If you’re looking to up your travel game by visiting places that might not be on everyone’s bucket list then do yourself a favor and check out these awesome locations! Each one offers you a unique and beautiful destination for your next vacation. (Would you look at that…I’m a poet and I didn’t even know I was rhyming those words.)
TEN OF THE COOLEST PLACES TO TRAVEL THAT MAY NOT BE ON YOUR RADAR
I had no idea where Palau was and had never even heard of it until a few weeks ago when someone told me that it was at the TOP of their bucket list. I’m told that there is a lake in Palau where you can swim amongst thousands of jellyfish without feeling their sting. (See video below for how beautiful this lake is). Outside of this Palau holds centuries of tradition, history, and culture that is unlike anywhere else in the world. They have WWII relics that you can check out, the people are friendly, and the mostly uninhabited islands are breathtaking.
Romania is another place that I’m adding to my bucket list simply for it’s beauty. From the Bigar Waterfall to the Tunnel of Love to the Bucegi Mountains the natural beauty in Romania is like nothing else I have ever seen, and I’m only looking at pictures, I can’t imagine what it would look like in person! Outside of Romania’s landscapes you can also visit the village of Viscri where time has literally stopped in the XVIIIth century, and has been declared a world heritage site. Romania is home to beautiful castles, picturesque monasteries, and so much more.
Antarctica is not for the weary. Most people travel to one of the coldest places on the planet for the adventures that they can go on in one of the most untouched places on earth. From hiking to kayaking you are sure to find something to fill the adventuress side of your soul. For those who have traveled to Antarctica they say it’s like finding themselves in a whole new world.
If beach vacations are your kind of thing then take a step outside of the usual destinations and get yourself to Curacao. It has some of the most beautiful beaches you will step foot on and you don’t have to worry about your vacation being ruined by unpredictable storms. Curacao is consistently dry and sunny with refreshing trade winds. Also, they are known for their blue drinks and nothing tastes more delicious than a blue drink (or so I’ve heard…).
From what I have read about Liechtenstein it is one of the best places to visit if you are looking for pure relaxation and some peace and quiet. The entire countries population is a little under 37,000 people! Escape to this country for some much needed R&R and the always sought after ‘me’ time and you are guaranteed to come back feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on whatever life has to offer.
St. Andrews Bay
Raise your hand if you’re a golf fan? I’m not either BUT just in case you are St. Andrews is the world’s “Home of Golf” and that’s a pretty high title. Aside from the golf scene, St. Andrews is home the oldest university in Scotland and the ruins that you can find, especially those of the cathedral, are unlike anywhere else in the world. However, I think the thing that makes me most excited about visiting St. Andrews is that they boast having the best gelato in the world, with “a flavor for every mood”. And that right there is reason enough for me to hop on a plane and go find out for myself what they mean by that.
Another place where I keep finding the wine on top of everyone’s reasons for loving the Pyrenees and that is OK with me. There are 180 festivals that take place is Pyrenees throughout the year with their most popular ones being the Jazz in Marciac festival, the Piano aux Jacobins (yes please!), and the Medieval Festival of the Grand Falconer. I’m not entirely sure what happens at that last one but the title alone is very intriguing with all kinds of Medieval performances such as fire-eaters, knights, musicians, and so much more.
Isle of Skye
The first thing I found out about the Isle of Skye in Scotland is that the bridge from the Harry Potter films is there and I immediately said to myself “well it’s on the list!” It’s also known as James Bond country and I didn’t even realize that was thing until right now. You can also a visit the 13th century Eileen Donan castle and if you are anything like me castles are my FAVORITE thing to see whenever I am traveling. Basically what I am learning is that Scotland is full of beautiful, rich history and we all need to be exploring it.
From the glaciers to the Futaleufú river Patagonia is another place full of breathtaking landscapes. Patagonia is popular amongst skiers and snowboarders because of the Cerro Catedral ski resort, which has more than 1200 hectares of skiable and ridable land. Looks like it’s time for me to learn how to ski…
Finland is another place where you can go to view the Northern Lights and in Finland they are visible roughly 200 nights out of the year! ALSO, Finland loves Santa Claus and he is celebrated year round! Every day of the year parents and children can visit Santa’s office and meet him in person, making this my new favorite place in the entire world. My childhood dreams of meeting Santa just became that much more real.
What are some of the coolest places you’ve traveled? Let us know in the comments below!