7 places you haven’t heard of that you must visit – because YOLO
There are the famous places around the world you should aim to visit at least once in a lifetime – and then there are the ones you may not even know exist. But we think these destinations are worth the time and effort to head to; some untouched, a couple exotic, and mostly just absolutely beautiful.
Here’s a quick list of our lucky seven.
What: Cherry Blossom Avenue
Heerstrausse, a street in Bonn, Germany
Sometime in April, the street of Heerstrausse transforms into a sea of romantic pink as some of the most beautiful cherry blossoms bloom – and last for about two weeks (or three, if you’re lucky).
The gorgeous pink buds seem to be neverending at first glance and are juxtaposed against the old cobblestone streets, making this sight almost something that can only come from within a fairytale.
Bonn is in itself a charming city of spectacular architecture and rich heritage, so if you're into wandering around and just losing yourself in these sights, it's an intriguing place to visit. It’s just a two-hour drive from Frankfurt – a must-visit city in Germany. So how about maximising your travels and doing a road trip?
This will pique your interest especially if you’re a true-blue tea lover – sip your own cuppa brew that's prepared straight from the source, learn about traditional tea harvesting methods, and admire the tea fields that seem to stretch for miles into a green eternity.
If you go during the tea harvest season (usually between March to June), you’ll likely see the workers picking the tea leaves by hand – which can double as an eye-opening lesson for the kids.
Are you instead going with a bunch of adventure-seeking adults? Mountain bike your way up to where the tea terraces are. Tea harvesting season’s when the weather’s all cool and perfect for some leisurely cycling.
This fascinating chapel is translated as 'St. Michael of the Needle' because it does closely resemble a needle sticking out of a cone-shaped rock formation, reaching for the skies above. Getting to the top is pretty manageable as there are wide steps and rest benches on the way, and those who get there are rewarded with picturesque views of the city. Step into the chapel and its atmosphere of tranquility is great for meditation and reflection. Architecture lovers will be as in awe of its mosaic details within as of the charming stonework on the façade. Le Puy-en-Velay is a 2-hour drive from Lyon, a French city with a culturally rich past.
Edge of Middle Island, off the south coast of West Australia
You might have come across many lakes and water bodies across your lifetime, but how about a vibrantly pink one? We’re not sure of the components in this saline lake that give it its colour all year round, but this one's definitely a sight to behold, especially if you snag a bird’s eye view.
Which is possible with scenic flights departing daily from Esperance Airport, which also covers the Cape Le Grand National Park and several other scenic trails and magnificent coastlines within a 100-minute flight.
Esperance Airport is a 1.5-hour flight from Perth – so it’s quite some miles you’ll be clocking in total. But hey, what’s a real holiday without throwing in some uncommon adventure, right?
Towering and densely packed stalks of the peaceful green bamboo, magical rays of sunlight filtering through the gaps in the forest foliage, the distinct rustling sounds each time there’s a breeze… it’s an almost surreal sight, and surprisingly very therapeutic. It really encourages you to stop in your tracks and appreciate nature for what it is.
We’ve got to admit that in recent years, the Sagano Bamboo Forest has gained popularity amongst tourists and locals alike. Still, pay a visit, will you? It’s the perfect opportunity to take it slow, rethink life’s purposes, and find your centre again.
A vacay in Turkey has recently been associated with #instaworthy images of the hot air balloons in Cappadocia. But we’re intrigued by the less visited Pamukkale, just an hour’s flight from Istanbul, which you can use as your base. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its thermal mineral waters flowing over terraced pools in white, frothy textures resembling cotton candy; and you can enjoy a relaxing dip! Then get dressed and explore the nearby ancient town of Hierapolis and see Roman and Greek ruins in their unspoilt glory.
What: Gieng Troi, May Treo and Suoi Mo-Hoa Bac Waterfalls
Veer from conventional travel plans and tune your senses to the sound of waterfalls pounding on rocks. Quite the dreamy getaway from the hustle of urban life. These waterfalls are accessible via hiking trails of varying difficulty levels. They’re also anything but touristy, so you’ll find your peace and quiet for sure. Pack a picnic, clamber over rocks, or take a dip and soak up the sun. Want something more exciting? Bring your tents and camp the night.