The Top Under-the-Radar Destinations of 2020


These are the places you're probably not thinking about when you go to plan a trip... but you really should. From European getaways to steamy beachside cities, check out these off-the-beaten-path destinations.

#1 Port Elizabeth, South Africa

If South Africa is on your list you might have Cape Town or Johannesburg on your radar (as you should!). But make time to visit Port Elizabeth with its pretty beaches and wildlife. You can fly between either city and Port Elizabeth in less than 2 hours.
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#2 Tbilisi, Georgia

Wander the Dry Bridge Market around Dedaena Park to shop eclectic wares from antiques to vintage Soviet paraphernalia. While it’s open daily you’ll get the best selection of vendors on the weekend.
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#3 Santa Maria, Cape Verde

If you're thinking about a trip to the Azores or Canary Islands consider an added stop in Cape Verde. Santa Maria on the island of Sal has pretty beaches wildlife and opportunities to get active. Head to the aptly-named Kite Beach for a popular spot for kitesurfing.
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#4 Cordoba, Argentina

Visit the region’s Capilla del Monte where you’ll find Uritorco a hikeable hill surrounded in paranormal lore including tales of UFO sightings. While you’re in town also check out Pueblo Encanto a pretty 19th-century mansion.
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#5 La Serena, Chile

Wander the streets of the city center and find stone churches colonial and neocolonial architecture and craft markets. A stop for photos in the picturesque Plaza de Armas is a must.
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#6 Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Brazil

You can’t miss Jericoacoara National Park with its tranquil beaches crystal clear water and sand dunes. In fact head to Sunset Dune for unmatched sunset views sans street lights (there are none here to pollute your view).
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#7 Puerto Varas, Chile

Head to Alerce Andino National Park to immerse yourself in the nature of the area. Visit the ancient Fitzroya trees in the Las Chaicas area of the park where they’re almost 3000 years old. You'll also find amazing views and photo ops across the suspension bridge on the Lake Sargazo trail.
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#8 Albufeira, Portugal

This former fishing village has lively nightlife and gold sand beaches. Narrowing down the list can be hard but we like Praia da Falésia and Praia da Marinha which is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
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#9 Essaouira, Morocco

If you were a bit overwhelmed by the medina in Marrakesh Essaouira may be the perfect alternative. It’s a bit more relaxed and easier to navigate but still has all the souqs and sites you could want.
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#10 Hua Hin, Thailand

Less than a 3-hour drive from Bangkok Hua Hin is an attractive mix of lively city and beach resort. After a day on the sand don’t miss the Hua Hin night market with its savory food stalls.
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