Traveling around the world is one of those activities that simply never gets old. Once you fall in love with it, you simply can’t stop looking for your next destination. Often, for seasoned travelers who spend a lot of time abroad, there is a battle to try to avoid the standard tourist hot spots. They want to find something a little different. They strive to seek those more unique experiences and stories that the average tourist simply doesn’t get to see or enjoy.
This post is dedicated to those travelers who want to enjoy something new or unconventional. Here are five beautiful, yet often forgotten destinations worth traveling to and enjoying.
The Norwegian Coast
Norway has long been recognized as one of the happiest countries in the world. However, it’s rarely considered a big tourist destination. Those who don’t give Norway a try are missing out. The Norwegian coast is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. While it’s cold during the winter months, the fresh clean air and still waters make the early mornings incredibly beautiful and peaceful.
One of the most notable coastal attractions is the Atlanterhavsveien or ‘Atlantic Road’, a winding 5 mile road that bridges several small islands. The ocean views are incredible and really create a sense of freedom. It shouldn’t be missed.
The English Midlands
When people usually visit England, they think of the big tourist cities like London and Cambridge. However, the country has other hidden gems. The English Midlands is a mostly flat region that includes Birmingham, Leicester, Derby, Oxford and Nottingham just to name a few. These cities are cloaked in history and culture. They’ve got beautiful galleries and old buildings to explore.
These attractions aren’t limited to the cities though. If you travel high enough in the Midlands, the views are incredible. The Peak District in Derbyshire as well as areas like the Shropshire Hills supply incredibly beautiful panoramas of the English landscape. This area is definitely worth considering if you like walking, too.
Oman is quickly turning into one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. When you arrive in Muscat you soon realize why. Recognized as the capital of Arab tourism, you should check the calendar to see when the best time to travel is. Take weather conditions and the time of Ramadan into consideration since the country is 88% Muslim.
With natural landmarks such as beaches, caves and mountains, there is a lot to discover in this part of the world. If it’s not on your bucket list, you may want to consider adding it.
The Scottish Highlands
Sure Scotland is windy and cold at times, but if you’re looking for incredibly beautiful views there are few places better. The Scottish Highlands has always been recognized as an amazing destination. The people are friendly, and the landscape that the area has to offer is unique. Even a train journey through the region will give light to its beauty.
For the hardier adventurers, the recommended way to experience the Highlands is via the West Highland Way. It’s a 96 mile route that runs from Milngavie to Fort William. If you’re up for it, the experience is incredible.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Finally, one of the few remaining hidden gems in the world is the South American country of Guyana. Guyana is a developing ex-British colony. It’s home to a multi-cultural population and one of the only remaining untouched rainforests in the world. At the heart of that rainforest sits Kaieteur Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in the world by volume of water.
You can get exceptionally close the falls. You’ll take some amazing pictures while looking over the rainforest. It’s so deep into the country that the falls are only accessible by plane. It’s truly a unique experience.
While these aren’t the only hidden gems that the world has to offer, they’re definitely some of the least spoken about. Everywhere has something unique and special to enjoy. Wherever you end up traveling to, be sure to look out for that story or experience you’ll never forget.