When you combine adventure travel with experimentation, you get exotic travel. Which in many ways is the most powerful type of travel, because travel is all about seeing and doing things that are new and different. And it so happens exotic is the definition of different. Most people travel to a foreign country, visit the most popular attractions, take some photos then some too much time back at the hotel. Nice hotels are, well nice, but hotels don’t show you what the country or culture is about. So look at those attractions then look closer to the not so obvious but even more potent parts and find the exotic.
Once a mere stopping point for backpackers traveling through Laos, Don Det Island has recently become somewhat of a paradise for longer stays. Part of the 4000 Islands, Don Det is one of the larger and main islands yet remains quite small and entirely walkable in a single day. It has bungalows, restaurants, bars and plenty of “islandy” things to do but certainly not too touristy. Don Det Laos deserves to be on any type of traveler’s itinerary.
Did you know there’s an activity where you can go fishing for shrimp indoors within a huge city? Sounds ridiculous and almost impossible but it’s a favorite national past time of the Taiwanese and now tourists are starting to get into it. Urban shrimping in Taiwan costs around $5 – $15 per session to catch however many jumbo shrimp you want. After finishing, you can take the shrimp with you or bake them at the facility to eat them right there, yummy.
While the word “gelato” is known as the Italian term for “ice cream”, it’s actually a little different in how it’s made as well as the ingredients used. The result is better taste, so a better experience. Gelato can be bought in most places around the world but for the sake of travel and authenticity, you must eat gelato in Italy. Like eating sushi in Japan, it’s simply the best way to do it, period.
On top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a park called SkyPark, in that park is the famed Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool. Probably the coolest swimming pool in the world. Situated on the rooftop at 265 meters, the 215th tallest building in the world. The view is unrivaled in all of Singapore with the pool sitting right on the edge of the building. The SkyPark is open to non-hotel guests but not the pool. Even if you don’t dip in for a swim, the view alone is worth the trip.
In the outskirts but still within the city limits of Taipei, is a way to see the entirety of the city and beyond. By way of the Maokong Gondola, a lengthy cable car that goes up a mountain and into the village of Maokong. Costing just 50NT ($1.60), the bargain price also includes the “Crystal Cabin” with transparent floors. A must see and do for a visit in Taiwan. But the gondola ride isn’t everything as the final destination of the top of the mountain offer plenty for tourists.
Cappadocia, a region far from Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most beautiful tourist destinations. Filled with amazing landscapes of natural wonders. The most popular way to see Cappadocia is by hot air balloon but the most fun way is to go off-roading with an ATV quad. Bird’s eye view is nice but ATVing will allow for up close and personal sites. The cost is also about half the price for a far longer time. ATVing in Cappadocia is the best possible way for an excursion in this specific terrain – impossible by standard vehicles and too vast by foot.
Hostels are meant to be a cheap and social accommodation. But some are so good that they become a travel attraction whereas backpackers and travelers visit a country or city just to stay at a certain hostel, the Bong House is one example. Located in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Although it has nothing to do with smoking bongs, its well known for its nightly free beer for guests at the Bong Bar, conveniently located in the basement of the hostel. Built inside an actual large family home, it truly feels like your at home, or atleast a friend’s home with the friendly and social atmosphere.
Nightclubs come and go like the nights their open but some become legendary even after they close, such is the case with Sound Factory NYC. Located in Hell’s Kitchen Manhattan, New York, a club so fierce it was shut down by the mayor himself. A few steps away is the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. A dual travel tourist stop for a bit of New York history. Club Pacha now is in place of Sound Factory but the legend lives on.
To many western high school and university students, backpacking through Europe for a summer or year is the ultimate vacation / holiday. But that doesn’t mean its only for young people. The appeal with traveling through the continent of Europe is the large number of different countries within close proximity to, all reachable with a single visa and most of them via land and or train. Despite the closeness of all these different countries, each of them are vastly different to get unique experiences.
Would you travel half way around the world to sit on top of a rock? Well many travelers have to the The Troll Tongue, AKA Trolltunga. Located in Skjeggedal of Norway, Trolltunga is literally just a rock that hangs extended out from a mountain about 700 meters high. But thats exactly what makes Trolltunga so special. That along with the immensely beautiful view of the landscape below of the Fjord.
Also known as the “Pearl of The Orient”, Hong Kong is one of the greatest and biggest cities in the world. On the same level as New York City, Paris, Singapore and Dubai. The country that is not a country but is a country but sort of not. The skyline alone of Hong Kong is arguably the most beautiful and astonishing of any other in the world. As a traveler or tourist, Hong Kong may seem overwhelming at first but is actually quite great for such visitors with their first rate public transportation system.
The Camuy River Cave Park is a massive 268 acre cave system consisting of more than 10 miles of mapped caves. It is one of Puerto Rico’s most popular tourist attractions. The beautiful park is made up of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the 3rd largest underground river in the world, the Río Camuy. The main attraction is Clara Cave (as pictured), visitors are shown a movie about the Camuy River Caves then takes a short but adventurous tram ride into the cave system.
Klaksvík is a small village town in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. Surrounded by beautiful snow capped evened hill like mountains, it is in itself a view to behold. This area of he Faroe Islands has been inhabited since the Viking times. Although the more popular islands of the Faroe Islands have been growing with tourism, Klaksvik is still relatively untouched by tourism which makes it an ideal travel destination.
The Chocolate Hills is a large span of land of unique hills in the Bohol Province of the Philippines. Each of the approximate 1500 hills are actually grass covered limestone, not dirt. It gets its name “Chocolate Hills” because of how it actually looks like huge hills of chocolate during the dry season when the grass turns brown. Surprisingly, the Chocolate Hills are not part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites but has been proposed for inclusion.
To some cultures a salad lunch is exotic, to others a cheeseburger and to westerners a cobra snake for dinner. Oh how wonderfully strange the world is, especially when it comes to food. You can even hunt and eat your own cobra snake in Cambodia. The meat apparently taste like rubbery fish and packs a whole goodness of nutrition. Here’s the kicker; you can even drink the cobra’s fresh blood if mixed with whiskey – its suppose to make you feel like superman.
The Dry Tortugas is a group of tropical islands 110 kilometers away from mainland Florida with the fortress (as pictured) ‘Fort Jefferson’ being the main attraction. This massive fortress is the largest masonry structure in the western hemisphere taking up 16,000,000 bricks. But Dry Tortugas Park is way more than that. The undisturbed tropical ecosystem teeming with water, land and even air life along with legends of buried treasure. Its hard to believe that the continental US is so close.
Located in the outskirts of the capital city Caracas in Venezuela are the Barrios. Otherwise known as the slums. So this particular travel destination is most definitely not for everyone, in fact its one of the most dangerous urban non-warzone places in the world. But for that reason, this location could be why it attracts the few who dare go to the Barrios of Caracas. It certainly is unique and must be an extraordinary experience to visit such an urban jungle.
Lake Retba is probably the most unique lake or even body of water in the known world. Located in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal. The obvious factor Lake Retba’s attraction is the surreal pink color of the water. Its not just a hint of pink but a vibrant pink like strawberry milkshake or Pepto Bismol. The reason for the pink is the presence of a certain algae that turns red but when hit with sunlight, turns into pink. Furthermore, the salt content is an absurd 40% in the lake.
Far from the capital city of Istanbul in central Turkey is one of the most exotic landscapes in the world, Cappadocia. This ancient region while quite remote is relatively easy to get to by booking a tour or even flying in from a nearby airport. Just like Pamukkale, Cappdocia has a very long history but even more unique as its mentioned in the Bible. The hot air balloon ride can be purchased from numerous tour agencies around Cappadocia and is huge hit to all who has floated above the beautiful canyons.