Off the Beaten Path: Uncovering Hidden Gems Around the World

Are you looking for a vacation that goes beyond the tourists’ traps? Follow along as we embark on a journey of the world’s hidden gems- the lesser-known destinations with secrets waiting to be discovered! There is a special thrill in stumbling on destinations that are often overlooked. It’s time to pack your bags, ignite your curiosity, and uncover the treasures that lie off the tourist’s radar!  

Easter Island, Chile

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find the remote and mysterious Easter Island. Famously known for the infamous moai statues, this Polynesian paradise invites you to explore and learn about a world of ancient culture and stunning landscapes. The moai statues are 887 human-shaped figures carved from rock and transported around the island. The creation of the statues was believed to have honored ancestors, and they rest on stone shrines known as ahu. In 1995 the Rapa Nui National Park, where the stones reside, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status, giving the protection and care of the statues for years to come.


While many flock to Western Europe, the lesser-known country of Bulgaria holds a treasure trove of surprises. Wander through the charming streets of Veliko Tarnovo, a medieval town perched right on the cliffs, and admire the vibrant frescoes of the Rila Monastery. If you are looking for a more adventurous vacation, the area around Veliko Tarnovo is covered in hiking paths. You can climb to Sveta Gora Park, a primarily uphill hike that usually takes a few hours. If you’re looking for a relaxing and calm vacation, you can visit Velingrad, a peaceful and quiet city made famous for its hot mineral springs. 

Hampi, India

Tucked away in the heart of Karnataka, India lies the UNESCO-listed village of Hampi`. This open-air museum boasts magnificent ruins from the Vijayanagara Empire, transporting visitors to an era of architectural brilliance. You can roam through the stunning landscapes consisting of ancient temples, intricate carvings, and sprawling bazaars. A top spot to visit before you leave is the Virupaksha Temple, which many say is best to visit during sunset where the reflection is perfectly casted upon the Tungabhadra River. 

Faroe Islands, Denmark

Dramatic landscapes and secluded tranquility are waiting for you in the Faroe Islands. These remote North Atlantic islands boast rugged cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and emerald-green valleys. Embark on hikes to places like Mulafossur Waterfall, where you can see the beautiful waterfall drop more than 100 feet straight into the ocean! Or you can visit the remote Saksun Village, where traditional turf-roofed houses provide a glimpse into a simpler way of life. The village is set next to a jaw-dropping lagoon, making it a picture-perfect stop.  
Beyond the familiar tourist trails lies a world of surprises filled with breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture! Let yourself dare to wander, embrace the unknown, and uncover the hidden gems that will make your trip memorable. You can trust the travel experts at Thomas Hogan Vacations to help you do that. Please complete our online inquiry form, or contact one of our agents to start packing for your getaway!


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