Get a closer look at three frequently overlooked destinations hiding in plain sight“Been there. Done that.” It’s a popular refrain among seasoned travellers looking for their next big adventure. If this sounds like you, the answer may lie with a closer look at a country you’ve already visited. While you may have already been to Italy, Australia or China, three of their lesser-frequented destinations make them well worth the return trip.
Been There: Italy. Haven’t Done That: Amalfi
Italy is often one of the first destinations ticked on a world traveller’s list, but it would be impossible to squeeze all of the country’s dolce vita into just one visit. Whether your first Italian visit was to Venice, Florence, Rome or elsewhere, chances are it didn’t include a stop in Amalfi. The jewel of one of the world's most stunning coastal drives, Amalfi dazzles visitors with its sun, surf, scenery and romantic atmosphere. Set on the towering cliffs of Italy's western coastline, Amalfi clings to the mouth of a deep, rocky gorge overlooking a large bay fronted by pebbly, umbrella-dotted beaches. Eleventh-century architecture graces the central piazza, flanked by a maze of stairs and alleyways winding up and down the sloped town. This timeless coastal enclave beckons guests to grab a sun chair, savor a glass of the local limoncello and reflect on the words of a great Italian poet: "For the people of Amalfi the day they enter Paradise will be a day much like any other: because for them paradise is already here on earth, right on their doorstep."
Been There: Australia. Haven’t Done That: Tasmania
With a mind-boggling diversity of climate, culture and wildlife, Australia rewards return visitors with an inexhaustible depth of experiences—and nowhere is this truer than in the far-flung reaches of Tasmania. Home to Moorilla Winery and the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart’s sophisticated charms and relaxed atmosphere never fail to captivate even the most seasoned of travellers. A quick overland trip to the Freycient Peninsula beckons visitors to experience one of the world’s most remote wine regions, a romantic coastal hideaway secluded among the dunes. Guests can snorkel with sea rays, mountain bike, sail, fish or just relax with a picnic of fresh oysters plucked straight from the bay.
Been There: China. Haven’t Done That: Yunnan Province
The moving grandeur of the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors are well worth a repeat visit in their own right, but rural China holds far more secrets for those looking to dive deeper. A trip off the beaten path to Yunnan Province opens up a rarely glimpsed window into Tibetan culture and local village life. Visitors are immersed in a mountainous landscape of hallowed monasteries and peaceful villages where daily life has remained unchanged for centuries. For the traveller who has experienced everything, this is, quite literally, your Shangri-La.
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