As a travel blogger for 7 years, I've become quite aware of how tourism concentrates on a few popular destinations. For example, 9 times out of 10, first-timers in Southeast Asia will go to Thailand or Bali. And if you're on your first trip to South America, you'll surely end up in Ecuador or Peru. These trends are really obvious from search statistics and social shares.
There's nothing wrong with these popular picks, but what if you want to go somewhere a bit more original?
Although Georgia is gradually becoming more discovered, it remains one of the lesser-known travel destinations.by Olivia
It's also an incredible winter island-hopping destination, with sun and balmy temperatures when the northern parts of the globe are grey.
The island of Sal is an all-inclusive resort destination, but the rest of the archipelago is perfect for a backpacking trip. This is known mainly among some French, Portuguese, and German travelers, but the country seems quite off the radar among English-speaking travelers.
Georgia & Armenia
Although Georgia is gradually becoming more discovered, it remains one of the lesser-known travel destinations.
Neighboring Armenia is poorer and has the worse infrastructure, but it's perfectly paired with Georgia within a single itinerary. I loved the cafe culture of Yerevan and Armenia's numerous monasteries, some of which were built inside caves.