With the summer of COVID-19 winding down, we can’t help but daydream about all the vacation spots we want to visit in the future. Sure, people dream about romantic trips to Paris or a tropical getaway to Turks and Caicos. But we wanted to think more outside the box when it comes to our long-anticipated vacation. 

Here are eight unique travel destinations and why we love them:

South Korea

South Korea is an adventurer’s paradise. The country is full of national parks, mountains, and islands for you to investigate. Seoraksan National Park is the proud site of South Korea’s third-highest mountain. It also features hot springs, temples and jagged rock formations.

Latvia

Dreaming of white-sand beaches? Then add Latvia to your list. Sitting on the other side of the Baltic Sea from Stockholm, Sweden, Latvia has a lot to offer. Historical towns, churches, and castles can be found across the country, which has a slight Scandinavian flair. If you’re more into nature, roughly half the country consists of accessible natural ecosystems from rivers to wetlands. 

Cyprus

This Mediterranean island was ruled by many ancient empires, which you can still see evidence of today. Byzantine monasteries, mosques, and tombs of high-ranking Hellenistic and Roman officials are all places you could visit in Cyprus. If history is your jam, this place has a lot to offer, in addition to beautiful beaches and a lively restaurant scene. 

Ecuador

This beautiful country has it all – mountains, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, hot springs, and the famous Galapagos Islands. It’s a traveler’s playground. Once ruled by the Inca Empire, Ecuador is steeped in both pre-Colombian and Spanish culture. An added bonus is Ecuador is on the dollar so no currency exchange is necessary!

Samoa

If you’re looking for an island adventure that doesn’t cater to fancy resort tourists, take a look at Samoa. Not to be confused with American Samoa, Samoa is filled with waterfalls, volcanoes, swimming holes, and rainforests. Of course, it has plenty of beautiful beaches too.

Namibia

If you’re dreaming of an African getaway, but don’t know which country to choose, check out Namibia. Home to the world’s oldest desert, Namibia has a vast diversity of wildlife, national parks, shipwrecks, and sand dunes. Many cities have a German feel, including architecture and restaurants, due to years of European rule. 

Guatemala

Mayan Ruins are the main attraction for Guatemala. Deep in the jungle, Tikal National Park is a lush place of plazas, temples and dwellings that are well over 1,000 years old. But active volcanoes, cascading lagoons, and Caribbean-blue Lake Petén Itzá are equally stunning.

Laos

Soaring mountains, stunning waterfalls, and brilliant green rice fields are all wonders of this country. If you’re looking for a more laid-back and slow-paced vacation, Laos is a great fit. If you’re keen on delicious, organic cuisine, Laos has a lot to offer. And make sure to stop at Buddha Park in Vientiane for some truly stunning sculptures.

When travel abroad resumes, these places are at the top of our list of places to visit. Where would you go? Wherever your destination, when planning your trip, don’t forget to think about travel insurance