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There are so many different places to travel in the world. The options are endless. First-time travelers often visit the most popular destinations such as Paris, Rome, and London. As captivating and beautiful as these destinations are, they are often overcrowded and you really can’t enjoy the city for what it’s worth. That’s why I like to explore the hidden gems of the world, so I can really appreciate the destinations as it is and absorb as much culture as I can without the interference from other people. If you’re anything like me, keep reading to find out what are the four most underrated travel destinations.

Bolivia

While a neighboring South American countries like Brazil and Chile often have a booming tourism industry, not many tourist head to Bolivia. The landlocked country may not offer any sandy white beaches, but the breathtaking views more than make up for it. Bolivia is perfect for your inner adventurer, since its home to the largest salt flat in the world, record high volcanos, and the “world’s most dangerous road“.

The Philippines

For those looking for a tropical get away, take a trip to the Philippines. Made up of more than 7,000 island, the Philippines are quite unique compared to other countries of the world. You will never run out of things to do while visiting the Philipines, whether you decide to visit one of the world class beaches, one of the 37 volcanoes, or take a trip to the Underground River National Park in Palawan. If you are thrill seeker, you can even go swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Donsol. 

Nara, Japan

Neighboring Kyoto, you will find Nara a town filled with Buddhist temples, shrines and gardens. This town has much of the same charm as Kyoto, but with less crowds. As you walk along the winding streets of Naramchi, you’ll find many traditional homes that have been converted into restaurants and cafes.  Nara is also the birthplace of sake, so you are sure to find a plethora of bars and you can visit a 131-year-old brewery, Harushika. Here you can take a tour, learn some history and taste the local sake.

Newfoundland, Canada

If you are a wildlife lover, Newfoundland, Canada is the place for you. On this Canadian island, you will find miles and miles of untamed wilderness. Newfoundland is a world-class fishing and the perfect place to observe a wide range of wildlife. On the mainland you can spot a moose, lynx, black bear or even a polar bear. If you decide to take a kayak to the water, chances are you will spot a humpback whale.