We know exactly what Fiji, Bali and the Gold Coast look like – we’ve heard it all and seen it all without having to even go! While these spots might be easily accessible getaways for us here in New Zealand, why not go somewhere totally new for your next trip away?
Here's 10 unique travel destinations that are sure to guarantee you an incredible and different experience:
Sichuan is renowned for its spicy cuisine – almost every single dish the locals eat consists of chilli and hot spices! The region is also home to the giant panda and contains a stretch of Asia’s largest Yangtze river.
Las Pozas, Mexico
Situated in a rainforest in the mountains, Las Pozas is an 80-acre stretch of land created by Edward James. Inhabited with natural waterfalls and pools intertwined between surreal concreate sculptures, the photos of Las Pozas speak for themselves.
Ice Hotel, Sweden
Exclusive to the winter months, The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi is built entirely out of ice! The beds are ice, the lobby is ice and even the glasses in the bar are carved from ice. Imagine rebuilding this beauty every year!
Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
Containing a mixture of fresh water and sea water, Blue Hole is known for the vibrant blue hue that can be seen from above the hole. Stretching down under for 600 feet, this mysterious hole is the deepest in the world!
Famous for its one of a kind trulli buildings, Alberobello is a small town in southern Italy dotted with picturesque views. Trulli buildings are made from the local limestone, with dry-stone walls and conical rooves. The houses bring about a strange but beautiful vibe.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
Its name directly translates into ‘cotton castle’ taking after its soft and glowing instgram-worthy view. The pools are filled with natural hot spring water and layer down into tiers.
Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan
This breathtaking garden is a literal secret garden taken straight from a fairy tale movie. The garden features a tunnel dripping with colourful and blossoming vines that will make you feel like a princess.
Son Doong Cave, Laos
Only opened in 2013, less people have seen the inside of Son Doong cave than have stood on the summit of Mount Everest. It is the world’s largest cave and has a scenic view so surreal, you have to see it to believe it.
Turquoise Lagoon, Bora Bora
It’s all in the name. The lagoon has array of activities – hiking, snorkelling, diving, lagoon excursions, kitesurfing, parasailing and of course swimming with sea turtles!
Marseille is one of the oldest port cities and although it has a bad reputation of crime and urban decay, the city is bursting with culture and life. This dynamic and edgy city is worth a visit if you want to be enriched with culture.
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