Americans are looking for more when they travel. Since the pandemic, traveling has grown exponentially, and more and more Americans are aiming to travel with intention.
Traveling with intention means they want to go to a destination that will give them experiences they can remember for the rest of their lives, which often means going off the beaten path and visiting destinations far away.
Nothing is cooler than heading to a new vacation spot that’s way out there and returning with awesome memories from everything you experienced.
Places like the Philippines and New Caledonia are perfect for travelers looking for a unique experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
The flights are long, and you’ll probably have to connect more than once, but the experience had will be 100% worth it.
Check out the top six off-path destinations growing in popularity with American travelers:
The Philippines is a country built out of a network of islands in Southeast Asia. Getting there from the Americas can be brutal since most flights involve more than a day of traveling, but it’s worth it.
The island of Bohol is unique because it has natural wonders with hills that look like chocolate mounds, pristine beaches with some of the most transparent water you’ve ever experienced, and coral reefs perfect for travelers that like to scuba dive.
It’s the perfect place to escape, decompress, and make some memories. Once you’re there, it’s totally worth it.
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Another destination that takes a lot to get to is Tasmania, Australia — one of Australia’s islands known for having Tasmanian Devils.
These furry little creatures are part of the local population, and you can find them at places like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which rescues injured animals like the devils and rehabilitates them until they’re strong enough to go out alone.
A lot of Tasmania’s sights are easily accessible by car, and it’s the perfect place to you go if you want an urban and rural experience all in one trip.
We don’t know about you, but visiting the South Pole has been on our bucket list since we were young. Located below South America, Antarctica is an entirely off-grid destination.
Just getting there alone will be a journey that you will remember, and one of the best ways to do so is on a cruise. Once there, one of the most popular things to do is to kayak between ice blocks and snow mountains.
You’ve probably seen a video on Instagram or Tik Tok of someone doing this. It’s breathtaking, and definitely something to try once in your lifetime.
Cayo Espanto, Belize
If you’re a tiny island fan, check out Cayo Espanto. It’s a little island off the coast of Belize facing the Caribbean Sea.
It’s the perfect place to grab flippers and a mask and dive into the water to explore the world below. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is nearby — if you dive there, you’ll see sea turtles, manta rays, and gorgeous corals.
There’s a spot called Shark Ray Alley at the reserve filled with tons of sharks for those looking for a more thrilling dive.
This is probably the closest to home destination on our list, but it’s definitely one you should check out.
Thermal springs are hot here (no pun intended), and there are some you should see during your trip, like Boiling Lake.
They have more than five thermal springs (the island is small), and who doesn’t want to say they’ve gone to a place called Boiling Lake?
FYI: Boiling Lake is considered the second-biggest thermal spring in the world.
The last destination on our list is a personal favorite — New Caledonia.
It has some of the most beautiful beaches, unique culture, and incredible hotels in the world. Spots like the Isle of Pines are just magical and worth the visit.
The Isle of Pines is an island off the central coast with natural pools surrounded by pine trees. The water here is so blue it hurts the eyes. It’s a place to get some good Instagram or Tik Tok videos too.
Off-path destinations are becoming more popular than ever with American travelers, and the places above are some of the best to see in the world.
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