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Lesser-Known Travel Destinations Where You Can Avoid Tourists

The world is getting tinier and tinier.  Thanks to faster, more affordable and longer flights, global destinations are more accessible to travel to than ever before. All things come with a cost, and so is the increasing urge among people all over the world to travel more.

Kayak released its travel hacker guide for cities around the world with the greatest year-over-year increase in search for the period 2017 to 2018.

Top destinations of this study were Maui, Hawaii with a 51% increase in searches, followed by Bali, Barcelona, Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Madrid, Las Vegas, Athens, and Rome.

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If you’re struggling to find the next big destination to travel this year you’ve come to the right place. We have put together a list of lesser-known places to travel for this year.

Ditch those crowded people clicking selfies and take yourself to a wonderland full of beautiful experiences.

Lesser-Known Travel Destinations To Visit in 2020



With spectacular landscapes, untouched beaches, UNESCO World Heritage towns, thriving wine culture and unbelievable Southern European cuisine, Montenegro should be on everyone’s travel list for 2019.

While Montenegro used to be regarded as a stopover destination with tourists coupled with its adjacent country, Croatia, this Adriatic paradise has undergone a boom in development this past year making it a perfect country to visit on its own.

Montenegro, with over a million tourists visiting every year, is an excellent place for socializing, beach clubs and boating at a fair price.

The bus service to a majority of towns is broad, reliable and affordable. And if you want to get to remote areas then renting a car is your best bet.

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Food in Montenegro

When you visit Montenegro, you will get a chance to feast on the mouthwatering Italian influenced cuisine. You can try the local cuisine from kebabs (called ćevapi) to karađorđe vasnicla which is basically breaded lamb roll stuffed with cheese.

Remember to carry some strong Sunscreen with you. It is very safe in the city even during the night, and the people are friendly to talk to.

2. Sri Lanka

The gorgeous island lies off the coast of India and is filled with culture and stunning sceneries. It’s a destination that is blessed with golden beaches, deep history, and beautiful wildlife and it is one of the to in the world.

UNESCO recognizes numerous historic sites and attractions on the island because Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage is so magnificent and unique.

Ancient Cities You Must Visit in Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya are among the various stunning ancient cities that you can visit that feature unique buildings and monuments.

While in Sri Lanka, one of the best places to visit on the island is the royal capital of Kandy which is known for its ancient temples, beautiful mountains, and biodiverse forests.

Buddha’s teeth are said to be kept at the sacred Temple of the Tooth making it a historic place to visit while in Kandy.

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The Cuisine of Sri Lanka

The cuisine in Sri Lanka is exquisite. You will fall in love with their Rice and Curry meal combos, which are usually served with “Sambal” which is basically a bunch of spices and herbs that Sri Lankans love to eat with their meal.


The Best way to travel within the country is by train.

People who visit Sri Lanka say that its train rides are among the most beautiful train rides in the world.

You will get lost in the journey as you pass by waterfalls rainforest and even diverse wildlife. You can travel by bus if you want, but it will not be as comfortable as traveling by train.

You can apply for a visa online (visa) from the iVisa website to get a double entry visa for 30 days which is enough for most tourists.


Rwanda which is also known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” is one of the most unknown travel destinations despite being a beautiful and diverse country. It is among the only three places on earth where you can find the last remaining wild mountain gorillas which live in Volcanoes National Park.

You can go on wild safaris in the Akagera National Park where multiple wild animals thrive.

Although the country has had one of the worst genocides in human history in the 1990-1993 Civil War, Rwanda has since moved on from its dark past and is now the 9th safest country in the world.

You can quickly get a direct flight to Rwanda from the UK. The best way to use the services in Rwanda is using the US dollar or Euro since some places might not accept credit cards.

Don’t forget to carry a good pair of hiking shoes with a good grip and high ankles. Also, take long pants and long-sleeved shirts with you to avoid getting stung by stinging needles and also to blend with the country.

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4. Hokkaido

Japan  When people recommend Japan as a tourist destination, the most common places you hear about are Tokyo or Kyoto. While the cities are a great place to visit, Japan is much more than that.

Hokkaido, the 2nd largest island in Japan is one of the best travel destinations for nature lovers due to its unspoiled nature. In fact, Hokkaido receives about 60 million visitors every year.


Hokkaido is one of the best places on earth for skydivers, hikers, cyclists, and snowboarders.

You can also visit the museum in its capital Sapporo which is dedicated to local beer and also has numerous parks filled with amazing sculptures.

Local Food in Japan

Local dishes like Jingisukan which is grilled mutton are guaranteed to blow you away.  Although Hokkaido may be new territory in Japan, the social norms are still the same as that of mainstream Japan.

Japanese Culture

Cleanliness is a major factor in Japanese culture, and it doesn’t take long for tourists to understand that locals place a high value on sanitation and sharp dressing.  While in Japan, avoid controversial discussions because the Japanese people are usually respectful of the need and dignity of others.

Currency exchange counters are extensive in the capital city but are more difficult to find in the outer regions. It’s essential to carry around a decent amount of cash as many Japanese traders still favor dealing in hard cash instead of credit cards.

You should also note that many ATMs in Hokkaido do not accept foreign debit card which means you will have to ask the locals where to find the closest international ATM.

The best way to travel around the island is by train. You can have unlimited train travel with Japan Railways by getting a Hokkaido pass which is very convenient.

Flights are also available if you want to fly from destination to destination. Hokkaido is definitely a must-visit destination in 2020. Here are some easy ways to book cheap flights.

Do you have any other travel destinations to visit in 2020? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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