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Bucket List Worthy: Discover 26 Exotic Places with Insider Villas

26 Exotic Places to Travel to That Should Be on Your Bucket List

Read on to discover 26 of the world’s most exotic, beautiful, and breathtaking destinations, hand-picked by our travel insiders at Insider Villas.

We include tropical paradises, historical marvels, some of the most secluded places, and more. Get some insider knowledge and tips before you decide to visit these places, when it is best to go, and why they are a must-visit for their luxury resorts, wildlife, and ancient landmarks.

These destinations will provide you with a unique experience, perfect for adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion. Find out why these are some of the most exotic places to travel to and why they will have you travel the world.

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia: A Tropical Paradise

Global peace index: 1.4

“The stunning landscapes, exceptional snorkeling opportunities, and warm, welcoming people all contribute to an unforgettable experience. The highlight of my visit was swimming with humpback whales on two consecutive days, an extraordinary memory that will stay with me forever.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: May, or June because there is much less chance of rain, and the weather is a comfortable 28-29 degrees Celsius.

 

Bora Bora, French Polynesia_ A Tropical Paradise

French Polynesia is considered one of the safest places in the Oceana and also our number one most exotic and beautiful destination on our exotic list.

It’s a popular destination for luxury travelers. Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a tropical paradise with its crystal-clear waters and iconic overwater bungalows. This exotic location offers an exclusive experience surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The island is famous for its vibrant marine life and pristine beaches, including the famous Matira Beach, making it a perfect place for water sports enthusiasts and those seeking a serene escape amidst palm bungalows and turquoise lagoons on the Tahiti peninsula.

2. Amalfi Coast, Italy: A Stunning Coastal Beauty

Global peace index: 1.66

“The Italians are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, making you feel extremely welcome. Just a tip: if you choose to drive, be cautious—Italian roads can be quite the adventure. Alternatively, consider hiring a chauffeur for a more relaxed experience.” – Insider View

Best time to visit: June, July, and August. Perfect weather conditions (25 – 29°C).

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Exotic places, italy

Nestled in Italy, the Amalfi Coast beckons with its stunning coastal beauty. This picturesque destination boasts colorful cliffside villages overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, creating a postcard-perfect setting. The region’s rich history and vibrant culture further enhance its allure, making it a must-visit for travelers seeking a blend of natural splendor and Italian charm. With its cascading hillsides, picturesque towns, and delectable cuisine, the Amalfi Coast promises a truly enchanting experience.

3. Petra, Jordan: An Archaeological Wonder

Global peace index: 1.9

Insider tips for visiting Petra, Jordan: 

  1. Start at Tel Aviv: Book a tour from Tel Aviv to Petra with Insider Villas, and receive the best and most visual experience.
  2. The back door: This one-way hike from back to front took us about 3.5 hours, including a scenic 45-minute trek through the mountains. We descended the 800 steps to the Monastery, avoiding the strenuous climb and the need to retrace our steps. Be sure to take the Little Petra shuttle and a 4×4 Jeep to the back door entrance.
  3. Best upper view of the Treasury: After exiting the Siq, head to the right for the best vantage point. We hired a local guide for JD 10 per person to help us with a short 10-minute climb, resulting in expert photos. It’s totally worth it. Avoid the long hike past the Tombs to a similar viewpoint.
  4. Rent a donkey! You will love it, your siblings will thank you for it, and it is just the thing to do when visiting this wondrous place. Plus, it serves as a great safety net in case your 4×4 breaks down (it happens).

The best time to visit: For ideal temperatures and less tourists, we recommend traveling to Petra during the months of March-May and the fall months of September-November.

Petra, Jordan_ An Archaeological Wonder

Hidden amidst the rocky terrain of Jordan lies Petra, an archaeological wonder steeped in history and mystery. Carved into pink sandstone cliffs, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament to ancient Nabatean craftsmanship. Wander through the narrow Siq to behold the iconic Treasury façade, a moment frozen in time. The intricate blend of natural beauty and human artistry at Petra offers a glimpse into a bygone era, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

4. Maldives: Crystal Clear Waters and Overwater Bungalows

Global peace index: n/a

“If you seek an exclusive escape in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is for you. It offers a serene, secluded experience that we find enchanting.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: Between November and April. The climate is warm and tropical, with typical highs of 29°C to 31°C throughout the year.

Maldives_ Crystal Clear Waters and Overwater Bungalows

The Maldives offer crystal clear waters and luxurious overwater bungalows that epitomize paradise. This destination boasts pristine beaches and a unique experience of staying right above the turquoise sea. The beauty of the Maldives lies in its marine life diversity and the opportunity for unparalleled snorkeling and scuba diving adventures amidst the stunning coral reefs. The overwater bungalows provide an exclusive and serene retreat, making the Maldives a perfect place for a luxurious and tranquil escape.

5. Spetses, Greece: Charming Harbor and Historical Splendor

Global peace index: 1.89

“We highly recommend exploring Spetses for its serene beaches and captivating history. One of the best ways to fully appreciate its charm is by strolling through the old harbor, especially enchanting in late April when the island blooms with vibrant wildflowers. Cars are forbidden, adding to the serenity and tranquility.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: All year round. For the blooming of the flowers you should consider March to May.

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exotic places to visit, Greece

Spetses, Greece, boasts stunning architecture and historic sites set against a backdrop of charming coves and beautiful beaches. The island’s beauty is enhanced by its traditional buildings and picturesque old port, creating a setting that is both relaxing and memorable. With its unique ban on car rentals, Spetses offers a peaceful and authentic experience, making it one of the most desirable and photogenic destinations near Athens.

As one of the most beautiful islands near Athens, Spetses is both easily accessible and well worth a visit for anyone flying into Athens! With its rich history and beautiful beaches, this place might just become your new favorite vacation spot.

Agia Paraskevi beach is a magnificent sandy beach, ideal for a relaxing day at sea, with a magnificent ambience under pine trees and lush greenery. Zogeria beach is a unique place on Spetses island, with small bays with crystal clear water and majestic natural beauty, surrounded by lush greenery.

6. Machu Picchu, Peru: A Historical Sanctuary

Global peace index: 2.13

“The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in June, when you can experience the vibrant Inti Raymi festival, or “Festivity of the Sun,” held at the Sacsahuaman fortress near Cusco. Fly from Lima to Cusco, the ancient Incan capital rich with historical sites, and take a train through the Sacred Valley to reach Machu Picchu. The weather from June to August is ideal for exploring. If you’re up for a challenge, the Inca Trail offers an unforgettable adventure through stunning ruins that you won’t see otherwise. You can also enjoy a thrilling jungle trek that includes biking, rafting, hiking, and ziplining.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: June, for the Inti Raymi festival.

Machu Picchu, Peru_ A Historical Sanctuary

Perched high in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu stands as a testament to the ancient Incan civilization. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a glimpse into the past, with its intricate stone structures and breathtaking mountain views. Visitors can explore the Temple of the Sun, Intihuatana stone, and the agricultural terraces that showcase the ingenuity of the Inca people. Machu Picchu’s mystical aura and historical significance make it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

7. Kyoto, Japan: Cherry Blossoms and Ancient Temples

Global peace index: 1.34

“For a well-rounded day, start early at Fushimi Inari, then explore Kiyomizudera, nearby Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, and other temples like Chion-in and Nanzenji. During cherry blossom or autumn leaf season, a stroll through the Philosopher’s Path to Ginkakuji is magical. Evening explorations of the Gion and Ponto-cho areas, and even Kyoto Station, offer vibrant night experiences.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: During the low season (mid-December to February) for snow-covered temples and tranquil exploration.

Kyoto, Japan_ Cherry Blossoms and Ancient Temples

Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto, captivates with its cherry blossoms and ancient temples. Steeped in rich culture, this city offers a serene escape. The blooming cherry blossoms create a picturesque backdrop for the historic temples that dot the landscape. Navigating the intersection of tradition and modernity is where Kyoto truly shines, making it a must-visit for those seeking a glimpse into Japan’s cultural heritage. Kyoto’s allure lies in its ability to transport visitors to a different time and pace amidst the bustling contemporary world.

Notice: Some areas may be restricted to tourists.

8. Seychelles: Exquisite Beaches and Luxury Villa Rentals

Global peace index: n/a

“Seychelles is home to some of the most luxurious resorts and villas in the world. Among them is our beachfront villa, La Cigale. A beach villa with private access to the beach for the most romantic of getaways. Private villas in the Seychelles offer a far superior experience to staying on Mahe, even at renowned resorts such as the Four Seasons.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: For swimming and scorching, March – May, and September – November. For the rest, all year round is completely enjoyable. 

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romantic private beach La Cigale, Seychelles

With its pristine beaches and unique wildlife, Seychelles offers an exquisite escape into nature’s beauty. The exotic location boasts stunning marine life and lush landscapes, making it a perfect place for relaxation and exploration. From the royal palm resort to private beach paradises, Seychelles blends rich culture with unparalleled natural wonders, creating a haven for travelers seeking a touch of luxury amidst Mother Nature’s finest creations. The amenities are also top-notch, with air conditioning, complimentary tea and coffee, Wi-Fi, a fitness center, swimming pools, and tennis courts. In addition, Catseye Beach is just a two-minute stroll away, making the whole world seem like your oyster.

9. Marrakech, Morocco: Vibrant Markets and Moorish Architecture

Global peace index: 2.02

For a taste of adventure, take a guided tour to the Atlas Mountains with a traditional village lunch, or hike and dine at Kasbah Tamadot, Sir Richard Branson’s luxurious retreat. Experience hot air ballooning, camel riding, and quad biking with Dunes & Desert for unforgettable memories. And for a truly intimate, private and exclusive stay in Marrakech, Villa D is the place for you.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: The best seasons to visit Marrakech are spring and fall, when temperatures are usually comfortable without being too hot. May and September are also great options.

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Marrakech, Morocco

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Marrakech in Morocco offers vibrant markets and stunning Moorish architecture. The city’s bustling souks are a treasure trove of goods, from spices to intricate textiles. The enchanting Jardin Majorelle juxtaposes nature with design, while the Bahia Palace showcases exquisite craftsmanship. Marrakech’s rich cultural heritage can be seen in every corner, from the lively Djemaa el-Fna square to the towering Koutoubia Mosque, making it a must-visit for those seeking an immersive North African experience.

10. Iceland: The Safest Exotic Retreat

Global peace index: 1.12

Top Tourist Activities:

  • Viewing the Northern Lights: A must-see winter spectacle that draws visitors from around the world.
  • Birdwatching: Particularly popular in the summer months, with puffins being a major attraction.
  • Hiking in the Highlands: Ideal for the more adventurous, but it’s important to be prepared for the challenging terrain.

Travel Tips:

  • Price Expectations: Be ready for high to extremely high prices across Iceland.
  • Weather Alert: Iceland’s unpredictable weather can add a thrilling element to your trip, perfect for adventure enthusiasts.
  • Beginner’s Guide: For first-time travelers, understanding the geography, such as what constitutes the “highlands,” is crucial.

The best time to visit: March is a fantastic time to explore Iceland, especially for witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

Iceland Nothern Lights and The Safest Exotic Retreat

Also, the safest place on our list. Iceland is known for having a low crime rate, and also known for its northern lights and pristine landscapes, is a captivating destination. The ethereal dance of the aurora borealis against the Icelandic sky is a sight to behold, attracting visitors from around the globe. The country’s untouched natural beauty, with its rugged terrain, glaciers, and waterfalls, offers a serene escape for nature enthusiasts. Iceland’s unique geological features, including geysers and volcanic landscapes, add to the allure of this exotic location.

11. Bali, Indonesia: Spiritual Retreats and Surfing Beaches

Global peace index: 1.83

Our Two Favorite places in Bali are:

  1. Canggu, Bali, once a surfer’s haven, has transformed into a bustling hub for digital nomads and travelers seeking a blend of self-care and vibrant social scenes. This popular destination boasts hipster cafes, beachfront restaurants, yoga studios, and a creative atmosphere. Savor the local cuisine, catch world-class waves, or unwind at beach bars as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Insider Tip: Don’t miss the La Brisa Farmers Market on Sundays from 8 AM to 4 PM.
  2. Ketewel, Bali, offers a tranquil escape with its laid-back vibe and pristine beaches. Visit the Goa Lawah Temple, famous for its bat-filled caves, or explore the ornate Tirta Gangga Water Palace with its beautiful gardens and fountains. Relax on Ketewel Beach and Bias Tugal Beach, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Don’t forget to sample traditional Balinese cuisine at the excellent local restaurants.

The best time to visit: During the dry season or the rainy season. The dry season ideal for surfing (May – October), good weather, beaches and sun, and other outdoor activities.The rainy season (November – April) is ideal for avoiding tourists (except Christmas and New Year), budget travel, and diving.

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Bali offers a unique blend of spiritual retreats and world-renowned surfing beaches. If you want to be as close to the beach as possible, Villa Moonlight will let you sleep to the sound of the waves.. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich cultural tapestry while riding the waves of its picturesque shores. From tranquil meditation spots to thrilling water adventures, Bali caters to diverse interests. Experience the peaceful ambiance of the spiritual retreats or challenge yourself on the vibrant waves. Indulge in the serene beauty of Bali, making it a must-visit for those seeking both inner peace and thrilling escapades.

12. Zanzibar, Tanzania: Spice Islands with Rich History

Global peace index: 2.06

“The islands boast lush rainforests, unique wildlife, and incredible snorkeling and scuba diving spots. However, be prepared for the bugs—an inevitable part of the experience. Must-do activities include snorkeling, sunbathing on pristine beaches, dolphin watching, and swimming with turtles. In the evenings, savor a variety of local dishes at Forodhani. For an unforgettable adventure, check out Safariblue.net for some great tours, and be sure to look around for safaris.” – Insider view

The best time to visit: During the dry season! It lasts from July to September and is extremely popular. However, most of the year is worth a visit, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 34°C and plenty of sunshine.

Zanzibar, Tanzania_ Spice Islands with Rich History

Zanzibar, Tanzania, known as the Spice Islands, boasts a rich history influenced by Arabic, Indian, and African cultures. With its vibrant markets and historical Stone Town, Zanzibar offers a unique blend of traditions and architecture. The island’s exotic locations provide a glimpse into its past as a hub of the spice trade, making it a captivating destination for travelers seeking a cultural immersion in a tropical setting.

13. Formentera, Spain: Pristine Natural Beauty Just Off Ibiza

Global peace index: 1.65

“Traveling to Formentera involves a flight or ferry to Ibiza, followed by a short 30-minute ferry ride to Formentera, as the island does not have its own airport. Formentera is conveniently close to Ibiza, making it a popular destination for day trips from Ibiza Town, Figueretes, or Santa Eulalia. Visitors often flock to Formentera to enjoy its stunning beaches, making it a perfect getaway for sunbathing and relaxation.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: Mid-season (May – June/ Sept): Our Insider view is that June and September are the best months to visit Formentera, because it’s less crowded. Note that June and September are high seasons.

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Formentera, Spain_ Pristine Natural Beauty Just Off Ibiza

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There is no doubt that you would have heard of the renowned Balearic Islands such as Mallorca, Ibiza, and maybe even Menorca. But, what about Formentera? Formentera offers pristine natural beauty just off Ibiza, making it a sought-after destination. With its beautiful beaches and lush landscapes, it provides a tranquil escape from the bustling Ibiza scene.

Formentera boasts crystal-clear waters and white sandy shores, ideal for relaxation. Something even more beautiful lurks in the deep sea coastline of Formentera, an ecosystem full of life: The Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera Natural Park.

Mallorca, on the other hand, entices with its rich culture and picturesque villages nestled among the stunning scenery, creating a perfect place to unwind and explore the Mediterranean charm.

15. Norway: Majestic Boulders and Powerful Nature in Summer

Global peace index: 1.5

“The absolutely most beautiful destination on this list to travel to in the summer in our opinion. Norway’s weather is famously unpredictable, but it’s the rain that nurtures its breathtaking landscapes. For stunning views and unforgettable experiences, don’t miss Pulpit Rock, the charming city of Bergen, and the majestic fjords, especially Geiranger. These destinations showcase Norway’s natural beauty at its finest, offering a perfect blend of dramatic scenery and serene vistas.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: June-August is your prime time for fjord, blue skies and beautiful nature. Optionally, you could go in December-January for the aurora borealis. The rest of the year is like flipping a coin, maybe the weather is good, maybe it’s terrible.

Pulpit Rock, Norway

In the summer, Norway transforms into a land of majestic boulders and powerful natural landscapes. The country’s dramatic fjords, towering cliffs, and lush green valleys offer breathtaking scenery and countless opportunities for outdoor adventures. From hiking the famous Trolltunga to cruising through the serene Geirangerfjord, Norway’s summer splendor is a must-see for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

16. Lampedusa, Italy: A Small Virgin-like Island

Global peace index: 1.66

“Surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters, with its south shore designated a marine reserve, we love this summer resort. Just know that during the winter, transportation services are reduced and almost all hotels and restaurants close.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: During the high season in June – July would be the best time to visit Lampedusa. Just be aware, like most Mediterranean destinations, it gets hot, hot, HOT during this time of year.

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Lampedusa, Italy

Lampedusa is a small, untouched island in the Mediterranean Sea, offering pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Known for its tranquil atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, Lampedusa is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Its stunning coastline and rich marine life make it an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The island’s untouched charm and serene environment provide a perfect escape for those seeking a peaceful and idyllic retreat.

18. Azores, Portugal: Europe’s Hawaiian Islands

Global peace index: 1.38

“São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores, offers a scenic road that circles the entire island, dotted with viewpoints (miradouros) where you can park and hike to breathtaking views. A volcanic island, São Miguel has hot springs perfect for a relaxing soak. For surfers, the north side of the island is a famous spot with excellent waves. Whether you’re hiking, soaking in hot springs or surfing, São Miguel is full of natural wonders waiting to be explored.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: For swimming, between June and September. For everything else, whale and bird watching can be done all year round.

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Azores, Portugal_ Europe’s Hawaiian Islands

The Azores, often referred to as Europe’s Hawaiian Islands, are a cluster of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Filled with mystery and wonder, the Azores offer stunning landscapes, including crater lakes, lush greenery, and dramatic coastlines. The islands are perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, whale watching, and exploring geothermal hot springs. The Azores’ unique beauty and tranquil ambiance make them an ideal destination for those seeking adventure and natural splendor.

19. Westendorf, Austria: Summer (and Winter) Nature Escapes

Global peace index: 1.42

“Ideal for the rich and famous seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle, Westendorf is the perfect retreat. This destination is rich in authenticity and beauty, making it an ideal location for a luxurious getaway. Be sure to check out our cute chalet cabin for a quiet winter or summer getaway.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: All year round.

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Not far away is Kitzbühel, famous for its winter skiing, which transforms into a haven for nature lovers in the summer. The Austrian Alps offer picturesque hiking trails, lush meadows, and clear mountain lakes. Visitors can enjoy activities such as mountain biking, golfing, and exploring charming alpine villages. Kitzbühel in the summer provides a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure amidst breathtaking natural scenery.

20. The River Nile, Egypt: Splendor by Non-Motorized Power Boat

Global peace index: 2.26

“For a truly unique experience in Cairo, consider taking a non-motorized boat ride along the Nile River. Float through the waters of this ancient, historic river and immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and tranquility that makes this trip different from the ordinary.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: The peak season for Nile cruising vacations is November through February. At this time of year, temperatures average 20 degrees Celsius throughout the day, creating an ideal atmosphere for visiting the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

The River Nile on no-motorized boats

This ancient river, flowing through northeastern Africa, offers a unique and serene way to explore its historical and cultural significance. Drift past ancient temples, lush riverbanks, and bustling local communities. The tranquility of sailing on the Nile, combined with its rich history, provides an unforgettable journey through time and nature.

21. Northern Brazil: Authentic and Undiscovered

Global peace index: 2.46

“I think it’s safe to say that Northern Brazil has some of the most beautiful destinations we have ever visited. Some areas are so rural and unspoiled that it feels as if you were the first person to step foot there.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: If you want to see the Amazon jungle on your trip to Brazil, the best time to visit is between June and September.It does rain quite a bit though all year round.

Some recommended spots to check out:

Natal: Although Natal itself is not culturally rich, its surrounding dunes and lagoons such as Genipabu and Pitangui are natural wonders for short trips.

Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach): Surrounded by red cliffs and dense forests, this beach is home to dolphins and sea turtles, and visitors can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, swimming and surfing.

Fernando de Noronha: This beautiful oceanic archipelago is known for its spectacular beaches and rich marine life, with Baía do Sancho voted the best beach in the world.

Japaratinga: Known for its luxurious resorts, secluded beaches, and natural pools.

Northern Brazil

Northern Brazil is an authentic part of the world that remains largely undiscovered. This region offers diverse ecosystems, from the dense Amazon rainforest to the vast wetlands of the Pantanal. Visitors can explore vibrant cities, remote villages, and pristine beaches. Northern Brazil’s rich cultural heritage, coupled with its natural beauty, provides a unique and immersive travel experience for those seeking adventure and authenticity.

22. Sumba Island, Indonesia: An Untouched Archipelago

Global peace index: 1.82

“When visiting Sumba, Indonesia (one of the larger islands of Nusa Tenggara Timur), some not only exotic but also majestic things come to mind; wild horses roaming the pristine beaches, impressive waterfalls, endless hills, tropical lagoon, rural rice fields, ancient traditional culture and old ways that remain alive. What makes this destination a must see.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: The best time to visit Sumba is during the dry season, which lasts roughly from May to September.

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Sumba Island, Indonesia

Sumba Island is separated into two parts:

The West Coast: West Sumba offers a wealth of discoveries. Known for its charming traditional villages like Tarung – Waitabar and Ratenggero, as well as modern cities Waikabubak and Waitabula, this region is exotic, untouched, and breathtaking.

The East Coast: East Sumba, boasts hilly, dry landscapes with stunning savannas. Waingapu, the capital, is the center of modernism, but the true treasures lie beyond the city in Wairinding Hill’s expansive views, the stunning waterfalls, and the sunset at Tenau Hill. Known for producing the finest Ikat in Indonesia.

Sumba Island, part of the Indonesian archipelago, is a hidden gem with untouched landscapes and rich cultural traditions. Known for its stunning beaches, rolling hills, and traditional villages, Sumba offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path travel experience. The island’s vibrant festivals, intricate textiles, and serene environment make it a captivating destination for those looking to explore Indonesia’s lesser-known treasures.

23. Namibia: A Land of Wondrous Surprises

Global peace index: 1.86

“Namibia is truly God’s land. It offers some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Africa. In just a three-hour drive, you’ll feel as if you’ve crossed several continents, from lush green grasslands to dramatic Mars-like mountains, and from deep red dunes up to 300 meters high to dusty, arid game reserves. Namibia is in many ways an African version of Iceland.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: The best time to visit Namibia is at the end of the dry season from June to October. However, a visit just before the rainy season (which begins in December) will ensure a better chance of seeing wildlife, as animals are more likely to be seen around water sources.

Namibia, Gods Land

Namibia is a land of vast deserts, towering dunes, and abundant wildlife, offering wondrous surprises at every turn. From the dramatic landscapes of the Namib Desert to the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, Namibia provides endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Visitors can experience thrilling safaris, visit ancient rock art sites, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this unique African destination.

24. Panama: Impressive Nature and Hidden Corners

Global peace index: 1.94

“Insanely wild and yet to be discovered. Rich in history, colorful and much to explore! Oh, and don’t miss out on trying the local ceviche. Each Latin country has its own unique take on the dish, and Panama is no exception” – Insider View

The best time to visit: An ideal time to visit Panama is during the dry season, which lasts from late December through April.

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holiday villa in Panama, Caribbean

Panama is known for its impressive natural beauty and yet-to-be-discovered corners. This Central American country offers diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant coral reefs. Visitors can explore the Panama Canal, hike in the cloud forests of Boquete, or relax on the idyllic islands of Bocas del Toro. Panama’s blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage makes it a fascinating destination for travelers seeking both adventure and relaxation.

25. Cabrera Islands, Spain: Uninhabited Natural Playground

Global peace index: 1.65

“This is a truly exotic destination as its only inhabitants since 1991 have been goats. This is a place to visit on your yacht during the holiday season. If you plan to travel their on your own terms, make sure to request a permit here. Alternatively, you can contact our expert Insiders and we’ll take care of everything for you”. Insider View

The best time to visit: Any Mediterranean trip is spectacular at the end of the region’s summer months, with the best months to visit being May to June and September to October.

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Cabrera, Spain

The Cabrera Islands, part of the Balearic archipelago, are an uninhabited natural playground. These protected islands offer pristine landscapes, clear waters, and abundant marine life. Visitors can explore hidden coves, hike through untouched wilderness, and snorkel in vibrant underwater ecosystems. The Cabrera Islands provide a tranquil and unspoiled retreat, perfect for nature lovers and those seeking a serene escape.

26. Madagascar: Exploration Beyond the Movie

Global peace index: 1.85

“What’s truly remarkable about Madagascar is that in just a few days, you can discover a wider variety of cultures, landscapes, flora, and fauna than you would traveling thousands of kilometers across Africa.” – Insider View

The best time to visit: Any time after the rainy season (April) is a great time to make your move to Madagascar.

Madagascar_ Exploration Beyond the Movie

Madagascar, known for its unique wildlife and diverse ecosystems, offers endless opportunities for exploration. From the otherworldly landscapes of the Avenue of the Baobabs to the pristine beaches of Nosy Be, Madagascar is a land of natural wonders. 

Visitors can discover the island’s endemic species, explore its rainforests, and experience the vibrant local culture. Madagascar’s untouched beauty and adventurous spirit make it a must-visit destination for intrepid travelers.

Conclusion

In conclusion, these 26 exotic places to travel offer a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and unique experiences that are truly bucket-list worthy. Whether you seek pristine beaches, historical sanctuaries, or vibrant markets, these locations cater to diverse traveler interests. Embark on a journey to these exotic destinations and treat yourself to the wonders they have to offer.

How was the global peace index calculated?

The global peace index (GPI) was extracted from the global peace index map of “Visions of Humanity“, the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. Each GPI is measured based on the country as a whole, not by location.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Makes These Locations Exotic?

What makes these locations exotic? Explore the cultural richness and unique landscapes that set these destinations apart. From pristine beaches to ancient temples, each place offers a distinct charm that appeals to the adventurous traveler. Uncover the magic of these bucket list-worthy spots!

How to Choose the Right Exotic Destination for You?

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What Is the Best Time to Visit These Exotic Places?

The best time to visit these exotic places varies. Research the specific destination for optimal weather and fewer crowds. Plan for shoulder seasons to avoid peak tourism. Check for local festivals or events that enhance your experience.

Are These Exotic Destinations Safe for Solo Travelers?

Exploring these exotic destinations solo can be safe with proper precautions. Research local customs, stay vigilant, hire tour guides, and choose reputable accommodations. Embrace the adventure but prioritize safety. The destinations on this list are generally considered safe.

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Tips for First-Time Visitors to Exotic Destinations

Exploring exotic destinations for the first time? Remember to respect local customs, try traditional cuisine, and immerse yourself in the culture. Stay open-minded and be prepared for new experiences that will leave a lasting impression.

How to Respect Local Cultures While Traveling?

Discover the art of respecting local cultures while traveling by embracing traditions, learning basic phrases, dressing appropriately, and supporting local businesses. Engage with communities respectfully to create meaningful connections and leave a positive impact.

What Pack for an Exotic Destination Trip?

Pack light for an exotic trip, focusing on versatile clothing, essential toiletries, and appropriate footwear. Include travel documents, a camera for memories, and adaptors for electronics. Consider the destination’s climate and activities to pack efficiently.

How to Deal with Language Barriers?

Navigating language barriers while traveling can be challenging. Consider learning basic phrases, using translation apps, and carrying a pocket dictionary. Embrace non-verbal communication like gestures and expressions. Engage with locals patiently and respectfully.

Is Travel Insurance Necessary for These Locations?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for these exotic destinations due to their remote locations and unique activities. Protect yourself against unforeseen events like flight cancellations or medical emergencies. It’s a smart way to ensure peace of mind during your once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

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