20 Travel Bloggers share their Secret Places

bloggers

20 Travel Bloggers share their Secret Places

So, you love to travel.

But you are probably running out of ideas of where to travel next or you are just looking for some special place to visit.

You can go through hundreds of travel magazines or spent hours searching on Google.
Don’t worry. I have something for you.

 

Me and 19 Top Travel Bloggers are ready to help.

 

I will take you on a journey where top travel bloggers will tell you about their secret places.

Sounds great?

You will read about great destinations in Europe and across the rest of the World that are worth visiting.

Ready? Let’s go!


1 – Alex Kovacova – Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler

 

I have a few secret places and a bunch of less secret ones. Those would be Teotihuacan pyramids, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen in Mexico and also Puerto Viejo area in Costa Rica.

Puerto Viejo

Photo/ Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler

2 – Dave Thompson – Dave’s Travel Corner

 

I love Lake Ohrid in Macedonia – in early September when most of the crowds have left. Rent a place close to this gorgeous lake, swim, read and eat – and perhaps do some hiking around the rim of the lake. Do this each day and then repeat.

Lake Ohrid

Photo/ Dave’s Travel Corner

A few days lounging around in late summer at Song-Kul.
Lake in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia makes for a fantastic escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Spend your days in a yurt of which only there are a few scattered around its shorelines.

Song-Kul Lake

Photo/ Dave’s Travel Corner

Cheap Flights Secrets


3 – Paul Johnson – A Luxury Travel Blog

 

Lake District, UK

This is actually home for me, but also one of my favourite parts of the world. Although, we get our fair share of rain, that’s also what makes the landscape so beautiful. Lush, rolling hills and spectacular lakes, including the longest lake in the country (Windermere). It was here that inspired the likes of the author and poet, William Wordsworth, and the children’s storyteller, Beatrix Potter.

Windermere

Photo/ A Luxury Travel Blog

The Scottish Isles

We’ve taken a number of visits to the Scottish isles and always seemed to be extremely fortunate with the weather. If you are blessed with the right conditions, it’s a beautiful area to explore.

Scottish Isles

Photo/ A Luxury Travel Blog

Elounda, Crete

We’ve enjoyed many a visit to this place on the eastern shores of Crete. It has such a relaxed atmosphere about it, with stunning views out to the island of Spinalonga. The Greek ambience and food is one that we love if we just want to unwind a little.

Elounda Greece

Photo/ A Luxury Travel Blog

Shamwari, South Africa

We love Cape Town and, on our last visit, managed to venture out to the Eastern Cape and visit the Shamwari Game Reserve. This was a great experience for all of us, and, in particular, our children who were on safari for the first time. They learnt so much from that trip, and it’s a reserve I’d recommend to anyone considering South Africa for a safari.

Shamwari

Photo/ A Luxury Travel Blog

 

4 – David & Veronica James – The GypsyNesters

 

A friend of ours introduced us to this is amazing little hideaway in northern Italy, Cave di Moleto. We drank fantastic wine made right on the premises and stayed in the centuries old farmhouse. It’s the kind of place we would never have known about without some inside information.
Cave di Moleto

Photo/ The GypsyNesters

Sometimes dumb luck is the best tour guide. That was certainly the case when we stumbled upon Wangen im Allgäu. Pulling off the Autobahn in search of a place to stay for the night led us to this whimsical, artistic little village. Wangen is not only quintessentially German; it is quintessentially quaint.

Wangen

Photo/ The GypsyNesters

Discover A New Way To Save Up To 65% On Your Next Flight (NO!, it is not Expedia, Priceline or Kayak)

5 – Kristin Luna – Camels & Chocolate

 

My husband spent three years stationed in Sicily in the U.S. Navy back in the 90’s. For a decade, he’s been telling me of its untouched, natural beauty, so for his 40th birthday last summer, we spent some time exploring the island with no route or plan in mind.

I was pleasantly surprised to find such untapped gems as Acireale, Aci Trezzo and Aci Castello the perfect warm weather getaway, as these coastal towns are not only affordable and gorgeous but also relatively unknown to tourists, who often flock to Taormina, the resort town due north.

Sicily

Photo/ Camels & Chocolate

Sicily

Photo/ Camels & Chocolate


6 – Michael Hodson – Go See Write

 

My favourite continent is definitely Africa.

I spent some time in Cape Town during my sixteen months around the world trip. My suggestion for finding your secret location is this:

Get to your location by train.

Trains allow time to take in the scenery and most importantly, research where you are going so you have a good idea of what you want to do and see while you’re there.


7 – Melvin Böcher – Travel Dudes

 

Instead of fighting through crowds of tourists in Rome or Florence, head towards Bologna.

It’s right in the middle between Florence and Milan and is an ideal base to explore the region. It’s easy to reach bigger cities like Venice, Milan or Florence by train, but it’s the local region that you should explore!

Italy

Photo/ Travel Dudes

It’s full of beautiful countryside, lots of quality wineries, yummy food and stands for so much more than Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati.

Bologna is the perfect base to explore more.

Italy

Photo/ Travel Dudes


8 – Nora Dunn – The Professional Hobo

 

Grenada (not to be confused with Granada, in Spain and Nicaragua) is a small Caribbean island close to Trinidad.

Grenada

Photo/ The Professional Hobo

Although it isn’t a secret, you won’t find nearly as many tourists there as you will on many of the other islands.

What you will find are very friendly people, lots of colour and life, beautiful weather, fresh food, great beaches, and a mountainous interior with lots of hikes and little gems like waterfalls and naturally hot springs.

9 – Ayngelina Brogan – Bacon is Magic

 

When travelers visit Italy for the first time they usually visit Rome, Florence and Venice.

The second time they venture further into Tuscany and some visit Bologna, but rarely do they visit Modena, which is less than an hour outside Bologna.

Modena is home to some of the world’s best – parmigiano-reggiano, prosciutto and the impeccable balsamic vinegar di Modena. It’s a small town that is far from a tourist trap.

Parmigiano-Reggiano

Photo/ Bacon is Magic

Modena is easy to navigate but as it’s not well known I wrote this free Modena Culinary Guide, so readers could go armed with everything they need to know.


10 – Meg & Mike Jerrard – Mapping Megan

 

La Loberia – San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.

A stunning secluded local beach well off the tourist trail, we snorkeled close enough to touch enormous sea turtles, were slapped around under water by playful sea lions, and swam through schools of sharks, rare coral, and colorful fish while blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds circled overhead.

The water off the beach forms an expansive shallow enclosure, completely protected from the choppy waves, which meant wildlife was waiting for us every day – and so amazing was the experience we went back 3 days in a row.

The water was so shallow that it was easy to stand, and all we had to do was throw on a snorkel and float to swim alongside the island’s lively local residents. And yes, if you’re wondering, this was the beach where I became so sunburnt I could hardly stand, so do yourself a favor and remember to protect yourself from the sun!

Galapagos

Photo/ Mapping Megan

The Ice Rink inside the Eiffel Tower. Paris at Christmas.

Every winter, ice-skating rinks are set up around Paris for locals and tourists alike; however, you would never expect that one of these ice-skating rinks would be located within one of the world’s most famous landmarks!

Refreshment stands; yes. Souvenir shops and fancy restaurants; also expected.

But an ice-skating rink in the sky?!

Ice-skating Ring

Photo/ Mapping Megan

Entry is free for Eiffel Tower visitors and skates are loaned. €3 was money well spent for hot chocolate and mulled wine from the frozen open-air bar, and our lift entrance ticket to the top cost only €14,50.

 

11 – Abi King – Inside the Travel Lab

 

“As a child, I dreamed one day of owning, or perhaps just prowling around, an overtowering library.

Sunlight would shimmer through dust and romance, and science and wild adventure would swim between the thick, creamy pages where black ink bled into soft and yellowed parchment.

Well, in 21st century Dublin, I found the library of my dreams, flirting behind flighty leaves and wrought iron gates and a steep if unspectacular staircase.

Marsh’s Library lives in the heart of Dublin, admitting the public for a fee with supervision or throwing open its doors for free for the excellent Open House Dublin event. Many a literary giant used to study here, with recorded visits from Bram Stoker, James Joyce and Jonathan Swift.”

Marsh’s Library

Photo/ Inside the Travel Lab


12 – Agness – eTramping

 

I have two secret places to share with you today.

One is called Zaanse Schans, and it is located in the Netherlands, the other is named Da Lang, and it is a large city in central Guangdong province in China. Both took my breath away; therefore, they are worth mentioning.

Zaanse Schans is a beautiful village in the province of North Holland.

Holland

Photo/ eTramping

It features tiny greenhouses and massive Dutch windmills. I was simply amazed by local museums and the first Albert Hijn store. If I could, I would spend hours there or … no… I would never leave this place! It is also very affordable.

Yes, you can explore Zaanse Schans for less than $10 a day!

Holland

Photo/ eTramping

My other favourite hidden spot is Da Lang in Dongguan.

China

Photo/ eTramping

It will always have a special place in my heart as I have been working here as an English teacher in one of their private kindergartens and living like a local for more than a year.
Da Lang is extremely peaceful, and you can taste different food from across all of Asia here – from Japanese to Korean or Italian. Moreover, locals will welcome you warmly with various festivals and Chinese fruit and veggie markets.


13 – Sharon Gourlay – Where’s Sharon

 

My current favourite place to travel will perhaps not be a secret for much longer – Bagan in Myanmar.

Bagan Myanmar

Photo/ Where’s Sharon

The old town of Bagan is amazing. There are temples to explore as far as you can see. The best part is that there are still not that many people visiting this remote part of the world – it is easy to have temples to yourself.

14 – Chris Richardson – The Aussie Nomad

 

Aussie Nomad

Photo/ The Aussie Nomad

“While it’s far from a secret place to the world, it is still one of the places I’ve enjoyed my travel the most, and I only stumbled upon it after a recommendation from another traveller.

Before then I’d never heard of it. The spot is the Amalfi Coast, and I can’t recommend people visit it enough. It has a stunning coastal drive that must be experienced on a scooter to take in the view and allow you time to explore the towns along the road.


15 – Jen Avery – Thrifty Nomads

 

Our favourite secret places are the unexpected ones you find driving the country roads of Southern France.

The sunsets are vibrant, the scenery often desolate, and the landscapes eerily peaceful.

The best secret spot we ever stumbled upon was the Chateau du Val, a Disney-like medieval castle that is perched on a moat. The inside is furnished with original medieval-era furniture, and even in the springtime there were hardly any tourists.

Chateau du Val France

Photo/ Thrifty Nomads

We found it by accident, which is the best way to explore France – no plans, no checklists, just open roads and open eyes.


16 – Liz & Josh – Peanuts or Pretzels

 

Our secret travel getaway is a little beach enclave on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, called Paa Mul.

It is just 15 minutes south (by car) from Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast.

It’s not really a town, just a collection of vacationers who are soaking up the quiet beach life.

This area is a scuba diving paradise, with a great reef just offshore and tons of sea turtles.

Staying in a thatched roof bungalow on the beach, we love that we can relax on the porch or in a hammock just steps from the water without any crowds.

Mexico

Photo/ Peanuts or Pretzels


17 – Francis Tapon – WanderLearn

 

My favorite “secret place” in Europe is Kotor, Montenegro.

Kotor Montenegro

Photo/ Francis Tapon

Nestled at the end of a spectacular bay with the southernmost fjords of Europe, Kotor is one of the most underappreciated towns in Europe.

So many tourists flock to Dubrovnik but don’t bother to take a 2-hour journey south to Kotor Bay.

Lovcen Montenegro

Photo/ Francis Tapon


18 – Dave – The Longest Way Home

 

I think one of my favourite secret places in Europe is Sintra in Portugal.

Particularly in the off-season when there are fewer tourists. Sintra still holds beautiful blue skies at that time of year and is majestically green.

Sintra Portugal

Photo/ The Longest Way Home

With colorful palaces, hidden catacombs, lush royal gardens and plenty of hillside to hike, Sintra makes for a perfect secret place to get lost in.

Best of all is that the local cafes serve some of the best Portuguese food in the country. A great reason to take a book and sit reading while overlooking the moorish castle on the hilltop surrounding Sintra.”


19 – Yoshke Dimen – The Poor Traveler

 

My Secret Place: Batanes, PHILIPPINES

Batane PHILIPPINES

Photo/ The Poor Traveler

While Batanes is slowly gaining popularity in the local travel scene, it is almost unheard of outside of the Philippines.

It’s hard to put a finger on why exactly I am obsessed with this 10-piece archipelago.

It may be the elusiveness; she’s the northernmost, smallest, and least populated province in the Philippines.

It may be her history; she is very in touch with her past. It may be the quietness; she may be surrounded by the ferocious waves of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and the Pacific Ocean, but she enjoys a virtually non-existent crime rate.

Or, it may be her natural beauty. She can easily make any visitor feel insignificant with her wondrous landscapes.


20 – Miro Henzel – Fly Eat Travel

 

My secret places in Europe:

Transylvania in Romania – Romania is full of extremes, rich and poor, traditional and modern, sea and mountains. Wild Nature will take your breath away.

Transylvania Romania

The most beautiful road in the world is called Transfagarasan and is located in Fagaras Mountains.

Rasnov Romania
Lefkada, Greece – If you like great beaches, here you will find beach heaven. Porto Katsiki was selected as one of the best beaches in the world, but honestly other beaches here are also fabulous with their 50 shades of blue.

Lefkada
Inspired?
Let us know your secret places.

Show some love. Share it.

email

11 Comments

  1. Camels & Chocolate

    May 28, 2015 at 22:31

    I love reading what everyone else has to say!

  2. Liz

    May 29, 2015 at 05:06

    Thanks so much for including us in this list. We LOVE to see the favorite, secret spots of other travelers. Our list of places to see gets bigger every day.

    Cheers & happy travels!

    Liz
    Peanuts or Pretzels

  3. S.Browne

    May 29, 2015 at 06:23

    My favourite place is Logaras on Paros in the Greek Islands. Quiet, peaceful and has a beautiful beach. There are about 5 restaurants on the beach and it’s a 7 minute walk to the tiny harbour of Piso Livadi where there are more cafes and a brilliant little bar. Most Logaras accommodation has views of the ocean and is inexpensive. 5 minutes to the bus if you want to see the rest of the island or a coastal path to take you to other quiet beaches and amazing views. Suggest May, June or September.

  4. Agness

    May 30, 2015 at 08:34

    Thank you Miro for having me here. It’s a real pleasure to contribute and see other amazing places that are not really discovered by tourists. This post also brings back great memories from Zaanse Schans! 🙂

  5. GiselleandCody

    May 30, 2015 at 13:10

    One of our favourite secret places would be the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores.

    The island is so pristine and a nature lovers dream come true. So much green and virtually untouched.

  6. The GypsyNesters

    June 1, 2015 at 08:11

    Thanks for including us in the GREAT roundup!

  7. Miro Henzel

    June 1, 2015 at 19:18

    A Big Thank You to All of You!

  8. Frank

    June 2, 2015 at 15:26

    Great post, read about a few places I don’t really know much about.
    Agree with Kotor – stayed 5 days here last month and we loved it and will be back. Some of the most stunning geography and the charm of the place beats Dubrovnik hands down!
    Frank (bbqboy)

  9. Bob

    June 5, 2015 at 08:02

    Lake Ohrid is definitely beautiful. Lots of history and a great place to relax.

  10. Joe

    May 20, 2016 at 15:54

    Great Article. Thanks

  11. Alan Cuthbertson

    July 10, 2016 at 05:03

    Great post and some interesting places listed that we have never though of visiting. Would love to spend time in southern France it sounds very nice. We are currently travelling the world and always looking for more off beat places to visit.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *