Unexpected destinations to visit

It’s easier than ever to travel around the world and by now, most of us are savvy travelers.  Check out our top 5 unexpected places to visit this year.

  • Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is one of Europe’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities. The city, which is even older than London or Paris, is rich in history and gorgeous architecture. Portugal’s geographic location, makes Lisbon a top destination in Europe. Travelers can enjoy delicious seafood, great wine, and lower hotel prices. This city is becoming attractive to people who want to escape from the usual tourist hotspots such as Barcelona, Paris or Amsterdam.

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

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If you’re a fan of “Games of Thrones”, then Dubrovnik is the place for you. Located next to the Adriatic Sea, the city showcases the quaintly charm of Croatian coastal towns. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. This city was used to represent “King’s Landing” in GOT.

  • Medellin, Colombia

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Thirty years ago, Medellin was called “the most dangerous city on Earth” no thanks to Pablo Escobar and his drug cartel. Medellin has now reinvented itself and today is a much safer and trendy destination to visit. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, Medellin hosts a yearly party called Feria de Las Flores (Festival of the Flowers) that is well worth the trip.

  • Mozambique

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Mozambique has one of the lowest tourist rates in the African continent. If adventure is what you seek, Mozambique has a lot to offer to adventurer traveler in search of new sensations. Enjoy its coastline and swaying palms, its unique mix of cultures and natural treasures. The Bazaruto archipelago is a magical place where you’ll be able to admire whales, sharks and sea turtles.

  • Banaue, Philippines,

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Banaue is famously known for its 2,000-year-old rice terraces, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Filipinos like to boast that Banaue rice terraces are the “Eight Wonder of the World”. If you plan to go to Philippines, the Banaue Rice Terraces are most visited terraces in northern Luzon but there are other notable terraces worth visiting: The Batad Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces in Mayoyao, Hapao Rice Terraces and Kiangan Rice Terraces.

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Sources:

https://www.mainstreet.com/article/7-totally-unexpected–and-affordable–places-you-will-want-to-see-in-2015/page/6

http://www.roughguides.com/article/banaue-rice-terraces/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-amazing-places-asia-you-must-visit-least-once-your-life-time.html

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/mozambique/travel-tips-and-articles/77319

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/sep/19/medellin-colombia-city-not-dangerous-but-lively