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5 Hidden Travel Gems You Need To Visit

Traveling off the Beaten Path

Summer and travel often go hand in hand, my darlings. There are many places in the world that people like to visit. Off the top of your head, you’ll be able to list favorite places where many of us like to travel. It could be Walt Disney World in Orlando or a European destination like London or Rome. Whether you are going somewhere close to home or venturing to the other side of the world, picking a destination is always super exciting!

But I have a question for you. Have you ever thought to pick a place off the beaten path? A location to which many may not have traveled?

It’s time to take a leap, my readers and think outside the box. Here is a list of hidden travel gems that you may have never even heard of! Let’s take an adventure together.

Christmas Island, Australia

Baby Red Crabs on Christmas Island

Who doesn’t want to visit a place called Christmas Island? Even though the Island is not in fact Christmas themed, it gets its name from its discovery on December 25, 1643. Described as a natural wonder by many websites, this island is surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It has even been referred to as Australia’s ‘Galapagos Island’ not only because of its remoteness but also its giant, annual red crab migration. Additionally it has several species of birds and an abundance of coral and marine life. If you like snorkeling and diving, you will definitely feel at home here.

This island will treat you to magnificent views, pristine beaches, tasty food and much-needed peace. Because of its remoteness, however, do plan on potential airline delays getting on and off the island, as there are only 3 airlines that service this wondrous place. But don’t let that deter you, as long as you go with this in mind, you can give yourself time to plan for any possible outcome.

Plan your trip HERE.

Syros, Greece

Many of you may have traveled to places in Greece like Mykonos or Santorini but have you ever heard of Syros? Syros, mostly undiscovered by tourists, is home to a thriving art scene, festivals and delicious cuisine. Not only will you be enthralled by the beautiful blue ocean and beaches, but the city will also suck you in. There is something for every person in Syros and without the crowds of a popular place like Mykonos, this island is perfect for any family or even by yourself.

Because there’s less tourism, the locals are welcoming and warm. They are very excited to have foreigners on their shores and share their home with you. Make sure to go during one of their 15 festivals per year devoted to many mediums such as the organ, guitar, tango, jazz and much more. This island has much to share and I for one would love to visit their Grecian shores.

Plan your trip HERE.

The Ozarks, Missouri

If you are an outdoor and nature loving soul, the Ozarks in Missouri should definitely be on your list of places to travel. Great for couples’ vacations or families, the Ozarks have much to offer any person who likes to experience the great outdoors.

Covering a large portion of Northern Arkansas and most of the Southern half of Missouri, the Ozarks house some of the oldest rocks in North America. This destination is also home to 1,100 miles of lake shoreline, which is more than the coast of California! The Lake of the Ozarks provides access to public beaches, fishing, boating, horseback riding and more. If you need a break from the outdoors, enjoy copious amounts of shopping or a day at a local spa.

Plan your trip HERE.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I had to include a place from the south, my darlings. Many people visit New Orleans, Louisiana, but I don’t hear travelers talking about Baton Rouge regularly. The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge’s very own city website claims it’s the ‘hub of all things Louisiana.’ It’s also only an hour away from New Orleans and Lafayette, two major destinations in the state.

Baton Rouge has over 300 years of history and is home to a unique Southern culture. If you want to experience the traditional food of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the place. You’re guaranteed to taste the city’s history in its delicacies. Don’t forget to steep yourself in local culture by visiting museums, parks and landmarks. If you savor history and Southern culture, Baton Rouge is for you.

Plan your trip HERE.

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

As their website claims, ‘Sometimes, you have to take the road less travelled before the real journey begins.’ With enough coastline to stretch across Canada four times, Newfoundland and Labrador are full of fantastic shoreline destinations, hiking and even whale watching. Experience nature firsthand, as well as some of the friendliest people you may every find. They’ve received notoriety as one of the top friendliest cultures in the world. The heritage on the island is mixed, including English, Irish, French and Indigenous ancestors, creating a beautiful melting pot of experiences.

While you visit Newfoundland and Labrador, explore the history, enjoy the restaurants full of lively music and experience nature up-close and personal. There is a little something for everyone up there. And it’s great for families!

Plan your trip HERE.

What is your favorite off-the-beaten path hidden travel gem? Share your favorite destinations in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram.

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July 26, 2019


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  1. Deborah s Gesin says:

    Love that you included the Ozarks and Eureka Springs is in the save picturesque neighborhood. Lovely Old Victorian spa town. Relax, dine and shop for art or quirky collectables.

  2. Margo Arel says:

    I had to laugh when I saw this. My husband did a road trip last October and visited my dear cousin in Baton Rouge. We sidetracked a bit to New Orleans for one night of good food, some jazz and an exceptional hotel in the French Quarter. We made our way to Waco (who can resist the silos?) and then journeyed through the Ozarks. Oh my goodness, I could not believe the beauty. Sometimes I get frightened of the world we live in, the trampling of green spaces, “removed Paradise and put up a parking lot” echoes in my ears. But then I drive through this countryside and am thankful that 48 years after that song was popular we still have so many green trees.
    I would recommend this area to anyone and look forward to going back. Retirement affords us the time to take trips like this and enjoy spots not as popular for tourists.

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