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    Gdansk

    Gdansk

    Mainstream travel brochures usually have the tendency to focus on the same places: tried and liked destinations, which are certainly popular and very pleasant, but which don’t bring anything new at all. It’s a well known fact that places like Honolulu, Paris or Aspen are great travel destinations, but don’t you ever wonder if there’s something that the brochures fail to mention?

    Some places are not very popular, despite having the perfect ingredients for an amazing holiday. So here are 5 underrated travel destinations that need more appreciation from travelers!

    Norfolk Island, Australia

    photo by Steve Daggar

    The tiny island of Norfolk, in the Pacific Ocean, is located about 1000 miles east of Sydney, so it’s quite far from the mainland. The distance makes it an unlikely tourist destination, but once you get there, you’ll see that the long trip is worth it.

    Norfolk used to be a penal colony back in the 19th century, and when the colony was closed it was settled by inhabitants who came from the Pitcairn Islands. The island’s 2000 current inhabitants are the descendants of these settlers. The island is famous for its seafood and the excellent local distillery.

    Hue, Vietnam

    When it comes to urban destinations in Vietnam, most people think of Saigon or Hanoi, neglecting amazing destinations like Hue. The city used to be the imperial capital, and it has loads of historical attractions, like the Imperial Citadel, Thái Hòa Palace, the Purple Forbidden City and, most importantly, the Tombs of the Emperors, located along the Perfume River (you can book a boat trip and tour).

    Caye Caulker, Belize

    photo by Fjdelisle

    Ambergris Caye in Belize is on its merry way to become one of the most popular islands on the planet, which sometimes doesn’t bode well for its less known little sister, Caye Caulker.

    The smaller island is a darling of backpackers and budget travelers, though, because it’s cheaper and less crowded than Ambergris Caye, and it has the same great authentically Belizean vibe. There aren’t too many beaches on the island, but plenty of docks where you can bask in the sun.

    Taos, New Mexico

    Taos is not very well known outside of New Mexico as a tourist destination, but it is a haven for artists, photographers and writers, who come here to draw inspiration from the amazing landscape.

    The town of Taos is a very scenic place, but there are some other attractions in its vicinity, like Taos Pueblo, an ancient American Indian village, Hacienda de los Martinez or the Church of San Francisco de Asis.

    Gdansk, Poland

    Although WWII left the city of Gdansk in shambles, the aftermath of the disaster is hardly noticeable nowadays. Gdansk might be more famous for its shipyards than its architectural beauty, don’t be fooled by its reputation. The old town in truly picturesque, especially the impressive houses along the Motlawa River bank.

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