Worlds best kept travel secrets revealed

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Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka, El Nido Pangulasian Island in the Philippines and the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan in Mexico have been named as some of the world’s best-kept travel secrets.

The list of under-the-radar travel secrets was compiled by worldwide travel experts of travel agency Kuoni, whose spokesperson, Rachel O’Reilly, said: “Whilst the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal attract thousands of visitors per year between them and remain high on people’s wish lists, a generation of travellers are now seeking more secluded beauty spots.

The town of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy

The top 20 best kept travel secrets in the world:

  1. Views of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, India
  2. The island of Gili Meno, Indonesia
  3. El Nido Pangulasian Island, Philippines
  4. Bukchon Village in Seoul, South Korea
  5. Con Dao Island, Vietnam
  6. The hike between OIA and Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
  7. The island of Bequia, the Grenadines
  8. Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, Costa Rica
  9. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Virginia, USA
  10. Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats), Bolivia
  11. The town of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy
  12. The koalas of Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
  13. Farewell Spit, New Zealand
  14. Jaffna, north Sri Lanka
  15. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  16. Omodos Village, Cyprus
  17. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa
  18. Yaxchilan, the ancient Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico
  19. Margaret River, Western Australia
  20. Zebra migration in Botswana

“Six in 10 of our respondents said they’d never share a travel secret with anyone else, suggesting that hidden holiday gems are very personal.” Says Rachel O’Reilly, Kuoni’s spokesperson. “Global travel is accelerating and many well-known sights have a huge volume of visitors, whilst other equally beautiful places provide seclusion, with jaw-dropping beauty and in some ways create stronger personal experiences.” She adds.

Indonesia’s Gili Meno Island is selected by Kuoni due to its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Whilst its neighbouring island Gili Trawangan is now a hotspot for backpackers, the island of Gili Meno remains firmly off the beaten track.

Gili Meno is still off the beaten track

Also on the list is  the tranquil garden complex of Mehtab Bagh, on the banks of the Yamuna River in India, just behind the Taj Mahal, which was an original part of the complex. It offers amazing uninterrupted views without the crowds and a different perspective on one of the world’s most iconic attractions.

Views of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh

The list was compiled by Kuoni and its 303 travel experts with additional insight from a poll of more than 2,000 people in an independent OnePoll survey.



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