A family that travels together, stays together. If you and your family are avid travelers, chances are you've already experienced some of the best things the world has the offer. The Eiffel Tower? Been there. The Big Apple? Done that. Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, and the Grand Canyon? Check, check, and check. Once you've crossed the "staple" locations off of your list, you might find yourself thinking: what places are left for you to explore?
Well, lucky for you, there really is never a shortage of amazing places to see. Even if you've already been to most of the world's popular tourist destinations, there will still always be more travel options for you to consider. If you seek to explore destinations that are unique and relatively off the beaten path, make sure to add the following five unique cities to your travel bucket list. Your family will certainly thank you for it:
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#1 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Brimming with whimsical beauty and impressive natural wonders, Bosnia & Herzegovina is an other-worldly destination for every traveler. A blend of Ottoman and Austrian-Hungarian cultures, the Slavic nation has taken its East and West influences to become its own unique land, filled with historic landmarks that will bring you back to the past. Despite the tragic civil war that hit the country in the 1990s, visitors will still appreciate the medieval castles, surging rivers, gentle waterfalls and jagged mountain ranges of the land.
Iceland is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy a visit here—they'll find stunning fjord landscapes, natural geysers, hot springs galore, volcanic beaches, and a Northern Lights show in the sky almost every night. One thing you must do in Iceland is taking a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, which is one of the 25 wonders of the world. The soothing geothermal seawater mixed with the open-air environment creates a spa experience like no other.
One of the up-and-coming "it" destinations for travelers is Montenegro, a tranquil paradise that sits by the Adriatic Sea. While its popularity is rising, its aura of mystery and wonder is still in full effect. The seaside views here are some of the best in the world, with towering mountain ranges hugging the crystal clear waters that surround the land. Visitors will enjoy touring the ancient walled towns, the gorgeous white sand beaches, and the primeval forests of the Biogradska Gora.
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Looking for a unique island adventure? Consider visiting Vanuatu, a Pacific gem riddled with ancient beaches, tropical forests and rich local culture. It should be noted that this is not a place for travelers who are looking to lay back and relax at a five-star accommodation—the island is devoid of flashy resorts and cruise-ship ports. People who visit Vanuatu typically seek a wild outdoor adventure. You could hike up a magma-filled volcanic crater then snorkel with the colorful fishes, all in the same day if you wanted to.
If you want an authentic Asian experience, Laos is the place to visit. The rural country is a stark contrast from other Asian locations that have, in recent decades, been developed into urban jungles. Emerald green rice pastures, underground river caves, and jungles fitted with zip lines throughout will satisfy any adrenaline junkie. And, on top of all that, the welcoming locals will make you feel like you're right at home.