5 Exotic Travel Destinations For Your Next Vacation

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There are few places on earth that remain sheltered from the waves of globe trotters who seek to explore the most exotic corners of the world. These hidden gems may not yet make it on the top 10 travel destinations lists, but they are sure to offer you a unique, tranquil and adventurous experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are five exotic travel destinations to spark your wanderlust:

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

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Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Whitehaven beach is known as Queensland’s most beautiful beach, with its crystal clear blue water and pure sand stretching over seven kilometers along Whitsunday Island. With exotic coves that overlook the blend of the pristine sand and turquoise tinted water, and lookout points with stunning views, Whitehaven beach is a piece of paradise on earth.

Bagan, Myanmar

I took a 9 hour night bus from Yangon to Bagan, checked into my hotel and got to the temples as fast as my feet could carry me before the sun came up. When I got to the suggested temple for a good view everything was pitch black and as the sun slowly revealed the dreamscape before me. Just then, the balloons started to soar. As the balloons drew nearer, its passengers and I exchanged good mornings and I gazed on as they glided slowly away

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This sublime temple town is located in the beautiful Bagan, Myanmar. Dotted with sacred Buddhist temples decorating the exotic land in between the canopy of green, it is one of the most awe-inspiring archaeologist sites you will see. It is known for it’s serene views with lush palm and tamarind enchanting the land, and the Irrawaddy river which gently flows through the town towards the sea of mountains lining the horizon.

Kauai, Hawaii 

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Photo courtesy of Fodor’s Travel

Famously known for being the set of Jurassic Park (1993), Kauai is one of the most dreamlike Hawaiian Islands imaginable. Surrounded by tropical rain forests, tranquil waterfalls, and adrenaline filled hikes (The Stairway to Heaven, for one, although be careful- it is illegal!) Kauai has an abundance of adventure to offer. With marvelous, sandy beaches stretching across the island, Kauai is a perfect island to set up camp and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature in its purest form.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro 

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Photo courtesy of Thousand Wonders

Located on a Fjord, Kotor is a town 2,000 years old, full of historic culture and exotic beauty to offer its visitors. With towering mountain peaks and a coastline adorned with picturesque homes, Kotor is one of the world’s greatest hidden gems. Winding, cobble-stoned streets that lead to narrow alleyways and cozy cafes remind many visitors of a unique mix between the stunning Dubrovnik and romantic Venice.

Namje, Nepal 

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If you wish to take the road less traveled, look no further. There are literally no roads that lead to this Nepalese village. The only way to get to Namje is through a series of footpaths that overlook Mount Makalu. Namje is praised for it’s isolation, giving the handful of yearly visitors a peaceful break from their chaotic reality. The native people of Magar are an incredibly spiritual group that lives close to nature, and offers many individual life lessons to be learned. You can climb the top of Thumki Hill to admire the breathtaking views, or visit the sacred burial ground where the ancestors of villagers remain buried. Namje is an incredibly unique village surrounded by beautiful landscape that remains one of the world’s best kept secrets.

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  • Well, I’ve never been to any of these places so I’m always down for an exotic trip. :]

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    • Diana Maria

      Me too! It’s definitely time to start planning some off the grid trips 🙂

  • These all look amazing! So many beautiful places, great travel destination ideas. Thanks for sharing, I will have to add these to my Pinterest board!

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Kiran, I’m glad you were inspired by these places too! 🙂

  • Great picks, definitely bookmarking this post!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Anika, I’m glad you enjoyed reading!

  • Wow, all of these look amazing! I would so go to the one in Hawaii right now 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      Oh gosh me too, hopefully one day we both cross that one off our bucket list!

  • Wonderful suggestions! Wow that beach is Australia looks out of this world! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Diana Maria

      I couldn’t agree more, Australia looks like a dream 🙂

  • Cara E

    Oh wow these are look amazing! Going to Australia and Hawaii are dreams xx
    http://britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

    • Diana Maria

      Me too, the two have always been at the top of my bucket list!

  • Amy Eade

    Oh wow, I’ve seen pictures of the beach in Australia before and it looks absolutely stunning! Craving a holiday now haha
    Amy xx
    Call Me Amy

    • Diana Maria

      It does, doesn’t it?! Oh me too, hopefully one day we can cross that one off of our list!

  • All of these places look stunning to visit! Adding them to my bucket list! =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • Diana Maria

      I agree! 🙂

  • All these destination sound wonderful! I would love to visit Australia someday, their beaches look incredible! Have a nice Sunday 🙂

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • Diana Maria

      Me too, Australia has always been on the top of my bucket list! Thank you Eden, you as well 🙂

  • all amazing places !!! 🙂
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    • Diana Maria

      I couldn’t agree more 🙂

  • rae

    Getting a serious case of wanderlust reading through this post! Would love to visit any of these places honestly!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Diana Maria

      I felt the same while writing it! Hopefully you have the chance to visit them one day 🙂

  • Kaui is amazing! The waters and cliffs there are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Diana Maria

      I’ve heard so many great things about Kaui, you’re so lucky to have gone!

  • Wish I know about Bagan, Myanmar when we were still living in Malaysia, it is a close flight and would have love to spend some time there.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Diana Maria

      You are so lucky to have lived in Malaysia! It is too bad you didn’t get to visit Bagan, but now that you’ve heard of it you can finally plan a visit one day 🙂

  • Ahhh those views are beautiful!!! I shall add them all to my bucket list!

    xx, Janine | Wandering Ella

  • OMG!! BAGAN!! Yesssssssssssssssss!! Reminds me of Tomb Raider lol my fav game everrr!!