Unique Vacation Ideas
As much as everyone’s all-time favourite spots like New York, London and Bangkok have their indisputable allure, sometimes you just want to go a bit further, beat the crowds and head somewhere truly unique. Unusual vacation destinations add an extra element of excitement and adventure to your travels. With that in mind, we’ve drafted another exquisite Flytographer curation, this time with unique vacations for your travel bucket list.
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(A little sneak peek just for you 😊)
- Soak in Alpine vibes in Hallstatt, Austria.
- Taste the high life in Lake Como, Italy.
- Experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe, USA.
- Marvel at the natural diversity of The Big Island, USA.
- Witness unique cultural blends in Mérida, Mexico.
- Indulge in superb coffee in Salento, Colombia.
- Slow down in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Fall in love in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
- Explore off the beaten path in Mauritius, Africa.
- Enjoy the best of nature and city life in St. John’s, Canada.
Photo: Mint in Chiang Mai for Flytographer. Kelsey and partner capture memories in Chiang Mai with a vacation photoshoot in Old Chiang Mai.
1. Hallstatt, Austria
Located in one of Austria’s most beautiful regions, this fairytale-like village by Lake Hallstatt boasts pastel-coloured houses and charming alleyways lined with delightful cafes and shops. The beautiful alpine architecture casts mesmerizing reflections upon the serene lake waters, while the majestic mountains encircling the town make Hallstatt a postcard-worthy getaway. 🏔️ Winter grants breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, while fall showcases a vibrant display of autumnal colours. 🍂 Spring brings local flora into full bloom, and summer offers swimming and kayaking opportunities on the lake. Whenever you go, Hallstatt is the perfect vacation destination in the European Alps.
2. Lake Como, Italy
Only a short train ride from Milan, this dreamy city located at the southern end of Lake Como is a favourite vacation spot for the global jet set, but you don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy it. Stroll along its charming streets, find mesmerizing churches, dine at superb restaurants and take in incredible lake views with the Alps in the background. 😍 For even better views, hop on a boat, admire neoclassical villas sitting by the lake and soak in the scenic Italian beauty around you.
3. Lake Tahoe, USA
In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a natural treasure known for world-class ski resorts and pristine sand beaches where you can engage in several water sports. 🏊 Amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of Emerald Bay State Park, visit Vikingsholm, a hidden castle in Nordic style. If you are more of an indoor person, there’s no shortage of fun places in Lake Tahoe to make you happy—from live music venues to Vegas-style casinos. 🎰Whether you’re in for a family vacation or a fun getaway with friends, Tahoe should definitely be on your bucket list.
Extra tip: For more unique vacation spots in the US, Arizona, Utah and Oregon are three states known for incredible national parks where you can indulge in natural splendour, while Colorado and Michigan are incredible winter destinations. 😉
4. The Big Island, USA
One of the ultimate vacation experiences in the United States is to visit Hawaii’s main island, aka the “Big Island.” Its sheer size and diversity are truly mesmerizing. Besides scuba diving and snorkelling, exploring the active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the island’s top activities. 🌋 This destination is a full package since it boasts different climate zones—from tropical lush valleys to the snow-capped peaks (yes, you read it right!) of the Mauna Kea volcano. There are also a number of beach resorts and all-inclusive resorts throughout the island that are ideal for a perfect romantic getaway or a family vacation. It’s just as they say: Aloha means goodbye to stress and hello to paradise. 🙏
5. Mérida, Mexico
As the vibrant capital of the state of Yucatán, Mérida blends a rich Mayan and Spanish heritage with a modern trendy side, combining the vibes of the old and new Mexico. Beyond impressive central plazas, beautiful churches, great museums and bustling local markets, this city is full of hidden gems and photo ops. 📸 Travelers flock from all over the world to explore Yucatán’s well-preserved Mayan archaeological sites, such as Chichén Itzá. Just a day trip from Mérida, these magnificent Mayan ruins have become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Add to all that the mouth-watering Yucatán food, vibrant nightlife and some of Mexico’s best beaches, and we have a winner! 🎉
6. Salento, Colombia
This Andean town in Colombia is famous for two primary attractions: coffee and palm trees. ☕🌴 Visitors can explore the historical coffee farms of Colombia’s coffee region and taste several blends of the aromatic brown elixir. Take a road trip to Cocora Valley and hop off to marvel at towering wax palms, while tracing easily accessible hiking trails on foot, mountain bike or even horseback. The town itself is quite bustling, with numerous craft shops, cafes and cultural experiences, especially on the pedestrian street known as Calle Real. 👍
7. Chiang Mai, Thailand
In the mountainous northern part of Thailand lies Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand. This serene Thai gem is a perfect pick after experiencing the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The city has countless Buddhist temples and majestic golden stupas that exude peace and ancient grandeur. ✨ Feel the typical Thai allure through Chiang Mai’s bustling street markets and exceptional restaurants, serving flavourful northern delicacies, or discover the city’s trendy side by visiting its beautifully designed cafes and speak-easy bars. 🍸 Outside the city there are plenty of local villages you can visit inhabited by hill tribes, and ethical elephant sanctuaries where it will be difficult not to fall in love with these gigantic creatures. 🐘
8. Tahiti, French Polynesia
The largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is a true paradise on Earth, with pristine white-sand beaches, breathtaking lagoons, mesmerizing waterfalls and the enchanting allure of stunning bungalows that resemble treehouses out on the water. Beyond the mesmerizing sea, you can venture into the island’s volcanic landscapes, immerse yourself in the traditional local culture and feel the contagious rhythm of the iconic Tahitian dancing. 🥁🎶 Beauty is ever-present—expect magical sunsets, swaying coconut palms and memorable vistas in every corner of Tahiti.
Extra tip: Another unique destination that makes for an unforgettable vacation is the Bahamas, a Caribbean paradise boasting over 700 islands of pure tropical beauty. 💚
9. Mauritius, Africa
Here’s a truly unique vacation spot off the coast of Africa: Mauritius. 🇲🇺 This Indian Ocean island nation, situated east of Madagascar, is known for its jaw-dropping beaches, picturesque lagoons and world-class diving. In Mauritius, nature shows itself at its best. Captivating waterfalls, lush forests and majestic mountain ranges are a true heaven for outdoor lovers. Home to approximately one million people, Mauritius also boasts a marvellous blend of cultures and ethnic communities. You know what that means: a unique culinary experience influenced by Asian, African, Indian and French cuisines. 😋
Extra Tip: Drawn to the vibes of Mauritius? Check holiday ops on the enchanting island nation of Jamaica, another destination with fascinating local culture and exquisite beaches just a short flight away from Miami, Florida.
10. St. John’s, Canada
St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, is one of the easternmost places in North America, a city that offers a perfect balance between nature and city life. Outdoor activities include visiting pristine parks, whale watching, and if you’re lucky, witnessing icebergs floating down from the sea. 😯 St. John’s is one of the oldest cities on the continent. Everywhere you go, you will see historic landmarks, from colourful homes to historic churches. The bustling downtown is small and easily walkable, making it the perfect spot to experience the vibrant atmosphere of this unique Canadian destination. 🇨🇦
Capturing Memories off the Beaten Path
There’s so much uniqueness and so many uncharted territories worth exploring out there! 🌍 Whenever you feel like it, connect with our Flytographers and let them capture all the fun and beautiful memories while you explore the most amazing off-the-beaten-path destinations around the globe. Travel on! ✈️