There are hidden treasures all around the world waiting to be discovered. We have compiled a list of ten destinations that are often overlooked by American travelers. These places are worth more than they are given credit for. Don’t believe us? Then travel there and see for yourself.
Myanmar is still an underrated destination in the eyes of American Travelers. Most travelers opt out of a vacation to Myanmar because of the difficulty in air travel. There are no direct flights to Myanmar from America. You have to take a flight to Hong Kong or Bangkok, and from there another flight to Yangon.
Aside from the long flights, Myanmar is an exotic Asian country where you can enjoy ancient architecture and magical sunsets. The sunset along the Irrawaddy River is a breathtaking sight to witness – and is the focal attraction for tourists in addition to the Temples in Old Bagan.
Belize is not as popular as its neighbor, Mexico, but it has all the same assets. The primary tourist destinations such as Playa del Carmen and Cancun are hotspots that drag the attention away from nearby destinations. The tiny island of Caye Caulker is on par with these well-known cities.
There are enormous mountains here in addition to Belize’s Barrier Reef. On a journey to Belize, those who want to dive can dive, those who want to hike can hike, and those who want to grab a beer can grab an iced cold one.
In the 1990s, the dispute between the IRA (Irish Republic Army) and Loyalists created international disinterest in the country. But now, it is safe for tourists to travel to Northen Ireland again.
Northern Ireland is loaded with history and spectacular countryside sceneries. The best city around is Belfast, which is modern yet it retains the classic Irish rolling hills. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an impressive staircase created from an earthquake that reaches from cliff to sea.
Switzerland takes away all the tourist glory from Austria. That is why most of Austria remains overlooked by American tourists. You know what makes this country special? The Grand Art Nouveau buildings as well as the ornate palaces, which are evidence of the Habsburg Empire.
Wine lovers will think Austria is heaven since it has some of the richest wine cultures in the world. Not just that, but the stunning architecture that inspired Genius musicians such as Mozart and Haydn, attracts art lovers as well as music lovers to this beautiful country.
Adventure enthusiasts should buckle up for the trip of their lifetime in Ecuador. The neighboring countries, Peru and the Galapagos Islands, lure all the tourists away.
Traveling in Ecuador is cheap. Plus, the Amazon basin offers you adventurous trails, tumultuous waves, and rough roads. Ecuador is inexpensive and a treasure trove of adventure.
Tunisia has had a bad reputation since its association with Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Jordan. But now it is safe for tourists to travel to this Mediterranean paradise. The balmy beaches coupled with Ottoman Culture makes Tunisia a unique destination.
The historical Old Town of Medina has a rich cultural history. Taste the delicious French-influenced food with the Ottoman touch or hang out in one of the many buzzing cafés.
Americans shun Malaysia and opt for Thailand because they think the culture here is mostly Muslim. People mistakingly believe that this means they cannot drink or they must always be covered. In reality, Malaysia is nothing like that. Malaysia is an open-minded country with a lot of exciting things to offer.
The tropical beaches on the South China Sea are lovely places to sunbathe. The UNESCO World Heritage site, Gunung Mulu National Park, is the primary tourist hotspot.
Tourism to Cuba opened for Americans in 2015. If you already watched Fate of the Fast and Furious, then you know that Cuba abounds in historic cars.
Those who love cars and racing can’t find any better place than this. You can hang out in any café, nearly all of which have live music. Or why not take a tour of a cigar factory?
According to the Lonely Planet, Cambodia has the most coveted destination – Angkor Wat. Yet, fewer tourists are visiting Cambodia than Vietnam or Thailand.
It is inexpensive to travel to Cambodia, especially for Americans. Aside from the budget travel appeal, there are also many Buddhist and Hindu ruins other than Angkor Wat which are worth a visit.
Any water lover will jump at the first opportunity to visit the Phillippines. American travelers will have to spend one day in the air to get here. The long journey discourages many of the tourists.
But once you are here, the accommodation and food costs are minimal. You can land a four-star hotel room at just $50/night, isn’t that surprising? So, pack your bags and head to the Phillippines. You can do anything involving water here, from snorkeling to cruising.