These days it can be tricky to find genuinely untouched travel destinations. In the age of global tourism, cheap flights and increased curiosity and adventurousness on the part of travelers, many places that were once inaccessible are now must-see vacation spots.
However, there are still plenty of undiscovered destinations just waiting to be explored, and a vacation to these truly untouched locations offers a uniquely special experience. A chance to get away from the rest of the world, and explore the hidden corners of the world, is not to be passed up. So take a look below at some of the best and most undiscovered places in the world, and plan your vacation before everyone else does!
While hardly hidden, the Antarctic remains one of, if not the most, untouched landscape on the globe. With its vast, icy tundras, enormous jagged mountains and extraordinary wildlife, it is one of the most extraordinary, unique and frankly alien places to visit, and an experience you will not soon forget. Part of its charm, and its undiscovered nature, comes from how hard it is to get there, but with an Antarctic cruise you can explore its staggering natural beauty in comfort and style.
Playa del Amor, Mexico
Mexico has a great claim to have the best beaches in the world, with thousands of miles of pristine coastline on the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa del Amor, hidden away on a tiny island just off the coast of Nayarit state on the Pacific coast is probably its most picturesque stretch of sand, a remarkable spot formed from a volcanic crater, and accessible only by swimming! The sea is warm, the diving and snorkeling is out-of-this-world, and the beach is absolutely picture-perfect.
Halfway between an island and an estuary, Bazaruto is a little slice of paradise just off the coast of Mozambique. With a landscape of sand dunes eroded by the Limpopo River to form an island, the crystal clear waters, ebony-white sand and almost total lack of tourists make Bazaruto a special place to visit. Whether you want to get up close and personal with dugongs, sea turtles, reef sharks, and moray eels, go fishing for marlins and sailfish, or just relax in a hammock and gaze out to sea with a cocktail in hand, this is the perfect place.
Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan
Precariously perched high above the valley of Paro in Bhutan, Tiger’s Nest is a remarkable temple complex that clings to the side of a mountain, almost defying physics in its construction. Legend has it that in the 8th century Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a winged tiger to this spot, where he meditated for three years, three months, three days and three hours before choosing the site to build his temple. Whatever its origins, it is a truly stunning place to visit…as long as you can manage the five-hour trek to hike there and back!
Andrea is the author of Weekend Wander Club, a blog on the mission to take big trips with little amounts of time- to make traveling with full time jobs feasible. Andrea did not grow up traveling to big and grand places. Her parents were both born in other countries and grew up abroad, so hearing about other destinations, in addition to growing up in one of the most diverse places in the US (South Florida) it nurtured a healthy craving to see the world for herself.