With so many popular and bustling vacation destinations across the world, you may want to visit somewhere that’s not quite as busy, but just as intriguing and beautiful.
Here are 10 locations you may want to keep in mind.
1. Kenya, Africa
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If you’d like to get a close up look at some amazing wildlife such as lions, zebras, and giraffes then you might want to consider a trip to Kenya. It’s well known as one of the most beautiful nations in Africa and is ideal for outdoor adventure lovers. The landscapes are magnificent and you’ll be able to take in a safari, swim in the warm Indian Ocean and eat out on some of the country’s superb local dishes.
2. St. Maarten, Caribbean
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The small island St. Maarten mixes Caribbean, French, and Dutch cultures perfectly. Basically you get the best of three worlds instead of the best of both worlds. The beaches, ocean, and cuisine are spectacular and there are dozens of locations to explore. Some of the most popular sites include Orient Bay and Dawn Beach. The clear and warm waters make it ideal for diving, boating, and snorkeling.
3. Telluride, Colorado, USA
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Telluride offers wonderful snowy mountains and cooler weather, making it ideal for skiing enthusiast. The landscape is filled with mountains and forests. It’s a popular spot in the winter months, but also has just as much to offer during the summers. Hiking and camping are two of the most popular war-weather activities here.
4. Sedona, Arizona
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This region of America has some of the most impressive landscapes in the nation as well as fine weather and a lot of historic charm. Sedona is located a couple of hours north of Phoenix and is a wonderful destination to enjoy Mother Nature. You’ll be able to hike the local red rock landscape and get a taste of the desert life.
5. Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo is the place to be if you want non-stop, busy action, but if you’d like to explore the other side of Japan then Kyoto could be for you. This amazing city is filled with lush greenery, bamboo, traditional Japanese architecture, and some of the best food in the world. It’s only a couple of hours by train from Tokyo and makes a great day trip as it allows you to see the contrast in the two cities.
6. Santa Barbara, California, USA
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Santa Barbara is one of California’s lower profile cities. However, it’s still very appealing. It’s a combination of some of the world’s top centers, such as London, Sydney, and Buenos Aires. There’s a lot to do and see here. You’ll be able to enjoy the stunning coastline as well as the charming vineyards in the wine country. The dining and shopping are world class and the landscapes are ideal for hiking.
7. Kauai, Hawaii
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This small island is great for romantics as well as adventurists. There are plenty of isolated and secluded beaches to enjoy as well as beautiful rivers for canoeing and kayaking down. The hiking trails are endless and the scenery is out of this world. There are numerous resorts and beaches for those who want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
8. Tallinn, Estonia
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Eastern Europe is bursting with rich history and culture and one of the best spots to take it all in is the city of Tallinn, Estonia. This wonderful town hasn’t gone unnoticed by visitors, as it was the winner of the European Capital of Culture Award in 2011 as voted on by the Council of the European Union. The ancient cobblestone streets are begging to be explored by foot or bike and the local cuisine is exceptional.
9. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
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The tropical beaches here are as romantic and beautiful as any on the planet. It’s never too crowded here and the town is filled with colorful buildings. The main attraction for many visitors is the wonderful sandy beaches though along with the popular bossa nova music.
10. Bath, England
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Bath lies in the Southwest region of England and is famous for the Roman baths, which are over 2,000 years old, and the endless rows of limestone buildings. This ancient city has to be seen to be believed. It’s filled with history, culture, and fabulous architecture. There are plenty of fine hotels and restaurants to choose from as well.