Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass

Why These 6 Underrated International Destinations Should be Your Next Vacation

Are you looking to travel to the lesser-known corners of the globe? Get away from crowds of tourists and selfie sticks by booking your next vacation at one of these six underrated international destinations around the world.

  1. Madagascar, Africa

    For an off-the-grid escape, visit Madagascar. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, this island is home to a plethora of exotic wildlife, 80% of which can be found nowhere else on the globe. Madagascar is also the perfect destination for beachgoers who don’t mind traveling off-the-beaten-path, as the area has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean. Nosy Be is the island’s most notable coastal attraction and is popular among adventurers hoping to spot humpback whales and lemurs that stroll the shoreline.

  2. Andaman Islands, India

    View this post on Instagram

    This picture is of the Natural Coral Bridge on the Neil Island, Andaman. Visited during the low tide where one has to walk over rocks and dead corals to reach this bridge, it is one of the major tourist attractions. Andaman Islands are a most sought after beach destination from November to May as the weather stays pleasant throughout. These islands are home to some of the finest beach resorts and offers ample opportunities for sightseeing, scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities. Also, a visit to Barathang under strict security to see the limestone caves and maybe an encounter with the Jarava tribe is an adventure in itself. Explore this beautiful location in India with Astral Trips - +91 98333 74563 #andaman #andamanislands #neilisland #havelockisland #islands #ocean #astraltrips #beaches #sunset #coralbridge #barathang #portblair #vacation #india #travelexperts

    A post shared by Prahlad & Ashwini (@astraltrips) on

    The Andaman Islands are a hidden treasure just off the coast of West India. Known for their diverse aquatic life, vibrant jungles and immaculate shorelines, the Andaman Islands are the perfect getaway for travelers who are looking to escape to nature and get away from it all. The islands are still a rising star on the travel radar, but luxury resorts are popping up around town, giving travelers more reason than ever before to book a trip to this gorgeous, sleepy little destination.

  3. Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

    View this post on Instagram

    P R E S E N T S: Photo shot by: @ringnes_photo #igwg_ringnes_photo L O C A T I O N: 🌍 Lofoten T A G : #igworld_global Selected by: @viewofsweden F O U N D E R: @misshappy62 Admin: @ulfasplund Mods: @viewofsweden @oyvindaspo @viewoftheviking @deni_cupit ______________________________ Recommended friend hubs: @lovely_earthshotz @perfexionpix @loves_united_sweden @umeaaurorahunters ______________________________ #lofoten #nb_nature_brilliance #sky_marvels #sky_perfection #bestmountainartists #loves_mountains #landscape #instagood #photooftheday #nature #mothernature #global_hotshotz #naturelovers #naturesbeauty #travelling #tv_allnature #colorful #theworldshotz #exclusive_shots #travelshots #ig_shotz_planet #mostdeserving #clickmagazine #divine_worldplaces #amazingearth #travelstoked #majestic_earth #explorecreate

    A post shared by 🌍igworld_global🌎 (@igworld_global) on

    Travelers who enjoy outdoor sports like sailing, kayaking and hiking won’t want to miss a visit to Norway’s Lofoten Archipelago where they can spend countless hours exploring the areas remote Fjords and striking landscape. For lodging, try a unique stay in one of the Lofoten’s glass cabins that offer the best views of the surrounding waters and glorious mountain ranges.

  4. Puglia, Italy

    View this post on Instagram

    •• Let's go to...Puglia, Italy •• BEAUTIFUL RESTORED TRULLI IN PUGLIA, ITALY A traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof. This style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Puglia. Trulli (plural) were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural laborers. This house is beautifully restored by Azzurra Garzone Architects. Only traditional materials such as stone and lime have been used. Also the interior is in line with traditions.The walls are whitewashed in lime, and the flooring is made from chianche stone from the area. The furniture comes from a careful selection of local craftsmen. The bathrooms are coated with a mixture of cement and natural pigments, derived from the surrounding earth. ........................................ HERMOSA RESTAURADO TRULLI en Puglia, Italia Una choza tradicional de piedra en seco con un techo cónico. Este estilo de construcción es específica para el Valle de Itria, en el área de Murge de la región italiana de Puglia. Trulli (plural) en general, se construyeron como refugios y almacenes de campo o viviendas temporales como permanentes por pequeños propietarios o trabajadores agrícolas. Esta casa está muy bien restaurado por Azzurra Garzone Arquitectos. Se han utilizado materiales Sólo tradicionales como piedra y cal. También el interior está en línea con traditions.The paredes están pintadas de blanco en la cal, y el suelo está hecho de piedra chianche de la zona. El mobiliario proviene de una cuidadosa selección de los artesanos locales. Los cuartos de baño están recubiertos con una mezcla de cemento y pigmentos naturales, derivados de la tierra circundante.

    A post shared by Miriam Badoul (@arq_miriambadoul) on

    The heel of Italy’s boot-shaped border, Puglia is a coastal paradise famous for its local wine and cuisine. While the area’s fresh homemade dishes are enough of a draw for foodies everywhere, Puglia is also famous for its architecture. Interesting structures called trullos, igloo-like buildings built by stacking stones, can be found in local villages adorned with mixtures of pagan and Christian symbolism meant to protect homeowners.

  5. Salta, Argentina

    Salta is a vibrant city located in northwest Argentina and a buzzing destination popular for its famous folk music. The people of Salta love to dance and sing, two activities that can be experienced to their fullest at the region’s annual Carnival celebration which takes place every year on August 1. Salta also boasts a wonderful display of colonial architecture and two of the most impressive churches in Argentina: the pink Cathedral of Salta and the colorful Iglesia San Francisco. One of the area’s most famous nearby attractions are the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats, an awe-inspiring natural wonder best observed from the “Train in the Clouds,” a high altitude railroad that offers unbeatable views.

  6. Hobart, Australia

    For an artsy getaway, check out Hobart, Australia, a coastal city with a thriving art and music scene. In addition to endless opportunities for live entertainment, Hobart is also home to The Museum of Old and New Art, where visitors are left to fend for themselves as there are no explanatory placards to guide them. Instead, visitors are encouraged to explore collections on Pharos, architecture, outdoor art and more at their will. After getting cultured, visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for a close look at local marsupials including koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.

You May Also Like

7 of Australia’s Most Popular National Parks

When you picture Australia, you might think of busy beach towns filled with surfers and sunbathers or remote desert plains with exotic wildlife and dusty sand stretching as far as the eye can see. And while, yes, much of The Land Down Under is covered in desert landscape (about 70% to be exact), the

December 2019 Editor’s Note

Ho, ho, ho-ly cow, it’s already December. I’m going to take this time to remind you of the REAL ID deadline, which is now less than 11 months away. Here's our article on it. Now to the fun stuff. December we’re focusing on technology. How could we not? First I need to know how you feel about facial

Spotlight on United Vacations

Who They Are United Vacations® combines the best fares on United Airlines® with everything you need to create the vacation experience your clients dreamed of. With over 50,000 resorts and 10,000 activities in over 400 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America,

5 New Cruise Destinations Waiting to be Experienced

Cruises have been introducing travelers to exciting pockets of the world since the industry was born in 1844. And while destinations like the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska remain wildly popular among those hitting the seas, there are still lots of lesser-traveled cruise destinations waiting to be exp


1000 characters remaining
Comment as:

Travel Agent AZ | 02/06/20 - 06:37 PM

  | reply

VAX VacationAccess | 02/07/20 - 08:13 AM

That is the gorgeous Lofoten Archipelago in Norway.

-VAX VacationAccess  

  | reply

show less

show less