It’s no secret that as a destination becomes more popular, it also becomes more crowded and commercialised. For visitors seeking an immersive and adventurous experience, this is often a stumbling block. Consequently, they flock to an off-the-beaten-path escape, which will eventually rise in popularity as word spreads that “this spot offers all that the big city has to offer, without the traffic, and at a lower cost.”
Indeed, commercialization and crowds are just two of the reasons that more people have begun to choose virtual travel. Although travelling digitally cannot replace travelling in person, it will provide you with the peace and calm you need – away from the confusion and mayhem of it all.
That said, the real magic of travel lies in confronting the unseen and losing oneself in the beauty of a location on the verge of exploration. There is no greater sense of accomplishment than being among the first to arrive at and visit a place that others are yet to see.
This magnificent world is constantly at the ready, waiting with new unexplored places to make even the most audacious traveller squeal in awestruck joy. From isolated islands to unexplored deserts and jungles overflowing with wildlife, this majestic planet is a treasure trove of wonders. So, there’s no better moment than now to get out there and find the planet’s greatest treasure – the world’s best-kept secret destinations.
- Faroe Islands, Denmark
The Faroe Islands, located in the icy seas between Scotland and Iceland, are a true haven. The spectacular landscapes totally redefine the concept of an “untouched atoll,” allowing visitors to see a more wild side of Denmark that no one has seen before.
- Bimini Islands, Bahamas
You’ve heard of Nassau and Freeport, but have you ever seen the mysterious Bahamas Out Islands of Bimini? The two islands that make up the party – North Bimini and South Bimini – were famous among American bootleggers during prohibition and were popular outposts for rum runners. Bimini, just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, is home to wild Atlantic spotted dolphins and is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling over the enigmatic Bimini Route, that many claim, was designed by Atlantis’ own engineers.
- Madagascar, East Africa
Look no farther than the wild and practically unexplored Madagascar for a “still fairly off the radar” retreat. This flourishing ecological hotspot is a dream come true for naturalists and explorers alike; the island is brimming with indigenous species, with 80 per cent of it found nowhere else on the planet. Madagascar also has some of the finest beaches in the Indian Ocean, which most people are unaware of.
- Puglia, Italy
Puglia’s rural scenery and patchwork background with Norman, Spanish, Greek, and Byzantine elements give it a beautifully distinct allure. The city is fast catching up to Tuscany in terms of culinary prowess, providing a window for true Italian beliefs and customs. This pristine area provides some of the country’s finest, mostly undiscovered wines and olive oils, with miles of bountiful coastline riddled with lush vistas of olive groves and vineyards.
- Skane, Sweden
Sweden is well-known for its Northern Lights views and skiing, but many people forget Skane, the country’s southernmost county. Discover more than 600 miles of hiking trails and 150 amazing castles while biking through grasslands and magical woods. Learn about the Vikings by visiting one of the city’s 200 museums, some of which are outdoors. Skane is also a new major hub for unique Nordic cuisine.
So, there you have it: five of the world’s best-kept mysteries, all waiting for you to explore them. These places are ideal for those who wish to avoid the crowds and congestion of tourist-heavy areas. If you want to learn more about them, you can also take virtual video tours of the locations. But one thing is certain: whether you visit virtually or in person, satisfaction is guaranteed!