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10 OF THE MOST UNDERRATED TRAVEL DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

We all love a good getaway, and I am sure destinations like Paris, New York, Rome and London are on the top of your list. While those popular travel spots are indeed incredible, have you ever considered visiting a place off-the-beaten-track, lesser known and a little more interesting?

There are so many incredible countries that are not getting the appreciation they deserve! Here are our top underrated holiday destinations from around the world we think you should consider for your next vacation.

10. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the perfect destination for travellers on a budget. Flights are commonly less expensive than other parts of Europe and the country it self seems pretty affordable. The city is picturesque with lots of beautiful streets and parks to explore. 

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9. Gdańsk, Poland

Gdańsk is over one thousand years old with a unique feel that sets it aside from all other cities in Poland. If you are looking for a city teeming with history, then Gdansk is the destination for you. It was a major flash point during WWII and also a site of the beginning of the end of Communism in Eastern Europe. After being bombed during the war the city was reconstructed to resemble its 14th century appearance – making for a postcard-worthy location. 

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8. The Philippines

During the summer many flock to Indonesia or Thailand for a beach getaway, forgetting the breathtaking Philippines. If you are looking for stunning beaches you will be spoiled for choice, where 7107 islands offer white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters for world-class swimming, snorkelling and diving. 

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7. Fjord, Norway

Western Norway is famous for easily accessible fjords and mountains. The fjords of Norway offer some of the most jar-dropping views in the world. Seriously, if this place is not on your bucket list you need to add it pronto!

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6. Zhangjiajie, China

Zhangjiajie is an incredible national park in south-central China. The area is full of traditional culture, with incredibly friendly locals. The area has a unique subtropical climate with cooler summers and warmer winters. The area is extremely beautiful with lakes, streams and waterfalls and was even an inspiration for the world of Pandora in the movie Avatar. Image visiting the real-life Pandora!

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5. Sedona, USA

Arizona is well known for the Grand Canyon, but just a few hours south is Sedona, another incredible vacation spot that is often overlooked. Sedona is a city completely surrounded by stunning red sandstone rock formations. It is always the perfect temperature during the summertime making it the perfect place to go hiking, biking and mountain climbing. 

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4. Bolivia, Central South America

Surrounded by Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Paraguay, Bolivia seems to be the forgotten country. This largely untouched country is an incredible destination with 60% of the population being of pure Native American ancestry. Where else can you bike the world’s most dangerous road, explore the planet’s largest forest and hike the Earth’s longest continental mountain range all on one vacation?

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3. Ljubljana, Slovenia

One of the most prettiest cities in Europe, Ljubljana is the vibrant capital of Slovenia. If you are looking for an incredible place to visit in Europe that isn’t packed with tourists Ljubljana is the place to be. It is also in a central location as Slovenia is squished in between Croatia, Hungary, Austria and Italy, all of which are very popular tourist destinations – making it the perfect stop during a Eurotrip. 

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2. Valencia, Spain

When you think of Spain your mind may think of Barcelona or Ibiza, but why not combine those two places and visit Valencia. It has everything you want on a European getaway – the beach, music, history, culture and food. Whether you’re looking for the culture of Barcelona, the beaches of Majorca, or the nightlife of Ibiza, Valencia has it all! 

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1. Mozambique, Africa

If you are looking to go some where unspoiled, undeveloped, and untamed then you need to head to Mozambique. It’s 1,500 miles of rugged, gorgeous coastline are complimented with world-class coral reefs, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and sunset sailing. Mozambique is lesser developed than other Indian Ocean islands like Mauritius and Seychelles, therefore retaining its exotic and pure landscape. 

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What underrated destination would you add to this list?

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  • I’ve always dreamed of visiting Mozambique. The rest of these locations sound intriguing as well.

  • Can totally agree with the Philippines – such an amazing and UNDERRATED country. Can’t wait to get back and explore more!

  • Brett A Horting

    When will you be in Zhangjiajie, I am going there w my GF august 16th?

  • Sidama, Ethiopia… we had a blast over at Lake Awassa. Ethiopia has a lot to offer… we can’t wait to go back with the munchkins. Thanks for the list. Actually, none of those places were on my list… I’ve added them now. Thanks again!!

  • Dannielle

    Serious wanderlust material!

  • Mango Sticky

    Love this post! FYI your picture of Lisbon is actually Portofino, Italy.

  • I’ve head nothing but great things about the Fjords. I think it’s the cost of Norway that puts a lot of people off. Definitely missed out on the Philippines on my last trip to SE Asia. Will be sure to stop by next time round!

  • Slovenia is truly awesome so it was great to see it make your list! We reckon Malawi is criminally underrated as a destination…cheap, friendly and it has the ridiculously amazing Lake Malawi