Dreaming about a vacation? Your dream probably doesn’t include crowded beaches, hordes of people taking selfies, and lines to get into literally any shop or restroom. Unfortunately, many of the most popular vacation spots are overcrowded and anything but relaxing. Here are places that are sick and tired of tourists.
Luckily, beautiful places in the world still exist, where peace and adventure are possible. There are pristine beaches, uncrowded medieval cities, and remote Buddhist temples to explore. Some destinations may require a long hike, a boat ride, or scuba gear, but why travel if not to experience something novel and slightly outside of your comfort zone?
In order to keep these areas pristine for everyone to enjoy for years to come — including the locals — remember to dispose of your litter properly, and to support local tour guides and businesses. Here are some other crucial tips for travelling to foreign countries.
To compile a list of 37 amazing places that travelers can visit instead of popular and overcrowded tourist destinations, 24/7 Tempo reviewed travel magazines such as National Geographic Traveler and more than a dozen travel blogs. We aimed for places that are near a well-known city or attraction. We aimed to select different kinds of places — from villages to cities and national parks — that are located all over the world.