The experience you have during travel depends largely on the destination you choose. If you’ve been on the lookout for places that haven’t yet been discovered by tourists and spoilt by tourist-oriented, soul-deprived businesses, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of top underrated destinations for travel in 2020! These are the places where you will experience, see, and learn new things without having to elbow your way through the crowd wherever you go.
Georgia – A Gem of Caucasia
Georgia is one of those countries that gets unjustly overlooked due to its location – its proximity to the Middle East seems to make us wary of even considering visiting it. Those who dare to step into the magical world of Georgia, however, always come back in awe with its nature and history.
The country is relatively small – only slightly larger than West Virginia – but it has an extremely diverse climate. This means that Georgians get to explore a rainforest one weekend, only to go skiing the next one, without even leaving their country. Such a varied climate brings with it great biodiversity – more than 5,000 animal species call this country home. There is even a dog breed from this part of the world – the Georgian Shepherd.
Although the whole country is worth your time, we suggest you start exploring by visiting Ushguli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of four villages with buildings dating back as far as the 12th century. Be careful not to book your trip in winter months, as the snow may make the villages completely inaccessible.
Sri Lanka – An Unjustly Underrated Destination
With destinations such as the Maldives and Thailand in its vicinity, Sri Lanka seems to get unjustly overlooked. Still, the island nation has a lot to offer. Whether you’re a history buff looking to explore some prehistoric settlements or an adventurer who wants to get to know tropical species of flora and fauna, Sri Lanka has something for you.
The 21 million residents of the island get to enjoy a warm tropical climate year-round. Even the highest mountain points barely get a few days of frost in the winter. This, however, doesn’t mean that your experience of Sri Lanka will be the same regardless of the time of year. Depending on the part of the island you’re planning to visit, you will want to avoid the summertime monsoon season.
If you’re not sure where to start your explorations of this destination, we suggest you look into Sigiriya. This is an ancient fortress located in the Central Province. The Culavamsa chronicle claims that this was the palace of King Kashyapa, who lived and reigned in 5th century AD. The fortress, however, is believed to be much older than that.
San Marino – The Most Serene Microstate
To be honest, with around 2 million visitors each year, San Marino is not exactly a hidden gem. However, most tourists visiting San Marino are Italian, and this microstate is still a mystery to the rest of the world. That is bound to change in the upcoming years, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience San Marino in its rawest form.
The Most Serene Republic, as the locals call it, is completely surrounded by Italy. The summers here are warm, while the winters are cold and snowy. Although this is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is divided into nine distinct areas – the City of San Marino, Acquaviva, Borgo Maggiore, Chiesanuova, Domagnano, Faetano, Fiorentino, Montegiardino, and Serravalle.
San Marino is all about history, so it is the perfect destination for anyone who enjoys visiting castles and museums. The fortress on top of the mountain in the City of San Marino, with its three towers, is bound to leave you speechless. It dates back to the 13th century, and most of its interior is open to the public.
Chile – By Right or Might
Chile has been experiencing a growth in tourism in recent years, but it is still mostly contained to the popular hotspots – the coast, the ski resorts, and the Easter Island. There are still areas worth visiting that haven’t been spoilt by vacationers. All you have to do is dig a little deeper, and you’ll find something right up your alley.
One of the most prominent characteristics of Chile is its shape – the country is 2,670 miles long and only 217 miles wide at its widest point. The unusual shape also means that different areas of Chile experience different weather conditions. The north part of the country is mostly a desert, the middle part experiences a Mediterranean climate, and the south is much colder. Aside from this long strip of land, Chile also claims several islands, as well as 480,000 square miles of Antarctic territory.
So, where does one go in Chile to avoid hordes of visitors? Our pick would have to be Laguna del Inca. It is a lake located not far away from the capital Santiago, yet still somehow overlooked by travelers. Surrounded by mountains, it offers breathtaking views and numerous activities, including kayaking, skiing, and hiking. If you ask us, even going there just to stare in awe would be worth the trip.
Guyana – A Nation on the Rise
Another South American destination, Guyana, is a country that is just starting to get back on its feet. As such, it hasn’t been able to invest much in tourism, which means that it simply wasn’t interesting enough to travel agencies. With its recent upward economic trend, this is sure to change soon, so hop on the last train to unexplored Guyana.
The country’s main selling point is its nature. More than 80% of its territory is comprised of forests that are home to numerous species of flora and fauna, some of which are quite rare. For example, the rarest type of orchids in the world can be found here. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Guyana has the largest community-owned conservation area on the planet.
Truth be told, whichever corner of Guyana you decide to visit, you can’t go wrong. Georgetown, the capital, is a lively community with a strong Carribean vibe. Some 200 miles away is Rewa, a secluded community that can only be accessed by plane. It is an eco-friendly village that will allow you to take a break from the modern world, technology, and the hurdles of everyday life.
Other Underrated Destinations for Travel in 2020
Still not sure where to go this year? While the countries we listed above are definitely worth your time and money, they are hardly the only destinations that still haven’t been discovered by mainstream tourism. Some other places you might want to take into consideration include Malaysia, Uruguay, Serbia, Tasmania, Croatia. In fact, you might not even have to cross the border to discover some hidden gems. But more on America’s underrated destinations some other time.