Traveling the world is always a great way to experience new things, broaden your horizons and create lifelong memories. However, due to Covid-19, traveling is not always a safe option, as you may put yourself or others at risk of infection. Despite this, creating a vision board for places you would like to go in future is a great way to stay positive and make good use of your time. There are many amazing destinations that aren’t overly publicized, and the world is full of sites that are hidden treasures worth the visit.

  1. Iguazu Falls, Brazil
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The Iguazu Falls are a series of picturesque waterfalls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. It boasts the largest waterfall in the world, as well as incredible panoramic views. If you want a more adventurous experience, you can go on a speedboat ride directly under the falls. If you enjoy basking in the grandeur of nature or just desire a rush of adrenaline, these falls are a must visit.

2. End of the World Swing, Ecuador

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Located in a quaint mountainside near Baños, Ecuador, Casa de Arbol is a small park complete with three swings and a small zip line. The main attraction is the swing ‘at the end of the world,’ which is really just a steep cliff, but the ride is still very enjoyable. Although you might not have heard of this attraction, you have probably seen it on Pinterest as it is extremely ‘instagrammable.’ The tickets cost around $1- $2.50, and a small cafe is situated on sight. This experience is affordable and overall an enjoyable experience for all ages. 

3. Kotor, Montenegro

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A small city on the coast of Montenegro filled with culture. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built between the 12th and 14th centuries.  The city continues to exhibit ancient architecture and monuments to this day. Attractions include boat rides, food and wine tastings, mountain biking or walking tours and much more. If you prefer a more leisurely activity, you can walk along the winding roads and buy one euro ice cream from local artisans or shop for souvenirs at the old town market. This is an ideal location for a European get-away!

4. Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia is known for the interesting architectural “fairy chimneys,” cone shaped rock formations formed overtime due to erosion. Staying in cave-like hotels or dining in similarly themed restaurants is very popular in this region. However, one of the best things to do here is go on a hot air-balloon ride. You can go early in the morning for a sunrise filled with hot air-balloons. A trip here is one that will create lifelong memories. 

5. Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

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If you enjoy safari tours and living the ‘wild-life,’ Mana Pools is for you! This national park is in the far north of Zimbabwe and is an ideal place for seeing all kinds of African wildlife, from vervet monkeys to elephants and lions. Other attractions include fishing, canoeing and, if you have a license, hunting. Mana Pools is a World Heritage site purely based on its beauty and diverse range of animals and plants. You can either stay in lodges or camp depending on what suits you. If you want an adventure, this is the place to be.

6. Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Kronstadt, Russia

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In the big country of Russia,  places such as the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas are, unfortunately, often overlooked. Regardless of your religion, this free church to visit is definitely worth checking out. It is an Orthodox cathedral built in the early 1900s and is dedicated to all past seamen. It has large, decorated domes with beautifully painted murals and is genuinely breathtaking. Perfect for anyone who appreciates art, architecture or just indulging in Russian culture.

7. Sabeto Hot Springs, Fiji-

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Fiji is a popular tourist destination, although the Sabeto hot springs are not seen in mainstream media. This location is perfect to go to with the whole family, and it is an experience like no other. First, you cover yourself in Fijian mud and then rinse off in the natural hot spring. This is exciting and relaxing, as well as good for skin and aching muscles. If you want a new experience, soaking in these hot springs is a unique way to relax..

8. Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam-

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Hạ Long Bay is a natural wonder, with a wide range of biodiversity and limestone islands. This beautiful bay’s scenic views have been featured in many movies and will leave you in awe. Activities include boat cruises, seaplane tours, canoeing and more.  If you’re up to it, you can even swim; although, warning, it is very cold. The emerald green waters are unlike any other and definitely worth visiting.

9. The Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar-

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In the western region of Madagascar, in Morondava, you can find the Avenue of the Baobabs. The venue is a road with huge baobab trees on either side. This is a very simple place and is mostly just trees, but when you see this location, you will be in astonishment from the pure beauty of your surroundings. The Avenue of Baobabs is especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset, and it is a great place to visit.

10. Reykjavik, Iceland-

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Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is brimming with attractions and culture. You can take a tour around the city, visit the Reykjavik Cathedral, stop in a cafe to try some fermented shark and sheep’s brain jelly or visit a blacksand beach. The main attraction is an hour drive away: a geothermal spring, the Blue Lagoon. This location is not only beautiful, it also boasts a spa and hotel, but this can become more costly. The attractions here are one of a kind and definitely worth adding to your bucket list.