QOTW: What's your hidden gem travel destination?

QOTW: What's your hidden gem travel destination?
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If you’re looking for great value or freedom from hoards of tourists, Paris or Honolulu may not be your ideal vacation destinations :desert_island:

But if you’re willing to go off the beaten path - whether that means traveling off-season or focusing on lesser known locales - you can be rewarded with major savings, quieter getaways, and the feeling that you’ve discovered someplace extra special :sparkles:

:gem: What are your hidden gem travel destinations? Are there any locations you’d recommend as an alternative to a similar, more popular spot? :gem:



Brussels, Belgium is underrated. It’s a fascinating city on its own, and it’s also a great home base for those who want to visit other (more expensive) cities in Western Europe.

  • 1.5-hour bus ride to Paris.

  • 2-hour train to Amsterdam.

  • 2-hour train to Cologne, Germany.

  • 2.5-hour train ride to London.

Other great cities to check out in Belgium: Ghent and Bruges.


Watching “In Bruges” on Netflix really made me want to visit. :smile:

I’m going to vote for Havana as still fairly undiscovered for US tourists. Canadians, Europeans and Russians have known about it for a long time, but we’ve encountered a surprising number of people who didn’t realize that yes, it’s legal for US citizens to visit and it’s a fascinating place.

The same is true for Croatia and Montenegro. Split is less visited than Dubrovnik but still wonderful, and if you love cats, Kotor’s a must.

Can’t wait to see what other folks recommend!


I’d say a trip my husband and I took to Harbour Island in the Bahamas was the best lesser-known gem I’ve ever been to. It’s not totally undiscovered but it’s a bit of a trek to get there so it’s not overrun with tourism–yet. You can only get there by a motorboat after flying into the tiny airport of Eleuthera. Once you’re there, you use a golf cart to get around the island. We went during the shoulder season so most of the time we had an entire stretch of pink sand beach to ourselves. In fact, as I type this I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t have said anything :wink:


Under U.S. destinations, I’d say Glacier National Park in Montana is severely underrated. The park is breathtakingly beautiful, and yet it has neither the fame nor crowds of Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Utah national parks. Well worth the road trip from whatever Montana airport you fly into.