As I’ve traveled around the world backpacking, I’ve seen some pretty wicked holiday and vacation destinations.
You know, the secret destinations that I like to keep to myself just so they don’t change a little too much?
It took a lot of contemplating, but I’ve decided to finally let you in on my little secrets. Take a look below at my favorite destinations I’ve narrowed down after traveling for so many years. It wasn’t easy, but I’m sure you’ll be surprised and pleased with what locations have been chosen!
My 3 Best Kept Vacation Destinations:
1.) Montezuma, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a world famous destination for exotic retreats that are both adventurous and eco-friendly. But where do you go if you want to get a little off-the-beaten-path while still enjoying some of the accommodations offered to backpackers?
That my friends, is Montezuma. This small hole-in-the-wall town is located along the southernmost point of Costa Rica’s Peninsula where the Gulf of Nicoya meets the Pacific Ocean. I enjoyed it most for it extremely laid back vibes, delicious sea food, and exotic jungles that surround you everywhere you go!
2.) Na Pali Coastline, Kauai, Hawaii
Surrounded by 113 miles of shoreline, an average temperature of 80°F year-round, and located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there’s no doubt that the Garden Isle of Hawaii is regarded as paradise. Although 70 percent of the island is inaccessible by foot, it doesn’t stop tourists from flourishing to the Hawaiian Islands.
In fact, Kauai holds many secrets waiting to be discovered by you including the Na Pali Coastline, Waimea Canyon, and Hanalei Bay. Swimming alongside sea turtles, hiking scenic Hawaiian trails, and enjoying the Aloha spirit had never been so welcoming!
3.) Phewa Tal of Pokhara Valley, Nepal
Located in the Pokhara Valley of Nepal, Phewa Tal easily stole my heart as the best location for a backpacker to visit in Asia. This is not for your typical reasons either.
The small-town vibes left cattle roaming freely across the roads while travelers and locals intermingled with each other on the streets. As a place just starting to open up for the backpacking industry, you are able to go on adventures like whitewater rafting down the Kali Gandaki or, if you’re looking for something a little more laid back, visit the World Peace Pagoda overlooking Pokhara Lake. Either way, the local charm to this place will have you leaving with a big smile on your face and a place in your heart!
What are you’re best-kept travel secret – vacation destinations?