Although most people enjoy spending their holidays somewhere nice, it just so happens that most of these nice places are already crowded with tourists throughout the year. Recently, however, we’ve started witnessing a global phenomenon of people straying away from warm, exotic beaches towards places of untouched beauty. Despite being extraordinarily beautiful, these places do not yet enjoy the popularity they rightfully should.
If you’ll bear with us for the next few minutes, we’ll try to find out what are the ten most unusual holiday destinations in the world and why are people starting to flood towards them all of the sudden.
It used to be that only naturalists, explorers, and researchers would head over to the Amazon, well not anymore. We’re seeing an influx of tourists heading towards the Amazon Basin recently and understandably so given the sheer beauty of it. Although most parts of the Amazon are still very dangerous because of all the various wildlife inhabiting it, there are more than a few places within the Amazon Basin that can accommodate tourists and their number is growing every year.
Even though most of the people who visit Antarctica do so aboard the comfort of a cruise ship, there are so many passing through these days that Antarctica is quickly becoming one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world. It’s not just the landscapes that make Antarctica great, you see, but the brimming wildlife as well. It is highly unlikely to visit Antarctica even for a few hours without seeing whales, seals, penguins, or many other beautiful creatures.
While most people who visit Russia go to Saint Petersburg or Moscow, if you are ever presented with the opportunity to visit the Siberian taiga, you definitely should. For the most part, Siberia is populated by a few nomad tribes and small towns that stretch across the few roads and rivers that pass through it. Along the way, you will be presented with some of the most beautiful landscapes on planet Earth.
Papua New Guinea
One of the reasons why Papua New Guinea is quickly becoming a popular tourist attraction is because of the many markets, festivals, and outdoor activities one can partake in when visiting, which is why more and more travel agencies these days feature trips to those parts of the world. The beautiful thing about Papua New Guinea is that you don’t need to be close to any major population centers to enjoy the full experience, you can visit one of the country’s many offshore islands as well.
In all fairness, Tibet has always been one of the most interesting places a person can visit, but it wasn’t until recently that the Chinese government became more open towards allowing outside tourists to visit this truly exquisite place. Most of us have heard about the Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama but to experience that extraordinary culture firsthand is something else entirely. This is precisely why so many people are visiting Tibet these days and also why there are so many plans to promote Tibetan tourism even further.
Because of the fact that it contains very little arable, fertile land, Mongolia is mostly covered by arid steppes. On them, almost a third of Mongolia’s 2.8 million population live nomadic lives. In a quest to get closer to Mongolia’s nomadic roots, many people travel to Mongolia each year to trek the steppes on horseback. This being said, there is perhaps no better holiday destination for people who love spending time outdoors.
Across the strait from Gibraltar stands Tangiers, the Moroccan city that for the first part of the 20th century was an International Zone. Although a pretty popular tourist attraction in its own right, this multicultural city is home to the world’s largest private investigations company, a famous railroad, a multitude of cultural landmarks, and a very rich history that you can get in touch with many times while walking through its ancient streets.
Although most of the people who visit East Asia prefer China and Japan because of their rich history, South Korea is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination as well. Close to Seoul, one can visit the famous DMZ area which is home to many remnants of the Korean War, including the infamous tunnels the North Koreans used when invading the South. If you’re not one for militaristic attractions, then you can visit the many historical landmarks in South Korea that will put you in touch with the country’s 8,000-year history.
Upon hearing the name, most people immediately think of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and vampires. In reality, there is so much more to this beautiful region in central-western Romania than ancient legends and myths. For starters, a good place to begin the Transylvanian adventure is in Cluj-Napoca, once the capital of Transylvania and one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. From then on, one should visit Sibiu, Alba Iulia, and Brasov for a taste of what Romania has to offer from a cultural standpoint.
For those of you who didn’t know, Malta is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. This small island nation in the Mediterranean is brimming with cultural landmarks and lively events for both the native population and tourists to enjoy. Among them, Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts houses some of the most exuberant exhibits dating from the Renaissance up until modern times.
At the same time, you should most definitely visit one of Malta’s many open-air venues and theaters boasting a huge variety of classical and modern plays, musicals, operas, and concerts. What’s even better is that everybody in Malta speaks English so you shouldn’t have any difficulties finding your way around.