Explore the Planet
There are world-famous attractions that you should experience at least once in your life, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and the Bali beaches in Indonesia. These are the first places you’d expect travellers to visit.
However, there are plenty of places to explore that are off the beaten path—often known only by the locals. Here, we put together five hidden gems around the world that are under the radar, but are definitely worth the trek.
Margaret River, Australia
While most travellers to Australia stick to the eastern side, where you’ll find Melbourne, Sydney and the infamous Great Barrier Reef, the Margaret River region offers a fascinating reason to explore the western coast of the country. Margaret River, Australia’s popular wine region, boasts scenic opportunities for caving, surfing, hiking and art-museum hopping.
Tinago Falls, Iligan City, Philippines
You have to make the journey down the 500-step stairs to reach this mesmerizing waterfall in Iligan City. From the name itself—Tinago, which means hidden—you’ll find a cave you can venture tucked behind the waterfalls.
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Exploring Kelowna may not be common on most travellers’ to-go list, but should be. Located in the valley of Okanagan, you can venture through the glorious mountains, pine forests, orchards, lakes, vineyards and sandy beaches. If that’s not enough for a breathtaking view, check out Know Mountain Park and Lake.
Cannaregio, Venice, Italy
Among the least visited spots in one of the world’s most romantic countries, this little Venetian neighbourhood was once a home to the Jewish community during the 16th century. Escape the crowded tourist sights of Venice by getting lost in one of its many alleyways while making friends with the locals.
Desert Nomad House, Arizona
If you just feel the urge to just run away from everything, the Desert Nomad House in Arizona is the perfect place to go. The simple steel box house consists of a 780-square foot living room, kitchen, dining and bathroom area and a 440-square-foot bedroom with an office. Being situated in the middle of vast desert, next to nothingness, makes it the perfect epitome of a tranquil getaway.
Of course, there are plenty of lesser known destinations that were not on this list. But if you’re looking for an absolute rest and relaxation, away from the noise of the crowd, this list is a great way to start your vacation plans.