Breathtaking Travel Destinations: A Traveler’s Best Kept Secrets

When considering a travel destination, this quote may come to mind:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

― Robert Frost

Urging For Freedom

If you’re like most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you are always on the lookout for your next travel destination.

While everyone else is hitting the same old luxury travel circuit, why not take your next adventure to the next level. Plan a vacation one of these lesser-known awe-inspiring locations for the experience of a lifetime.

Not only will you be able to enjoy your space without fighting huge touristy crowds, but you’ll also bring back a story that’s sure to impress.

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Adventure Awaits

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

– Benjamin Disraeli

Catskill Mountains, New York State, U.S.A.

Once a popular vacation destination in the 1950s, the Catskills were virtually abandoned by tourists around the 1970s. Lately, the area has seen a revival in tourism and hotel accommodations are again becoming more plentiful.

How’s The Climate

Weather conditions are moderate and typically favorable throughout most of the year, but winter can get intense.

  • Summer is the rainiest season, with monthly rainfall averaging around 4 inches.
  • Winter temperatures can fall into the low 20s with an average of 12-15 inches of snow.

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

There is so much more to New York State than the busy streets of New York City.

In the Catskills, you’ll find 6,000 square miles of parks and forests with landscapes full of:

  • Mountains
  • Trees
  • Rivers

You can take part in traditional outdoor activities like:

  • Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Enjoy the greenery in one of the areas many golf courses

In the winter, you can even ski across the mountain trails. Throughout the year, the surrounding areas are home to festivals of music, microbrews, motorcycles, and more.

Food For Thought

The craft beverage scene is on the rise in the Catskills, as is, the farm-to-table philosophy of serving foods made with locally sourced ingredients.

  • The Tavern at The Arnold House is one such restaurant, serving trout from the nearby Beaverkill River.

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Tropical Paradise 

“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

– Sir Richard Burton

The San Blas Islands, Panama, Central America

Located in the Northeast of Panama, the San Blas Islands form a largely uninhabited, autonomous territory facing the Carribean Sea. Formally known as Kuna Yala, some of the larger islands are home to the native Kuna people.

The Weather Is Nice

You could say that the San Blas Islands are a land of perpetual summer. Temperatures hover around 90° all year long with the rainy season lasting from May to January.

The storms make for rougher seas and stronger winds. The islands’ location outside the hurricane belt protects them from major storms.

What Meets The Eye

The San Blas archipelago is made up of 378 islands, of which only 49 are inhabited. The Kuna people maintain control of these islands and protect them from massive tourism.

As such, the Islands remain an awe-inspiring land of raw, untouched nature and unadulterated culture. Accommodations range from villas and cabanas to hotels.

Don’t expect five-star luxury hotels like what you’d find stateside. Arrangements here are much more open and eco-friendly.

Getting Around On Island Time

The most common method of transportation is island-hopping by boat, but airport transportation is available from Panama City to a handful of airports on the islands. When booking transportation to and from the airport, choose a quality limousine service like A1A Limo.

Fragrant Island Cuisine

As the islands are home to the Kuna people, visitors wanting to immerse themselves in their culture should sample some of the local cuisines.

  • One of the major traditional Kuna foods is coconut rice, served alongside main dishes like freshly-caught red snapper or lobster.

If you’re into boozy beverages, cool down with a Coco Loco. This drink is made by pouring rum into a fresh coconut—just don’t try to make one yourself.

Taking a coconut from the island is against Kuna law, so it’s best to just order the drink and let it be made for you.

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Continental Safari

“The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.”

– Wallace Stevens

 

Natural Land Forms of Western Australia

Some of Australia’s best-kept secrets are parts of its natural landscape. Without the crowds of the major tourist areas, you can become fully absorbed in the wonders of the oldest parts of Western Australia.

Travel Where It’s Sunny!

The Australian climate varies across the continent, but Western Australia is mostly sunny throughout. The southernmost regions feel more Mediterranean while the north is more tropical and the east is largely desert.

To The Desert And Beyond

Much of Austraila consists of desert and wilderness, but the rawness is exactly what gives the land down under its beauty.

Nambung National Park in Western Australia is home to the brilliant limestone pillars known as The Pinnacles.

  • These skyward-pointed rock formations, reaching up to five meters high, were cut naturally over time by the area’s winds.

The northernmost part of Western Australia, known as The Kimberley, is a vast wilderness with features of:

  • Waterfalls
  • Canyons
  • Dinosaur footprints.

Wine & Dine

Western Australia produces plenty of grain crops but is best known for fresh seafood and fine wine.

  • Truffles are a big thing here, namely the Manjimup variety.
  • Seafood lovers will want to spend a great deal of time in Perth, which is well-known for its lobster.
  • For a bit of history, visit Burnett’s Coffee Palace and Temperance Hotel.
    • Coffee palaces were built as alcohol-free eateries during the Temperance period.

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On Top Of An Empire

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

-Gustav Flaubert

Niger, Africa

Located in Western Africa, Niger is a developing country that was once home to the Mali Empire and the Songhai Empire.

Turn Up In The Heat

Niger is hot, literally. As part of the Saharan zone, Niger gets very little rainfall. Temperatures vary with:

  • Highs in the upper 80s to lower 100s (Fahrenheit)
  • Nightly lows in the upper 60s

Wildlife & History

The Termit & Tim Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve is one of Africa’s largest wildlife reserves. It serves to protect endangered animals like the dama gazelle and desert cheetah.

Lose yourself while exploring the Old Town in Zinder.

  • Serving as the country’s capital until 1927, Zinder is a maze of alleys with the Sultan’s palace at the center.
  • There is even a museum in the town where you can check out artifacts and learn more of the area’s history.

Make It African Style

Traditional dishes tend to be based around:

  • Millet
  • Rice
  • Niebé beans

Examples include: 

  • Shinkafa – Pounded rice balls served with stews of meat and vegetables
  • Foura – Balls of fermented millet made with milk, sugar, and spices

Niger residents are big tea drinkers and also enjoy the frozen yogurt drink, Laban, to cool down in the hottest seasons.

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“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
– Pat Conroy

San Marino, Europe

This tiny country, which is completely surrounded by Italy, covers a mere 23 and a half square miles. Typically overlooked, due to its small size, San Marino holds a lot of history within its borders.

Weather Conditions 

The coldest months in San Marino just barely reach freezing conditions.

  • December and January temperatures ranging from 33-48° Fahrenheit.

July and August are the hottest months

Temperatures reaching the mid-80s.

  • San Marino gets a good bit of rain during the months of April and September through November.

Countryside Mountain View

The capital city of San Marino was built as a fortress atop a mountain, which provides an incredible view of the Italian countryside below.

  • San Marino is a city best explored on foot, instead of a limo car.
  • Be sure to wear good walking shoes on the cobblestone streets!

Buon Appetito 

Every area in the vicinity of Italy has its own traditional pasta sauce, so the Ragu is definitely something that you have to try.

  • For your sweet fix, try Cacciatello, a crème caramel-like dessert.

No trip to Italy is complete without sampling the local wine, so be sure to seek out the San Marino Moscato.

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Cultural Curiosity

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.

– Seneca

Chachapoyas, Peru

Visit ancient ruins while avoiding the throngs of tourists at Machu Picchu. Tucked away in the Peruvian mountains is Chachapoyas, an area steeped in culture.

High Up In The Sky

The area’s warmest month is November, with temperatures reaching just under 70° Fahrenheit.

  • The coolest temperatures fall in August at the end of the dry season.
  • Rainy seasons include March, the wettest month of the year, and October.

Explorations Are Endless

Explore the Pre-Incan ruins of Kuélap or go mountain climbing in the Andes.

The region is also home to one of the world’s tallest free-standing waterfalls.

Fresh Eats

Home of the Avocado, a delicious, buttery, berry native to the lands of Peru, you can find natures butter growing on trees freely.

An authentic ceviche, made from raw fish that has been marinated with the juice of fresh limes, is a Peruvian classic.

Another popular dish is Rocoto Relleno, a stuffed pepper filled with meat and veggies then baked to perfection.

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Written By: Amber M. Smith

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