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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Six Hidden Gems to Discover in 2023: Off the Beaten Path Destinations to Explore

If you're looking for a vacation that's a little bit different from the usual, then these six off-the-beaten-path destinations are for you. From a small town in Italy to an isolated island in Thailand, these places are sure to give you an experience you'll never forget.

#1 - Riomaggiore, Italy

Tucked away in the stunning Cinque Terre region of Italy, Riomaggiore is a small town with a lot to offer. With its colorful houses and dramatic cliffs, Riomaggiore is one of the most picturesque places in all of Italy. Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre, situated just two minutes by train from Manarola. And since it's not nearly as well-known as major Italian cities like Rome or Florence, you won't have to deal with the crowds.

#2 - Siargao Island, Philippines

If you're looking for an island getaway that's a little bit off the beaten path, then Siargao Island in the Philippines is the perfect place for you. This small island is world-renowned for its surf, so if you're looking to catch some waves, Siargao is the place to be. But even if you're not into surfing, there's still plenty to do on this beautiful island. From exploring the jungle to relaxing on the beach, Siargao has something for everyone.

#3 - Gokarna, India

If you're tired of the hustle and bustle of India's big cities like Delhi and Mumbai, then head to Gokarna for a more laid-back experience. This small town on India's west coast is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Gokarna is also home to a number of temples and ashrams, so if you're looking for a spiritual retreat, this is the perfect place for you.

#4 - Uyuni, Bolivia

Located in southwest Bolivia, Uyuni is home to one of the most unique landscapes in the world: the Salt Flats. These vast expanses of salt are otherworldly and truly unlike anything else on Earth. And since Uyuni is still relatively unknown to tourists, you'll have this amazing place almost entirely to yourself. In addition to the Salt Flats, Uyuni is also home to some of Bolivia's most stunning scenery, so be sure to explore beyond the flats while you're here.

#5 - Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Langkawi Island is an archipelago of 99 islands located off Malaysia's west coast. While it may not be as well-known as some of Southeast Asia's other tourist destinations (Thailand's Phi Phi Islands or Indonesia's Bali), Langkawi offers visitors stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and plenty of opportunity for adventure. So, if you're looking for an exotic destination that's still relatively untouched by tourism, Langkawi Island should definitely be at the top of your list.

#6 - Norway and the Arctic

If you’re looking to go off (and in this case under) the beaten track, you’ll certainly want to visit “Under,” the first-of-its-kind restaurant in Europe that lives 18 feet beneath the ocean surface in Norway, which opened in 2019. Head north above the Arctic Circle to the newly opened Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge – with 24 premium rooms and suites and two dining rooms; there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the landscape, traditions, and tastes of the Arctic.

These six off-the-beaten-path destinations are sure to give you an unforgettable vacation experience. From Italy to India to the Arctic, these places offer something unique that you won't find anywhere else in the world. So if you're looking for an adventure that's a little bit different from your usual tourist traps, be sure to add these places to your travel list.

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