We’ve reached that time of year when everyone is in frantic planning mode for 2018. By now, you’ve probably bought your new diary, have followed a bunch of inspiring new peeps on Instagram and are already plotting how you’re going to smash goals in the new year.
But amidst all the goal-setting, it’s also important to think about how you’re going to recharge your batteries in the new year. And if you ask us, there’s no better way to come back to work reinvigorated and inspired than visiting far-flung destinations that are completely different to home.
That’s why we’ve rounded up nine of the most underrated destinations to add to your travel bucket list. Some you’ve probably heard of but don’t know much about. Others may be completely foreign to you. But we guarantee you’re going to want to pin all of them on your travel inspo Pinterest board!
This Italian island is one of the world’s blue zones (where people live to over 100) and quite frankly, it’s not hard to see why! From the azure coastline that looks like it’s directly from a postcard to the friendly locals and insanely fresh Mediterranean food, simply stepping off the plane is sure to make you feel 10 years younger.
A real life winter wonderland, Finnish Lapland is best known for its year-round Santa Village (it’s regarded as the home of Santa Claus) However, being right next to the Arctic Circle it also happens to be a phenomenal spot to catch the Northern Lights.
When most people go to Japan, they visit they usual tourist hotspots — Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. However, Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido is well worth adding to your itinerary, too. From the colourful striped fields to the rugged volcanoes and natural hot springs, the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking.
The teardrop-shaped island located just south of India is quickly becoming the holiday destination of choice amongst wellness devotees. The rolling surf and tropical scenery are the perfect backdrop for a growing amount of yoga, surfing and health retreats.
Due to being geographically isolated from mainland Australia, poor Tassie seems to get forgotten. However, people from all over the world are slowly starting to cotton on to its spectacular mountain ranges, charming cities and next level food and wine — so you might want to pay it a visit before it becomes the next tourist hotspot!
This Polish city fuses old-world charm with buzzing, modern nightlife. Soaking up the history during the day and hitting the legendary clubs at night makes for a perfectly balanced holiday experience.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a place bursting with more culture and colour than Chennai on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. The majestic Kapaleeshwar Temple in Tamil Nadu (pictured) needs to be seen to be believed.
Recently, I’ve been asking my friends who have been to Europe what their favourite city was. The same name comes up over and over again — Lisbon! The Portuguese city may not be as well known as Rome or Paris, but it’s quickly making its way up the list due to its affordability, stunning coastline, warm locals and Insta-worthy architecture.
An element of mystery has always surrounded this Central European country. However, its seen strong tourism growth in recent years, as more people have become aware of the exquisite beauty of their medieval castles, snow-capped peaks and turquoise rivers.