Traveling can be a rewarding experience. With the boom in social media, we’re able to see our friends and colleagues travel to some of the most popular travel destinations. The world that we live in is vast and diverse, so here are six amazing travel destinations for your travel bucket list that typically fly under the radar.
While Malaysia is a lesser-known destination bordered by Thailand and Indonesia, Malacca is a vibrant fusion of several cultures and languages. Once you step foot in the heart of Malacca, Stadthuys will make you see red, but not in the way you think. Stadthuys’s Dutch-inspired buildings are red, along with parts of the streets. For more architecture, stop by the Sultanate Palace and the Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple. If you can’t get enough of the sights, take a trishaw ride to the Menara Taming Sari revolving tower for a unique experience with panoramic views. The fun doesn’t stop after the sun sinks below the horizon. The Jonker Walk Night Market comes alive at night, giving you the perfect opportunity to grab some souvenirs before you leave.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
If you already have eyes on Jerusalem, consider adding Tel Aviv to your travel agenda. Located an hour east of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv is a vivid bubble of Middle-Eastern history, culture, music, and art. Let the salty breeze invigorate you as you weave through the white Bauhaus-style buildings. If you want a quick glimpse of history, check out the port of Jaffa. It’s considered the old city of Tel Aviv before it was re-established in the 1900s. When you need a break from the hot Israeli sun, stop by the Ilana Goor Museum to admire the artwork. Regardless of where you go, lively music will always carry through the air.
If you’re craving an island adventure off the beaten path, book plane tickets to Comoros. Also known as the perfumed islands, Comoros is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the humpback whales off of Africa’s eastern coast. Surrounded by nothing but sparkling turquoise waters and white sands, you’ll feel like you have the island to yourself. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the beach at all. Trou du Prophete has it all: a beach, restaurant, and tents for you to sleep in. Count me in!
When it comes to the Midwest, Montana might not be the first word that pops up on the radar for most people. However, if you’re an avid fan of the outdoors, you’ll feel right at home in a quaint town called Whitefish. Don’t let the size of Whitefish fool you though. Not only is it a small town of 7,000 people, but Whitefish also boasts a scenic shuttle to the Glacier National Park. Despite the small size, there are so many things to do in Whitefish year-round. In the winter, you can zip down the mountains. When it gets warm enough, rent a boat for the day and go fishing. To make the town even more unique, there are no big-box stores. Every shop, grocery store, and restaurant you see is a local mom-and-pop business.
Tele, Czech Republic
In Telc, there’s no need to wait for sunlight after a rainstorm because there are rainbows everywhere – figuratively, at least. As you walk onto the cobbled streets, you’ll spot a colorful swath of traditional houses with incredible details painting the town’s history. If you take a closer look, some of the details represent people that once lived in those houses. Aside from the details, you can go deeper into the town’s past quite literally. If you don’t mind the dark, explore the 13th-century tunnels that interconnect with all of the houses underground. For a small town, it definitely packs a punch.
When people plan a trip to South America, Bolivia is usually overlooked as a landlocked country with nothing worthwhile. On the contrary, Bolivia is a perfect location surrounded by famous landmarks. Flanked by the Western Andes with the Amazon touching the northern border, Sucre touts the title of Bolivia’s Chocolate Capital. It’s also known as the White City with its hundreds of majestic colonial-era buildings painted in – you guessed it – white. The history doesn’t stop there, though. Take a hike down to a limestone quarry in the outskirts of Sucre, where you can follow along the path of over 5,000 dinosaur footprints. Pretty cool, right?
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