For the seasoned traveller, it can be difficult to know where to go next. Once you’ve done all of the major tourist destinations and been up the Eiffel Tower on ten different occasions, you need something a little different. Here are our 12 favorite travel destinations for those seeking something less conventional.
Visit the original ice hotel. The hotel is open during the coldest months and has frozen suites designed by some of the world’s top artists and designers. It may not be the most comfortable hotel you’ve ever slept in, but it’s certainly one of the most unique! Fill your days with snowmobile rides, ice carving and reindeer safaris- it’s the perfect winter wonderland destination.
Sichuan is home to China’s most beautiful landscapes and natural scenery. Admire the hot springs, limestone caves and waterfalls, but don’t forget to stop in on the country’s famous giant pandas at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center.
Although Verona may not be Italy’s most popular tourist destination, it has some of the best cultural experiences on offer in the country. Go in late summer and sit in the city’s stunning Roman amphitheater to enjoy the Verona Opera Festival- take in the romance of Romeo and Juliet’s hometown.
More adventurous travellers can visit the unspoiled island of Madagascar. There may not be musical lemurs as some movies would have us believe, but there are incredible rainforests, beaches and natural wonders to explore.
Australia’s quieter neighbor is also a country of incredible natural beauty, with stunning mountain ranges, active volcanos and beautiful, peaceful lakes. The country is ideal for exploring by foot, but also has some buzzing cosmopolitan areas with diverse cuisine and friendly people.
Mont St. Michel, France
If you’ve done Paris to death and don’t feel up to a beach vacation down south, head to the north of France and climb the picturesque heights of Mont. St. Michel. The island has beautiful medieval architecture and a stunningly preserved abbey, and is a short drive away from the beaches of Normandy, making it the ideal destination for history lovers.
Bruges is a beautiful medieval town that will make you feel like you’ve stepped right into a fairy tale. An easy train ride away from the larger cities of London and Paris, Bruges has historic churches, buzzing markets and galleries filled with art.
Croatian Islands, Croatia
There are so many tiny, pristine islands off the coast of Croatia that we couldn’t pick just one to visit. If you’re looking for a beach vacation that’s a little off the beaten track, you’ll find lovely beaches and incredible scenery in Croatia.
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
This Puerto Rican island is full of unspoiled, quiet beaches with crystal clear water and pale white sand, but what really sets this spot apart from other islands is Mosquito Bay. The water at mosquito bay lights up in the evening to create a shimmering diamond-like effect, making it the perfect romantic vacation destination for any couple or nature lover.
The Faroe Islands is a fascinating destination situated in the Gulf Stream of the North Atlantic. Technically a self governing region of Denmark, these islands have a culture and history of their own, with exciting regional festivals taking place all year round.
Turkey has something to offer every kind of traveller. With the exciting, vibrant cosmopolitan center of Istanbul available to explore and the stunning rugged coastline filled with ancient temples, you could spend months uncovering the many treasures on offer in Turkey.
Durban, South Africa
While it may not be as famous as the cities of Johannesburg or Cape Town, Durban is possibly South Africa’s most fun tourist spot. If you’re seeking out sunny beaches and great surfing conditions, Durban is South Africa’s hottest spot, with the warm waters of the Pacific offering ideal conditions for a winter getaway.