With all the amazing places in the world it's easy to overlook some of the lesser known destinations. These places may not have initially made it on your bucket list, but we've got proof that will make you want to reconsider:
Located on the southeast coast of Africa, Mozambique is a hidden gem on the second largest continent of the world. The country has a massive coastline, spanning more than 1,500 miles - which houses pristine white sand beaches and gives way to an amazing underwater playground. Diving opportunities are year round in Mozambique, including swimming with whale sharks, manta rays and reef sharks, with renown dive sites in both the southern and northern areas of the coast. That's not to say that the country doesn't also have its fair share of beauties outside the water. With both historic sites and striking wildlife, Mozambique will wow you as you travel from its bustling cities to its national parks.
Landlocked between Tibet and India, this country is probably best known as the home of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. But the draw of this natural wonder often casts a shadow (quite literally) over the rest that the country has to offer. For those who aren't ready to conquer Everest just yet, the country has a Mecca of trekking, including tea-house trekking (which doesn't require support; and no need to carry a tent or water/food with you). The country's amazing landscape can also be appreciated while rafting, kayaking, or biking.
Like Nepal, Bolivia is also landlocked - surrounded by the major South American destinations that often beat it out on the traditional bucket lists - but as one of the most indigenous countries in the region (60% of its population is of pure Native American ancestry), the country has an abundance of culture and tradition just waiting to be enjoyed. Bolivia's lively culture is represented in the iconic and vibrant patterns of their traditional fabrics and garments. Equally vibrant are the country's breathtaking natural wonders - including the Laguna Colorada and the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat.
It's no surprise that Canada is overshadowed by its smaller neighbor to the South - but as the second largest country in the world, it's also no surprise that the country is home to breathtaking landscapes and one-of-a-kind experiences. With 37 national parks and 8 national park reserves, Canada offers an endless array of activities for the outdoor lover. The parks are most popular in the warmer months (for obvious reasons), but winter also has some of the most photogenic scenery in the world.
5. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Located on the Balkan peninsula, the country formerly known as Yugoslavia shares its borders with equally stunning destinations. But Bosnia and Herzegovina's unique history and culture make it a special gem within the region. With quintessential European cities as its forefront, it's almost surprising to discover the country's beautiful network of outdoor wonders. Waterfalls and historic architecture stand side-by-side in a magnificent juxtaposition that seems only possible in a fairytale.
Like Bolivia, Malaysia is often overlooked in favor of its popular neighbors (Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia) - but with everything from bustling cities to serene beaches, the country can compete for its spot on any Southeast Asia itinerary. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur alone has an abundance of sightseeing, nightlife and amazing food. The country is also home to several national parks, like Gunung Mulu and Kinabalu, and stretches of untouched coastline - which give way to dozens of perfect dive sites at either end of the country.
So which one of these underdogs is now on your bucket list??
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