Visiting popular tourists attractions is the conventional way of experiencing new places but going under the radar is what makes travel worth it. When you explore the nooks and crannies known only to the locals, you are the guardian of a hidden gem. Embrace unconventionality and reach out to destinations not known to the world of tourists.
Ditch the tourist in you and embrace the unconventional traveller by exploring these 10 travel destinations.
1. Lake Hillier, Australia
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If the moon can be a ball of cheese, Lake Hillier can be pool of melted bubble gum. This pink-coloured lake on Middle Island is one of the largest islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia. Lake Hillier gets its pink hue from the beta carotene of algae in the water.
2. Psychedelic Salt Mine, Russia
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Now you don’t need to consume mushrooms to enter the world of psychedelics. This abandoned salt mine in Yekaterinburg, Russia is decorated with a stunning tie-dye pattern. It is 650ft below surface and is covered in swirling coloured rock and stunning multiple underground passages.
3. Ischia Island, Italy
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Forget the luxurious spas in your city and visit the Ischia Island in Italy. A volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, this island is home to thermal spas, hot springs, and volcanic mud. The miraculous water acquires its healing qualities by contact with lava smouldering in the depths of the island.
4. Haiku Stairs, Hawaii
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After visiting the Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii, you are bound to forget about the highway to hell. Also known as the “Stairway to Heaven”, it is a steep trail with a wooden ladder spiked into the side of a cliff. This exhilarating hike is not open for public use, but people are courageous enough to climb it and rave about the view from the top.
5. Hinatuan River, Philippines
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If you stopped believing in magic, the Hinatuan River on the Philippine island of Mindanao reassures with its existence. Nicknamed the “Enchanted River”, this saltwater river appears to run from the middle of nowhere. The clear and sparkling blue water beckons crowds to indulge in snorkelling and diving.
6. Lofoten Islands, Norway
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Tantalise your senses with the breathtaking beauty of Lofoten Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Norway. The island boasts of the world’s largest deepwater coral reef and is home to wildlife like otters, moose, puffins, and more.
7. Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, China
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You literally have your head in the clouds in the Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve in Wulingyuan, China. The stone towers are cuddled with thick clouds, making it one of the most scenic spots. Rarely overrun by tourists, this reserve is a great place to channel your inner peace.
8. Capuchin Crypt, Italy
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If you went through an emo phase with skulls dominating your clothing, you will understand the eerie beauty of the Capuchin Crypt in Italy. Located under a 400-year-old Roman church, the crypt contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies with bones nailed into the walls in intricately designed patterns.
9. Las Pozas, Mexico
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If you admire the bizarre and beautiful world of architecture, Las Pozas in Mexico won’t disappoint you. Translated as “The Pools”, this 80-acre sculptural garden was built by millionaire Edward James. The tropical estate is surrounded by pools, winding stairways, huge sculptures, and wildlife.
10. Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal
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The Quinta da Regaleira, located in the town of Sintra in Portugal, entices you with the beauty of its ancient ruins. This estate brings together a palace, two small lakes, a chapel, and servant’s quarters. If you love adventure and losing yourself in mystery, this estate fulfils your childhood dream of being a detective with its large property.