Travel is filled with possibilities – of seeing things in unexpected or new ways. There are many revelations to be found for anyone who takes time to explore. And sometimes, it is off the beaten tracks or in places you seldom hear about that you find some of the world’s stunning wonders. Here are seven of the world’s most underrated destinations. If you happen to find yourself wandering in these places, take the time to explore more of the hidden gems that you rarely find elsewhere.
Explore and discover: Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Brig o’Balgownie, Castlegate, Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, Marischal College, the Mercat Cross, Provost Skene’s House, Satrosphere Science Centre, St Machar’s Cathedral, University and King’s College of Aberdeen, the picturesque fishing village of Footdee
Explore and discover: History and culture, festivals, breathtaking natural attractions, Cerro Rico in Potosi, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, Lake Titicaca, Madidi National Park, Oruro Carnival, Salar de Uyuni, Sucre, Tiwanaku, Yungas Road (“World’s Most Dangerous Road”)
Explore and discover: Akureyri, Askja Caldera, Blue Lagoon in Grindavík, Dettifoss Waterfall, Eyjafjallajökull (Island Mountain Glacier), Geysir Center, Gullfoss Waterfall, Hallgrímskirkja, Kirkjufell Mountain in Grundarfjördur, Lake Myvatn & Nature Reserve, Landmannalaugar National Park, Maelifell volcano, Mount Esja, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park, northern Lights, Pearl Observatory (Perlan), Skaftafell Ice Cave in Vatnajökull National Park, Strokkur Geysir
Explore and discover: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Genghis Khan Statue, Gobi desert, Karakorum-Erdenezuu, Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park, Khustai National Park, Lake Khövsgöl, Orkhon valley, Petroglyph Complexes of the Altai, Terelj National Park, Tsagaan suwarga, Ulaanbaatar
Explore and discover: Banská Štiavnica, Bardejov, Bratislava, Košice, the National Park Slovak Paradise, Slovenský kras (Caves of the Slovak Crast), Spiš Castle, Tatras and Liptov, Vychodna Folk Festival, the wooden churches in the Slovak side of the Carpathian Mountains
Explore and discover: Hida Folk Village, Higashiyama Walking Course, Jinya-Mae Market, Matsuri no Mori, Miyagawa Market, Old Town, Takayama Festival, Takayama Jinya, Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan, Shirakawa-Go
Explore and discover: Baofeng Lake Scenic Area, Golden Whip Stream, Suoxi Valley, Ten Mile Natural Gallery, Tianmen Mountain National Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Yangjiajie Nature Reserve, Yellow Dragon Cave, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park