The Most Underrated Travel Destinations in the World
Looking for somewhere off-the-beaten path that’s not overrun with tourists? Here are our picks for an unforgettable under-the-radar adventure.
Lapland should be on everyone’s wishlist. Finland’s northernmost region is a sparsely populated playground of snow-capped wilderness, ski resorts, and arctic adventure. Its capital, Rovaniemi shines come Christmas as the official home of Santa Claus. But perhaps the biggest draw is the spellbinding natural phenomena, from the Northern Lights in the winter to the midnight sun in the summer.
Tomar played a crucial role during the Middle Ages, yet few outside of Portugal are familiar with this appealing town in the Iberian Peninsula. So, here’s the scoop: It served as the religious headquarters of the Knights Templar for a whopping 700 years. Constructed over the course of five centuries the Convent of Christ is an architectural marvel of considerable import. The expansive hilltop complex is a mesmerizing mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque elements and is widely considered to be one of the nation’s finest monuments. Portugal is also among the most affordable places to go in 2018.
Be honest, you probably weren’t aware Tobermory existed until now. This harbor village in southern Ontario is the gateway to scenic beauty. Bruce Peninsula National Park boasts Niagara Escarpment, Indian Head Cove, and the Grotto, a limestone cave in Georgian Bay. Fathom Five National Marine Park features Flowerpot Island, 19th-century lighthouses, and multiple shipwrecks. Need help choosing your next trip? Here’s how to pick the best vacation based on your personality type.