Traveling has a reputation for channeling millions of dollars into a blossoming industry while the native locals of the country struggle to survive. While that is the case in many places, there are several spots that aren’t the polished perfection resorts offer.
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India clocks in as one of the largest countries in the world and the second-largest populated country in the world. The Asian country is home to the pristine Taj Mahal, picturesque landscapes, and widespread religious practices, yet the country isn’t the neatest to scoot around in. On a popular traveler forum, one person wrote, “Oh boy, it’s like Mad Max in some places. Crazy traffic, monkeys and cows everywhere, and bustling markets are just a few things that make an adventure in India an assault on all five senses.” Another user in the thread claimed they loved every part of India’s wild spirit.
Leif Erickson supposedly sprang out of this bright Canadian island. The location isn’t the most popular among typical tourists. However, those globetrotters who visit the island claim the locals are the most inviting and friendly individuals in the world. How can one complain about photogenic houses, cliffs, more than a hundred thousand moose, and old-timey roads?
Honduras constitutes a significant portion of its funds from the export of coffee beans. That being said, the country is not wealthy, but the landscape and explorations the country holds are incomparable to popular tourist hotspots. You can zipline over the forest, visit waterfalls, pay visits to the indigenous tribes and exchange goods, and enjoy the local cuisine.
Fiji is one of the most expensive bottled water brands because it comes from the islands. The islands are not too dangerous nor too expensive, but what makes Fiji a little rough around the edges is the rich history instilled in the buildings and establishments. But if you can get past rocky infrastructure, you’re in for a treat of breathtaking beaches.
Have you ever read that terrifying story about a man trekking through the Yukon with only a backpack and a dog? The one where a cocky man ignores all warning calls from nature and drags his dog through the ice, succumbing to nature’s unforgiving brutality? Someone added that the Yukon is a fantastic rough destination full of beautiful and intense terrain.
Romania is the birthplace of Count Dracula and home to mythological creatures like phantoms and werewolves, as well as statuesque buildings and burgeoning communities. The edifices scattered throughout Romanian towns are so artistic and diverse that you jump from prehistoric winter to 2023 summer between cities.
Peru is known for Macchu Picchu, the natural Incan village turned tourist trap whose formation sparks wonder in tourists, but Peru hosts a wealth of other enticing activities and scenery to appreciate. My favorite memory in Peru consists of hopping in an unmarked taxi and a cab driver speeding through the cobblestone streets while I held my friend’s seatbelt since ours were broken. A few hours later, a local tugged on said friend’s passport. Luckily, it was secured around her neck, and we returned to our hostel safely. Did I feel safe? Not especially. Did I have a blast? Absolutely.
8. Las Vegas
Las Vegas can appeal to anyone; it depends on how you view the Western area. Suppose you’re an adventure junkie, hop over to Freemont Street to zipline over the little town. What if you don’t participate in the nightlife scene? In that case, Vegas offers incredible aquariums and museums for history buffs, and if you enjoy the ups and downs of nightlife culture, numerous bars and clubs litter the strip. You will encounter strange with bizarre talents and those who scream randomly throughout the day.
9. Los Angeles
L.A. is notorious for its perpetuated glitz and glam style, but the influencer haven has its fair share of rough patches. A buddy of mine saw someone’s suitcase stolen right out of their car, and an Uber driver warned me about the danger of house parties with famous hosts, but something about the dirty streets and swarms of people appealed to me.
Loads of users commented that Cambodia is a stunning country filled with crime, poverty-stricken areas, and danger, but the Asian country holds tremendous temples and delicious delicacies.
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Demi Michele is a seasoned traveler, turned freelance writer. Having explored most states and ventured internationally, her love for outdoor cafes, new cuisines, and cultural immersion shines through her wide range of articles. Based in Texas with her family and two Scottish Terriers, Demi turns her adventures into captivating travel narratives to share with readers.