10 Underrated Holiday Destinations For 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

If you want to have a good experience while you’re on holiday, then it’s a great idea to travel somewhere that’s off the beaten path. All of the major holiday destinations are bound to be swarming with other tourists, so when you’re planning your vacation for this year, why not go somewhere a little less obvious? There are some truly beautiful places in the world, and many of them consistently fly under the radar when it comes to choosing your next adventure. Here are 10 underrated holiday destinations you should consider in 2022.

1. Gibraltarinfo-icon

Situated in the south of Franceinfo-icon at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar is still technically a British overseas territory, but the Mediterranean landscape of this beautiful part of Spaininfo-icon is unmistakably European. There’s plenty to see here; you can relax with the famous Gibraltar macaques, ride the cable car for a truly breathtaking view, and look out over the beautiful blue sea from the highest point. You can check out these Gibraltar travel tips for more info on what to do while you’re there.

2. Puglia, Italyinfo-icon

If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’re probably familiar with the more tourist-centric destinations; think Tuscany, Milan, Rome, and other major areas. However, Puglia is a characterful and beautiful destination that’s well worth adding to your list. It’s got a distinctive sandstone-style aesthetic that contrasts well with the ultra-modern cities of Rome and Milan, and its local cuisine, as you’d expect from a hidden-away Italian town, is to die for.

3. Taipei, Taiwaninfo-icon

It’s fair to say that among Asian cities, Taipei simply doesn’t get the due it deserves. Often passed over in favor of flashier alternatives like Beijing or Tokyo, Taipei is a beautiful, stunningly modern-looking city with a gorgeous skyline and plenty to do on the ground as well. The famous Taipei night markets are a great place to start your explorations, but be sure to visit one of the city’s many cafes as well so you can take in the scenery on your own terms.

4. Managua, Nicaragua

Like Taipei, the country of Nicaragua is often overlooked, unfairly earning a reputation as a controversial place that’s not worth your time. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however. Nicaragua is a breathtakingly beautiful country, and if you decide to visit its capital city of Managua, you’ll find lots to do there. Whether it’s the historical Baroque Santiago cathedral or the beautiful lakeside promenade of the Paseo Xolotlán, make Managua your next holiday destination and you won’t be disappointed.

5. Montreal, Canadainfo-icon

Although Montreal is a fairly popular holiday destination, its popularity pales in comparison to that of Toronto, which is a bigger city with a more prominent reputation in tourists’ minds. That’s a shame because Montreal is a truly beautiful location. It offers that French feels without visiting France, but it also has its own local color and flavor. Try some iconic Montreal bagels while you’re visiting for a truly satisfying and memorable gastronomic experience.

6. Adelaide, Australiainfo-icon

Much like Montreal, Adelaide is often passed over for more popular destinations like Sydney or Melbourne, but this beautiful wine country is the perfect place to take your family for a relaxing getaway. In Adelaide, you’ll find rolling vineyards as far as the eye can see, as well as beautiful coasts with blue oceans lapping at their beaches. Adelaide folks are well-known for their hospitality and receptiveness to visitors, too, so if you want a friendly experience, Adelaide is a no-brainer.

7. Bratislava, Slovakiainfo-icon

This Slovakian town boasts just as much culture and history as cities like Prague, Budapest, or Dubrovnik. While it’s hardly ignored by tourists, Bratislava is still sorely underrated, and we want to put a spotlight on this picturesque European city. It’s well worth a visit; while it has the same color and character as other European cities, it’s smaller, so you can parcel out your activities into very manageable chunks in order to see everything it has to offer.

8. Lima, Peruinfo-icon

For some reason, this Peruvian city often has tourists telling others to skip it or not to spend more than a day staying there. This is bizarre to us; Lima is a gorgeous coastal town with lots of beautiful views and plenty to do. As you might expect from Portugalinfo-icon, the food in Lima is divine, with plenty of small family-run restaurants to help you absorb the local character. You’ll also find lots of picturesque walking spots, so don’t miss out on Lima if you’re traveling to South Americainfo-icon!

9. Tallinn, Estoniainfo-icon

The city of Tallinn is located on the coast of Estonia, and it is a very beautiful city too. It has that rickety European quality that makes it feel instantly historic and quaint, although there’s also lots of modern flavor to soak up here. While there are plenty of things to do in Tallinn itself, it also makes for a great way to experience neighboring European countries, as places like Norwayinfo-icon and Finlandinfo-icon are just a short drive away, which is yet another bonus to add to this lovely city.

10. Cardiff, Englandinfo-icon

When people visit the UKinfo-icon, they often pinpoint London as their destination of choice, but this is missing out on some truly special places elsewhere in those sceptered isles. Cardiff is the capital city of Walesinfo-icon, and it’s got a fiercely patriotic color that you’ll love. Its university district is also a great place to spend some time, largely thanks to holdout shops that have resisted modernization and prevented the big chains from taking them over completely.