As difficult as it may seem in a world where we are more and more connected to each other, there are still a few places that can go under the radar and remain relatively unknown. What’s even more remarkable about the destinations on this list is that they are all breathtaking and should be taken into serious consideration when planning your next vacation.
Here are 11 places from around the world that you may have seen on Instagram feeds, but that you’ve (probably) never heard of… yet.
The Cairngorms, Scotland
This Scottish mountain range in the East Highland region is part of a national park that covers a much larger area. The plateaus in the heart of the Cairngorms are home to the only herd of wild reindeer in Britain. The hilly terrain is sheltered from all modern attractions, and a hike through the region feels like entering another country. The weather can be very unpredictable, so if you are planning a trip, be sure to pack your bags for every eventuality, but you will be rewarded with incredible views that very few people will have experienced.
source: The Cairngorms provide incredible views © Tillman Schlageter / Alamy Stock Photo
You have almost certainly seen this Moroccan city thanks to publications on social networks, but few people can name it. The scenic location is best known for the shades of blue that adorn many buildings in the northwest of the city, located inland from Tangier. Known locally as Chaouen, the destination has become popular with Moroccans and is also gaining an international reputation. There are several hotels under construction to cater to tourists, but it is still a place that is overlooked in favor of the largest cities in North Africa. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the blue buildings are there to ward off mosquitoes or attract tourists.
Fiordland, New Zealand
If the name of this region of New Zealand seems to come from Scandinavia, it is no accident. The steep valleys and cliffs of the regions are reminiscent of the fjords that dominate the northern European countries, but the “fjords” of the same name are a completely different natural phenomenon. The inaccessibility of the area means that they have avoided all permanent settlers and commercial lumberjacks. Fiordland is a pristine natural wonder that you have to see for yourself. If you do, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a Lord of the Rings set.
source: Fiordland is one of the most remote places in the world © eye35 / Alamy Stock Photo
The island state of Mauritius is primarily known as a holiday paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Luxury resorts are popular with honeymooners and have some of the best beaches in the world. Understandably, most visitors never leave the boundaries of their hotels. However, if you venture further into the country, you will find an incredible natural landscape, including certain areas that are rarely visited by foreigners. The best of them is a phenomenon known as seven-colored piles of earth, a cluster of multi-colored dunes that have formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. This unique natural attraction is located in Chamarel.
source:Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earths have to be seen to be believed © Konstantin Kulikov / Alamy Stock Photo
Have you always wanted to visit a real oasis in the desert? The Peruvian colony of Huacachina is as close as possible and offers hotels, restaurants, and even nightclubs! At the touch of a button, you can explore the village on a day trip from Lima. The best thing to do is get on a bus in the capital and book a stay in one of the hotels in Huacachina. How many other people do you know who can boast of spending a night in an oasis in the desert?
source:Spend a night in an oasis in Huacachina, Peru © Iurii Buriak / Alamy Stock Photo