Where to Go in 2017. 7 Underrated Travel Gems

  1. Cape Town, South Africa takes the top spot on this list this year. Cape Town arguably has the best city vibes, best mountains for hiking, best seaside, and the best  nature – All in one. There is so much you have to see and do. City is dominated by the iconic Table Mountain, which serves as a backdrop everywhere in the city.  It spreads out all along a wild and beautiful coastline with sandy white beaches and breathtaking views. You can check out all the weekend markets, hike for hours, attend a jazz concert, do some canyoning, or spot wildlife… you will never ran out of things to do. If you like sport you cannot pass over the best surfing beaches The Mother City has on offer.
  2. Dubrovnik & Split, Croatia. In recent years, Dubrovnik, along with Split and Croatia’s Riviera, has evolved into a hot spot in this part of the world. Both cities are filled with wonders and they are the most visited in the country, and with a good reason.  Dubrovnik as one of the last remaining walled towns in the world its a true gem for travelers and food lovers. Best spots are tucked away in a maze of narrow lanes and alleys with hundreds of shops and restaurants. On the other hand Split has grown from its ultimate retirement home beginnings into the largest seaside ferry port and city in Dalmatia. The roads around the Dalmatian coast are excellent and can be used to get to all the attractions in the region.
  3. Madagascar. This beautiful Island is the world’s 4th largest and famously referred to as the world’s eighth continent.  Despite a high potential for tourism, tourism in Madagascar is underdeveloped. Madagascar receives very few tourists, which is a shame, because it’s one of the most stunning places on Earth. Island is fantastically beautiful, amazingly diverse for its size and still so unspoiled. The things to do in Madagascar can be found nowhere else in the world. Madagascar has stabilized since elections in 2013 and is now working on promoting its beauty to the world. Madagascar’s wildlife and flora has exploded in number of ways and its a main reason to visit this beautiful place full of wonders and unexplored parts.
  4. Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on the planet. Its visible from outer space. As of late, this 2,300 km-long ecosystem has been struggling tremendously. Many will say this place is dying. Increased sea temperatures, caused by climate change, causing huge damage to the Reef. We need to fight and protect this marvelous piece of nature. There is a chance you don’t have much time left to visit this place and see it in full glory. Six of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles can all be found in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. If the Reef isn’t already on your Bucket List, it should be!
  5. Chiang Mai, city in mountainous northern Thailand, “The Rose of the North”. Founded in 1296, it was capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. This ancient Thai city is located deep within a lush rain forest with spectacular waterfalls, exotic animals, and rich ecosystems. Chiang Mai is a beautiful and still relatively un-touristy part of Thailand, but it’s developing rapidly.  It grows in popularity, like many of the places that were originally discovered by backpackers, are becoming increasingly large tourist destination. It is still possible, however, to find that special Thai experience. Chiang Mai offers much in the way of things to do, but the people are what make this place feel so special.
  6. Montenegro rarely comes to mind as easy pick for travel destination. Like most under the radar travel destinations, Montenegro has become a true gem where you’ll find so much color and flavor on every corner. Montenegro is a country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. Montenegro is located on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe bordering Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Albania.  In the last thirty years, the land has been part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, before separating from Serbia in 2006, and for such a young nation, it has a lot to offer. The phrase “good things come in small packages” may be a cliché, but it is so true in the case of Montenegro.
  7. Busan, South Korea. the most underrated city from all on this list. Busan is known as a film city, and its only about two hours away from Seoul. Many travelers are completely fine with travelling to Korea without even a glimpse of Busan but they are making a huge mistake. Nestled amid the mountains, Busan has great beaches, unique attractions and a flourishing huge art scene. Busan is surrounded by seven beaches, from the quiet and secluded few to the crazy, jam-packed in the summer.  Busan City has a mix of the old and new. It has grown a lot in the past decade to have some pretty impressive new architecture but you can spot a lot of the old traditional builds and enjoy exploring, and soaking up the culture. 

Happy Travels! Dont forget to pack you sunscreen and essentials!

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