Now that we’ve weeded out the weak, listen up true travelers. For this wanderlust article we’ve collected a few destinations solely for the brave; beginner travelers look elsewhere! These countries are back from the brink with some room yet to grow, meaning they’re prime for the picking. They’re hip, untouched, and full of Insta worthy bragging rights. Interested? Keep reading.
Sure, you’ve visited the tried and true, popular and “new.” You’ve circled the globe and maybe took a walk down an un-beaten path, but now you’re ready for more. Well we’ve got it. These destinations will help you push to new wanderlust heights, but they aren’t for the faint of heart. Experience is required to navigate these worlds.
You up for the challenge?
Also known as Burma, this country just elected its first civilian government in half a century, meaning all eyes are towards the future! Its problems are far from over, but incredibly secretive Myanmar is more than ready for an influx of visitors. Take time to explore some of its more iconic destinations like Inle Lake (where fisherman row canoes with one leg, and gardens float), or sojourn surrounding hills and villages. Traversing its ancient Asian landscape isn’t easy, but it’s all part of the appeal. Time moves more slowly here, so get back to basics in this beautiful atmosphere at the “timeless rhythm of chanting monks and monastery bells.”
This middle-eastern country has graced the news pretty consistently lately, but could be travel-able if safety precautions are taken. This small country has much to offer, especially when it comes to history. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is unmissable, as is taking in a sunrise over pyramids or the Nile (like after an overnight felucca ride). Visit famed Abu Simbel, near the Sudanese border, but make sure not to forget your 4AM wakeup call and military convoy escort. Expect some staring and lack of happy hour, but one waltz through The Valley of the Kings and you’ll soon forget those things.
Decades of civil war and violent crime can’t keep Colombia down! Still a stamp for the passport of more experienced travelers, this recovering country has a lot to offer. Don’t let its lack of world wonders deter you, this “South American jewel” offers it all; like vibrant culture, nature, and hospitality to name a few! Eat like a local in Bogotá or be present for the Andean nation’s first papal visit in 30 years. Pope Francis will kiss Colombian soil in the early part of newly arrived 2017. So make sure to plan a trip soon! The incredibly open-armed, warm-hearted locals and sun-bathed, beautiful beaches await you.
Optimism has returned to this impoverished island after the devastating 2010 earthquake. With a nation focused squarely on recovery efforts, after the loss of tens of thousands of its own, nurtured tourism efforts have begun to come to fruition. A shiny, newly expanded international airport graces the north, whereas tourist destinations flourish in the south. Recent visitors would tell you, though, that the areas in between are what true wanderlust is made of. Experience its African roots, rich history, music scenes, and vibrant culture. It may not be an easy journey, but we promise you that it’s worth it.
It’s climate can be incredibly warm, public transportation unreliable, and cultural norms very different – but with some serious planning, this country offers a traveler much to experience! India’s people are friendly, and the food is robust and delicious. Just be careful where the water for your coffee (with ice cream!) is coming from. What’s incredible about India isn’t just its beautiful temples and tourist spots, but the areas in between. Every drive is an experience off the beaten path into a world full of interesting little nooks and crannies.
We hope this opened your eyes to some incredible under-the-radar destinations, or inspired you to pack your bag and book a flight right away! If there are any travel stories you’d like to share or destinations we forgot hit us up in the comments below. Until next time, safe travels and keep your eyes on the skies!
Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)
Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.