For those tempted by the road less-travelled, these far-off destinations inspire wanderlust.
From Quepos to Valletta, these are the unique travel destinations you need to explore! Add these to the bucket list – you’re in for some serious wanderlust!
The Aeolian Islands, Italy
A chain of islands including Alicudi, Stromboli, and Vulcano, the Aeolian Islands are a testament that simplicity is tranquillity. Time rolls to a stop in these quaint Mediterranean towns, and the crisp wines and rich meals are best enjoyed as you take in sunsets unrivalled in beauty.
Quepos, Costa Rica
Regarded as the gateway to the tropical and gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos is an idyllic town surrounded by lagoons, beach-lined rainforests, and vibrant fauna. Rural and remote, this seaside destination possesses a unique edge-of-the-world feel. If you have dreams of relocating to a tropical haven, you’ll find peace in Quepos.
Home of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and theimposing 16th-century Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta has been beautifully preserved. A vibrant cultural revitalisation in recentyears has fused the rich history of this townwith modern art and culture.
Located in southwest Turkey, this gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site is beautiful to behold. When conditions are right, the Pamukkale Thermal Pools look like fields of cotton, which is apt as the name translates to ‘cotton castle’. Filled with natural hot spring waters cascading down inclining tiers, the pools are a breathtakingly beautiful way to cool down and relax. From the tiers, you can view the ancient ruins of the once great city, Hierapolis.
The Tianzi Mountains, China
In the northwest Hunan Province, these imposing and staggering limestone pinnacles are mystic and ethereal. Shrouded in mist and coated in lush greenery, these pinnacles can be seen from a cable car that goes as far as Huangshi village, or from the many trails that wind around the mountains. The breathtaking Tianzi (‘son of heaven’) are the inspiration of the floating mountains in the film Avatar.
Socotra Island, Yemen
Socotra separated from mainland Afrifa more than six million years ago, and since then this remote island has developed incredible and unique biodiversity, with flora not found anywhere else in the world. The bizarre and intriguing flora, such as the bulbous bottle tree and the twisted dragon’s blood, is beguiling, to say the least.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello is a small town in Italy where homes are trulli (limestone and shaped like cones). Picturesque and unique, the narrow cobbled lanes of this beautiful town are like something from a fantasy world.
In 1996, the trulli of Alberobello became a UNESCO World Heritage site. This small town in Italy began in the 14th Century when the Count of Conversano colonized it. Here the homes are trulli. Trulli are dwellings made from limestone and appear cone-shaped. When the homes were first built, they were made from interlocking rocks that lacked mortar. Since there was no mortar, they could be moved easily.
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