Everyone looks for something different when it comes to packing bags and heading off to the next adventure. Some look for parties on the beach, some for jungle-laden temples, and others for ancient stone streets buried in the heart of Europe. If your wanderlust extends beyond the cities that everyone has already taken selfies in, we have the perfect list of unknown destinations curated for the true adventurer.
Visit Croatia – The Mediterranean’s Best Kept Secret
Nestled between Slovenia, Bosnia, and Hungary, this country is made up of over 1,200 islands that stretch luxuriously along the bright blue Adriatic sea. If you are a history buff your eyes will never hunger here with rich surroundings of castles, treasured remnants of Emperor Diocletian’s palace, and the Dubrovnik City Walls. Beach lover? Stretch out on white sands with the locals on Nin, Lovrečina Bay, or Zlatni Rat, Brać Island.
Visit the Philippines – The Adrenaline Junkie’s Dream
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No matter what gets your blood pumping, this Island nation cluster has something to offer for water and land sports alike. Around the islands there is kayaking, white water rafting, surfing, kiteboarding, parasailing and scuba diving. On solid ground you can zipline in the ziplining capital of the world, test your skills rock climbing, or hike to a volcano in the same day. If you want to keep the adventure alive when the sun goes down, the bustling cities of the Philippines have plenty to offer whether you want to party in Paranaque, ball out in Boracay,or bust a move in Manila.
Visit Iceland – The Land of Sky Gazers
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If your idea of a vacation is to unplug, slow down, and absorb the kind of magnificence only nature can provide, then Iceland is the place for you. The first thing that may come to mind is the the Northern Lights, which are famously vibrant here. You can also find intense whale watching excursions, geysers in Strokkur, Volcano in Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, ice caves, hot springs, and the world renowned multicolored rhyolite mountains and lava fields at Landmannalaugar.
Visit Bhutan – The Hermit Buddhist Kingdom
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Bhutan is a realm truly unlike any other in the world. With tourism only active in the country for the past 40 years and a ‘tourist tax’ that controls the number of visitors, your experience will be authentic and restoring. The Bhutanese government measures success of the country in “Gross National Happiness” every year, which should tell you something of the culture. In complete isolation from other civilizations, the Buddhist way of life is all-encompassing and traditional dress remains the preferred attire. Visit the 320 year-old monastery that hugs to cliffs right in the heart of the Himalayan mountains. For inspiration simply research images for Taktsang Palphug also known as the “Tiger’s Nest”.
Visit Guam – Unparalleled Food and Culture
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Perfectly climated with year-round temperatures hovering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, this tiny Micronesian island is abundant in rich culture and cuisine perfect for the foodie. Take your time to enjoy the luxury of white beaches on the Pacific Ocean by day, and at night peruse the Chamorro Village in Hagatna that comes alive with authentic souvenir vendors, live music, and traditional island dances. Before you leave you must try the barbecue with fresh coconut juice for a sweet and salty flavor unlike any other in the world. Pair this with the smokey local side dish called red rice, and finish with dessert of Banana Lumpia inspired from the Philippines.