When we want to relax on
vacation, many of us often just choose the most popular places where everyone
already goes without much forethought. For some reason, we think to ourselves:
“The more tourists, the better the place must be.” But this is not
always true. Out there around the world, there are large number of places akin
to a real paradise on Earth, but which strangely have not yet become very
popular among travellers.
We chose 15 utterly magical
places where you will be able to get away from the fuss and bustle of the
crowds and really soak up the tranquillity.
Jose
Ignacio, Uruguay


Just 300 people live in Jose
Ignacio, but in winter (that is, during the South American summer), this city
is clogged up with Latin American superstars, such as Shakira. That’s why you
can find such things as luxury hotels and fashionable restaurants there. Jose
Ignacio is the perfect place for people who have the means to enjoy a bit of
luxury but can’t find the privacy they crave.
Koh
Rong, Cambodia

If you want a break from
civilization, then you definitely need to visit the island of Koh Rong. No
skyscrapers, noise or cars here. There’s only silence, some peaceful fishing
villages, and unspoiled nature. Koh Rong is sometimes described as “What
Thailand was like 20 years ago.”
Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a strikingly
beautiful land with a diverse culture and a rich history. Tourism is not a
particularly well-developed sector of the economy here, although there are many
places of interest: Maharaj mansions, the world’s largest mangrove coast, and
the planet’s longest beach.
Sofia,
Bulgaria

Sofia is one of the cheapest
tourist cities out there, at least compared with other European capitals. The
primary city of Bulgaria has a rich store of breathtaking historic architecture
that is guaranteed to astound you. According to some experts, Sofia will not
stay in the background of the tourist industry for much longer — very soon it’s
going to be discovered by more and more people, and will get inundated with
tourists.
Ambergris
Caye, Belize

The island of Ambergris Caye
has a rich history. At various times, Indian Mayans, whale hunters and
buccaneers have all lived there. Ambergris Caye today attracts divers from all
around the world — it’s located near the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the
second longest reef in the world.
Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma,
is a small country in Southeast Asia. The word “Myanmar“ means ”fast”, and
there’s a good reason for this: Only around 300,000 people visited the country
in 2010, but three years later, that number had ballooned to over 2 million
tourists. Tourism in the country is developing rapidly, but there is still time
to go ride a boat on the isolated Inle Lake and catch the sunset reflecting off
the Shwedagon Paya.
Roatan,
Honduras

Cruise liners started to visit
the coast of Roatan only in 2005. Truth be told, this is probably because
Honduras is not one of the safest places in the world. Roatan began to gain
popularity with the appearance of divers, who come to the island to see the
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. On the island itself, you have the chance to go
fishing, and you can also explore the Cayos Cochinos archipelago.
Apulia,
Italy

A vacation in Apulia will
certainly be memorable: the azure sea, the red earth, golden sunsets, and most
importantly, very hospitable locals. Besides lying on the beach, there are many
places of interest which you can visit: Bari castle, the Santa Croce basilica,
and the archaeological museum of Rignano Garganico.
Zambia
and Zimbabwe

Yes, we know — this stunningly
beautiful place similar to Victoria Falls is already known to all. But it’s
located close to Hwange National Park, which hardly anyone knows about. The
park is enormous — 14,600 sq. km. It boasts lakes, rare plants and wild African
animals and birds. Hwange is proud of its elephants (there are more than 30,000
of them there).
Busan,
South Korea

While the hordes of tourists
still head for Seoul, you’d better visit the second biggest South Korean city,
Busan. It often gets called “the summer capital of Korea” because of
its many beaches. Moreover, Busan is famous for its art museum, open bird
sanctuary and a fish market.
Manila,
Philippines

Manila is the second largest
city in the Philippines. It boasts utterly delicious and cheap food. A
three-course dinner in Manila will cost you only $18, whereas in pretty much
any other big city you’ll get the same thing for $95. The city also has many
attractions: old churches, beautiful palaces, monasteries and museums.
Phu
Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is quite simply
paradise. The island is surrounded by snow-white sand beaches, water as pure as
crystal, and emerald green jungles. Here you can go diving, canoeing and
visiting the various farms. A vacation on Phu Quoc offers the chance to
experience a tremendous feeling of unity with nature.
York,
Great Britain

York is one of the most
beautiful and ancient cities in England. It has everything that there should be
in an English town — pubs, tea houses, coffee shops, churches, old buildings,
and so on. One of the main attractions of York is the truly magnificent
cathedral (it is already more than 500 years old). The chances are that more
and more tourists will be rushing to York in the next few years, so hurry up
and enjoy it in peace!
Kep,
Cambodia

Beginning 1908, Kep was the favourite
destination of the French elite living in Cambodia. It was famous for its
fantastic restaurants and expensive villas. But after years of civil war, the
colonial Riviera was left in ruins. Despite this, nowadays Kep is a great place
to relax.
Salinas
Grandes, Argentina

This salt desert is in fact a
large salt marsh, 250 km long and 100 km wide. When it rains, it turns into a
giant mirror. Although many railways and roads run through Salinas Grandes, it
is still considered inaccessible and therefore not so popular among tourists.
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.