The world is home to many incredible destinations that have yet to be overrun by tourists.
Inspired by a Quora thread about the best unknown travel destinations, we’ve found 23 lesser-known gems around the globe.
From a stunning, hidden beach to one of the only places in the world where you can swim between two continents, here’s your off-the-beaten-path bucket list.
Talia Avakian contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.
Tucked away under the surface, the Marieta Islands’ “Hidden Beach” is a secret beach with crystal-clear waters that travelers can access either by swimming or kayaking through a long water tunnel.
Huacachina is a desert oasis located five hours south of Lima, Peru. The watering hole was once a popular getaway for the upper class escaping from nearby Ica, but now it has become a stop for backpackers who come here to enjoy activities like sand boarding and dune buggy rides.
Those who visit Blagaj, a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are often in awe at the majestic sight of the Blagaj Tekke — a monastery built for the Dervish cults. Visitors are welcome to enjoy its wooden interiors or have a cold drink while overlooking the striking Buna river.