Stunning Places to Go Before the Word Gets Out

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By: Cherry Parry
Published: March 7, 2016
Last Update: December 1, 2022

If you're looking to book a vacation, you may want to consider booking one that is a little out of the ordinary. A place that is different from anywhere your friends have ever travelled. A place that isn't full of tourists, but is uniquely beautiful and relaxing. A place that no one else has even heard of. And the time to book that vacation is now – before word gets out about how amazing these hot spots really are. When you're ready, we have you covered with the list below. These destinations are considered some of the most stunning places in the world that you must visit before they get overtaken by tourists. Places to See Before the Word Gets Out

1. Republic of Georgia

This quaint and scenic area will leave you breathless. The former Soviet state is friendly and laid back with an incredible wine scene and several luxury hotels that are planned to open in the next few years. There is a lot of history in this area, along with beautiful Caucasian Mountains and Black Sea Coast.


2. Guadeloupe

This area is sometimes called “the poor man's St. Bart's” and is located south of Antigua. Some call it the Caribbean's best-kept secret because of its unspoiled beaches, beautiful mountains and French-Creole cuisine. But the great part about this place is that you get to experience it all for a fraction of the cost of other Caribbean hotspots.


3. Skane, Sweden

This is quickly becoming known as the up-and-coming hot spot for Nordic cuisine. So if you are a foodie, this is the place for you. The restaurants here range from the chic Bastard restaurant, which is known for its pork-centric menu and Vollmers, which offers you a six-course Nordic tasting menu.


4. Saint Helena

If you're into history, this is the place for you. This remote island is where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled. However, it's also known for its marine biodiversity and its amazing hiking trails. The 47-square-mile island is located halfway between Brazil and South Africa and is only accessible by boat. However, an international airport is scheduled to be completed soon, along with an eco-friendly hotel. So better get booking!

Saint Helena

5. Lofoten Islands, Norway

If going to Iceland doesn't float your boat, try visiting these remote islands located on the Norwegian Sea. You can spend your days hiking, ocean rafting, scuba diving, skiing, fishing and surfing.

Norway - Lofoten Islands

6. North Stradbroke Island, Australia

Local residents have been visiting this area for years to escape the busy city life. That's because they get to relax on white sandy beaches while watching out for hints of wildlife.

Australia - North Stradbroke Island

7. Sri Lanka, South Asia

You should make sure you book a long vacation if you're visiting this hot spot because there is so much to see and do. You can visit the ancient fortress Sigiriya or Anuradhapura – the world's oldest living tree. You can also visit hundreds of elephants at Minneriya National Park.

Sri Lanka - Sigiriya Fortress

8. Rangiroa, French Polynesia

This is the second largest atoll in the world. It's located northeast of Tahiti, but is less crowded by tourists and thus, more relaxing. Some say the area is basically a gigantic coral reef hanging out in the middle of the ocean.Rangiroa, French Polynesia

9. Hainan Island, China

This island is referred to as China's Hawaii. It's a tropical island where you can do some serious relaxing while soaking up some sun. It's also home to the fourth largest statue in the world – a sculpture of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, which is located near the Nashan Temple of Sanya.

China - Hainan Island

10. Nicaragua, Central America

If you want an adrenaline rush like no other, then look no further. Here you will get to surf down an active volcano, canoe through waters with alligators and swim in underwater caves. And you will get to do it all without crowds of tourists waiting in line ahead of you.