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Sometimes the best vacations are those taken off the beaten path. If you’re an intrepid traveler looking for some unique places to explore on your next getaway, browse through our top 15 lesser-known destinations that are bound to appease your appetite for adventure.

Pink lakes, Australia

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Western Australia’s pink lakes, Lake Hillier and Hutt Lagoon, are beguiling to say the least. These natural wonders exist due to the lakes’ high level of salinity which gives the waters an unusual pink hue. Both lakes can be accessed by car from Perth’s CBD, with Hutt Lagoon being the closest (five-hour drive), but we recommend taking a scenic flight to truly admire the bespoke scenes. From above, you are able to view the beautiful pink lake next to the contrast of the deep, blue Indian Ocean.

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Railay Beach, Thailand

Image of the forefront of a long tail boat in Krabi, Thailand.

Only accessible by boat, Railay Beach is a remote destination that we recommend exploring when visiting Krabi. The secluded beach has the best of both worlds, as the jungle meets the ocean on the Railay Beach coastline. This beautiful island is perfect for rock climbers, beach-goers and curious jetsetters. Climb the picturesque limestone caves, snorkel through the turquoise waters and enjoy the blissful surrounds of a remote island. 

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Hinatuan Enchanted River, Philippines

A five-hour drive (or bus ride) from Davao will take you to the most incredibly picturesque stretch of the Philippine jungle. Trek through the Hinatuan jungle and you will unexpectedly find the Enchanted River, known for its flawless beauty and almost magical scenes. It is unknown how this saltwater spring evolved, but it’s certainly a divine hotspot for swimming, floating, diving and simply admiring the surrounds.

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The Ghan, Adelaide

Journey through the heart of Australia on The Ghan, which makes tracks from Adelaide all the way up to Darwin. Packed with sights of the true blue Australian outback and incredible natural wonders, you’ll experience a side of Australia that is often left undiscovered. Board the Ghan with no worries, as everything is taken care of - from activities to take part in at each destination to unique, gourmet meals served onboard and off the train. 

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Hajar Mountains, Oman

Known as the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, Hajar Mountains is a spectacularly unique place to visit on a vacation taken off the beaten path. Alongside trekking through the rugged, rocky terrain and exploring the striking archaeological sites, we recommend that the adventurous travelers take a camping trip within the mountainous surrounds. Prepare yourselves, as the mountains get very chilly even in summer.

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Thousand Hills, Rwanda

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Rwanda is known for its gorilla trekking, but it is also abundant with spectacular scenic wonders that are often missed by visitors. Akagera National Park is one of these, and it’s a beautiful sight to see, packed with thriving wildlife, luscious jungles and also grand lodges if you wish to stay there. It is actually the only Rwandan park that borders Tanzania, which is another notable destination to add to the bucket list.

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Tbilisi, Georgia

View of Tbilisi city center, Old Town and the Narikala Fortress. Shot during daytime.

Tbilisi is famous for its epic mountain ranges, which are most known to avid hikers and trekking enthusiasts. But, few people know about the iconic monument of the Chronicles of Georgia.  This large monument pays homage to Tbilisi’s royal and religious history and consists of gigantic carved pillars. It is impossible not to notice the Chronicles of Georgia if you are swimming in the Tbilisi Sea below – but you will need a car to take you the top where it is situated.

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Desert safari, Qatar

Visit Doha's nearby desert and be truly blown away with the beauty of the Middle East. Embark on a full-day desert safari where you'll spend the day dune bashing and swimming in the beguiling Inland Sea. Settle in for the evening at a desert camp, where you'll enjoy a traditional Arabian barbeque, relax in beach gazebos, ride camels and enjoy the luxurious facilities in the middle of the desert.

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