Four Unique Destinations For Your Next Holiday

It’s safe to say that every time you travel, you’re bound to bump into a few Australians. Travelling is something most Australians enjoy doing. In fact, we’re in the top ten of the worlds biggest travelers. A recent survey in 2015 showed us that 9.2 million Australians were recorded leaving for short term departures. That’s a lot of vacationing! but where are we going?
Here are the top 5 most popular destinations for Australian travelers.

New Zealand alone has had over 1.2 millions Australians travel there between 2014–2015. These destinations are favorites and tend to be re-visited often due to regular sales and familiarity. Which is fair enough because there’s always something welcoming about revisiting a destination you’ve already been to.
But what if you feel like doing something different or stray from away from the mainstream? What if you want to escape the comfort zone and opt for something a little bit more adventurous?
Say no more. Here are four unique and beautiful countries that will make your next trip abroad completely memorable.

Bolivia

With a tourist arrival number of 798,000 as of 2013, Bolivia’s tourism industry is rapidly growing and for good reason. Nestled between Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Peru on the western side of South America; Bolivia is a landlocked country with a lot to offer it’s visitors from rain forest tours and beautiful landscapes to food, culture and adventure. It’s most famous for Salar De Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat (or as some like to call it, the salt desert. Salar De Uyuni blankets at least 12,000 square kilometers of land. Salar de Uyuni is said to be the result of a Lago Minchin, a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind this awe-inspiring terrain. After rain, the water sits on top of the salt and reflects the sky, creating an a beautiful illusion as seen below.

Highlights: Salar de Uyuni, The witches market, Parque Nacional Amboró.

Make it a trip: Don’t forget to stop by one or more of Bolivia’s popular neighbors ( Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina).

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Also known as the heart shaped land due to the country’s slight resemblance to a heart. Since 2013 it has brought in about 529,000 tourists and hopefully more to come. BiH does not have the luxurious standards that some European countries may offer. However, it still has a lot to offer from lush green valleys and forests to beautiful crystal lakes and epic mountains(If you don’t believe me, google it!). There is unspoiled nature all around. In fact, BiH has the last remaining primeval forest left in Europe. It is said to be over 20,000 years old and can only be explored in the company of Rangers. Step back in time and enjoy the quaint countryside and historic architecture this country has to offer.

Highlights to see: Stari Most, Blagaj, Perućica forest.

Make it a trip: Travel down the coast and make Greece your final stop! If you want a longer trip, start at beautiful Croatia and work your way down.

Bhutan

Also known as “The last Buddhist Kingdom”, translates directly to “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. It got this name due to the epic storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.
Bhutan is said to be the last authentic place on earth and is a fascinating country that is very new to the world of tourism. It opened its gates to foreigners in 1974 in efforts to promote it’s unique culture and tradition. Due to it’s isolation Bhutan has a relatively low tourist income compared to some countries, however, it is rapidly growing, jumping from 66,000 tourists in 2011 to around 116,000 annually between 2013–15. This drastic climb in numbers is because Bhutan is so different to others. It is far from the commercial world and has untouched landscapes that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. With plenty of options for trekking and hiking, explore the stunning mountains and forests,visit ancient temples, the bustling markets and immerse yourself in the culture and the happy locals!
Fun fact: Bhutan made it to the top ten most happiest places in the world in a survey done by Lonely Planet and is known to be the happiest country in Asia.

Highlights: Tigers nest, Haa Valley, Drukgyal Dzong, Endless nature to explore.

Make it a trip: You’ll be next to two countries that are extremely popular with tourists; India and China. Although both countries are very different, which ever you choose, you’re bound to have a great time!

Macedonia

Macedonia is another spot off the beaten path. From peaceful scenic country views, to bustling cities, alive with culture, this hidden gem is well worth a stop. In the cities, you can anticipate friendly locals, beautiful architecture, streets worthy of wandering endlessly, and amazing food. Oh, and it’s dirt-cheap. Travelers can enjoy delicious food, drinks, and activities while on a budget. This is especially true if you are more of an outdoorsy type. Macedonia offers mountains, valleys, caves, countless lakes, and boasts three national parks. Whether you are into hiking and rock climbing, or picnicking and canoeing, there is no shortage of activities in Macedonia’s beautiful countryside. If you are planning a trip to Europe, definitely plan for a visit, as it is relatively undiscovered by tourists, and will not let down!

Highlights: Mavrovo Lake, Matka Canyon, Samuel’s Fortress, Kokino.

Make it a trip: Be sure to stop by Albania and Greece for some amazing food, beaches and night life! Athens cannot be missed!