With the rise of social media, there’s hardly a land untouched by the selfie. But here are six spots that are still under the radar. You’ll probably see a few fanny packs along the way, but these vacation destinations aren’t crowded and have views that will get you all the Instagram likes you can imagine.
Rebun Island, Japan
If you’re looking for a spring or summer getaway, Rebun Island, Japan, is a gorgeous hiking destination when the island’s peaks are covered in wildflowers. A stay on a farm is cheap, and the fresh air will revive you.
Tallinn is at once a technological metropolis and a medieval treasure, making it one of the best places to travel. Estonia’s capital city combines the earthy charm of old Europe with all the luxury you could ask for. Stay in the city for a couple days before continuing on to the fanciful frozen landscapes of Estonia. It’s easy to book a place to stay in the old city with Ebates Hotels and 5% Cash Back every day (10% on Thursdays!).
Margaret River, Australia
Tourists flock to Australia, of course, but Margaret River, in Western Australia, is not yet well known, despite its beautiful wineries. For adventure travel, it has amazing surfing and cave exploration. If you go between June and November, this coast is a visiting spot for migratory whales.
No, it’s not a mirage — it’s Huacachina, Peru. Locals frequent this spot, which usually means it’s where you want to go. You’ll have to be driven into this desert oasis, which isn’t too far from a real town but far enough that you’ll feel like you’re on an island.
Another off-the-beaten-path travel destination, this humble Pacific island still boasts plenty of gorgeous views. Ebates Hotels can help you find a fale (a thatched hut) on the beach or a luxury hotel if you prefer. If you make it to American Samoa, hop over to Western Samoa, which is full of small villages, jungles and beautiful reefs.
The northern tip of Canada is home to Nunavut, a sparsely populated area with plenty to do. If you are a backpacker, there are two huge national parks with climbing and hiking. In the summer, you can travel to remote towns accessible only by boat or plane and learn about the indigenous cultures.
Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.