I will admit, I am currently not the most well-traveled (yet!). But that doesn’t keep me from adding more places to my bucket list (or Pinterest board) with ideas of where to travel. From Pinterest or the travel Youtubers and Insttagramers I follow, I heard of so many places that I never here people talk about. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, and I can’t wait to toss a coin into the Trevi fountain and make a wish a-la Lizzie McGuire, but there are several places, some of which you probably haven’t heard of, that I am DYING to go see. Interested? Keep reading!
1. The Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan
Being from New York seeing this many trees together in and of itself is amazing. But no matter where you live in the U.S. (and many other parts of the world) you probably aren’t used to seeing bamboo trees. This forest seems like the perfect spot to take a nice stroll to just take in the scenery.
2. Salar de Uyuni in Uyuni, Bolivia
No, this is not a photo of heaven (although it sure seems like it). These are salt water flats in Uyuni, Bolivia and my gosh does it look amazing. The surface reflects the sky, creating a mirrored reflection that looks absolutely stunning. Bolivia seems to be an underrated country in general. I, myself, am guilty of overlooking this country when I write out my bucket list of travel destinations. But if this is any indication of the country’s natural beauty, I should definitely look more into it.
3. Darvaza Gas Crater in Derweze, Turkmenistan
Just as the previous picture wasn’t a snapshot of heaven, this is no picture of hell. But locally it is known as the “Door to Hell” or “Gates of Hell.” But don’t let the name deter you from adding this site to your bucket list. The fact that places like this exist is the world is insane to me. I’ll admit, I don’t know much of Turkmenistan but I would visit for this site alone. Appparently a gas field collapsed, created the gas crater. Scientists set the field on fire and well, it hasn’t stopped burning since. That was in 1971.
4. The Fairy Pools (Isle of Skye) in Glenbrittle, Scotland
If you have Scotland on your travel bucket list, you probably have Glasgow or Edinburgh on there, I sure do! But I found this little spot on Pinterest (as you do) and quickly added it to my list of must see places. If you are into nature I suggest you looking into this spot. The streams, pools and stepping stones look absolutely beautiful. I have seen reviews that it can get quite slippery, so when we all go, let’s be sure to wear shoes with great traction!
5. Glow Worm Caves in the Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
I hope you didn’t scroll past this one once you read the word “worms” in the title. Because just look at this stunning picture. The cave is filled with a species of worm that you guessed it, glows. You can take boat tours to get stunning first hand views of the amazing creatures.
6. Lake Retba in Rufisque, Senegal
Yes, a pink body of water! I am not a fan of pink, but gosh is this pretty. There is a specific kind of algae in the water that makes the water pink. Apparently the temperature, wind and other factors can dictate just how saturated of a pink color it is. So take that in mind before visiting.
7. Mitad del Mundo in Quito, Ecuador
Okay, you may have heard of this one before. But, I think it’s still worth a mention. Mitad del Mundo translates to “Middle of the World” because it is where the equator lies. I am definitely looking forward to taking a photo in the spot depicted in the photo so I can say I’ve been two hemispheres at once.
8. Sea of Stars in Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
Last but not least is this beautiful beach in the Maldives. The Maldives is a pretty popular spot, especially recently with all the travel bloggers and social media influencers going there on trips. However, I have yet to see anyone post a photo of this beach covered with bioluminscent plankton. I don’t believe this is unique to this island, but since the Maldives is a popular vacation spot, I think people who visit should definitely check it out.
I am sure I missed many other beautifully underrated spots. Let me know which places are on your bucket list.