Vacations are supposed to be an opportunity to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, if you choose a location that is a regular vacation hotspot, it will more than likely be overpopulated by tourists. For those that seek something less touristy, you first need to stop following the crowd when it comes to choosing your vacation destination. Secondly, consider something a little more off the beaten path that has yet to be discovered by masses of tourists. To help you decide the location of your next vacation, we have compiled a list of places around the world that are less traveled.
Why Sometimes it's Best Going off the Beaten Path
Just because a vacation is off the beaten path doesn’t mean it is any less interesting than the more popular hotspots. There are many destinations that are less crowded than its popular counterparts, but still have the attributes of a great vacation. If you want to escape the tourists and explore somewhere new, here is our compilation of 10 places you should visit off the beaten path.
Hainan Island, China
Hainan Island is located off China's southern coast and is a beautiful tropical island that is popular with Chinese and Russian tourists. It is still relatively unknown to other travelers, making it a suitable vacation for those who want a beach holiday that is not overcrowded. The Hainan Island features gorgeous beach resorts, an ancient Hainanese village, a volcano park and botanical gardens, so you'll never run out of things to see and do.
Margaret River, Australia
When you think of all the notable places in Australia, Margaret River probably isn't a destination that comes to mind. However it is a fantastic location off the beaten path if you seek sand and surfing. This small town is south of Perth in Western Australia and features beautiful beaches, world class surf spots, craft breweries, wineries, boutiques, and gorgeous karri forests.
Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
Even though Namibia is the fourth largest country in Africa, it is still not well traveled. If you have never been to Africa before, this is a great place to visit during your first time in this country. There is an abundance of wildlife in Namibia, with Etosha National Park having elephants, big cats and black rhinos, while Damaraland hosts Africa's largest population of free-ranging rhinos, as well as being a great place to see desert elephants and lions. Apart from wildlife, Namibia also has volcanic mountains, and the beautiful Namib desert which is the second largest desert in the world after the Sahara.
Virunga Volcanoes, Rwanda
The Virunga Volcanoes are located along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If you enjoy hiking, climbing and mountaineering, you need to consider the Virunga Volanoes as the destination of your next vacation. You can hike up some of the volcanoes which aren't active and scale heights of up to 15,000 feet. Once up there you will be rewarded with spectacular sights of the wildlife in the area, including the endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and elephants.
Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa. It's natural scenic landscape features gorgeous sandy beaches and mesmerizing waterfalls, but surprisingly it is not clustered with tourists. At Lombok you can choose to relax on the beach or be more adventurous and dive or snorkel in the reef. There are also some good surfing spots, and a sea turtle hatchery you can visit.