Haruki Murakami famously said, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking”. The same logic can be applied when it comes to travelling. To understand the world better, you need to ditch the known and travel along the offbeaten track. Here are a few underrated, yet amazing, destinations you must explore on your next trip.
A group of nine islands at the heart of Atlantic Ocean, the Azores in Portugal are every visitor’s reprieve. The islands boast of pleasant weather conditions throughout the year, and provides you an insight into the typical island lifestyle. The stunning waters of the Azores are well known for whale watching. The Azores are great for adventure sport enthusiasts too. From taking an interesting trek to the peak of Mount Pico, to descending into underground caves with breath taking pools and waterfalls, the Azores offers you plenty of activities. But if you think scenic beauty and outdoor adventure is all there is to this island cluster, you could not be more wrong. With finger-licking seafood and world-class wines on offer, the Azores are a foodie’s paradise.
GoFro Tip : Try the local stew called cozido which is cooked in holes, known as fumaroles, dug in hot volcanic soil.
In this beautiful country, you will come across gigantic volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls, and picturesque mountains at every turn. Though talked about all over the world, Iceland still remains a relatively untouched destination. It contains natural wonders in their most pristine forms, promising you the best of everything. Travellers swear by the beauty and quiet that Iceland offers; it is the perfect escape from the chaos of the rest of the world.
GoFro Tip : Rent a 4WD and drive around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The almost desolate landscape with snow-capped mountains in the background is mesmerising to say the least.
Basel in Switzerland lies along the Rhine, between France and Germany. Home to fascinating museums, a wonderful zoo, excellent restaurants, and a large university, the city makes for a great travel getaway. Must-visits in Basel include the Basel Arts Museum, Fondation Beyeler, Rhine Cruises, the Botanical Gardens, and Musical Theatre Basel, among a host of other attractions.
GoFro Tip : Try planning your visit to Basel around spring to be a part of Fasnacht, the city’s larger than life carnival.
If you like art and history, then you must definitely add Krakow on your list of places to visit. From wonderful castles to amazing people, the city is something straight out of a fairy tale. It is also home to quaint little cafes and delightful gift shops, offering the best of Polish delicacies and antiques.
GoFro Tip : Snack on traditional obarwarzanki, which is a traditional bagel-like food, and is on the EU’s protected foods list.
Hoi An, Vietnam
From picturesque landscapes and sandy beaches, to vibrant marketplaces and a rich history, Hoi An, though underrated, has everything it takes to be a perfect travel destination. The town is popular among travellers for its old worldly charm and cultural diversity. An Bang Beach, Museum of Sa Huynh Culture, Terracotta Park, Old House of Tan Ky and Japanese covered Bridge feature among the major attractions of the town.
GoFro Tip : Hoi An is world-renowned for its skilled tailors. Get your hands on some clothes in trendy prints and patterns, custom-made in the city, at very reasonable prices.
So, pack your bags, dive into the unknown, and enjoy the surprises that await you at these underrated travel destinations.