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10 Amazing Places That Aren't Packed With Tourists

18 October 2017 by Anna Staford

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The world is an amazing place, and there are so many stunning destinations that should be part of any avid travellers’ bucket list. However, some of the most popular amazing places can lose their appeal when they become inundated with tourists. That’s why more intrepid travellers always have their eye out for the next remarkable destination which is off the beaten track.

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If you’re planning your next trip and yearning for something different, here are 10 amazing places in the world that aren’t packed with tourists:

1. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe visit

Most tourists visit Zambia and Zimbabwe to take in the spectacular Victoria Falls, which border these two countries. However, there are other attractions, particularly in Zimbabwe that are worth seeing, such as the mighty Zambezi and Limpopo rivers and the game-filled plains. Hwange National Park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including some of the world’s largest elephant populations.

2. José Ignacio, Uruguay

José Ignacio is a quiet little fishing village in Uruguay. It is a tip of land that juts out of the Atlantic Ocean, with beaches that are perfect for surfing or relaxing. Over the past few years, this has become a popular destination for socialites and jet setters seeking anonymity. It has artsy bohemian boutiques, hand-painted street signs, dirt roads, and a perfect laid-back lifestyle.

3. Batanes, Philippines

The beautiful landscape in the province of Batanes, located in the northern part of the Philippines is borne out of volcanic eruptions which formed its breath-taking vistas, gently rolling hills, and white sand beaches. Everywhere you look is picture-perfect, and visitors can experience the traditional way of life of its inhabitants.

4. Riga, Latvia

Riga visit

Dubbed as Europe’s best-kept secret, Riga is the capital of Latvia and is the most vibrant and largest of all the Baltic capital cities. Must-visit places in Riga are the Old Town (Vecriga), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city centre. Check the list of 11 amazing things you'll enjoy in Latvia.

5. Roatán, Honduras

This paradise island off the coast of Honduras is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef and the Caribbean’s largest, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

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6. Ambergris Caye, Belize

The small Central American nation of Belize is home to Ambergris Caye, a stunning dive destination that features Chan Marine Reserve’s abundant sea life and the Great Blue Hole, a 124 metre-deep wonder located at Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

7. Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s capital is often overlooked in favour of more popular European capitals, but Sofia is worth a visit. It is steeped in history, with its landmarks mirroring Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Soviet influences. Try these 5 of the undeniably best things to do in Bulgaria.

8. Dominica

Dominica visit

Nicknamed the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”, Dominica is a lesser-known destination but is a gorgeous country full of natural parks, volcanic peaks, and hot springs.

9. Shetland

Off the North coast of Scotland, only 200 miles from Norway, this cluster of small islands offer utterly unspoilt, rugged beauty, especially as only 15 of the 100 islands are inhabited. You can marvel at Jarlshof’s pre-historic and Norse settlement boasting over 4,000 years of human settlement on a single site, visit the Iron Age broch and wheelhouses and discover some of the finest walks in Europe and enjoy an array of outdoor activities. From mid-May to mid-July Shetland enjoys almost 19 hours of daylight a day. By contrast, midwinter sees less than six hours of daylight.

10. Hokkaido, Japan

A good alternative to crowded Tokyo, Hokkaido is the northernmost island in Japan. It is also the least developed and offers wide open spaces, fields of wildflowers, and unexpected caldera lakes. It is home to Daisetsuzan National Park. And don’t leave Japan without trying these 10 foods.

These 10 amazing destinations offer an alternative to the usual holiday hotspots, so take your pick and enjoy.

Read also: 10 Worst Travel Mistakes Practically All Tourists Make

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