The Top Underrated Vacations to Plan This Year

While visiting all the popular vacation spots, such as Los Angeles and Rome, is great, there are some hidden gems worldwide that are worth visiting and exploring. These types of underrated and secret travel destinations provide unique experiences and minimal crowds.

From taking a British Isles cruise to exploring the sights in Arizona, keep reading to learn about some of the top, underrated vacation destinations around the world.  

Bergen, Norway

While the more popular capital, Oslo, often overshadows this destination, Bergen is the second-largest city in here and offers plenty of things to do and see.

With plenty of vibrant buildings dotting Bryggen, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic harbor district, to the amazing views offered atop Floyen Mountain, you won’t get bored during your time here.

If you love watersports, this is a great place to visit, as you can spend time rafting and kayaking through the famous fjords of Norway.

Sarande, Albania

Sarande is a resort located in the Albania Riviera. It is well known for the archaeological ruins and the beautiful beaches.

You can find the remains of a historic synagogue in the town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to prehistoric times and is located just 12 miles outside the Sarande.

However, you can do some sightseeing and shopping during your time here, too. Visiting beaches like Santa Quaranta Beach and Mirror Beach is also highly recommended, as these are beautiful locations people of all ages will enjoy.


Anguilla has been ranked as one of the top British Overseas Territories for the beaches. Since there is an embargo on high-rise hotels, casinos, and cruise ships, there’s no question that Anguilla is anything but a tourist trap.

One of the best places to visit is Shoal Bay, with turquoise water and white powder sand. It’s beautiful and relaxing, making the perfect getaway for anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of big-city life.

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a colorful location and the second-largest city in Chile. The eye-catching graffiti and street art are two of the things that help it stand out from others, along with the rainbow of amazing houses that line the steep, narrow roads.

If you find the incline a bit too much, consider riding on one of the funiculars, which provides a new perspective on the city’s maze-like geography.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Even though Lake Bled may have all the name recognition, you shouldn’t rule out this less known body of water in the Julian Alps. It’s more remote and just as beautiful. If you love nature, then you will love spending time at Lake Bohinj. Here you can enjoy the area by hiking, kayaking, and biking. If getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery is part of your vacation plans, then this is a place you should visit.

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Considered part of the Garden Route National Park, Tsitsikamma allows you to enjoy the active side of things, including abseiling, biking, hiking, swimming, and more. During your visit, make sure to watch out for the otters and dolphins, which is what the park is best known for.

Hill Country, Texas

While Texas isn’t best known for growing wine, this area (along with seven others) is known for this. This particular area spans over nine million acres, and it goes through 25 counties. If you are looking for a unique vacation destination, then this is one that you will not soon forget, so you should check it out.

As you can see, there are more than a few places to go and things to do throughout the world that aren’t as popular as the mainstream vacation hot spots. While these areas aren’t as well-known, they still offer unique experiences that you will not soon forget. Being informed and knowing some of the options is the best way to plan your next vacation. 

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