Discover These Hidden, Forgotten, and Unique Travel Destinations in 2023 | Savoir Flair
Discover These Hidden, Forgotten, and Unique Travel Destinations in 2023
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by Lydia Medeiros 5-minute read June 22, 2023

It's time to go to the far-flung corners of the world and find the most unique travel destinations and hidden gems that have been waiting for us to discover them all this time.

Forget Paris. Forget London. Dare we say it… even forget Dubai. It’s time to go to the far-flung corners of the world and find the most unique travel destinations and hidden gems that have been silently waiting for us to happen upon them so we can admire their beauty. We searched around for some beautiful and unique travel destinations around the globe to uncover in 2023, and we think you should add these places to your bucket list right now.

Svalbard, Norway

It’s probably the closest habitable place you can get to the North Pole. Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean about halfway between Santa Claus and the northern coast of Norway. Polar bears outnumber the humans who live there, the temperatures range from six degrees Celsius in the summertime all the way down to -14 degrees in the winter, and there are 24 hours of complete darkness – known as the Polar night – for about three months of the year. So why would we want to go? Glaciers, fjords, arctic wildlife, and the most awe-inspiring view of the northern lights on the planet.

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The relatively untouched Kingdom of Bhutan sits in the Eastern Himalayas between China and India. As the last surviving Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan only welcomes a handful of visitors a year into its mountains, lush valleys, hidden treasures, and closely guarded secrets. Amankora is the first resort in Bhutan and offers solo travelers a chance to immerse themselves in the culture and pristine landscape of this very special place.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Another phenomenon of a volcanic archipelago, the Galápagos Islands, of Charles Darwin fame, sit just off the coast of Ecuador and are well-known for their incredibly diverse endemic species of animals. But few actually travel to see these living wonders of the world, which is why we want to go there as soon as possible. This dream is closer than we think though, because luxury hotel brand Relais & Chateaux has Pikaia Lodge nestled into the heart of the island as well as its first luxury yacht – Ecoventura – launching this year with destination Galápagos Islands set to the compass.



It’s impossible to say the name of Lichtenstein without thinking of Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale. However, the sixth-smallest country in the world, located in the Alps between Austria and Switzerland, should not be overlooked by its more commercial neighbors. Liechtenstein is quite literally the stuff of fairytales. Home to medieval castles and Alpine trails that are perfect for hiking and skiing, it combines the beauty of traveling in Europe without all the crowds (last year, it was the least visited country in Europe).


Uttarakhand, India

In a small state about a 45-minute flight from Delhi, at the base of the Himalayas, sits a sanctuary called Uttarakhand. It’s more like a pilgrimage to get there, but when you do finally arrive, it’s another world. Less known than its neighbor Tibet, it still holds spiritual significance for Hindus because of the state’s many temples and sacred sites. Its natural Himalayan beauty stops even the staunchest of hearts. Within the state of Uttarakhand, there is yet another sanctuary worth putting on your list called Ananda in the Himalayas. It’s one of the best holistic wellness retreats in the world and is housed in the Viceregal Palace, the luxurious palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal.



Just a measly 1,394 miles away from the coast of Fiji, Kiribati is one of the least-known islands in the Pacific Ocean, but it is just as beautiful as its more famous neighbors. International travel to this isolated paradise only just opened up in August 2022 after the Covid pandemic, which was great news for those of us yearning to explore this hidden part of Oceania. With jewel-colored, pristine, and untouched waters, this isolated cluster of remote islands islands is rich in tradition and hospitality. If you do make it out there, make sure you partake in a botaki – a traditional feast – and meet new friends in a maneaba, which is like an open-air majlis.



Ever since we read the book Where’d You Go Bernadette, we knew that we needed to find a way to get to Antarctica. We had to see the southernmost tip of the world for ourselves. Only accessible by a boat leaving off the coast of Argentina, we will brave the frigid ocean to see those penguins, giant icebergs, and glaciers. The water is pure, the air is clean, and the wind may be chilly, but it belongs in our hair. If you aren’t convinced yet, then may we suggest you take a look at these masterpieces painted by Mother Earth herself.

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