Tallinn is a vibrant city in the Baltic nation of Estonia with some rich Soviet history. Tallinn’s Old Town gives you a look at a beautifully preserved historic town, and the city’s business center is not far from there so you get the best of both worlds.
Huacachina is a little oasis in the middle of a desert! And if that alone doesn’t sound enticing enough, the little town is surrounded by giant sand dunes where you can sandboard or ride in a dune buggy.
Located in the little south Caucasian country of Armenia, Yerevan is another hidden treasure that very few would think to travel to. Like Tallinn, this city also contains a mix of Soviet history and modern life, and not to mention, delicious food.
The Marieta Islands are located west of Puerto Vallarta. A big attraction of the islands is the Hidden Beach, which you’ve probably seen in numerous photos. And the “hidden” part of its name is no joke - the beach isn’t visible from the outside and you have to travel through a water tunnel either by kayak or swimming!
African countries are often overlooked when it comes to vacation destinations, which is really a shame. Tanzania basically has it all when it comes to vacationing: the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (if you’re insanely brave), or witnessing the migration of millions of wildebeests across the Serengeti to name just a few.
Truth be told, Iceland has been gaining popularity with tourists in recent years, so it’s time to make it over there quick before it gets too popular. Iceland is famous for its beautiful landscapes including active volcanoes. It’s also one of the best places to see the Northern Lights!
Most people only think of Moscow and St. Petersburg when they consider traveling to Russia, but you can even travel out to Siberia to see an awesome city. Novosibirsk is the third largest country in Russia, the fastest-growing city in the world, and is a giant business hub.
Fez is a great place to go for a rich, cultural experience. It’s the world’s largest car-free urban area and donkeys are still used to cart things around to this day. The streets are full of delicious foods and vibrant colors everywhere.
For some reason, nobody ever thinks to travel to Canada as a destination! Toronto is Canada’s biggest city and it has quite a few things to see, including Casa Loma, the CN Tower, or the Hockey Hall of Fame (because of course).
This one might seem a little counter-intuitive, what with all of the negative press Iran has gotten in the West, but Iran has a lot to offer tourists. Isfahan is known for its beautiful Persian architecture and markets. British travel writer Robert Byron wrote in the 1930s that Isfahan was “among those rarer places, like Athens or Rome, which are the common refreshment of humanity.”
This tiny East-African island nation has a surprising amount to offer. From wildlife tourism to food influenced by Indian, Chinese, French and Creole people, this tiny island really has everything. Even Mark Twain himself once wrote, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.”
Lombok Island often gets forgotten given how close it is to its famous neighbor, Bali, but Lombok has a lot to offer on its own. It has everything from white-sand beaches to volcanoes to tropical rainforests.
Auckland really has everything you’d need in a city: it has a rich Maori culture, fantastic surfing, volcanoes, rain forests, wineries and wildlife reserves. It’s really no surprise that Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand for its resemblance to Middle Earth.
For some reason, Croatia often gets skipped over when in the hunt for a Mediterranean vacation destination. This makes absolutely no sense, given Croatia’s cathedrals, vast history, beautiful weather, and if you’re feeling extra blue, you can even visit Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships.
Thailand has become quite the tourist destination over the years, but there are still some inconspicuous spots to visit. Unlike Bangkok, Chiang Mai is still relatively laid-back and a great place to get away from the bustle of a big city. Pictured is the Festival of Lanterns.