*Hidden Travel Gems ft. Destination2

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The weather in Manchester right now is just gorgeous and makes me long for summer holidays and reminisce about wonderful holidays over the years including the incredible country of Norway and hidden gems within the UK and Europe. Today's post is a few hidden gems or overlooked travel destinations that I cannot recommend enough as well as a few travel wish list locations.

Norway: Olden
Some of these hidden gems are not so hidden but they're cities that I hadn't heard of before visiting however I was blown away. We all know that Norway is a visually stunning country and one village that encapsulates that is Olden. Olden is a beautiful village surrounded by mountains nestled at the end of Nordfjord and waking up to the view of the fjord, Olden and the mountains was breathtaking! If you're looking for a gorgeous location to visit in Norway that isn't the typical Bergen or Oslo then check out Olden or Flam.

Wales: Llandudno
Not so hidden in the UK but Llandudno might not be the first place you'd think to visit in the UK or Wales as it seems to be a little overshadowed by its famous neighbour, Snowdon but Llandudno is well worth a visit. It's a gorgeous seaside town in Wales, it boasts so many attractions such as the Great Orme copper mine and beautiful seafront and pier. I have visited Llandudno countless times as myself, my family and our friends used to go camping in Llandudno every year for around eight years when I was growing up.

Estonia: Tallinn
A few years ago I was lucky enough to go on a cruise around Russia and Scandinavia which included quite a few countries that I hadn't been to before and one of them was Estonia. To be honest, I had absolutely no expectation or pre-concieved notions of Estonia before I visited but I was very pleasantly surprised. Tallinn's old town is incredibly beautiful and filled with history and while it isn't necessarily at the top of everyones bucket list to visit, it is well worth a visit.

Scotland: Isle of Arran
Another UK based hidden gem and we're talking about the rugged, beautiful and wonderful country of Scotland! I've visited a number of cities and towns within Scotland (such as Oban and Fort William) and a couple of islands including Mull and the Isle of Arran. The latter was during a geology field trip with my sixth form college and while I only spend a few days on the Isle of Arran, it's definitely stayed within my memory, not just because of nostalgic college memories but because it was such a bewitching island from it's whisky distillery and wild coastline to Lochranza castle - I didn't see too much more than that so I'd love to go back!

Thailand: Ko Phi Phi Le
Lastly, is a place that I haven't visited but it's considered a hidden gem within Thailand. Ko Phi Phi Le is an island in the Phi Phi archipelago and is part of the Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. This Thai island looks like summer heaven and even though I'm not really a beach person, I'd love to visit! Destination2 specialise in long haul flights and Thailand is one of their popular holiday destinations and it isn't difficult to see why! They have a range of destinations from the Caribbean, Middle East, Cambodia, Thailand and many morello choose from as well as fantastic deals so click here to find out more.

Are any of these destinations on your travel wish list? Do you have any hidden gem recommendations?

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  1. I've been to Wales, I love it there. I'd also love to go to Norway. Thailand isn't my thing, it's far too hot and touristy.


  2. Thailand and Bali is definitely in my list of places I badly want to visit.

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  3. These sound like such amazing travel spots!!

  4. So many amazing places, I really want to visit Thailand!

    Danielle xx

  5. I would love to go to Norway! It looks lovely x

  6. I love Llandudno I’ve been a few times with my family! X

  7. So many amazing places! I've actually got some of these on my to go list!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  8. I really need to start traveling more. I have so many places I want to explore! xx

    Brooke | www.brookeclarke.com

  9. Wow, you visited so many breathtaking places. I haven't been travelling since the baby but Antigua was really beautiful.

  10. Would be a dream to visit these places-they sound amazing x

  11. these are such cool ideas! gonna save this post for future reference!

  12. Tallin is somewhere I would quite like to visit x

  13. Phi Phi Island is amazing! It is so pretty with blue water and green cliffs. Although it has become so commercial now that it gets too busy!

  14. There's so many fabulous places here - I can't wait to spend more time in Wales x

  15. I'm biased but Scotland is so beautiful ;P Fort William is so gorgeous. I've never been to Arran but it's on my list!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  16. I’d absolutely love to visit Thailand! I party blame the beach for this.


  17. I need to go to all these places! X

  18. Such a lovely place and so many amazing places!!

    Ayse x

  19. Skye is top of my list for this summer, it looks beautiful! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  20. I want to visit Norway it looks beautiful! Xx

  21. Ohhhh I want to go to everyone x

  22. I've heard great things about Estonia. So many Eastern European countries are unexplored jewels.

  23. I have been to Phi phi island & Phuket too.Though it was in my bucket list since 2014 and I visited in 2017 gladly. It is one of the most talked about places in Southeast Asia, with its natural beauty and reputation for good times putting it firmly on the tourist trail.

    PS You look gorgeous!

    Social media strategist

  24. This is such a good list, sometimes you need to go out your comfort zone x

  25. I would love to visit Thailand one day! I also need to go back to Scotland and visit more of Wales xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk


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