By Jordan Greene
You can call me Dan. I’m a backpacker and a self-taught cook. I’ve been to a few countries, mostly in Asia and Europe. I write articles as a part-time job. I have two lazy dogs, a pug (Bingo) and a husky (Reese)
If you’re a traveller who thinks they’ve seen it all, think again. There’s always somewhere new to discover, even if it seems like an unlikely choice – broaden your horizons and delve deeper into the world’s offerings.
Here are just five underrated destinations you need to be adding to your bucket list.
It’s often overlooked by travellers exploring Europe, but Iceland is definitely worth a visit. Full of natural wonders, from volcanoes to icebergs, it’s a country beckoning for you to come and explore. If you’re wanting a very unique travel experience, consider road tripping the perimeter of the country via the famed Ring Road.
Reykjavik is a city you need to discover, too. From the striking architecture of buildings such as the Hallgrímskirkja church to the vibrant and energetic nightlife of the inner city, there is truly something for everyone here. Consider driving out of town to the Blue Lagoon resort too, with its wondrous outside geothermal pools featured on programmes such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
The Philippines have long been avoided by tourists for fears of political tension and conflict. That’s now in the past though, and the country has become a quiet haven for travellers looking for an escape. Palawan is perhaps the best island here, with the Huffington Post going as far as to call it the “most beautiful island in the world”.
It’s a valid claim too, when you come to understand the sheer perfection it has to offer. Luscious green jungles, turquoise waters and warm weather year-round make for an otherworldly combination, a traveller’s paradise. Be sure to venture into Palawan’s Subterranean River while you’re here, the peculiar attraction allowing you to sail into one of the most amazing cave systems in the world.
Cuba is another country troubled by past issues that drove travellers away, but a wave of peace and quiet has led to Havana become a worthy destination to consider. It’s like stepping back in time, as you stroll through the streets to discover rustic and aged architecture with 50s-style cars driving upon the roads.
There’s something refreshing about Havana, perhaps because it is so unique. It looks everything like the pictures, with towering buildings adorned in pastel colours and old American vehicles parked upon the streets. It’s like stepping on to a vintage movie set – and will make for some incredible pictures to show your friends and family once you’re home.
When many tourists travel to Japan they usually opt to stay in one of its major cities. Tokyo and Kyoto are the common choices, both very diverse in their offerings but still some of Japan’s finest destinations to visit. Okinawa is often unfairly skipped over, an island that feels so far removed from Japan’s mainland vibe you’ll wonder if you’re still in the country.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday like no other, this is the place to go. Its luscious beaches and scenery make for one of the best escapes on the planet, and that’s without considering everything else it has to offer. From unparalleled diving opportunities to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to incredible cuisine to one of the world’s largest aquariums, Okinawa truly has it all.
When travellers visit Canada they often steer clear of the cities in favour of exploring the wilderness. But Vancouver is becoming an increasingly prominent choice for tourists, as highlighted by the Secret Traveller – it’s no surprise, as it’s such a diverse, energetic and exciting city.
The food here in Vancouver is definitely a drawing factor, with locals and travellers flocking to experience the diverse cuisine. From Chinatown to the seafood district, you’re spoilt for choice. While you’re here be sure to discover the city’s historical side with its wealth of museums or sit back and relax in one of its many gorgeous outdoor spaces.
Do you have any more recommendations for those underrated destinations we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.