Bypass the Crowds and Explore These 10 Lesser-Known Travel Treasures

Who’s in the mood to go on an adventure? Better yet, who’s in the mood to travel somewhere off the beaten path? Of course, there’s nothing more enjoyable than enjoying a hidden gem travel destination, and recently, world travelers met in an online discussion to reveal their favorites. 

1. Santa Flavia, Italy

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My favorite hidden gem destination, Santa Flavia, is a tiny fishing village on the north coast of Sicily and has everything a traveler could want. From majestic cliffs to dive off to beachside cafes serving cheap cocktails to some of the best Italian food on Earth, it’s shocking more tourists don’t know about Santa Flavia!

2. Baños, Ecuador

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There’s no better “off the beaten path” destination on Earth if you’re active and outdoors-oriented. “You’ll find heaven in Baños, Ecuador,” reports one expert. “There is easy access to biking, whitewater rafting, bridge jumping, canyoning, zip lining, amazing waterfalls, and viewpoints. And there’s even pretty good nightlife. Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar, and everything is extremely cheap.”

3. Split, Croatia

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For the better part of a decade, tourists have flocked to Dubrovnik, Croatia’s seaside city made famous by Game of Thrones. As a result, travelers keep sleeping on the hidden gem that is the town of Split. Boasting just as many historic castles, churches, and architecture as Dubrovnik, Split is quietly gaining momentum of being an adventurer’s paradise!

4. Busan, South Korea 

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Traveling to Seoul is overrated. If you want a less touristy, more authentic Korean experience, Busan is the place to go! “Busan, South Korea is this bizarre juxtaposition of ancient and super modern, and everything is chaotic and incredibly organized,” explains one woman. I’m not sure how it functions, but it does — and seemingly way better than other large cities. The scenery, the food, and the people were fantastic.”

5. Gili Islands, Indonesia

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While not far from Bali, the Gili Islands share almost nothing in common with that tourist destination — apart from world-class beaches. Instead, the islands are incredibly peaceful, making them the perfect destination for travelers wishing to enjoy much-deserved rest and relaxation. 

6. Greenville, South Carolina

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The small, sleepy city of Greenville, South Carolina, is a haven for all travelers. It is the picture-perfect town because it has superb restaurants, plenty of craft breweries, and a family-friendly culture.

The town’s cherry on top is its breathtaking dedication to beautifying every street within the city limits – it’s a stunning place to walk through. It’s clear Greenville invests heavily in keeping everything looking pristine!

7. Seward, Alaska

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Alaska isn’t the most accessible place in the United States, but countless people admit it’s worth the long travel days! “I visited Alaska and stayed in a small town three hours from Anchorage, and I had the time of my life,” reports one traveler. “Its completely untouched wilderness was mind-blowing. Moose would walk along the river bank while we fished, and orcas swam next to our boat when we visited Kenai Fjords National Park.”

8. Palomino, Colombia

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This city in Colombia boasts some of the best natural scenery in the entire world. Palomino has everything an adventurer can ask for – mountains, beaches, jungles, and rivers that will all take your breath away. But, of course, few travelers know about this hidden gem, so the time to visit is now!

9. Bologna, Italy

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Foodies, rejoice: I hereby notify you of the promised land! “In my opinion, it’s the best food city in the best food country in the world,” one man reveals. “I will never forget the tortellini al brodo, tagliatelle al ragù, and panna cotta I ate there. I also loved walking up to the Madonna di San Luca and seeing the fantastic view from the top.” Great views and even better food? Count me in.

10. La Paz, Mexico

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In recent years, many of Mexico’s beach destinations have been overrun by two groups: Partiers and social media influencers. Luckily, according to many travelers, La Paz’s natural beauty and impeccable local cuisine have been spared the untimely fate that befell places like Cancun, Cabo, and Tulum. 

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