Get off the beaten track with these travel destinations

Since world travel is becoming more and more accessible, it may seem like a task to find the road less travelled, but there are still many unexplored destinations waiting for you.

According to data from Skyscanner, 9 in 10 Aussies surveyed travelled overseas in 2018 with ‘exploration’ as a priority.

Here are some of the top emerging sights to see before everyone else does.

Thessaloniki, Greece

This vibrant port city is famous for expansive sea views, fabulous Greek food and lively fish and vegetable markets.

It’s a great stop because it remains inexpensive and flights from nearby countries are affordable.

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to indulge in delicious street food, like sweet and savoury custard cream pastries.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

If you’re after a beach holiday but are tired of the same old, Nha Trang is for you. The beaches, seafood and aerial cable cars are highlights and it’s relatively void of backpackers and hoardes of tourists.

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are a must-visit. The towers are a complex of ancient buildings that are dedicated to Hindu deities.

Porto, Portugal

Instead of heading to Lisbon, check out the second largest city, Porto. There’s an abundance of colourful medieval merchant’s houses and, of course, port wine.

Portugal is still relatively cheap to travel around and now people want to explore beyond the capital.

Before enjoying the local port wine, climb the 225 steps to the top of the Clérigos Tower for sweeping views over the city.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Dotted with French colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and tranquil beaches, Da Nang is now in the top 50 most searched for international destinations for the very first time.

The Marble Mountains just outside Da Nang are fashioned out of marble and limestone and offer up plenty of caves and Buddhist temples to explore.

The best thing about Da Nang is that you can have an authentic Vietnamese experience.

Nice, France

For a true French adventure, head south of Paris to Nice. Famous for it’s beach and food, this laid-back Mediterranean city will have you wanting to set up home on the French Riviera.

Tuck into some bouillabaisse, a slice of socca (a flat bready street-food snack made from chickpea flour) and top it off with an ice cream from Fenocchio.

You also get to avoid most of the tourists who you would be rubbing shoulders with in Paris.

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