These destinations are often overlooked in favour of their more popular neighbours. However, if you want to take a break from the usual touristy crowd and are looking for a different experience, then we suggest you add these undermentioned destinations in your itinerary!
Years of internal turmoil has ceased, leaving Kosovo a land free to breathe in peace. Kosovo is still under the protection of UN mission but this autonomous land is now making a conscious effort to reclaim its lost glory. Freshly sprung graffitis and UNESCO protected heritages jostle for attention with the bullet ridden and brunt out buildings, standing testimony to the Kosovo War.
What To See: The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Medieval Monuments in towns of Gracanica, Peja/Pec and Decani, and the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis in the city of Prizren. A new, buzzing nightlife and growing café culture in Prishtina.
The Central European country is often overlooked by its rich neighbours: Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. Poland suffered a lot during the Second World War as Germany and Soviet Union invaded the country. However, despite the enormous human loss and sufferings, the country managed to preserve its rich cultural heritages. Today, the cities of Warsaw, Poznan, Krakow, Lublin, Wroclaw and Gdansk are exceptionally beautiful and well preserved.
What To See: The beautiful city of Wroclaw which has amazing Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. The city of Gdansk is a charming maritime destination while the beautiful city of Krakow is filled with charming renaissance era cathedrals, castles, Art Nouveau architecture.
Another European country which often gets overlooked because of its surrounding neighbours: Italy, Austria and Croatia. Slovenia’s rustic and country charm effectively complements the quickly developing capital city of Ljubljana. Explore the unspoilt mountains, caves and rivers and sample the different Slovenian cuisine which borrows the influences from Italian, Hungarian, Austrian and Balkan cuisines but has its own distinguished character. People are friendly and proud to show their country to the outsiders.
What To See: Visit the beautiful Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, two beautiful lakes with postcard perfect look. Kranjska Gora is the latest ski destination in Europe. Soca Valley and Karst Region is amazingly beautiful and do check out the cities of Maribor and Ptuj.
The land of Dracula, mysterious forests, spirits, folklore and unique traditional practices perfectly complement the sheer beauty of Romania. Unfortunately, this Eastern European nation is highly underrated for tourism point of view. However, Romania is steadily recovering the lost ground. A stable, democratic government is at the helm of the country which has already affiliated to European Union and NATO. Explore the pristine forests, fairy tale castles, beautiful countryside and learn about this mystical land before it becomes the usual touristy destination.
What To See: Bucharest is the heartbeat of Romania and is rediscovering its charm. Check out the Bran Castle, which is the birth place of the legend of Dracula. Traditional villages of Transylvania, monasteries of Horezu, Bucovina and the beautiful Danube Delta.
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Perhaps, the most underrated destination in South Asia, Bangladesh is often surpassed by its regional neighbours: India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Bangladesh can stand on its own because of its green landscapes, close to 700 rivers and mountains; coupled with warm people, a delicious cuisine and a typical slow way of life. Bangladesh is not meant to be seen in hurry, it has to be slowly explored to let the country sink in for a different experience.
What To See: See the bustling city of Dhaka, enjoy the tropical paradise of Cox’s Bazar, Check out the Sunderbans, Lawacherra Rain Forest in Sylhet, Jaflong and Kuakata for amazing beaches and resorts.
Landlocked, surrounded by two Asian powerhouses: India and China and often overlooked by the neighbouring Himalayan country of Nepal. Bhutan is untouched of the modern day indulgence and the country makes every effort to keep this land the same. Time seems to slow down in this Himalayan kingdom which is run by the unique practice of Gross National Happiness rather than the usual Gross Domestic Product. Today, the country is making a transition from monarchy to democracy and that too voluntary. Explore this landlocked country, which might be the last Shangri La before it decides to join the mainstream world.
What To See: Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan and has a rich cultural heritage. Paro is another pristine city with medieval look and feel. Visit the iconic Paro Taktsang monastery. Do try the spicy Bhutanese cuisine and learn the theory of Gross Happiness Index, the concept which sets Bhutan apart from the world.
In the interesting continent of South America, where once again socialism is breathing and expanding its base. Bolivia is one country which is benefiting from the socialist rule of the highly popular President Evo Morales. The country is renowned for the famous salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, Andean Mountains and unexplored bio diversity. However, despite the natural resources, Bolivia is often skipped for its regional neighbours: Peru, Ecuador and Chile. So add Bolivia in your trip to Latin America and admire a land which is still unexplored.
What To See: Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat land is one of the most interesting landscape in the world. Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in the continent and stay in the charming cities of Sucre and Cerro Rico. Drive in the world’s most dangerous road – Yungas Road and party with the locals in La Paz.
Overshadowed and sandwiched by Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is perhaps the most underrated destination of Latin America. However, progressive, stable and safe environment coupled with sophisticated culture and a typical European feel. Admire the capital city of Montevideo and revel in the nightlife and charm of the locals or opt to explore the beautiful Colonia and enjoy partying at Punta del Este. Uruguay is slowly gaining reputation in the world.
What To See: Montevideo has a charming European feel with a Latin flavour. Visit the beach resorts of Punta Del Diablo and Punta Del Este.
Another Latin American country which is highly urbanised with large reserve of petroleum and natural gas and a socialist government spearheaded by the legendary Hugo Chavez, who died but left an lasting legacy of socialism and trail of nationalization. However, Venezuela is often ignored by tourist who prefer its neighbour Colombia and Brazil, the regional favourites. Once can still explore the pristine natural beauty of Venezuela and the vivacious Venezuelan beauties are a treat! Enough reasons to get lost in the country.
What To See: Los Medanos de Coro National Park to enjoy the glimpse of its desert landscape and sand dunes. See the Angels Falls in the Canaima National Park and the Amazon Rainforest. Visit the popular La Isla Margarita and enjoy the charm of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.
A region which is surrounded by heavy weights like Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and Singapore; Vietnam seems quite underrated and is often surpassed. Vietnam holds on its own in the region with its pristine, sleepy villages of north to the beautiful bays of south. The capital Hanoi bustles with energy and colour and is slowly becoming a fashion hub of the region. Ho Chi Minh city still has the communist feel, Nha Trang’s beaches are pristine and the Ha Long Bay looks stunning. There are plenty of things to do and explore with less touristy and flashy feel, making it one of the best place to get lost in traveling.
What To See: Ha Long Bay is the iconic landscape which has become the identity of the country. Mekong Delta and Sa Pa Terraces are pristine. The city of Hoi Ann and the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc and the new, vibrant city of Nha Trang.
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