Under the Radar

5 Places to Explore Off the Beaten Paths


1. Bhutan
Bhutan is a country deeply rooted in its culture and traditions while embracing modernity in its unique pace and ways. It has stunning nature scenery protected by government policies that aim to preserve its natural environment. It is also the only country in the world that measures Gross National Happiness to gauge prosperity. Bhutan’s rich culture, pristine environment, spectacular nature attractions, delicious food, and amazing people are among the best things that make it an idyllic destination, especially for travelers who want to get off the beaten tracks.


2. Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava is a beautiful city with a medieval atmosphere that you will love to explore on foot. Despite its small size, the city offers plenty of attractions and spots that will make you want to linger to enjoy the views. From the town’s castles to its many museums and art galleries, Bratislava is a picturesque place made for pleasant strolls and interesting discoveries. Not to be missed are the Bratislava Castle or Hrad, Devin Castle, Grassalkovich Palace, Novy Most, the Old Town Hall, Primatial Palace, St. Elizabeth’s Church, St Martin’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Street and St. Michael’s Gate, and the Slovak National Theatre.


3. Galway, Ireland
Galway is a vibrant, colorful, and compact city that provides the perfect setting for sightseeing walks and wanderings. It has a long history that dates back to the medieval period. It is also home to several pubs that offer some of the best foods you will find in the city. Some of its best attractions include the Eyre Square, Clarinbridge, Galway Cathedral, Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas’ Church, the Aran Islands located off the coast of Galway, and the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher nearby.


4. Gdansk, Poland
The stunning architecture and the buildings with colorful facades are among the things that make the port city of Gdańsk a charming place to visit. Take a walk at along the cobbled streets of the Main Town to see some of the city’s beautiful buildings. Some of its most notable sights and attractions include The Royal Way, the Abbots’ Palace, the Dlugi Targ or Long Market, Mariacka Street in the old town, St. Mary’s Church, the St. Dominic’s Fair in July, the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, and the Sounds of the North Festival.


5. Valparaíso, Chile
Valpo, as locals call it, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts of spectacular scenery, numerous museums and art galleries, and some of the world’s best street arts among many other interesting attractions. Some of the best things to do when in Valpo is to take a walking tour, explore the architecture, ride the Ascensor Concepción, Ascensor Reina Victoria, and city’s funiculars; and visit Pablo Neruda’s best known as La Sebastiana.