When we say ‘travel’, what comes to mind? Soaking up the sun on the Sydney Gold Coast? Cherry blossoms and kimonos in Tokyo? Maybe a stroll down the many lanes of Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market? For every dream destination that comes to mind, there’s yet another waiting to welcome you. Here are some of our picks for a travel experience a little bit off the beaten track!
Hua Hin, Thailand
Image from HuaHin.city travel guide
A seaside resort town beloved even to Thai royalty, Hua Hin’s beaches offer a quieter getaway compared to Bangkok and Phuket’s crowds. Other attractions include the Cicada Market, Santorini Park (a Greece-themed Instagram paradise), and the gorgeous Khuha Kharuehat Pavilion hidden away in Phraya Nakhon Cave.
Jaws, eat your heart out. Image from Crocosaurus Cove.
Darwin has many claims to fame: it’s the smallest, wettest and most northerly capital city in Australia. Travellers will also love the bustling waterfront, getting up close and personal with giant reptiles at Crocosaurus Cove, and taking a dip in Wangi Falls. Whether you actually become ‘wangi’ after you bathe is not certain.
Here be dinosaurs! Image from TravelWorldHeritage.
Looking for an island paradise? The southern city of Yeosu will give you over 300 to explore! Highlights include Sa-do Island, Korea’s very own Jurassic Park with preserved dinosaur prints, and Odong-do Island, where you can see 3,000 camellia trees bloom in spring and 70 species of wild flora. And wherever you go, you can count on enjoying the delicious local seafood.
Rural and scenic, Gozo boasts great diving and water sports, as well as several picturesque natural wonders. You may already have seen one during the Dothraki wedding in Game of Thrones!
There, behind there. Image via Telegraph.
While the Azure Window stone arch has since collapsed, you can still enjoy the sights at the Wied il-Mielah Window natural limestone arch, Inland Sea/Qawra, Ramla Bay and Calypso Cove.
One window…falls in, another one stays open. For now. Image via TripAdvisor.
No need to feel blue. Image by Joaquin Salido on Wikipedia.
Situated at the head of Hangzhou Bay, the city combines grand history, natural wonders, and some of the finest tea on Earth: Longjing, or dragon well tea. Check out the Grand Canal, Phoenix Mosque, West Lake, or Meijiawu tea plantation.
Rotorua, New Zealand
There she blows! Image via Stuff.co.nz.
Rotorua is a hotbed of Maori culture and geothermal activity, with something for everyone. Swing by the Pohutu Geyser, Buried Village of Te Wairoa, or the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
Image via Telegraph.
Known as the green heart of the nation, Umbria will have you feeling like a fairytale princess/prince with its medieval hill towns and rich local cuisine. Stroll through Assisi, a World Heritage site associated with Saint Francis, or witness the Saint Ubaldo Day “candle” race, where townsfolk bear wooden pillars through the streets.
St. Lucia, South Africa
Image via St Lucia South Africa.
St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is a small town that serves mostly as a hub for the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on its East Coast. Enjoy this UNESCO world heritage site by going on safari, whale-watching, diving with turtles, and experiencing Zulu culture.
If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and are raring to go somewhere new, check out some of the spots above and travel your way. You can even take your domestic plan with you thanks to our Roam Like Home and Roam Like Home Plus packages, available in all these countries! To find out more, check out our FAQ.