A new age trend is emerging. Travel is changing, it’s not being looked upon as just an act any more, it’s becoming a way of life. People don’t just want to visit a city,they want to live it. The age-old idea of travelling to mainstream places is fading as this new-age travel trend comes in. People have started exploring places that weren’t being visited, unconventional, uncommercial spots that hold so much more than the popular spots.
We bring you four such places that re-define the way you would look at travel. You’ll be the first to know about them!:
The best part about Andorra is that it is extremely remote (forget about getting there by a plane or even a train), Andorra is just a few hours’ drive out of your way from Carcassonne, south of France, and Barcelona in the Spanish region of Catalunya.
Surprisingly, until a few hundred years ago, Andorra was an impoverished and isolated backwater. A brief drive from Andorra into the steeper valleys would take you to rugged little towns made entirely of stone. Those stout and awe-inspiring 12th-century churches and their stony bell towers stand as strong as the magnificent Pyrenees around them.
This beautiful mini country of Andorra, wedged between France and Spain, offers by far the best ski slopes and resort facilities in all the Pyrenees. Once the snow melts, there’s an abundance of great walking, ranging from easy strolls to demanding day hikes. If you can strike out above the tight valleys and can walk for alone for hours, Andorra would be your dream destination.
Meet the center of the Mediterranean; Malta. Floating in the sea between Sicily and Libya. The Maltan’s started of as being an ancient temple-building civilization, later Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Norman, and Aragonese occupations all left their mark on Maltese culture. So much so that the Malta we know as of today, can flaunt its UNESCO-anointed sites.
Proud of its waters being the cleanest in all of Europe, due to its state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants being part-financed by the EU, it’s even more proud of its sandy beaches. Conveniently located near large hotels, they can get quite crowded in summer. Also, Għajn Barrani, in a place called Gozo, is the perfect candidate for your ideal secluded beachy getaway!
It might not seem like a holiday destination on someone’s go-to list, but this landlocked Balkan country is going to be the next big wander-lusting destination. Five years after the former region of Serbia declared independence, a large group of travel enthusiasts are starting to visit it. For the moment, they are counted in their hundreds, not thousands, but these first tourists are discovering an enchanting country with rugged scenery that you could spend countless hours exploring and Ottoman-era architecture, ideal for a relaxing long weekend.
The country’s prominent Christian heritage extends throughout. You’ll find countless Serbian Orthodox monasteries scattered across Kosovo, including the 14th century Romanesque church at Decani, an hour and a half north-west of Prizren, near the border with Montenegro. The acclaimed Father Sava Janjic, who has been a monk here since 1992, is extremely hospitable and always insists on showing visitors round. The iconic church embodies Kosovo’s fusion of the west and east, laden with Gothic elements on the outside but Byzantine style frescoes on the inside inside.
Montenegro has sat on the borderline between east and west, ever since the Roman Empire split in two 1600 years ago The diversity and heritage of its cultural history can be seen in the mosaic floors of Roman villas, ornate Catholic churches, elegant minarets of mosques and flamboyantly-painted Orthodox monasteries. But wait, there’s also the legacy of 50 years as a non-aligned communist state, independent of both the West and the Eastern Bloc. It’s a fascinating and marvelous place, even for those with a passing interest in European history.
Such is its glory that it’s said that, if all the world’s a stage, then Montenegro struts upon it, continuously playing out the most dramatic act. There’s nothing here that can go wrong; whether it’s the backdrop of its awe-inspiring mountains and captivating coastline or its passionate populace and lively, living history.
It isn’t just a country, it’s one with charisma.