These Secret Travel Places Will Blow You Away ...


Our world is full of wonderful places where few tourists venture. Tucked away in countries near and far, there are many places that don't get much attention. Let's change that and give them some focus today shall we?

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Huacachino, Peru

sky,nature,tree,reflection,grass, An incredible oasis village in the dunes of the deserts of Peru. An amazing place to go sandboarding.


Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Český Krumlov,Vltava,town,geographical feature,river, One of the most charming medieval towns in Europe.


Þingvallavatn Lake, Iceland

reef,marine biology,ocean,underwater,sea, An off the beaten track destination to go scuba diving.


Lord Howe Island, Australia

coast,landform,geographical feature,sea,body of water, Stunning scenery and deserted beaches - what's not to love? And only 400 visitors allowed each year.


Kidron Valley, Israel

landform,geological phenomenon,wadi,canyon,valley, Dominated by Mar Saba a Greek Orthodox monastery and also the ruins of Old Ma'rib Sheba (also called Saba), a kingdom mentioned in the Old Testament and the Quran.


Alter do Chao, Brazil

sea,coast,horizon,body of water,beach, The town straddles the Amazon rainforest and a stunning beach known as the Island of Love. Only a few meters from the beach is a huge lagoon, Lago Verde, home to myriad animals and which can only be explored by canoe.


Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

sky,mountainous landforms,mountain,snow,weather, Hard to pronounce and just as hard to get to, but Ittoqqortoormiit is totally worth the effort. This small, colorful town sits by the longest glacial river system in the world.


Leptis Magna, Libya

Leptis Magna,structure,ruins,column,ancient history, The site is one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean


Albarracín, Spain

Albarracín,historic site,town,ancient history,archaeological site, A beautifully preserved medieval village in Northern Spain. The prehistoric rock paintings in the cliff-foot caves of the Albarracín Cultural Park and the “Picaportes” (door knobs) are both worthy of visits.


Hinatuan River, the Philippines

body of water,water,river,stream,swimming pool, The waters of the Hinatuan River on the Philippine island of Mindanao are crystal clear blue and ideal for snorkelers and divers. The saltwater river is nicknamed the "Enchanted River" because it appears to run from the middle of nowhere.


Apostle Islands, USA

wilderness,coast,ecosystem,tree,rock, The group of 22 islands lie off the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior. They are riddled with caves, and during the winter visitors can see frozen waterfalls and icicle-filled chambers.


Namaqualand, South Africa/Namibia

habitat,grassland,pasture,natural environment,prairie, An arid region covering 600+ miles in South Africa and Namibia. Every spring it becomes one of the most surreal landscapes on Earth when the barren area suddenly fills with orange and white daisies.


Saint Pierre Et Miquelon, Canada

town,geographical feature,residential area,neighbourhood,city, It may be in Canada but this little island is a self governing territory of France. Francophiles will love the mash up of French and Canadian culture as well as the lovely scenery.


Chefchaouen, Morocco

color,blue,road,city,urban area, The blue town in Northern Morocco is a favorite haunt of painters and poets.


Crooked Forest, Poland

habitat,tree,natural environment,plant,ecosystem, One of the great mysteries of nature. In the Wry Forest in Nowe Czarnowo near Gryfino, 400 pine trees grow with a 90-degree bend at the base - and nobody knows why.


Bastei Bridge, Germany

Saxon Switzerland,cliff,wilderness,rock,ecosystem, Probably not a scenery you would associate with Germany.
Also nearby is Lilienstein, one of several small mesas in Saxony where it’s surreal to watch the fog roll over the landscape.


Pangong Tso Lake

Pangong Tso,mountainous landforms,landform,geographical feature,natural environment, The water of this narrow saline lake in the Himalayas between India and Tibet are incredibly clear and provides beautiful reflective views of the mountains.



beach,body of water,shore,sea,coast, This ring-shaped atoll in French Polynesia is known for oysters that produce black pearls. A magnificent place to see marine life, it has some of the world's best scuba diving, and visitors can see dolphins, manta rays, green sea turtles, and hammerhead sharks.


Svalbard, Norway

iceberg,ocean,blue,ice,water, Svalbard is an archipelago between Norway and the North Pole. Visitors come to see Its whaling and fishing villages to see polar bears, reindeer, and marine mammals and to marvel at the glacial landscape which includes some stunning waterfalls.


Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

giraffe,mammal,savanna,wildlife,fauna, UNESCO Heritage Listed Selous is actually the second largest reserve in Africa. It's twice the size of Denmark, and largely unexplored as only 20% is open to visitors.


Chichilianne, Rhone Alps, France

mountainous landforms,mountain,geographical feature,mountain range,town, The charming village is overlooked by Mont Aiguille.


Nosy Be, Madagascar

landform,body of water,beach,coast,sea, A stunning island paradise with a vibrant and friendly culture.


Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

mountainous landforms,landform,geographical feature,mountain,wilderness, Simien Mountains National Park includes jagged mountain peaks, valleys and the simian mountains themselves. This is home to the endangered species of the Ethiopian wolf, the walia ibex, several species of baboons and wild cats and over 50 species of birds.


San Miguel De Allende

town,city,road,neighbourhood,cityscape, The rather artsy city town in Central Mexico is a UNESCO World Heritage site and dates back to at least 1542.


Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula,Dingle,coast,sea,nature, Where all the magic and mysticism of Ireland comes to life.



Liechtenstein,mountainous landforms,mountain range,mountain,historic site, This European microstate between Switzerland and Austria is home to just 35,000 people and is one of the world's richest places based on gross domestic product per capita. There's a fairy-tale castle where the royal family lives, and a tiny army.


Monegros, Spain

nature,tree,botany,plant,arecales, A badlands area of Northeastern Spain, Home to the annual Groove Parade festival - a bit like the Burning Man Festival.


Time Landscape, NYC, USA

tree,plant,ecosystem,botany,land plant, Tucked away in a corner of Lower Manhattan. Alan Sonfist has created a garden of trees and plants that existed in New York before the Europeans came. A living time capsule, so to speak.


Saba, Netherland Antilles

The Bottom,mountainous landforms,town,geographical feature,mountain, One of the most unusual Caribbean islands. There are no beaches, only 4 villages and the airport is the world's shortest commercial landing strip.


Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog, Belgium/the Netherlands

wall,art,ancient history,memorial,brick, One of the quirkiest places in the world. Although technically inside the Netherlands, the twin villages contain more than two dozen areas belonging to Belgium, a legacy of the Middle Ages, when rulers sold off parcels of land. It's like a Russian-doll village with bits of one country inside another inside another inside another. You can walk along a street and cross about five borders in under 60 seconds.


Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA

habitat,wilderness,natural environment,loch,ecosystem, Amazing scenery, an extinct volcano, lakes and rivers, Inuit villages and wondrous wildlife - the River Igushik may even inspire you to learn how to fish.


Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

habitat,natural environment,shore,ecosystem,sea, One of the most unspoiled places on Earth. Pristine beaches, clear waters - it's a divers paradise and kayaking between the islands is pretty special too.


Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal,maya civilization,historic site,ruins,archaeological site, See magnificent Mayan ruins without the crowds.


Hallstatt, Austria

landform,reflection,body of water,lake,river, Considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe, it has evidence of inhabitants since prehistoric times.


Bocas Del Toro, Panama

beach,shore,geographical feature,sea,body of water, A stupendous tropical destination off the usual radar. And it's close enough to make a side trip to the Panama Canal.


Kep, Cambodia

beach,sea,shore,tree,water, A favorite place of the French colonialists in the 1900s but then ignored. Rumors are it's been rediscovered. Get there before the crowds.


Lofoten Islands, Norway

coast,geographical feature,landform,cliff,sea, My next destination! An archipelago off the coast of Norway that lies within the Arctic Circle. It's the world's largest deep water coral reef and is home to wildlife like otters, moose, puffins, and more.


Rumbur Valley, Pakistan

mountainous landforms,historic site,geographical feature,archaeological site,geological phenomenon, Visit with the humble Kalash people who live simply, without electricity, phones, and newspapers.


Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, China

waterfall,nature,atmospheric phenomenon,wilderness,geological phenomenon, The fascinating mountains that were the inspiration for Avatar.


Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

habitat,natural environment,geographical feature,landform,ecosystem, Imagine boarding down the black sandy slopes of a volcano in the middle of Central America - and it's still active.

It's your turn now. Where have you been off the beaten track you think we should know about?

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Its huacachina :)

#35 is just so beautiful and looks surreal

Chefchaouen-Morocco ♥️

just curious to know about the places that you have personally visited . i must add up that #8 is a masterpiece in itself .

You write the most fascinating travel pieces. Have you travelled a lot?

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