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7 Underrated Destinations to Visit at Least Once

While the likes of Rome, Paris and New York are undoubtedly worth a visit, it appears almost everyone is booking a trip to the popular destinations.

In fact, their landmarks, activities, and attractions might be so embedded into your brain that they might fail to generate a buzz inside you once you arrive.

If you’re looking for a holiday experience that’s a little bit different and is full of surprises, take a look at the following seven underrated destinations to visit at least once in your lifetime.

  1. Croatia

While many people often make their way to the likes of Spain or Mexico for a sun-filled holiday, Croatia should definitely make an appearance on their travel bucket list.

Those looking for a tranquil summer destination will easily fall for the stunning country, which is rich in natural beauty, historic landmarks, and distinctive charm. If you’re looking for a rural retreat, you must visit Istria; however, if gorgeous beaches and historic sites are more up your street, don’t miss out on a trip to Dubrovnik and Split Regions when planning Croatia holidays.

  1. Bolivia

While many tourists often travel to neighbouring Peru, Chile, Brazil or Argentina, you should not overlook beautiful Bolivia. If you’re dreaming of a beach holiday, Bolivia might not be the best choice, but the landlocked nation is ideal for those who want to breathe in a striking landscape that will remain in their memories for decades to come.

The relatively untouched land offers the highest volcanoes, fiery-red lakes, and the biggest salt flats on the planet. It also is home to the exquisite capital of La Paz, which is well-regarded for its laidback attitude, prehistoric landmarks, and indigenous culture.

  1. Slovenia

What Slovenia lacks in size it makes up for in beauty, as the pocket-sized nation features a stunning Mediterranean coastline that will make you want to spend every holiday here. Expect exquisite mountains and alpine lakes, as well as stunning inland countryside of vines and orchards.

It’s hard to believe Slovenia isn’t more popular with tourists, as it also offers a rich culture and history that dates as far back to the Stone Age. Plus, if you don’t want to stay for the views alone, you’ll definitely want to remain for the nation’s delicious coffee.

  1. Albania

Rivalling its more popular neighbours of Greece and Italy for beauty is Albania. The small Balkan state can be found directly above Greece and offers hill-top ancient castles, stunning beaches, and 7th-century ruins.

The friendly nation features a beautiful backdrop of the Adriatic shores, so make sure you have your camera at the ready. You also can take a tour of the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans, which will be guided by a knowledgeable archaeologist who excavated the site.

  1. Austria

If you are in much need of an active holiday overseas, don’t overlook Austria, which is perfect for hiking in spring and summer and skiing in winter. As most of the nation is comprised of countryside, it is full to the brim with many adventurous activities for both locals and tourists to enjoy.

For example, you can enjoy a spot of white-water rafting, canyoning or kayaking to explore its rocky canyons, or you could even put your bravery to the test by trying ice climbing.

  1. Malaysia

While many tourists have destinations across Southeast Asia on their travel bucket list, Malaysia is weirdly overlooked. Yet, it’s home to beautiful mountains, jungles and tea plantations, which will ensure the trip stands out from the crowd. You also can treat yourself to some of the finest street food in Asia, sampling everything from Penang Assam Laksa to Lok Lok.

Top of your to-visit list should be the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, which offers an atmospheric city that has drawn influences from China and India, and you can take your pick from cool restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs.

  1. The Philippines

Featuring an incredible 7,000 islands, there honestly is a destination for everyone in the Philippines. Yet, it’s not on many tourists’ radar when planning a holiday overseas. However, if you’re looking for a mix of culturally-rich experiences with recreational activities, the diverse nation will not disappoint.

It is also the proud home of many world-class beaches that offer mesmerising views of the cerulean waters, and you can also visit one of 30 volcanoes. Plus, if you want to pay a visit to an unusual landscape, take yourself along to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, which are distinctive cone-shaped hills that have baffled geologists.

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