6 Little Known Vacation Places That Will Blow Your Mind
Traveling is one of the most relaxing activities you can do. Getting out of your daily routine to spend a few days in a new location, do some sightseeing, go on a hike or spend an afternoon on a sunny beach. But what if – as most of the tourist destinations these days – your destination is overcrowded with herds of tourists? Here are 6 unknown places without tourists, but that are WELL worth visiting. These 6 Little Known Vacation Places That Will Blow Your Mind
Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan isn’t exactly the travel destination that is placed high on anyone’s bucket list, and the ones that have visited it might have missed this. The Door to Hell is a natural gas field that offers an extraordinary sight. In 1971 the cavern collapsed and to avoid the spreading of methane gas, scientists have set it on fire. Unfortunately, over 40 years later, the cavern is still burning, offering an out of the ordinary sight.
The Door to Hell is a place where you won’t see many tourists. Especially since the governments wants no one to know about this place because of their reputation on the environmental issue. As you can realize, most environmental organisations wouldn’t have agreed on their decision. Still, the Door to Hell is perfectly safe to visit. Do you dare get close to the crater to take a good selfie?
Maracaibo Lake, Venezuela
Venezuela’s political situation had made it one of the world’s most dangerous countries to visit. Bad news for travellers who wish to see some of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Venezuela is not only known for Angel Falls, the world’s largest waterfall and the Roraima formation but has with Maracaibo Lake an extraordinary phenomenon. Lake Maracaibo sees more lightning than anywhere else on earth. The thunderstorms start at nightfall and you can fill your daytime hours watching wildlife such as jaguars, alligators, boa constrictors and exotic butterflies.
Even though Lake Maracaibo isn’t the place to go for people who cower under the duvet during a thunderstorm, most people love a spectacular storm and the lightning that occurs here, on an almost daily basis, is a real crowd-pleaser. You can spend the night with one of the locals of the lakeside fishing communities and enjoy the whole show. Definitely a bucket-list-worthy trip.
Spitsbergen is an archipelago situated high up in the Arctic, north of Norway. It is as close to the North Pole as you can get. With more polar bears living on Spitsbergen than people, it is best described as a remote wilderness area. However, there used to be a population of Russians living in Pyramiden in the Billefjorden, a former mining town that has been deserted since the ‘90s. Nowadays only a handful of Russian guides and scientists still live there to do research and guide the handful of tourists that make it to this place in the high season. Outside ‘peak season’, Pyramiden cannot be reached by boat, so the only option would be to hike or rent a snowmobile.
Longyearbyen sees quite a few tourists coming in by cruise ships, but Pyramiden is even more remote. Pyramiden is one of the most incredible ghost towns in the world, and is situated in this remote corner of the world, making the experience even better. If you manage to reach Spitsbergen, you can do some urban exploring in a few of the abandoned buildings that are still there. Just be aware of polar bears lurking around the corner.
Vanuatu is a Pacific island destination that offers an adventure far beyond any cruise-ship ports and touristy resorts. Even though it has everything to offer to be described as a paradise: deserted beaches, good weather, and a deep blue ocean. But there is a reason why tourists don’t make it here. The archipelago of Vanuatu is listed as the world’s most ‘at-risk’ country for natural hazards. Tropical storms, earthquakes, volcano eruptions or tsunamis are only a few of the natural disasters that occur on this island.
Despite being ranked as the most disaster-prone country in the world, Vanuatu has a lot to offer. Surviving an earthquake, tropical storm, volcano eruption or tsunami is just part of the adventure as you visit Vanuatu. But how many places do you know where you can hike up a volcano and stare into the magma-filled crater, snorkel in a blue hole and enjoy a delicious drink with the local village chief, all on the same day?
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
This monastery in Paro, Taktshang is best known as the Tiger’s Nest, due to its spectacular location. The sacred structure is located at the edge of a cliff in the upper Paro Valley, about 900 meters above sea level. The monastery is not only cloaked in folklore and myth but offers great views on the forests and Mountains around. Visitors are allowed to enter the monastery, but to reach it, you need to hike five hours through dense forest and need to climb down a trickling waterfall.
Bhutan is small nation located high in the Himalayas and its inhabitants are considered to be the happiest people in the world. The Kingdom of Bhutan is well-known for pioneering in a philosophy or index which is used to measure the collective happiness. It has never been colonized in history so it’s one of the most authentic nations in the world. Bhutan is hardly on the tourist map, and visitors that want to enter its borders need to hire a guide, which makes it an expensive trip.
Tuvalu is one of the most remote countries in the world. Located in the Pacific Ocean, this island is well off the tourist map. The main reason is… because it’s disappearing. Global warming is a hot (get it?) topic these days, and anyone willing to see proof, should buy a ticket to Tuvalu. With sea-level rising fast, inhabitants of Tuvalu already had dramatic measures taken to save their home.
We all know some places are disappearing due to global warming. While the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or even the lowest country Bangladesh still have some time before it’s gone, Vanuatu is a different tale. The island is struggling to stay above sea level and might well be the first nation to drown.