Seeing the popular wonders of the world is definitely memorable, but travelers who chose to wander off the beaten path are often met with wonderful surprises. We compiled a list of places that satisfy wanderlust and we believe are underrated.
- Fortaleza, Brazil: Most people think of Rio de Janeiro when they want to travel to Brazil, but Fortaleza is the fifth largest cities in Brazil and is known as quite a party town. This vibrant city has great beach options, including smaller beach areas. Praia de Iracema is jam packed with bars, clubs, and restaurants. Miereles is a cool beachfront town and sail boat port. This area is busy day and night and is packed with shopping and cafes.
Flights to Fortaleza starting at $521* one way.
- Montevideo, Uruguay: Just a short distance away from the popular city of Buenos Aires, is the eclectic city of Montevideo, which is also the capital of Uruguay. Montevideo has a bit of it all: fun beaches, restaurants, bars, and colonial plazas. There’s beautiful and bright architecture everywhere you look. You can visit the modern skyscraper, Torre Antel and see the best view of all the city has to offer. A popular spot for tourists and natives is La Rambla, a waterfront avenue.
Flights to Montevideo starting at $398* one way.
- Dubrovnik, Croatia: A true hidden gem of Eastern Europe, Dubrovnik is a romantic and historic city. It emcompasses all the sophistication of Meditterrean lifestyle and you’ll find history at every corner. There’s a plethora of beach spots around the city, and everything is framed by ancient walls and green mountains. There’s also a fun and easy going nightlife that’s rages on to the morning.
Flights to Dubrovnik starting at $398* one way.
- Prague, Czech Republic: Prague is another romantic Old city in Europe. You can enjoy many bridges, beautiful castles, and Medieval architecture throughout the city. Prague is known to have some of the best beer in Europe so beer enthusiasts will be satisfied. There are many chic pubs to try when you’re ready to wind down from exploring this gorgeous city.
Flights to Prague starting at $420* one way
Yangshuo, China: Yangshuo is a beautiful countryside county in Guangxi Province in Southern China. Until recently, Yangshuo was a well-kept secret of avid backpackers, but this hidden gem is getting more visitors as time goes by. Take a cruise on a bamboo raft down the Li River, framed by thousands of beautiful hills, some with special names like “Moon Hill” and “Mural Hill.” Venture to nearby ancient villages like Jiuxian, where you can see the people living a simple and pure life. Stroll down West Street and indulge in local favorites like beer fish and fresh rice noodle dishes, or try the delish local fruits like Shatian Shaddocks or kumquat.
Flights to Yangshuo starting at $557* one way.
Da Nang, Vietnam: Da Nang is one of the major port cities of Vietnam and is evolving quickly with modern buildings and hotels popping up everywhere. The food here is to die for, from the savory street food to tantalizing noodle dishes at one of the many beautiful waterfront restaurants. There is so much to see around Da Nang from the limestone caves, to the Marble Mountains, to the giant Lady Buddha statue that stands tall above the city. Non Nuoc Beach, with it’s clean white sand and blue water, is the perfect escape for relaxation after you get your fill of the busy city.
Flights to Da Nang starting at $1,013* one way.
*NOTE ABOUT PRICES: All prices were current at the time this email was published. Prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice. Prices are based on searches done in the last 14 days for flights from the US to the specific destinations for departures between May and August of 2015. Flight prices vary by date, departure city, arrival city and availability. All taxes/fees are included in the price, except certain government taxes, change fees, and fees imposed in destination and airline baggage fees, if applicable.