We spend a good portion of our lives waiting in queues. It only makes sense that you would not want to spend your vacation waiting in more queues. One of the best ways to ensure that this does not happen is to venture forth where few people go.
Read on and find out 6 amazing non-touristy holiday destinations!
1) TIKAL NATIONAL PARK – GUATEMALA
Tikal National Park is an ancient Mayan ruin located in the jungles of Guatemala. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site that covers 575 square km is a must for anyone who is interested in ancient civilizations.The area was inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. and it contains the remains of small homes, ceremonial squares, temples, palaces, and the ramps that were used to enter them. Transportation and accommodations are available within the park.
2) HAPUTALE, SRI-LANKA
There are plenty of places off the beaten path to visit here; meaning that going on holiday to Sri Lanka is a great choice if you want to avoid the crowds. One of these quieter areas is Haputale; a mountainous area in Sri Lanka filled with luscious tea estates, beautiful flora and fauna, ancient religious monuments, and laid back guesthouses.
There are many things to do and see in Sri Lanka. You can trek through hundreds of paths that wind through tea estates, explore mountain paths, or head to one of the national parks like Wellawaya or Yala National Park. You can also explore caves, ancient religious sites, or hike up to the Samimale Rock Temple for a spectacular view of the surrounding scenery.
3) SPIRIT BEARS IN CANADA
Klemtu is located in British Columbia and it is a great place to learn about a unique cultural heritage, view pristine nature, and see one of the rarest bears on earth. You can stay at the stunning Spirit Bear Lodge for a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the elusive Spirit Bears in the wild.
This temperate rainforest is also filled with wolves, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, and the coastal waters are a great place to view whales and dolphins. The First Nations people that live in the area are proud of their heritage and you can view ancient village sites and ancient relics of the past.
4) BERGAMO, LOMBARDY – ITALY
There are so many reasons to love Italy and it really isn’t surprising that so many tourists flock there annually. Doing some research before you go and finding a less touristy area is a great idea. A great place to start is Bergamo.
Located in northern Italy, Bergamo is a fabulous city that is filled with incredible art and Renaissance, medieval and baroque architecture.
Take a funicular to the Upper Town to see this fabulous maze of medieval streets that are fortressed within Venetian walls. Head towards Piazza Vecchia, the heart of the town where you will see fabulous palaces, and you can visit Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
5) SEVILLE – SPAIN
Seville is a stunning city in Spain that has lots of exciting things for people to explore. You can only fly there from London, meaning that the amount of people arriving from the UK is much more limited than those destinations that can be accessed from all parts of the UK.
If you want to avoid any potential queues for taxis at the airport, you can arrange your Seville taxi transfer in advance to save time. The Alcázar is a stunning fortress that was constructed mainly during the 14th century.
There are stunning gardens, incredible architecture, and you must visit Palacio Mudéjar. There are several museums in the city and Metropol Parasol and The Museo Arqueológico are great places to explore. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or a fortnight, you are bound to have a fabulous time.
6) L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, CANADA
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, located on the striking east coast of Canada in northern Newfoundland and Labrador, is a stunning 11th century Viking settlement.
The site has been beautifully restored and the scenery of the area is unique with bogs and a stunning coastline that is filled with rugged cliffs. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has the remains of an original settlement, artifacts, a rebuilt longhouse, and reconstructed sod homes.
There are also interactive displays that allow you to see how the Vikings lived here more than a thousand years ago. Make sure you wear lots of layers and waterproof clothing as the weather can change quite suddenly. You can camp nearby or stay at different kinds of rental accommodations that are in the area.