There is something extremely fascinating about offbeat travel. For starters, it gives you the satisfaction of treading where not many have tread before. Secondly, it takes you to places which have retained their raw natural beauty and true innate characteristics as they are untouched by the brunt of commercialization and tourism. It is truly an amazing feeling to stay away from the crowds and the cliches and find your own way to these places that may not remain hidden and offbeat for too long. Lonely Planet, one of the most trusted names in travel, comes with with an annual list of places you must visit in the forthcoming year. They have been kind enough to publish this list of offbeat regions that demand our attention! You must check out in 2017 before they are discovered and get too touristy for your taste. (ALSO SEE Top 10 cities to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet)
The lost ruins of Choquequirao known as mini Machu Picchu are a delight for those who love history and archaeology. Located in south Peru, Choquequirao is an Incan site similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu. It makes for a remote and spectacular getaway and if you take the four-day trek, you can explore the jungle and Machu Pichu ruins for the experience of a lifetime. A cable car is scheduled to begin in 2017 which will take close to 3,000 visitors up to the ruins in just 15 minutes. So, you should visit this offbeat destination in Peru before it becomes the new big deal! DO SEE 15 reasons why Peru is the best emerging tourist destination
Taranaki, New Zealand
With only two percent of New Zealand’s tourists visiting Taranaki, it is clear that is pretty offbeat for the taste of most travelers. Its coastal region and breathtaking views of Mount Taranaki make it a place worth visiting. The hiking trail in the rainforested Egmont National Park nearby is emerging as one of the most scenic one day hikes. The port city of New Plymouth is the hub of all the vibrant activities here. You must visit Taranaki at least once in your life for its natural beauty and rejuvenating ambiance. DO SEE These are the 10 best places to visit in Europe according to Lonely Planet
The Azores, Portugal
Known as the next Iceland, The Azores in Portugal has all of Iceland’s charm sans the growing crowds. Its stunning mountain landscape and spectacular hiking trails are a delight for nature lovers. With lush Hawaiian volcanoes, mesmerizing medieval Portuguese villages, amazing Scandinavian hot springs, tall Irish cliffs and rugged Patagonian craters, the Azores may soon become one of the world’s most fascinating tourist spots. You better visit the Azores before it really becomes the ‘next Iceland’! CHECK OUT 16 spectacular photos of the most beautiful villages around the world
North Wales, UK
This pictures shows you a road view to the mountains in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales of the United Kingdom. It also explains why North Wales is on this list. With lush green landscapes against the backdrop of the Snowdanian mountain range, North Wales is one of the least polluted and picturesque places to visit in the world. You can also indulge in some adventurous activities here as Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry boasts of the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line. Surf Snowdania, an inland lagoon, is known to generate the world’s longest surfable human-made waves. If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will! CHECK OUT 10 best budget-friendly places in the world to visit in 2017
Few places on the planet can offer an experience in the wilderness like South Australia can. With the 100 km-long Bunda Cliffs that face the Great Australian Bight, the arid Nullarbor Plain that stretches over a vast expanse and the Simpson desert that is known for its red dunes, South Australia is the ideal spot for a taste of raw nature in all its glory. Be it the artistic capital of Adelaide or the rustic Kangaroo island, there is loads to enjoy in this part of Australia. DO SEE Australia Tourism is wooing Indian tourists with these 4 thrilling events!
Located in southern Chile, the Aysen regions boasts of foggy fjords that lead to lush green rainforests and powder- blue lagoons. Its vast glaciers and snow-capped mountains are a delight to nature lovers. The glaciers and inland lakes in the Northern Patagonian Ice Field located in the popular Laguna San Rafael National Park are simply mesmerizing. DON’T MISS 10 countries to visit in 2017
The Tuamotus, French Polynesia
Touted as one of the world’s best dive destinations, the Tuamotus in French Polynesia is a group of around 80 islands and atolls. The blue lagoons and coral reefs of the region make it an absolutely wonderful destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. Every nook and corner of the Tuamotus is like a dream come true and with hardly any visitors, it feels like your own personal vacation island.
Coastal Georgia, USA
Not many people are aware that Georgia in USA has fantastic coastline. It is dotted with quirky towns, historical monuments and ruins and islands covered in wilderness. So beautiful is this strecth that the Priyanka Chopra-starrer Baywatch which is set to release in 2017 was shot here. It is one of the best coastal regions to visit which will not be thronged by regular beach lovers. CHECK OUT 10 photos of Nimrat Kaur’s trip to the USA are totally sparking our wanderlust
Located in the northwest region f peninsular Malaysia, Perak is a delight for those who enjoy a fusion of history and modernity. Its capital city Ipoh boasts of some magnificent British colonial landmarks. Several vintage-style cafes and boutiques are coming up in this region acknowledging the expected rise in tourism. Sam Poh Tong is a huge Buddhist cave temple which is home to some historic wall paintings. The town of Gopeng serves as a base for rafting on the Kampar river making it an ideal choice for adventurers. The local guesthouse owners and tour guides on Pangkor Island have started offering sustainable nature walks and village tours as part of their package.
The Skellig Ring, Ireland
And finally, there is the Skellig Ring in Ireland! It is home to the Skellig Michael which is a wonderfully giant triangular rock in the middle of the Atlantic. You may recognize it from the movie Star Wars The Force Awakens. It is expected to play a bigger role in the sequel and may therefore become quote popular real soon. You need to take a boat ride from the Skellig Ring to get to this rock. It takes you through a majestic coastline with views of emerald waters and vast wilderness. Does it get more offbeat than this? NOW SEE 10 most reputed cities in the world!
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