Here at JIFU, we want you to explore your world and expand your own epic life, and its never too early to start planning. Here are ten of the most incredible places that are often overlooked or skipped over because they can be more difficult to get to. However, as any wanderlusting person knows, the road less traveled often leads to the most astonishing locations and experiences.
1. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park is part of the greater Garden Route National Park in South Africa. This hidden gem has everything an adventurer could ever want. There are forests that back themselves up to a gorgeous ocean view where you can watch a variety of marine wildlife. The Otter Trail is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world, full of breathtaking views.
2. Sarandë, Albania
This location is full of historical sights and stunning views. Though it is a quintessential Mediterranean town, the beaches and sights are secluded and private, a far cry for the crowded touristy Greek island of Corfu, which is more well known. Explore ancient ruins or lounge near the blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.
The island of Anguilla offers everything that the other Caribbean Islands do…except the massive quantities of people who flock there. Anguilla is the perfect place for the individuals who want to dive off the beaten path, but also enjoy their fair share of pampering. The beaches are gorgeous, but the people are even better!
4. Valparaíso, Chile
If you’re a bigger fan of exploring cities, rather than the great outdoors, Valparaíso is ideal for you, though there is plenty of nature to enjoy as well. This is a city full of historical, colorful architecture which is sure to inspire joy and fascination. Check out the famous seafood and relaxed surfing culture.
5. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan
If you are looking for a get-away that really is off the beaten path, look no further than the historic and remote villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama. These villages are located in the Shogawa River Valley near the daunting Northern Alps. The rustic architecture, incredible historical lore, and stunning landscapes make the journey well worth it.
6. Ladakh, India
Welcome to another mountainous get-away, this time located in India between the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains. The craggy cliffs make it a perfect location for mountaineers, but the rich culture of the people, who are mostly Tibetan Buddhist. In fact, JIFU offers several deals on tours of the gorgeous temples that abound.
7. Oedo Botania, South Korea
Oedo Botania is located on a once barren island that was transformed into a majestic and diverse botanical garden. The island is covered in gorgeous foliage that fills the air with the sweet smell of flowers. This unique spot is truly a hidden gem, accessible only by a 20-minute ferry from the nearby Geoje-si island.
8.Assateague Island, Virginia and Maryland, United States
Assateague Island is a 37 mile long island along the coasts of both Maryland and Virginia. The island is a preserved National Seashore was created to protect the coast, meaning that the white sandy beaches are pristine and nearly untouched. Aside from outdoor recreation and incredible bird watching, Assateague is known for its wild ponies who have survived on the island for centuries and bring an interesting flair to the otherwise nautical landscape.
9. Island of Gozo, Malta
Part of the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is full of interesting history if you can look past the idyllic waters and white beaches. The island is full of sleepy towns people and quaint beach towns, but Gozo is actually Calypso’s Isle that is described in Homer’s Odyssey. Visitors are able to go scuba diving and snorkeling, but, since the location is only accessible by ferry, it is far less crowded than the bigger islands nearby.
10. León, Nicaragua
Though Leon is Nicaragua’s second largest city, world travelers often skip over the beautiful art and history that can be found there (much to their detriment). The city and people are known for being authentic, which, of course, translates into a very special authentic experience for any lucky visitor. The gorgeous people, stunning architecture, and jaw-dropping landscapes make for a perfect adventurous vacation hidden in plain sight.