog highlights the top underrated travel destinations, Oman’s cultural significance cannot be overlooked. Oman is a true cultural oasis that offers a unique and authentic experience to its visitors. The country boasts unparalleled natural beauty, numerous hidden gems, and beautiful beaches that are perfect for a relaxing getaway. With destinations ranging from Wahiba Sands to Jebel Akhdar and Misfat al Abryeen, Oman has a diverse landscape that caters to all types of travelers. Indeed, Oman still remains unexplored by many tourists despite its growing popularity in recent years. As the blog advocates for discovering the most untapped destinations in the world, Oman should definitely be on every traveler’s list. So pack your bags and head to Oman for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural and adventurous experience.

4. Northern Greece: Discover the Authentic Greece

After exploring the offbeat destinations of Mongolia, Bariloche, and Oman, the next destination on the list takes travelers to Northern Greece, where they can discover the authentic Greece. This region boasts a unique culture and way of life that is distinct from the touristy southern islands. From the pottery-filled, mountainous village of Agiasos and the Petrified Forest in the west to the scenic coastal town of Petra, Northern Greece is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Visitors can also indulge in delicious local cuisine, including moussaka, souvlaki, and dolmades. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and friendly locals, Northern Greece promises an unforgettable travel experience.

5. Guatemala: A Vibrant and Unexplored Destination

Guatemala is a unique and underrated country that travelers often overlook in favor of more popular destinations in Central America. But the truth is, this vibrant and unexplored destination offers a lot to discover. From the stunning natural beauty of the Tikal National Park to the colorful Mayan culture that can be experienced in the bustling markets and small towns, Guatemala offers a rich and authentic travel experience. For families, visiting the Peten Province is highly recommended, as it’s home to the impressive Tikal ancient ruins – a must-visit attraction. And for those seeking adventure and off-the-beaten-path experiences, there’s no better place than Guatemala. So, pack your bags and explore the best-kept secret of Central America!

6. Tasmania, Finland: The Adventure Islands

Heading to the adventure islands of Tasmania, Finland should definitely be on any traveler’s bucket list. Tasmania, with its untouched wilderness, national parks and wildlife, provides a one-of-a-kind adventure. Hike the Overland Track, explore Cradle Mountain or kayak through a sea cave. In Finland, snow sports take center stage, from skiing and snowboarding to husky sledding and ice fishing. But there’s more to Finland than winter sports. Visit the lakeside towns of Kuopio, Savonlinna and Tampere to experience authentic Finnish culture, or head farther north to Lapland for the chance to spot the Northern Lights. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills or cultural exploration, Tasmania and Finland have got you covered.

7. Ethiopia: The Land of Diversity and Rich Culture

Ethiopia is often overlooked as a tourist destination, but it has so much to offer. The country’s rich culture and diverse landscapes are something to behold. From historical sites like Lalibela and Gondar to the resilient and untouched Omo Valley tribes, Ethiopia is full of wonders waiting to be discovered. The country is often referred to as the “Land of Diversity,” and for good reason. The cuisine, music, and people all offer a unique blend of different influences. Modern Ethiopia is thriving, making it an excellent destination for adventure and relaxation. With so much to see and do, Ethiopia is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored.

8. Faroe Islands, Denmark: The Ultimate Offbeat Destination

The Faroe Islands, Denmark, is undoubtedly one of the most underrated and offbeat destinations in the world. This archipelago of volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean is an absolute treat for nature and adventure enthusiasts. From picturesque villages like Gjogv to the giant puffin colony of Mykines, the Faroe Islands offer a unique blend of rugged landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and extreme wildlife encounters. Although the Faroe Islands may not be the first destination that comes to mind, it offers an opportunity to explore and discover something new and truly exceptional. So why not step off the beaten path and experience the ultimate offbeat destination?

9. Block Island, Rhode Island: The Perfect Getaway from the City Chaos

Block Island in Rhode Island is the perfect getaway from the city chaos. This beautiful island, located just off the coast of Rhode Island, is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by travelers. With its laid-back and authentic vibe, Block Island offers a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere that is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. From its sandy beaches to its scenic hiking trails, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. Plus, the island’s best rooms can be found off Expedia, adding to its offbeat charm. If you’re looking for a quiet and beautiful escape, Block Island should definitely be on your travel list.

10.  Nairn Beach, Scotland, United Kingdom

Nairn Beach, located in the charming seaside resort of Nairn, Scotland, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It boasts pristine white sands and low dunes that fringe the turquoise waters of the Moray Firth. The climate in this area is surprisingly mild for the Highlands, making it an excellent summertime destination. Visitors can stroll along the promenade and admire the pleasure boats in the pretty harbour. The beach and harbour are also a great spot for spotting wildlife, such as the resident colony of dolphins frequently spotted at the mouth of the River Nairn. The beach even has a marina with a bar and restaurant next to it and loads of boats to rent. The area is popular with families, as the beach offers plenty of space for swimming and water-sports enthusiasts. From the beach, visitors can take in stunning views across the Moray Firth and out over the Black Isles. There are also plenty of popular walks in the area, including towards Kingsteps and Culbin Forest, or at low tide, to Whiteness Point, a long spit of sand home to a population of seals. Nairn Beach also offers easy access with parking in the town and is dog-friendly. [1][2]

11. Molokai – Hawaii is Among the Best Hidden Vacation Spots in the US

Molokai, Hawaii, is one of the best hidden vacation spots in the US that travelers should visit. This secluded island offers visitors a stunning and peaceful escape from the daily hustle and bustle. Molokai’s beauty lies in its untouched nature, uncrowded beaches, and vibrant local culture. Visitors can explore the island’s history by visiting ancient Hawaiian fishponds, petroglyphs, and a leper colony. For outdoor enthusiasts, Molokai offers amazing water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing. Hiking and mountain biking through lush tropical forests and hidden waterfalls are also available. Molokai’s friendly and welcoming local population adds to the vacation experience. This hidden gem in Hawaii may not have luxury accommodations or shopping, but it offers its visitors raw beauty and unforgettable memories. [1][2]

12. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Budget-friendly beach getaway with vibrant nightlife

San Juan, Puerto Rico is known for its affordability as a beach destination with a lively nightlife. Its local food scene is known for its delicacies ranging from empanadas to fried plantains, complemented by refreshing local beers like Medalla and cocktails such as the frozen piña colada. With crystal-clear waters and a lush rainforest background, San Juan’s beaches are some of the best in the world, such as the popular Isla Verde and Luquillo Beach. The city’s casinos, like the famous Casino del Mar at the La Concha Resort, offer more than just slot machines and blackjack tables, as they also provide several restaurants and bars. While the heat can be overwhelming at times, San Juan is known for its history, culture, and landmarks like the San Cristobal Castle and El Morro, attracting visitors worldwide. [1][2]

13. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Tsitsikamma National Park is a protected area situated on South Africa’s Garden Route. It is a place where visitors can experience the great outdoors, stunning marine life, and an adventure-filled vacation. The park offers a peaceful atmosphere and is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Covering an 80-kilometer stretch of coastline, the park is a multi-dimensional destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest, and delicate Fynbos. It is a hiking and water sports paradise and forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. Visitors will see the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound rocky shores, temperate high forest, and roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet. Age-old rivers carve their way to the sea, and wonderful marine creatures swim along the shore. The park has two rest camps, and there are many hiking trails of varying lengths and nature walks in this region. The most famous of them is the Otter Trail, which is one of the best in the world, and the Dolphin Trail, which is fully inclusive and ideal for those who prefer not to rough it. The park also offers various amenities, including a restaurant, shop, chalets, campsite, and caravan park, information center, adventure bookings office, the Agulhas lookout platform, trees marked with their national tree list numbers, and underwater trails. Moreover, the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area is situated along the shoreline of the park and provides protection for marine habitat and wildlife, including birds and threatened and endangered fish species. It is one of the largest and oldest restricted (no-take) MPAs in the world, making it a favorite spot for researchers and visitors alike. [1][2]

14. Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

The Lofoten Archipelago in Norway is a mountainous and arctic fjord region that offers stunning scenery and activities for tourists. The destination boasts distinctive hotels, authentic fisherman’s cabins, and affordable hotels situated in central locations. It also offers a range of holiday homes, camping sites, train and bus travel, car rentals, and ferry rides, making it easily accessible to visitors. The archipelago has achieved certification for sustainability effort, committing to reducing negative tourism effects while strengthening its positive effects. Activities in Lofoten range from horseback riding and surfing to witnessing the Northern Lights in winter and enjoying the midnight sun in summer. The islands have a rich history dating back over 11,000 years with traces of significant human habitation as well as archaeological evidence from the Iron and Viking Age. Presently, the destination attracts over one million tourists each year. Lofoten is located at the edge of the Arctic Circle in North Norway, comprising the municipalities of Vågan and Moskenes. The destination includes several principal islands, with Vestvågøy being the largest. The archipelago features open sea and sheltered bays, untouched lands, and dramatic mountains, earning high praise from travelers worldwide. [1][2]

15. Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Nestled in the Julian Alps of Slovenia, Lake Bohinj is a breathtaking outdoor playground that offers a variety of activities for visitors in the summer. Unlike the more popular and crowded neighboring Lake Bled, Bohinj is perfect for those seeking an authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience. The lake is ideal for swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking, with a walking trail that surrounds the entire perimeter of the lake. Visitors can take the Vogel cable car for impressive views of the Triglav National Park, the highest mountain range in Slovenia. There are several great alpine hiking trails to choose from at the upper station for those who want to take in more of the scenery. Savica waterfall, situated 4km from Ukanc, is Slovenia’s most famous waterfall and a must-see destination. The picturesque St. John the Baptist Church and bell tower, which dates back 700 years, at the head of the lake is a postcard-worthy landmark. For those interested in the region’s history and culture, the Alpine Dairy Museum in Stara Fužina will give a small glimpse into Alpine farming. Overall, Lake Bohinj offers a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure for every type of traveler. [1][2]

16. White Sands National Park, New Mexico

White Sands National Park is a unique natural wonder located in the heart of the Tularosa Basin, New Mexico. Its 145,762 acres encompass the world’s largest gypsum dunefield, featuring huge wave-like dunes of gypsum sand, some as tall as 60 feet high. The park offers a range of activities, including ranger-led programs, backcountry camping, and sledding on the dunes. Visitors are advised to plan their trip with safety in mind and obtain any necessary permits. The park is home to thousands of animal and plant species, including over 45 species that are exclusive to the park, such as moths and white-colored animals. The area has been inhabited by humans for 12,000 years, and the park features the potentially oldest known human footprints in North America, dating back 23,000 to 21,000 years ago. The park was initially designated as White Sands National Monument in 1933 and was later designated as a national park in 2019. Its beauty, uniqueness, and historical significance attract about 600,000 visitors each year, making it the most visited site in New Mexico. [1][2]

17. Ecuador: A small country with big adventures and diverse landscapes

Ecuador is a small country that boasts big adventures and awe-inspiring landscapes. Toivola’s inaugural trip to South America brought them to this gem of a country known for its geographical and biological diversity. With four unique landscapes, ranging from the rugged Andes to the mist shrouded cloud forests, bustling colonial cities, and breathtaking coastlines, there is always something special to discover here. In particular, the Mashpi Cloud Forest is a unique ecosystem that is home to a rich assortment of rare and endemic wildlife species and provides endless opportunities to explore hidden forest trails and marvel at crashing waterfalls while being spellbound by the beauty of the natural habitats. Ecuador is also home to the Amazon basin, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, where you can visit ecotourism projects, such as the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge. This luxurious and secluded lodge provides an exclusive rainforest experience complete with expert guides, canoes, and wildlife viewings. Ecuador has a rich cultural and culinary heritage, and visitors can learn about its practices, walk the equator line, and delve into some of the world’s best chocolate. With its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique eco-systems, Ecuador offers something for every adventurous traveler to explore and cherish for a lifetime. [1][2]

Off the Beaten Path: Unleashing the Most Untapped Destinations in the World

When it comes to travel, most people tend to flock to popular destinations without giving much thought to the lesser-known ones. But for those who seek adventure, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path destinations waiting to be discovered. The previous sections have introduced some of the most underrated travel spots around the world, but this section takes it a step further by unleashing the most untapped destinations in the world. From the rugged terrain of Transnistria to the middle Eastern road trip in Oman, there are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be explored. By venturing off the beaten path, travelers can escape the crowds and experience authentic cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and new adventures that they’ll never forget. So, pack your bags and embark on an adventure of a lifetime. The world is waiting for you.

That concludes our list of the top 9 underrated travel destinations. We hope this article inspires you to consider exploring some new and unexpected places on your next adventure. Have you been to any of these destinations or have other underrated travel spots to recommend? Let us know in the comments! Happy travels!

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