Some places have become all but synonymous with a particular sort of adventure: think of surfing in Australia, trekking in Nepal or hiking in Canada.
But once you’ve sampled these classic experiences in their spiritual homes, where else should you head for thrills on your travels? This piece covers some of the best travel destinations you’ve probably never heard of, until now…
Kapaa. Credit: Heath Cajandig
This small geographic beauty doesn’t generally grab headlines in comparison to other locations in Hawaii, but it has everything you need for a spectacular holiday experience.
In addition to the seemingly never-ending stretch of picturesque views, there are lots of hotels, restaurants, and shopping centres to meet every taste. Love water sports? Get ready for water skiing and kayaking. And don’t miss an experience at the Aston Islander beach!
Kapaa is located around the Nouno Mountain, or Sleeping Giant, in Kauai. The average hotel price here costs around $360 NZD per night.
View on the medina of Casablanca in Morocco. Credit: Pawel Ryszawa
Casablanca may be the most well-known location on this list, but it is still a destination most people don’t often consider.
This commercial hub of western Morocco will be a great experience if you are an architecture fan. The perfect blend of Moorish style and European art deco buildings makes for some incredible views. Don’t miss out on a visit to the magnificent edifice that is the Hassan II Mosque.
Aside from the architecture, the galleries and museums are a must. And you should also be ready to give your taste buds the experience of a lifetime!
Fusaki beach, Ishigaki. Credit: Ajari Japa
Ishigaki, an island in Okinawa, is a perfect spot if you are looking for a quiet and near-perfect Japanese destination. It only takes one visit to see why this place is rated so highly. You’ll find a perfectly blended landscape waiting for you, made up of mangrove forests, mountains, corals, and sandy beaches. Ishigaki is also a foodie’s haven. Ask for the Yaeyama soba!
The average hotel price here costs around $222 NZD per night, but you can find deals for as low as $169 NZD.
Halifax, Canada. Credit: Derekrodgers
This port city is popular for its maritime history, but it has become much more than that. The culinary scene and the strong craft brewing culture of the city is now drawing more attention than ever. If you love drinks, food and partying, you’ll love the fact that it has more pubs and clubs per capita than anywhere else in the whole of Canada.
The average hotel price here costs around $206 NZD per night but, in June, you can find deals for as low as $124 NZD.
Make sure you pick up your travel insurance before your travel. Hospital costs can be eye-watering without insurance. You should always confirm your holiday cover needs for every trip.
Main Town Hall at the end of Długa Street, Gdansk, Poland. Credit: Diego Delso
One of Poland’s most beautiful cities, Gdansk, on the Baltic Sea, has played major roles in history, especially in the 20th-century. Gdansk’s Old Town, painstakingly reconstructed to its Hanseatic League glory after being levelled in World War II, is a highlight. And who’d have thought Gdansk was the place for… ice cream. Despite their freezing winters, the Poles have a passion for that too. All year round!
Freedom monument, Riga, Latvia. Credit: Diego Delso
Riga is the capital of Latvia, and the largest city in the Baltics. It has the perfect mix of Latvian tradition alongside cultures from its neighbours.
The city is lined with bars and restaurants. The old part of the town is a hiker’s delight, as you can complete your exploration exclusively on foot. The newer parts of the city are connected by a thriving transport sector. While here, don’t forget to visit the Riga Art Nouveau centre, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nerja Spain. Credit: Michelle Maria
This seafront destination is the place to be to enjoy breath-taking views of the Mediterranean, without any distractions.
You’ll find mountains, cliffside coves, and sandy beaches alongside each other. A must-see destination here is the Cueva de Nerja. The Palaeolithic paintings, stalagmites and stalactites are far better experienced in person!
If you have been lacking inspiration for your next holiday trip, these travel destinations can get you pumped for a new adventure!