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22 Stunning Under-The-Radar Destinations To Add To Your Bucket List In 2014

You might want to start planning now.

1. Jericoacoara, Brazil

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Located in the north of the Brazilian state of Ceará, Jericoacoara is a small fishing village turned mecca for water lovers. It’s most well-known for its eponymous beach.

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2. Lofoten Islands, Norway

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A group of islands in northern Norway, Lofoten offers fishing, hiking, rafting, and the charms of small village life. Because of its location, it’s also a great place to see the Northern Lights.

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3. Ipiales, Colombia

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Although there aren’t many typical tourist attractions in Ipiales, the one that there is - Las Lajas Sanctuary - is worth the trip. The Sanctuary is a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture located in a forested gorge near the border with Ecuador.

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4. El Djem, Tunisia

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El Djem is a city in northern Tunisia filled with architecture from the days of the Roman Empire. The Ampitheatre of El Djem in particular is recognized as a fantastic example of Roman ruins in North Africa.

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5. Surigao del Sur, Philippines

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Located on the southern island of Mindanao, the province of Surigao del Sur is best known for its spectacular Tinuy-an Falls, considered to be the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines.”

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6. Ladakh, India

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Ladakh is one of the safest areas in the contested region of Kashmir. Along its border with Tibet, you will find the beautiful lake Pangong Tso.

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7. Kampong Thom, Cambodia

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The Cambodian province of Kampong Thom is a great alternative to the traditional tourist destination of Angkor Wat, containing amazing complexes such as Sambor Prei Kuk, which includes over 100 temples.

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8. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park contains a multitude of lakes, caves, and forests that have been formed by natural geological processes over thousands of years.

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9. Mount Sanqing, China

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Mount Sanqing is part of Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a UNESCO heritage site located in eastern China. Mount Sanqing itself is known for its connection to Taoist spirituality.

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10. Lombok, Indonesia

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Lombok has all of the beauty of Bali without nearly as many crowds. It’s a great spot for both surfing and snorkeling.

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11. Port Campbell, Australia

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Located along Australia’s Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell is a seaside village best known for the 12 Apostles, a series of limestone rocks protruding from the ocean floor.

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12. Rangiroa, French Polynesia

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Less frequented than other Polynesian islands like Tahiti or Bora Bora, Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world, is still replete with natural beauty.

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13. Rotorua, New Zealand

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A hotbed of traditional Maori culture and plentiful geothermal pools, Rotorua was first settled over 600 years ago.

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14. Schönau am Königsee, Germany

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Sitting right on the border with Austria, Schönau am Königsee provides the culture of small-town Bavaria alongside natural wonders like Lake Königssee.

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15. Hinterbrühl, Austria

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This Austrian town is most well-known for the underwater caves of Seegrotte, located in a former gypsum mine.

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16. Ometepe, Nicaragua

 

Ometepe is an island comprised of two volcanoes located in the middle of the Lake of Nicaragua. One of the volcanoes, Concepción, is still active today.

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17. Orchid Island, Taiwan

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Also called Lanyu, Orchid Island is one of Taiwan’s southernmost locales. The island is culturally unique from the rest of Taiwan, inhabited by the Yami ethnic group who speak their own language and consider the land to be sacred.

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18. Şanlıurfa, Turkey

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Also known as Urfa, and formerly known as Edessa, Şanlıurfa is a historic city containing fortresses, bazaars, and, according to Turkish legend, the cave where Abraham was born.

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19. Hocking Hills, Ohio; USA

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Hocking Hills State Park is a must for nature lovers, filled with cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls. The area was formerly inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Delaware and Shawnee.

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20. Kobarid, Slovenia

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In addition to being ridiculously gorgeous, Kobarid is also a perfect destination for history buffs, containing archaeological sites dating to the Iron Age as well as a museum commemorating the town’s importance during World War I.

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21. Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan

 

These historic villages are famed for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Because of this, the area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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22. North Stradbroke Island, Australia

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Located 30 kilometers south of the major metropolitan area of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island is sparsely populated, making it the perfect escape for anyone looking to enjoy activities such as whale watching and surfing on the island’s Main Beach.

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