Under the Radar Destinations to Visit this Year

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By: Vicky Carroll
Published: February 5, 2016
Last Update: December 19, 2022

We all know the where the popular and inexpensive hot-spots to go are and chances are you’ve already visited them. However, if you are looking to have a unique vacation experience to create lasting memories, that not many others have experienced, then consider the following destinations.

1. Skopelos, Greece

Interest in this destination has grown since the filming of Mamma Mia – and for good reason. Skopelos has everything you would expect to find in this Greek getaway: turquoise waters, olive groves, cliffs and the white houses that typify Greek architecture.

Skopelos, Greece

2. Mauritius

Located in the Indian Ocean, this Volcanic Island, boasts some of the most beautiful lagoons. Mauritius is more than just breath-taking beaches though; from bird-watching, to waterfalls, to eco-tourism there is a plethora of activities for those with varied interests.Mauritius

3. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

A collection of 15 Islands are a nice alternative destination to mainland Vietnam. The beautiful chain of Islands consists mainly of a National Park. The coral-reef, beaches and the scenic panoramas make this under-the-radar destination rapidly more popular with those of every budget.Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

4. Arequipa, Peru

The second most populous city in Peru, is often over-shadowed by the mystical Machu Picchu. Three volcanoes provide the stunning backdrop to the baroque buildings that boast a wealth of history and gastronomy that rival the Capital city, Lima.Arequipa, Peru

5. Koh Samui, Thailand

This Eastern Island in the Gulf of Thailand is less commercialized than the more popular islands off the West coast. Head there for the beaches and stay for the Thai massages and fresh cuisine. The nightlife along the beaches attracts young travellers and backpackers and if you time your trip perfectly you can experience a Full Moon party, complete with fire show.Koh Samui, Thailand

6. Mahe, Seychelles

The Seychelles are a chain of 115 islands off of the East coast of Africa, which have a unique Colonial history from both the French and English. While the pristine waters and coast are the major attraction: mangroves, the Island’s mountainous topography and the National Park will entice you to stay.

Mache, Seychelles

7. Guam

This American territory in Micronesia is a nice alternative to Hawaii. The largest island in Micronesia is a popular destination for Asian tourists, so you will be sure to meet different people. If you are looking for a beach vacation you will not be disappointed by the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.


8. Reykjavik, Iceland

Considered the gateway to Iceland, Reykjavik is a great starting point for traveller’s going to this Northern destination. The city is a bustling Capital, but with a small-town friendly feel. An introduction to Viking culture, geothermal spa’s and the Northern Lights will provide a refreshing alternative to your typical beach vacation.Reykjavik, Iceland

9. Porto, Portugal

Old-world charm characterizes this coastal town. This historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and port wine is named after the city, so the wine-tasting alone is worth the trip!


10. Montevideo, Uruguay

Personality is what Montevideo has to offer. Rich culture, neoclassical architecture and beach fronts all describe Montevideo. The best time to go would be during Carnival, which starts in January and concludes in March.Montevideo, Uruguay