While some travel destinations struggle with overcrowding, the world still retains many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. If you are looking to escape the ordinary, break new ground and walk the path less traveled, let us introduce you to our top emerging destinations. But do plan a visit soon, because as word spreads, their popularity will soar.
Here are some of our favorite off-the-beaten-track destinations to explore without the crowds.
A stronghold of Himalayan Buddhist culture, the remote Kingdom of Bhutan has preserved its unique traditions, customs and identity. Visitor numbers are controlled making a trip to Bhutan an exclusive experience. With spectacular mountain hikes, iconic hilltop monasteries, green terraced rice-paddies, fluttering prayer flags and colorful masked dancers, there is much to see and do. Stay in a luxury hotel or lodge and soak up the spiritual calm in a land where success is measured by Gross National Happiness.
For marvelous bird and wildlife viewing, together with epic African scenery, a combined trip to Uganda and Rwanda is a privilege few get to experience. The misty mountains in this corner of East Africa are home to abundant birdlife and wild chimpanzee and are one of the last places to see endangered mountain gorilla in their natural habitat. Gorilla tracking is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the scenic backdrop including towering volcanoes, dramatic waterfalls and tropical forests is a delight.
Clear turquoise seas, lush green rainforests and the dry red outback - Australia's stunning scenery alone is enough of a reason to visit this amazing country. Throw vibrant cosmopolitan cities such as Sydney, superb food and wine and unique wildlife into the mix and makes an ideal destination for any traveler. Some of our highlights include embarking on a helicopter ride over Uluru, exploring Kangaroo Island and private yacht charters on the Barrier Reef, but that’s just scratching the surface of incredible experiences in Australia.
Stunning landscapes, endless vibrant forests and unbelievable wildlife make New Zealand THE destination for outdoor lovers. Often considered the adventure capital of the world, in New Zealand anything goes - from the original bungy jump over the swirling waters of the Kawarau River, swimming with hundreds of wild Dusky Dolphins, or landing on a glacier for a bottle of champagne, to simply relaxing on a beautiful beach without a soul in sight.
Sri Lanka simply has it all: tropical beaches, cooler mountainous terrain punctuated with waterfalls, incredible wildlife, tea plantations, fabulous food and diverse culture featuring time old ancient sites. But that’s not all, the people of Sri Lanka are some of the warmest and most welcoming in the entire world, making for an incredibly comfortable and enriching stay. We predict the popularity is only going to continue to increase, so now’s the time to go before everyone discovers it’s many splendors.
Known for its sparkling blue waters, picturesque ports, stretches of sandy beaches and yachting culture, Croatia is best experienced by sea. However, beyond the pristine Adriatic waters lies over 1000 islands overflowing with culture, history, architecture and natural wonders just yearning to be discovered. In recent years, Croatia has been exploding in popularity over the summer months, but we know how to take you beyond the tourist hordes to uncover a more authentic-side to the country, meeting a local honey farmer, dining in family-run seafood restaurants and hiking in MLjet National Park. Whether exploring by land or by sea, you won’t be disappointed with all that this stunning country has to offer.
One of our most exciting new additions to the Scott Dunn portfolio, Antarctica is truly a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime destination. A place where the breathtaking scenery is ever changing as sheets of ice tumble down majestic glaciers into the icy sea and penguins huddle together as orca pods hunt for seals in the distant waters. There’s even more to be excited about in 2020-2021, thrilling, new experiences are being introduced (heli-skiing anyone?), innovative boats are on their way and a spectacular solar eclipse (with special voyages tailored to getting you the best viewing position) are on the horizon.