The best tourist-free travel destinations to visit on your holidays

Put those top travel destinations on your bucket list for unforgettable, less crowded and once of the lifetime holiday experience!

top tourist free holiday destinations to visit this summer

It’s already beginning of July, sun is shining, it’s hot (in most of places, NOT in Scotland). That’s a perfect time to take a break and travel. Specifically for those who seek beautiful locations with stunning nature but prefer quieter places – I prepared something cool! The list of perfect summer holidays travel destinations to visit this year, all tested for the best quality.

July and August are in the peak summer season. I would normally go travelling just after this time, to catch good weather and a shoulder season. However, there are still places that are more tourist-free, even during summer (probably not for long, so be quick!).

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#1 Ladakh, India

Sometimes, I am surprised by people, who are not aware that India has the access to Himalayas. Ladakh, or “the land of high passes”, is a region located in the north India, in the Kashmir and Jammu states. The least populated place in India also creates a home for Tibetan people.

Click HERE to read about our first day at the foot of Himalayas.

The colourful praying flags dance on the wind. Tall Himalayan peaks are towering above. You will pass small villages located in the middle of nowhere with people who are used to the harsh climate and having their home high in the mountains. You will fall in love with traditional masala chai – milk tea, sold by the road and taste of the real Indian food, that is to-die-for. 

Trip (especially the first one) to India requires throughout preparations, understanding of the culture, research of places to see, stay and eat at (your stomach will thank you for that). When you go to Himalayas, you also need to account for the altitude sickness and plan your route well.

It requires effort, but beauty of the nature and the spirituality connected to the mountains located on the top of the world will make the trip to that region a very special one. If you plan to hike in Ladakh (highly recommended), get a proper map – we had this one and it was very useful.

Huge help for us in the preparations before, as well as during the trip, was this Lonely Planet guide. It is quite a thick book, but it’s packed with all the necessary information that you need – I wouldn’t go on my first trip to India without it. If you want a lighter version, there is always an e-book, or a condensed North India one.

Ladakh, Himalayas India
Empty roads, high in the mountains of Ladakh
Ladakh temple, Leh, India
Temple in Leh, India

#2 Georgia

No, not the state in USA. Georgia is a small country located in the Caucas region of Eurasia. I am surprised how little it is known and it definitely should be considered as one of the top travel destinations to visit.

With its access to the Black Sea beaches, Caucasus mountains with hidden villages, and historical architecture, it has something for everyone. You will be surprised by the hospitality of the Georgian people, blown away by the beauty of the landscapes and fall in love with tasty food, delicious wine and strong chacha.

Mountain lovers should definitely visit Svaneti – Georgian historic province. You  can hike there to the some of the highest located villages surrounded by 5000 m peaks. One of them – Ushguli is recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting the Kazbegi National Park is also a rewarding experience with multiple hikes and treks available in the region.

For beach enthusiasts and for those who want to cool down from the hot summer temperatures, Black Sea coast will have a lot to offer.

Gergeti Trinity church under mount Kazbegi in Georgia
Gergeti Trinity Church under the Mount Kazbegi
Svanetia, mountains in Georgia
View to the Svaneti mountains in Georgia
Tent in Georgia
Sleeping under the million starts in Svaneti, Georgia
Ushguli, Georgia
Small town Ushguli, hidden in the mountains in Georgia
Traditional defence towers, Svaneti Georgia
Traditional towers in Svaneti

#3 Madagascar

Africa and Madagascar is often ruled out as a holiday travel destination for two main reasons – it’s too expensive to get there and people have blurry ideas about the safety.

Well, none of it should really be an issue. Last year, I went to Madagascar paying €300 for a ticket from Europe. Yes, it was a cheap deal and I was lucky, but since then I’ve already seen similar deals several times. You just need to look out for them and make it happen. You can find some deals by checking several flight comparisons and deals websites, such as this or this one (it has a cool feature of showing you the cheapest flights anywhere at any time).

We were two girls travelling there and we felt entirely safe. We had one unpleasant accident, but this could happen in any place and also happens very often in our home countries in Europe.

Read HERE about our first day backpacking in Madagascar

Madagascar is a place that’s one of its kind. Not entirely Africa, nor really Asia, it was created by the split of two supercontinents over 160 million years ago. Thanks to that, the forth biggest island in the world, is now a home for unusual animals and plants, that exist only there.

It’s unlike anywhere else you’ve been before. Still not very explored, a bit challenging to travel independently, but because of that – so interesting and rewarding. The unique package of the unspoiled nature, extremely interesting species of unusual animals and the wonderful culture of the Malagasy people is worth going for.

Madagascar will steal your heart and leave you asking for more, giving you the best holiday memories of your life.

Lemur, photo by Pawel
Malagasy girl, photo by Pawel

#4 Lofoten Islands, Norway

There’s no need to introduce Norway, as everyone should  know its stunning landscapes and picturesque fjords. However, not many are aware of Norwegians  hidden gem far away in the north – Lofoten islands. With dramatic mountains open to the sea, wonderful beaches and wild areas, it is a north version of the summer paradise.

Although the archipelago is located within the Arctic Circle, it has much milder temperatures thanks to the warm Gulf Stream. In the summer you can experience the “white nights” and until middle July the “midnight sun”, when the sun continuously stays above the horizon.

I visited Lofoten islands in May, which was very quiet season. However, also during summer, you can find there your quiet spots and breathe in the beauty of the mountains emerging straight from the sea.

white night in Lofoten, Norway
Almost white night (beginning of May) in Lofoten islands, Norway
Lofoten islands Norway
Lofoten Islands in Norway

#5 Balkans

Europe is a popular summer travel destination for many people. What always makes me wonder, is why most of them limit themselves to visiting only the western part. Sure, countries like France, Spain, or Portugal are all wonderful, but at the same time – packed in the summer.  Instead of following everyone else’s steps, try to add something else to your European travel itinerary and look broader on the eastern and southern part of Europe – Balkan Peninsula.

Visit sandy beaches of Montenegro with hills towering over the sea, discover little villages, hidden waterfalls and beautiful cities with difficult history in the unspoiled Bosnia and Herzegovina. Wonder in the high mountains of Romania, driving on the winding roads of Transforgarasanthe world’s best road trip according to Top Gear. Visit the Albanian coastline with turquoise waters, camp by the Ohrid lake in Macedonia. Explore wonderful mix of cultures in Serbia, party on the coast of Bulgaria.

Every one of those countries has a special story to tell. You will find there the real eastern European spirit with overwhelming kindness and hospitality. Soak up the hot summer sun, relax on the beach and breathe in the sweet smell of fresh melons.

Once you get there, you feel the special spirit of the region, that will stay deep in your heart, making you want to come back over and over again.

Kotor bay in Montenegro
View to the Kotor Bay in Montenegro
Transforgarasan highway Romania
Transforgarasan highway, the most picturesque road in Europe, Romania

What are your bucket list travel destinations to visit this year? Have you been in any of the above ones?

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14 thoughts on “The best tourist-free travel destinations to visit on your holidays

  1. This is freaking awesone! I honestly don’t travel during the summer because outs so freaking much! It’s hot almost everywhere, there are too many people, and everything is expensive. I’ll have to try some of these places next summer. Thanks!

    1. I’m the same, I usually travel out of the high season. But sometimes, for personal reasons, that might be the only time to travel. For example when I was at university, I just had time off during summer holidays for longer trips, so I tried to visit some amazing places, but still not over-crowded, and yes, it’s possible 😉

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Anuradha. Would you mind sharing what type of experience it was?
      Unfortunately bad things can happen in every country. We need to be aware of that, be vigilant and travel smart, but I believe those things shouldn’t put us off from traveling to particular countries.
      All the best in your travels!

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