For a vacation full of unique experiences and long-lasting memories, trade in the predictable destinations of Paris, Tuscany, and London for a locale that's far less traveled. The world is chock-full of cities yet to be taken over by tourists or star in innumerable Instagram posts. Make 2018 the year you get out of your comfort zone and plan a trip to an underrated destination ready to be explored. Reader's Digest travel writer Lindsay Cohn predicts that this year's hottest destination you've likely never heard of is Gangneung, South Korea. The location will host a few events for the 2018 winter Olympics, but aside from the competition, its beaches and museums can't be missed.
Curious about which other cities are waiting to be discovered? Here are five more underrated travel destinations Cohn predicts will soon be at the top of everyone's bucket list.
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Skip the busy streets of London for this British resort town known for having the warmest weather in the UK. Enjoy tropical gardens, ocean waters, and bustling nightlife.
This city combines the best of Canada's metropolitan delights with its majestic nature. Spend time at the Royal Alberta Museum or the Muttart Conservatory and then switch gears and enjoy Elk Island National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
Da Nang, Vietnam
The ultimate foodie destination, this Southeast Asian city has transformed from a French Colonial port to a metropolitan area known for street food vendors that line the Han River. This is the place to go for authentic local cuisine.
If you find yourself yearning for the great outdoors, plan a trip to Whitefish. The stunning city was made for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking through nature's finest mountains. It's also home to Glacier National Park and a charming downtown area.
Trade in Athens and Mykonos for the little-known island of Cyprus. It's full of historical ancient ruins, breathtaking rocky shorelines, and is far less expensive than its neighboring Mediterranean destinations.
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