The New Year calls for new times and experiences. Everyone wants to create new memories and collect photos to cherish for years to come. Instead of Hawaii or other popular tourist attractions, why not opt for something a little different this time around when it comes to traveling?
Finding new places can be a real adventure — not to mention great for your Instagram feed! For all the adventure seekers, here is a list of a few hidden gems to travel to in 2017.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
Koh Rong is the second largest island in Cambodia and this paradise will give you an experience of a true vacation. Since the area still being developed, you won’t find sprawling five-star hotels here yet. With boutique-style accommodations and bungalows and a small downtown full of local bars and eats, Koh Rong also offers picture perfect beaches — you won’t have a care in the world other once you start unwinding here. Electricity is a bit on and off on the island meaning you sometimes will have issues with Wi-Fi but perhaps that’s all the more reason to disconnect from the world.
Burney Falls, CA
You’re in for a real treat if you are big on nature. McArthur Burney Falls, CA is surrounded by forest and a waterfall that might not be the largest in California but quite possibly is the most breathtaking. Located in Northern California, Burney Falls was once dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world” by Teddy Roosevelt. You will be glad to make ground at the local campsite for this experience. If you don’t mind a little cold, traveling to Burney Falls in the winter months will also take your breath away.
Southern Europe has hidden gems to travel to all over and one of the best is only 1.4 sq. miles of land. Surrounded by clear blue waters, Comino, Malta is just the place to take a swim that you will remember for a lifetime. With only one hotel and a population of just a handful of farmers, Camino is known for its crystal blue waters and its eye-catching Blue Lagoon. This is a hot spot for a day visit, or you can settle in for a longer visit by relaxing at the hotel and then venturing out for a hike.
Wales is a name familiar to us all but Hay-On-Wye is a tucked away village that bookworms will fall in love with in an instant. There are bookstores at every corner and hidden books upon books filling castle walls, so if you always have your head stuck in a book, Hay is where you need to be.
There are many less frequented destinations that nevertheless can offer just as wondrous a vacation as the rest. So, be bold! Choose the path unknown in 2017— these four stunning locations are just the start of it all.