Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Four Unique Travel Destinations that You Shouldn’t Miss

There are all types of people. Some people run marathons and play tennis on the courts while others play online casino games from the comfort of their living rooms sofas. Some people leave their old jobs to set up a start-up without any type of backing or guarantees and others plan their finances carefully without taking any unnecessary risks.

Travel is another area in which people differ. Some travelers consider a carefully-booked tour to the Eiffel Tower the ultimate in adventure but others are prepared to head to hidden areas of the world where they can explore the unknown. If you’re prepared to wander to locales where you don’t know, from day to day, what you’ll be doing in the next 24 hours, check out some of these unique travel destinations.

Cuba

Travel to Cuba has been complicated for the last half-century, especially if you’re traveling from America. In 2014 President Obama relaxed travel restrictions and the island is now becoming a desired destination for those who are prepared to cope with a trip devoid of many of the amenities to which world travelers have become accustomed.

One of the main reasons that people are slowly becoming more amenable to traveling to Cuba is that the country is known for its amazing food and drink. Not only that, but food there is cheap and plentiful. You can get a massive plate of arroz con pollo with black beans or cool off with a minty Mojito cocktail or a Cuban libre for a tenth of what you’d pay back home.

Cubans don’t have ready-access to easy travel but that’s one of the reasons that the landscape in so much of the country is pristine and unspoiled. You can travel by bus into the countryside and experience authentic Cuban culture, spend a day hiking or layout on a sunny beach and then be back in Havana by nightfall.

Taquile Island

It’s worth a trip to South America to visit Taquile Island, a small island off the coast of Lake Titicaca near the Peruvian city of Puno. The island is inhabited by about two thousand people who still speak the traditional language of Puno Quechua.

Taquile Island is known for its handicrafts. Males, who produce all of the handwork, start knitting at ag 8. They produce clothing and other types of fine handwoven textiles which are acknowledged as Peru’s finest. Women spin and dye the wool for the men to knit with — dyes are made with vegetables and minerals.  Women weave wide belts with woven designs, called Chumps, which are worn by all residents of the island.

Travel to and from Puno is easy, though you can also book a homestay on the island.

The Azores

The Azores is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 850 miles west of continental Portugal. It is an autonomous region composed of nine volcanic islands. The stunningly beautiful rural islands are sustained by dairy farming, fishing and tourism.  They feature some of the tallest mountains on the planet which makes mountain trekking and climbing a major tourism activity.

The islands have been settled sporadically over a span of two centuries, but early Portuguese settlers lived on the islands as far back as the 15th century and archaeologists have found evidence that settlement may date back as much as 2000 years — though that is unconfirmed.

Most travelers come to The Azores to experience the beautiful natural habitat which is home to at least two endemic bird species, the Azores bullfinch, and the Monteiro storm-petrel.  There’s also a rich environment of maritime species, such as manta rays and the black coral plus various species of sea turtles, whales and sharks. Many people take advantage of the Azores hot springs which are said to offer therapeutic properties.  

If you can travel to the Azores during one of their religious festivals, you’ll be in for a treat. Azoreans have developed their own distinct regional identity and cultural traits. They celebrate multiple festivals of the Holy Spirit throughout the year. Residents of the Azores are mostly Catholic and their celebrations reflect this.

Split, Croatia

The ancient city of Split, located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, was built to surround Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress located in the center of the town. Diocletian’s Palace was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century and once served as home to thousands. It’s sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Today those buildings are shops, homes, cafes, and bars. The medieval cathedral continues to host services.

Old Town

Considering that this is such a small town there are a surprising number of things to do. The first, obviously, is to explore Diocletian’s Palace, which sits in the center of the Old Town of Split. The city of Split developed around Diocletian’s Palace, and the site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Important sites within Diocletian’s Palace include the Peristyle (the center of the Palace), the Cathedral Bell Tower where you get the best view of Split and the area, the Cardo (one of the main streets through the Palace), and the cellar. The cellar was used when filming the Game of Thrones sequence that showed Meereen, the dragon lair of Daenery’s dragons.

Just outside the Palace is the Old Town of Split, a maze of streets and cobblestoned lanes. People’s Square (Narodni Trg) is the center of the Old Town and there are many cafes and restaurants that spill out into the square underneath the old town clock.

Walks and Hikes

Riva is the harbor of Split where ships set out into the Adriatic Sea. This is a popular place for a stroll where the walkway skirts palm trees, colorful buildings and majestic views of the sea.

Marjan Hill features a series of trails that crisscross their way over the peninsula. You can hike a trail or just walk up the hill. The Marjana-Telegrin offers the best view of Split.

For a local hike, go to Trogir, a coastal city located approximately 35 minutes from Split, for an enjoyable day tour. This tiny town features an Old Town which is located on an island and offers a stunning glimpse into Croatia of years gone by.

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