Top ten underrated holiday destinations

When we think of a holiday, many tourist hotspots spring to mind: Paris, Rome, and London to name a few. If you have kids, something to do with Disneyland is almost certainly your go-to holiday destination. But we live in a big world with lots of different countries, all of which have something wondrous to offer.

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If you’re tired of visiting the same old places, why not try somewhere new? In fact, why not go somewhere that you might not even have heard of? It’s time to ditch android phones and your online gaming for a week or two so you can get out and see the world. Here are the top ten underrated holiday destinations for the Indiana Jones spirit in you:

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Jordan

Jordan isn’t a place that many people know about, but it’s certainly worth a visit. It has phenomenal desert scenery and lots of fascinating ancient monuments. A holiday here will mean being welcomed with warm Jordan hospitality. ‘Ahlan wa Sahlan’, meaning ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’ is a phrase you’ll certainly become familiar with.

This is the kind of place where you’ll experience a magical vibe following you wherever you go. The majestic landscape, the other-worldly feel, and experiencing the authentic life of the locals will provide you with a holiday experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Bhutan

Bhutan is one of those few places in the world that perceives the danger of rapid modernization. As a result, it values culture and tradition over technological progress. It is not living in the dark ages, but appreciates the value of keeping things unique. The result of progress with regards to tourism and travel is a sort of mundane sameness everywhere (McDonalds in France, anyone). If you want to appreciate a country for its uniqueness, and are tired of seeing the same things all the time, visit this beautiful country steeped in history.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a bad reputation thanks to charity adverts with starving children and crying mothers. There is a whole lot more to Ethiopia than meets the eye, and it has so much to offer. Yes, it is a third world country, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful or fascinating.

As a tourist, do you really have to worry about the poverty rate of the country you’re visiting? This is an underrated location because everyone imagines they’ll be walking along dusty streets with children begging for food. However, Ethiopia has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and the food is divine. It is also renowned for its coffee, and you can enjoy some colorful festivals while vacationing here.

Montana, USA

For most of us, particularly if we’re not from America ourselves, a holiday to America usually means somewhere like Florida or New York. Montana is one of the American states that is severely underrated by tourists.

If you love the idea of a rustic holiday, Montana is the place to go. It has the most incredible mountains and scenery, and real cowboys are everywhere. If you like things like panning for gold, wearing plaid shirts, staying in a cabin tucked in the woods, and eating meatloaf in a diner, you’ll absolutely love it here. The history and culture is fascinating, and the buildings are absolutely awe-inspiring.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has been neglected by tourists in favor of more famous places like Paris, but it is a location that will provide you will a fantastic holiday. Often thought to be in France, Luxembourg is actually a tiny country in and of itself. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. It is located right in the heart of Europe so can be easily accessed from pretty much anywhere. It is a very diverse country with unique landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.

Madagascar

If you’re a nature lover, you should definitely go on a holiday to Madagascar. It has an astounding amount of both nature and wildlife, some of which you can’t find anywhere else on earth. Its biodiversity is renowned, and yet Madagascar is still an underrated holiday location. It boasts of beautiful blue waters, rolling green hills, and marvellous sunsets. It’s perfect for someone looking to get away from it all. And let’s not forget the adorable lemurs, of course!

Slovenia

Located on the sunny side of the Alps, Slovenia is slowly starting to become a bit more popular with tourists, but it’s still highly underrated. Great for hikers, Slovenia has a range of beautiful mountains and hills. If you’re not into action-packed holidays filled with exercise, check out some of the charming old towns along the Slovenia seaside.

One of the most fascinating things about Slovenia is its long-standing tradition of cave exploration. There are thousands of caves hidden underground throughout the country, and there are just over twenty that are open to the public. Immerse yourself in authentic Slovenia culture by enjoying these remarkable caves with your family and friends.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country that has a little bit of something for everyone. For nature lovers, there’s wildlife, including elephants, leopards, and giant whales. Enjoy a nice cup of delicious Sri Lankan tea while people-watching in a busy market town, or go for a walk on one of its many golden beaches.

Wales

If you venture close to this part of the world, chances are you’re visiting London. But just below England is a small country called Wales. You might’ve heard of it, but you probably have no idea what it has to offer in terms of a holiday.

Well, first of all, it has a rich culture and history, and even has its own language. You’ll be fascinated by the strange signs for different towns and cities. One of its towns has the second longest place name in the world, and its name looks like an alien tongue: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Yes, that’s right. That’s a real name. Is that not reason alone to visit this unusual place?

Pick the Road Less Traveled

This top ten list is by no means a comprehensive offering of all underrated holiday destinations. These are just some of the most underrated places, but there are so many places that remain hidden to the average tourist.

It’s exciting to think that you could experience something completely unique by making your next holiday a venture into the unknown. Now that you’ve considered some of these underrated places, you can ensure your next holiday avoids popular tourist traps and takes you on an adventure you’ll never forget.



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Anna Peel
Anna Peel is a professional writer. In the past four years, she has written for many websites including BSC Kids, Wasabi Media Group, Boomtron, and many others. She currently live in Savannah, Georgia and occasionally blogs about fashion during her free time.