Most people have a travel bucket list of all these incredible destinations they want to visit in their lifetime. Often on the list are the iconic places you want to see in your life – the Grand Canyon in the United States, Stonehenge in England, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. All of those destinations are amazing and incredible in their own right! However sometimes it’s fun to get off the beaten path and explore a destination that isn’t a well-known tourist destination. If you’re interested in really diving into local culture, getting a taste for local cuisine, and experiencing a beautiful and different destination, check out our guide to the top five underrated travel destinations in the world.
Located in the rugged and wild western state of Wyoming in the United States, Grand Teton National Park is one of the most untouched, preserved and mesmerizing national parks and mountain range in the world. Imagine the snowcapped mountains tickling the clouds, a soft mist of dew on the ground below, thickets of forests that are home to wildlife and about a few hundred hiking trails and adventures along the way! Grand Teton National Park is one of the most underrated national parks in the United States and the world. The closest town, Jackson Hole, is charming and very “All American” complete with cowboys, dude ranches, and cattle drives. Whether you’re into backpacking and camping or just like daytime hikes and adventures, you’ll find an adventure that is your comfort level in this majestic and gorgeous spot.
If you’re not familiar with Budapest then you’re missing out. The capital of Hungary is an incredible blend of old and new: modern buildings and conveniences meet the charm and allure of the old world. It is an incredible easy city to get to from most major airports around the world. Not only is it easy to get to, but it is incredibly pedestrian friendly with an excellent underground system, bike paths, and pedestrian-only walking paths. Take a tour of the iconic Parliament building that glistens along the Danube River, enjoy a spot of tea in the “Most Beautiful Café in the World’ at the New York Café, enjoy the nightlife of the old Jewish district of buildings turned bars, and explore the Fisherman’s Bastillion area complete with local food vendors, shops and gorgeous old cathedrals. The best thing yet – Budapest is incredibly affordable especially compared to other capital cities of Europe!
Estonia in general is a highly underrated European destination. Many people won’t even know where Estonia is on a map! However if you’re looking for a cool, hip, trendy European destination then Tallinn is your match. Tallinn has plenty of historical significance and charm such as the Toompea Castle and the Saint Nicolass Church and Museum, but you’ll also find a plethora of cool modern bars and restaurants serving unique fresh fare. Spend time in the Kalamaja neighborhood and immerse yourself in the culture of the Estonian people and you’ll wonder why more people don’t know about this epic European spot.
Ever heard of Port wine? Well if you haven’t, you will quickly learn all about it in Porto! Porto is one of those rugged, industrial and rather grungy cities on the outside but once you spend more than a few hours here, you’ll quickly realize how vibrant and colorful it is! Located on the northern coast of Portugal, Porto has a very fascinating culture and heritage. When most of the historical buildings fell into disrepair, artists in the area took over and turned trash into treasure. This hipster town is now a mecca for art, food, wine, culture and music. Come explore the delicious world of port wine, take in the ambiance of the colorful cliff coastal town, and get lost in the underground music and food scene.
Many Italian cities rank high on peoples bucket list: Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Venice for example. However if you’re looking for an underrated Italian destination that still has the jaw-dropping beauty of the Amalfi Coast, the delectable cuisine of Rome, and the charm of Venice then the beautiful Italian island of Ischia should make the top of your list. This little hidden gem of an island has everything you’d want in an Italian holiday – alluring beaches, tantalizing food, gorgeous resorts and views that are to die for. While many people flock to other islands like Capri and Sardinia, Ischia has been able to maintain its Italian charm and privacy. If you want a luxurious, quiet yet authentic Italian experience then this should be the first stop on your visit.
There are so many incredible places to explore in this world. While the normal touristy destinations are cool and a great draw, it’s also amazing to try something unique and out of the ordinary. Take a chance, immerse yourself in local culture, learn the language, get out of your comfort zone, and explore some of the top underrated travel destinations in the world. Happy travels!