People use the word ‘exotic’ in many different ways but when it comes to traveling we find this definition most apt: “Attractive, striking, or out of the ordinary”. When people go on vacation they want to head somewhere exotic in order to feel alive, inhale a new culture, and forget the stress and worries that they are leaving behind — if only for the length of their vacations. However, it’s always hard to settle on the next great vacation destination. That’s why we took a moment to compile 10 of the worlds most exotic, gorgeous, and entertaining destinations for you to see. Pack your bags, buy your airline tickets, and start looking up the best hotels around — because we’re about to take a trip.
If you want to feel transported to a different world, and a different time, then look no further than Africa’s Serengeti. The Serengeti is a gigantic ecosystem located in Africa, surrounding Tanzania and reaching all the way to southwest Kenya. Over 500 different species of birds are located in this area as well as another 70 different kinds of ‘large’ mammals which include gazelles, zebras, buffalos, elephants and more. With striking vistas, beautiful wildlife, and an absolute disconnect from the conventionality of modern man, the Serengeti is a transformative vacation option. You can find any number of cheap hotels near the various National Parks in the area and your vacation will be nearing an end before you know it due to all of the sights you will see. This is an adventure vacation too and not one for those content to lay about.
Before you read another word turn your attention to an image search on your favorite browser. Search Mount Roraima and then sit back and stare. Okay, have you done that? You’re blown away, aren’t you? Mount Roraima is located in Eastern Venezuela on the border of both Brazil and Guyana. The tabletop mountains located in the Highland Range, near Canaima National Park, are considered the oldest locations on Earth and they make such a beautiful sight. This is another one of our adventurous vacation trips so be prepared, you won’t be spending a week on a Caribbean yacht rental. Instead you can stay at a local hotel and enjoy days of beautiful hiking in this breathtaking area. The trails aren’t hard and the views are rewarding every step of the way.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a yacht charter Caribbean cruise but our ideal beach getaway will take you to the South Pacific. The most remote American National Park in the world exists in American Samoa near the capital of Pago Pago. American Samoa is located across three different volcanic islands and the view is as blissful and gorgeous as you would expect. Lush mountain peaks, endless beach vistas, and forested inland terrain allow you to feel like you are in a different world all without having to abandon your own language. There are beautiful rainforests and a beautiful and diverse system of plant life. There are only a few thousand people that visit this region each year as tourists so you’ll always be getting the best treatment while never feeling crowded.
Thanks to the popularity of Peter Jackson’s work in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit universe, New Zealand has grown into a premier destination for travelers looking to experience something new. You can make it to New Zealand from America, including flight, car, and hotel for just around $1,000 per person. Once on sight you have a host of activities to look forward to. New Zealand’s South Island in particular is covered in gorgeous glaciers, coastal areas, mountains, and even volcanoes You can hike, scuba, or even relive Lord of the Rings by visiting the set for Hobbiton, which is still there to visit today. If you can get past the long flight then you’ll be ready for one of the most beautiful vacations of your life.
If you want a relaxing exotic vacation filled with storybook castles, gigantic Catholic monuments, and the wonderful comfort of Belfast then you need to make your way over to Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland you can find yourself vanishing into the old country charm while experiencing all of the beautiful sights and sounds. We strongly suggest taking some time to check out Giant’s Causeway to see the beautiful real estate while reveling in the natural beauty of the world around it. This vacation is more on the map than the prior ones of our list but it is equally as beautiful in an entirely different way.
Bali is gaining ground in the travel world as a destination spot for eager tourists the world over. Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods, offers a variety of beautiful sights offered by nature itself. You’ll see mountains, sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes, and moving expanses of forest. Whether you want to backpack across this beautiful vista or merely sit in relaxation in front of any number of these beautiful sights, you’ll find something to enjoy. Spend some time in South Bali enjoying the Kuta Beach or head to Ubud in Central Bali in order to enjoy the rocky mountain rangers, skyscraping vistas, and relaxed life of the villagers therein.
For our next vacation we strongly urge globetrotters to consider heading to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Drawing almost half a million tourists a year, Angkor Wat has become a true destination for people looking to relive the past while settling into one of the more exotic places in the region. This giant Hindu temple is filled with statues and ancient reliefs along with sprawling buildings, all nestled in a beautiful forest. The temple itself is still in use today with celebrations, ceremonies, and observations occurring by both Hindus and Buddhists. Located outside of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is just one of many different temples that history loving tourists can go visit. Others include Ta Prohm Temple, known for its usage in the film Tomb Raider, as well as Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temples. Be sure to dress appropriately though, the heat of Cambodia’s plains can be absolutely stifling so be sure to get up early and hit all of the hot spots before the sweat starts pouring in.
The Cook Islands have long been thought of as the secret gems of the Pacific Ocean. These islands, formed by volcanoes, are nestled in between Hawaii and New Zealand. There are 15 different islands covering almost 700,000 square miles of ocean. A visit to this calm and relaxing chain of islands will reveal to you gorgeous Bungalows, stunning beaches, jungles, caves, and even volcanoes to explore. You can sip a cold beverage on the beach, enjoying the crystal clear ocean, or dig into the deep, lush jungle to your back for one of the most beautiful hikes you can imagine. Rarotonga Island is our favorite out of the Cook Islands but there are many different ones available to choose from.
Listen, sometimes we just want to have the most beautiful and relaxing time possible while avoiding stress at every opportunity. Oh, wait, no that is exactly what vacation is all about and that is why we strongly suggest every couple find their way to Tahiti for a getaway. Located among another 118 islands in French Polynesia, a territory claimed by France, Tahiti stands out as a diamond among costume jewelry. Imagine sitting at the end of a beautiful deck, underneath a giant palm tree, with a drink in your hand as you survey the crystal clear ocean around you. You can see islands dotting the horizon in several directions, their mountains reaching toward the sky. The wind blows and cools you down on an otherwise warm day and your feet dip into the cool water. Taihiti is gorgeous, affordable, romantic, and an absolute treat for people wanting to have their perfect ocean getaway while getting a taste of a different culture’s flavor.
Bulgaria will never make a list of ‘most beautiful country names’ but it does make our list as one of the most beautiful and affordable exotic destination spots. Veliko Tarnova is located in between Italy and Greece and it has the fine distinction of being one of the prettiest destinations in the region at nearly a fraction of the cost. You’ll find cobblestone roads, old European castles, delicious restaurants, and lush nature all around you. A stay at the area’s nicer hotels will run you no more than $40 – $70 and you’ll be living in comfort for the duration of your stay. There is wonderful hiking and a collection of beautiful buildings for the history buff inside of you to fall in love with. This is a trip to the old world that you can afford on today’s money.