The best plans are holiday plans, and with a world full of foreign destinations, travellers have unlimited options to select from for their getaways. Before booking that trip to the usual summer hotspots, you should consider the world’s less travelled destinations. They are the places that are not on everyone’s list. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to talk about a place that no one else has been?
Coming in as the fifth smallest independent country in the world, measuring only 61 kilometres, San Marino also holds the record for the world’s oldest sovereign state and highest GDP per capita. Visitors of the tiny country can enjoy a variety of tours beginning in the heart of the country, navigating through narrow streets and city squares, through an outdoor museum, and up the mountain’s steps to enjoy a view of the Apennines Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.
For a more casual activity, consider shopping. San Marino has a fantastic shopping district; visitors enjoy dozens of boutiques and stores. After shopping the morning away, if you are looking for a sophisticated, relaxing afternoon, visit San Marino’s winery Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino. There are also breweries for craft beer lovers.
With northern Italian influence, San Marino’s cuisine is rich in pasta, artichokes, and local herbs. People will not leave hungry, but they’ll be wanting more.
People searching for an adventurous getaway need look no further than South Africa. Breathtaking scenery and wildlife greet visitors when visiting the large African country. Drive into the wild alongside lions and rhinos, or watch from afar as they go about their day. Rock climbing, surfing, abseiling, hiking, wildlife treks, and desert walks are true South African activities to enjoy. For a quieter day, visit one of the many museums to learn about the foundation of the spectacular country.
If you are looking for some adventure, but you want to stay a little closer to town, consider staying in Camps Bay. This classic destination has all the amenities that you could want while staying within easy reach of some fun activities. As Self-Catering Classic Villas points out, you have easy access to multiple trails up the beautiful Table Mountain, and you will be within an easy drive distance of the West Coast, Cape Winelands, and the Garden Route.
With a history of many cultures, the southern African food reflects its flavorful heritage. Markets, cafes, and restaurants are plentiful. Among many global finds, people can also expect quality seafood and beef. Cultural staples include trout, mealies, crayfish, lamb, dried fruit, bobotie, melktert, and curries, among others. Pair it with a glass of wine from one of the country’s esteemed estates.
A mixture of Portuguese and Chinese, Macau is also a combination of glamour and glitz, fondly known as the “Vegas of China.” Macau has a considerable amount of top-notch casino bars, wine bars, and dive bars to spend a long evening. Because of its reputation as the “Vegas of China,” many American tourists will skip this location, thinking that they don’t need this experience that they can get closer to home, but they are missing out. In addition to the casinos and bars, Macau has a rich and fascinating cultural history that is sure to keep you interested for the entirety of your stay. The Historic Centre of Macau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and shows off the remnants of the 400-year Portuguese occupation. Mixed in with the heavy Portuguese influence, you can find amazing Chinese treasures, including the Ming-era A-Ma temple, which is partially responsible for the name of the city.
The word beautiful becomes an understatement when describing French Polynesia. Gorgeous turquoise and deep moss green are the canvas to this piece of earth. Deep-sea dive into the coral gardens and watch the sea life. It’s a laid-back culture. Visitors can take a leisurely tour of this country if they wish to take it slow. If you really want the luxury experience, consider enjoying a bath filled with flower petals while sipping an exotic cocktail. For those who wish to incorporate a little activity in their stay, shop for woven hats and handmade jewellery, play golf, hike along the coast, stroll the waterfall gardens, horse ride, surf, windsurf, kitesurf, go yachting, or surf the many bays.
For cuisine, you can enjoy Tahitian food of fish, pork, coconut milk, and vegetables. Mango, grapefruit, lime, watermelon, pineapple, and banana are also delectable foods of the country.
Who wouldn’t want to visit the world’s second smallest country? Just barely larger than the Vatican City, Monaco is known for catering toward big spenders being home of the Grand Prix, high-rise hotels, luxury yachts, and more. Take a walking tour of the Heritage Trees of Monaco, or listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra. You can find many different types of accommodations including boutique hotels, budget and chain hotels and shopping at boutique shops and high-end designer stores. Visitors to Monaco will be happy with dozens of small eateries and gastropubs, as well as the fresh and flavorful seafood.
While Paris, London or Madrid may be the most popular options for a getaway, the best travel is too unknown, rarely discovered places such as these five less travelled destinations. Here, undiscovered waters, land, and culture await travellers who seek to find joy in the unknown.