It is not a written rule that we have to plan our holidays according to the most popular tourist destinations of the world. While popular places ensure a 100% success vacation, a little boost of your adventurous spirit will not hurt. It may in fact pleasantly surprise you. Here are five mesmerizing locations you’ve never really thought of.
Los Roques archipelago in Venezuela is a national park that consists of 350 islands, cays and islets. Los Roques is located 128 kilometers north of the port La Guaira and although the archipelago is scarcely populated despite its size area, it receives almost 70,000 visitors per year. This destination is not defined by luxury resorts and spas, but by its beautiful natural surroundings, its wild beaches and a variety of fun activities like fishing, birding, snorkeling, diving, and paddling. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the sea turtle centre located on Dos Mosquises, along with the sugar-fine sands and the turquoise clean water.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland and it dates back to the Mesolithic era and ancient times of Norse rule dominated by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. The Black Cuillin, mainly composed of basalt and gabbro, provides some of the most dramatic mountain terrains in Scotland and an eco-rich array of wildlife. The unique, picturesque and dramatic landscape places you in a different time and place and offers an array of various fun activities amidst its wildlife, history and geology.
Plitvice National Park is the oldest national park in Southeastern Europe and the largest in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice was added to the UNESCO World Heritage, registered among the first natural sites worldwide. The park is famous for its lakes arranged in cascades with 16 lakes that can be seen from the surface. The area is home to a wide variety of rare wild life such as the brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, lynx, and wild cat. The park is open all year and it’s a perfect destination for nature lovers.
Mount Sanqing, located 25 miles north of Yushan County in Jiangxi Province, is a renowned Taoist sacred mountain, has been classified as a national park of China and it became a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008. The place is known for its exceptional scenic quality and for the fantastically shaped pillars and peaks. “Sanqing” means “The Three Pure Ones” in Chinese and it represents the three main summits Mount Saqing consists of: Yujing, Yushui and Yuhua, which resemble the Taoist trinity. While Mount Sanqing is not the most popular Chinese destination, it is certainly a unique one.
Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. This tropical paradise may not be as popular as Bali but it is worth the visit. Glorious sunshine, sandy smooth beaches and clear water, all come at a cheaper price and with the advantage of being less spoiled. The island offers plenty of activities both on and out of the water and if you love adventure, climbing Mount Rinjani (which is the second highest volcano in Indonesia at 3726 meters above sea level) can be a real challenge.