We all love going on holiday. Yet, if there’s one thing that is frustrating, it’s when we get somewhere and it’s overrun by tourists. Of course, we have to accept that we’re tourists ourselves, but the selfish side of us always wants to find quieter, unspoiled locations where we can explore and have the place to ourselves.
Here are some great ideas for holiday destinations that haven’t yet been bandwagoned – remember to get yourself to some of these locations as soon as you can before they’re overrun with tourists, too!
South America is a popular destination, but when we think of taking holidays on this continent we think of Machu Picchu, the beaches of Brazil, or the mountain treks of Chile.
Instead, take a trip to Bolivia for a quieter trip, and find a wonderful capital city in La Paz, amazing landscapes and lakes, and the silver mines of Potosi, which is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites to discover in Bolivia.
The Philippines is a beautiful location, but when you say “South East Asia” to Australian tourists far more head to Thailand and to Indonesia.
It is estimated that while Thailand attracts 32million tourists a year, and Indonesia 12million, The Philippines attracts a relatively meagre six million tourists per year (source:
With some great cities to visit, over 7,000 islands to explore, and some of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere in the world, The Philippines is a great option for a holiday, especially as it’s relatively close to Australia in comparison to most of the other destinations we’re going to look at here. As an added bonus, compared to many Asian countries a large proportion of the population speak English, meaning you can leave the phrase book and your awkward language skills at home!
Turkmenistan only attracts an estimated 12,000 tourists a year (source:
While unflattering comparisons have been made to North Korea owing to the governance of the country, the capital Ashgabat is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do, and acts as the gateway to the Karakum Desert. Turkmenistan has a stunning natural landscape and the people are very hospitable, too.
If you do visit Turkmenistan be sure to take a trip to see the country’s underwater lakes and gas craters.
The whole African continent is growing in popularity as a holiday destination, while the east African country Sierra Leone is, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the world’s fastest growing travel destination.
What’s to do here? Beaches, welcoming villages, and even cycling sightseeing tours are popular here, while there are plenty of historically significant landmarks to see given the capital Freetown’s history as a gateway to the transatlantic slave trade.
You might be surprised to see Canada appearing in this list, however in comparison to the United States and Mexico the country attracts relatively few tourists.
One of the drawbacks, if we can call them drawbacks, of Canada as a possible holiday destination is that there aren’t necessarily those iconic things you “must” do, such as going to New York or Hollywood in the United States or visiting a popular tourist resort like Cancun in Mexico.
However, this “drawback” is what makes it such a must visit destination. Whether you want to spend time in one of the great cities like Vancouver or Montreal, or go skiing at some of the world’s best skiing locations, or trek across the Canadian wilderness, there’s something in Canada for everyone. The great news for you is that because many people have no idea what to do when they go to Canada, they often don’t go there at all. This means you can have a great holiday there without bumping into too many fellow tourists!
Bhutan is a wonderful country to visit, if you have the resolve to get there! Only five countries currently offer direct flights to Bhutan, while very few pilots are allowed to land and take off from Paro airport due to the challenging nature of its location.
The capital city, Thimpu, has embraced western lifestyle and will make you feel at home, but to see the real Bhutan, where the lifestyle and pace of life is said to have not changed in centuries, you will find yourself in the surrounding valleys where you can enjoy clear rivers, hill and mountain passes, and farmland walks.
Due to the remote nature of Bhutan, we’d suggest flying to Bagdogra in India and then hiring a car for the duration of your trip.
We’re back to Africa for our next unspoiled destination, and to the coastal country of Mozambique.
The attraction is obvious. With over 1,400 of miles of coastline, many of which are starting to see a growth in luxurious holiday resorts, you have plenty of options if you’re looking for somewhere to go and relax. Yet, if you want to explore, or enjoy somewhere even quieter, there are dozens of islands to be found off the coast, some many kilometres into the Indian Ocean, that are reachable by boat whether you’re visiting for a few days while staying on the mainland or are staying there for the duration of your stay.
Albania is one of Europe’s emerging destinations, although it is still a relatively quiet location in comparison to countries like neighbouring Croatia, which has seen huge growth in tourism numbers in recent years.
Albania has plenty to offer, including amazing landscapes, Roman ruins, a Mediterranean coastline, and very low prices. If you’re looking for a unique holiday in a far-flung destination, you’ll struggle to go wrong with a visit to Albania!
Despite its perceived popularity, India welcomes fewer than 15million tourists a year (source:
Like Canada, India is a huge country, so the key to having a memorable trip is to choose what you want to do and make sure you get it done. There are 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, while there is beauty to be found in the major cities, on the stunning coastal areas, and in the foothills of the Himalayas in the north of the country. India is somewhere you will want to visit again and again; get your first visit in now while it’s surprisingly not a huge tourist destination, as this will surely change in the coming years.
Whereas Albania is starting to grow as a tourist destination, Moldova is the least visited country in Europe, in the bottom three of global tourist destinations, and somewhere you’re guaranteed to be able to get on with your trip without seeing too many tourists.
The country itself is landlocked, but there’s a manmade beach – if you like that sort of thing – installed around the lake in the capital, Chisinau. Elsewhere, there are numerous monasteries, museums, and parks to visit, while a trip into the countryside and forested areas will allow to discover some of the hundreds of bird species that are native to Moldova.
Mongolia is the least crowded country in the world, with a third of the population living in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, which is also the only city in the country.
Why visit Mongolia?
If you’re happy to get out and travel during your trip, it’s possible to see every type of landscape in Mongolia during your break. One day you could be in dense forest, the next in the stifling heat of the Gobi Desert, the next viewing snow topped mountains.
A stunning country that is only going to become more popular in years to come, and another that is relatively easy to reach from Australia.
Iran is a country steeped in history.
Whether you want to visit beach resorts – Iran has some stunning destinations on both coastlines on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman – or are interested in museums, architecture and historical sites, Iran has something for everyone. The country is home to 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hundreds of other stunning locations. As tensions with the west continue to ease, getting to Iran will only become easier. Take advantage now before it becomes a mainstream destination!
Guyana, as a tourist destination, is firmly alongside Moldova in the bottom three of global popularity on this front, but all that should mean for you is another opportunity to go to a stunning destination where there’ll be very few other tourists to spoil your fun.
This is another country that benefits from its location – like Bolivia it often isn’t considered a “must visit” South American destination, and although culturally linked to the West Indies it isn’t often considered by anyone wanting to visit the Caribbean.
The capital, Georgetown, benefits from a beautiful coastal location, while offering easy access for touring Guyana’s dense rainforest, the experience of which will be an assault on your senses in the best possible way.
We’re back to Africa for our penultimate destination, which is the world’s fourth largest island and a stunning place to visit for anyone who loves nature.
80% of Madagascan wildlife is unique to the country, so a trip here is guaranteed to see you encounter animal life you’re unlikely to see ever again – unless of course you make Madagascar your regular travel destination.
We end with Central America’s least visited country. Belize doesn’t get many visitors – only around 400,000 in comparison to 35million and 3million that visit nearby countries Mexico and Costa Rica respectively (sources:
However, if you’re a fan of sandy beaches, exciting diving spots, and Maya ruins, there are few places in the world that are better to visit that Belize. It’s one of the safest countries in the region, too, so there are plenty of reasons why Belize should be on your holiday wish list.
If any of these unspoiled holiday destinations appeal to you, but you don’t have the cash available or don’t want to use your savings, a NOW FINANCE travel loan could help you to take the trip of a lifetime.
Remember that the costs we have given here are just for flights and accommodation, so you’d need to work out how much cash you’d need for spending money and then add that to your overall travel budget.
Once you know how much you need, and if you wish to take out a personal loan to cover the costs, you can get your interest rate before you apply, and have no obligation to proceed with your application if you’re unhappy with the rate you are offered.
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