With almost 200 countries in the world, it is no surprise that there remains a wealth of undiscovered paradises here on Earth. This planet is full of untapped destinations yet to meet our very own eyes.
If you consider yourself as an intrepid globetrotter and you are in search of the world’s hidden gems, then you are in for a treat. Now, you can allow yourself to get lost in the beauty of the secret getaways of the world.
Below, we will discover the lesser-visited places across the world. From pristine beaches to colorful towns and historic temples, here are the unspoiled and underrated tourist attractions that everyone must travel to:
For those looking for a wild adventure, explore the virtually untapped Madagascar, a hotspot of biodiversity that’s a true paradise for nature- and animal-lovers alike. Madagascar is filled with flora and fauna and 80% of which are only thriving in this underrated country.
When we think of great beaches by the Indian Ocean, we automatically think of Maldives, leaving the pristine beaches of Madagascar in the back burner. Contrary to popular belief, Madagascar offers more than scenic beaches and panoramic views—spot lemurs and humpback whales by the shore of Nosy Be.
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Situated in the still waters between Iceland and Scotland lies the Faroe Islands. The panoramic landscapes will make you realize how much of an untouched paradise this place is.
Faroe Islands will take you back to the era of Vikings, but they are slowly beginning to take small steps towards urbanization, with amazing shops, a 2 Michelin-star restaurant, and so much more.
Stay on any of the historic hotels, such as the Hotel Havgrim Seaside Hotel for that full Nordic experience. The hotels feature large glass windows and private balconies, giving you an opportunity to connect with nature.
Lofoten Archipelago, Norway
Witness the unrivaled beauty of the Lofoten Archipelago in Norway. A great playground to go kayaking, hiking, or sailing, this remote town in Norway is sure to bring peace and tranquility in your travels. Spend a few days at Manshausen, a remote island offering glass cabins for that full Norwegian experience. It feels like the impressive mountains, breathtaking fjords, and clear waters are just beyond your reach. You can explore Norway’s mountains by foot and wait for the Northern Lights to appear at night.
Santorini and Athens may be the first cities that come into your mind when you think of Greece, leaving the Meteora in Thessaly absent in your bucket list. Here, you will find historic monasteries situated on high cliffs.
Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan
For intrepid hikers, the Tiger’s Nest will surely put your skills and endurance to test. It looks like the place is straight out of the Mulan movie. Rumor has it that back in the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava arrived in this destination, which is more than 3000 meters up a mountain in Paro, Bhutan, through flying at the back of a winged tiger. Upon arrival, he meditated for three years, months, weeks, days, and hours before developing the seven temples that make up Tiger’s Nest. The highest elevation is at 10,232 feet—a destination that’s not for the faint of heart.
The enormous, jagged mountain top glaciers of Patagonia will blow your mind. This South American gem is approximately twice the size of Spain, giving you an otherworldly access to deserted beaches and national parks. This place is ideal for road trippers and thrill seekers looking for a challenging hike.
This picturesque country is hugely overlooked when traveling to Europe. Unbeknown to most people, Albania just finally took off ground with tourism, offering dazzling coastlines and luxurious landscapes. Do not miss giving Lake Koman and the valley of Valbona a visit, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Berat, a timeless town where you can take great pictures of Ottoman houses.
Southern Namib Desert, Namibia
For a hot escapade, this remote getaway destination in Namibia will never fail your desert dreams. Known for its beautiful dark skies, the Southern Namib Desert makes for the perfect place where you and your lover can soak into a tranquil, stargazing experience.
The sophisticated Sonop Lodge is ready to welcome travelers of all backgrounds. Rest and relax in the tents situated in the Karis region with a mind-blowing desert panoramic view—best believe there is no better way to cop that full-on desert experience than this destination. Spend your stay trying new activities like horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and watching animals that you would never find in urban cities.
Satisfy your inner wanderlust and drop a visit in Essex, England’s arguably most underappreciated travel destination.
Whether you are visiting the ancient woodlands or the bird-filled coastlines of Two Tree Island and Rainham Marshes, this place deserves a place in your itinerary.
Did you know that the smallest independent country in South America is the least appreciated of all? The country is one of the last strongholds of genuine adventure and exploration of Earth, 94% of its area is covered by tropical rainforest. Its jungles are teeming with wildlife and its country is full of people who care for their environment. Must-visit spots include the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Nieuw Nickerie, Commewijne River, Arya Dewaker, Presidential Palace, and Fort Zeelandia.