For some, travelling is a hobby; for others, it is a way of escaping their hectic lifestyles for a few days of happiness filled with the thrill of witnessing something new. It provides an opportunity to explore unknown cultures, heritage sites, natural wonders, and some of our own hidden qualities or attributes. Hundreds of thousands are consumed by wanderlust. People from all over the world travel to popular destinations and share with their friends, family, and colleagues their memories and experiences. As the number of tourists visiting a destination increase, the effect of human presence overshadows the original beauty and purity of the destination. After a while, some of these destinations get contaminated due to the extreme exposure to human activity and presence. Fortunately, some of these destinations still remain safe from the horrifying effects of a devastating amount of visitors and tourists. We present a list of 10 not so happening tourist places and countries which are a worth a visit before they lose their essence in the midst of too many visitors.
Bangladesh, a south Asian country to the east of India, is rich in biodiversity and has many places where nature in all its beauty can be observed and appreciated. Bangladesh has one of the biggest mangrove forests in the world, mountainous regions on its eastern side, and the world’s longest uninterrupted natural beach. Cox’s Bazar, a port in the south eastern corner of Bangladesh, has an almost 110 km long natural beach. With pristine sandy beaches, coconut palms, and sunny tropical weather, Cox’s Bazar is a tropical paradise and worth visiting. People can easily hop on any flight of the major airlines and get a chance to experience the few famous river cruises there.
- Riga, Latvia
Latvia is a democratic parliamentary republic in Northern Europe. Riga, the largest city and capital of Latvia, is home to almost one third of its population. With its rich cultural heritage and the rich history associated with it, Riga is one of the few places where one can witness the perfect blend of modern development and historical heritage and culture. You can explore the various monuments, museums, and other structures representing the culture of the medieval times. Riga is also known for various operas and theatres, and was named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. With the average cost of just $33/day for food, lodging, transportation and entertainment, it can be one of the most economical unforgettable experiences of your life.
- Victoria falls and Hwange National Park,Zambia and Zimbabwe
With one of the most breath-taking natural wonder at their border, the Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe are worth visiting for nature enthusiasts. The world’s largest natural falls is known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” in the local language, which means “The smoke that thunders”. Since its popularity rise due to colonial exploration, these falls have been subject of discussion for years but due to difficulties in travel to this remote area, it hasn’t witnessed as many tourists as one would expect. Not far from these falls is the Hwange National Park, the largest wildlife reserve in Africa. Apart from its rich flora and fauna, it also has a few ruins and rock carvings which history enthusiasts will find interesting.
- Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island in the gulf of Thailand, known for its white sand beaches along a palm-lined coast. This island is the complete opposite of crowded beaches like the ones in South Africa. This place provides you the opportunity of relaxing and enjoying nature in a more peaceful environment. It is yet to get filled with crowds because it is not developed enough according to many tourists, but some of them use the scarcely crowded scene to their advantage.
- French Polynesia
An overseas collection of islands of France, comprising of more than a hundred islands with white and black sand beaches, this is one of the best places to take it slow. The presence of coral lagoons, small waterfalls, exotic flora, and signature over the water bungalows makes it come quite close to the dreamy movie scenes. Most of the hotels and resorts are run by local families and thus you can enjoy a luxurious trip to this dreamy paradise at the same cost of a small trip to Europe.
- Busan, South Korea
Most tourists prefer to visit Seoul, but Busan is a true gem they tend to miss out on. Busan has an amazing combination of different elements with beaches, mountains and cultural heritage sites all present within the limits of this city. One of the largest metropolitans in South Korea, it hasn’t lost its connect with nature. One can visit the Buddhist temples and take part in the various festivals, relax in the abundant hot springs, try the exquisite local cuisine, or go for trekking in the mountains and hills nearby. This city may be an industrial hub but the tourist numbers aren’t very high and the variety to choose from is undeniably amazing.
- Santorini, Greece
Santorini is an island in the Aegean Sea, to the south of Greece’s mainland is a hotspot for the Romeo and Juliet in you. Here you will get to experience exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The cultural history and the Mediterranean cuisine are adjunct to the romantic atmosphere and the memorable sunsets will steal your heart. If you have a love story or even if you’re looking for one, this is the place to be. While it has been consistently ranked as one of the greatest destinations by many magazines, it is still relatively free from enormous crowds for a major part of the year.
- Crowsnest Pass, Canada
Crowsnest is a mountain pass across the continental divide of the Rockies near British Columbia. For the outdoor explorer in you, there are plenty of trails, rivers, lakes, and hills to explore along with the historic mines surrounding this area. If that wasn’t enough, you can also witness the marvel of the Northern Lights here while you relax with a hot cup of coffee in your hand
2. Grutas de Cacahuamilpan, Mexico
This is a national park in Mexico known for its great caverns, one of the biggest groups of caves in the world. Tours are open here and the site of a live cave system with growing formations is a site to behold. Stalactites linings are hundreds of feet wide. One of the drier parts of these caves has served as an auditorium for various concerts. If you haven’t heard a concert in a natural auditorium, this is the place you can try that.
1 .The Salinas Grandes, Argentina
This may look like a field of snow in the desert if you look at it for the first time, but if you take a deeper look, you’ll find that it is an 80 mile salt flat that resembles a giant mirror after it rains. They are at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range and not so easy to get to. However, if you’ve wanted to witness amazing salt flats and do not like the heavily crowded ones, this is the place to be.
So, here is our list of a few known yet not so popular tourist destinations to satisfy your wanderlust. Pack your bags, grab your passports, and take a trip to these places before the tourism hits off and they become crowded.