20 Tourist-Free Destinations. Traveling is one of the greatest joys in life. The ability to go anywhere and see anything is a treasure that many people find worthwhile. However, a beautiful and scenic vacation can quickly get ruined by hordes of other tourists. The huge swarm of white socks with sandals, fanny packs, and baseball caps can be overwhelming and ruin everything.
Kamnik Alps, Slovenia
This limestone mountain range offers beautiful scenery, amazing skiing, and relaxing health spas. It has everything you need to fully enjoy your winter wonderland vacation, all while avoiding crowds of people. Plus, the rest of Slovenia is also gorgeous and worth exploring while you’re in the country.
Mozambique is a southern African nation that sits along the Indian coastline. You have a relatively tourist-free beach for a solid 1,500 miles. The scenic beaches offer snorkeling the coral reefs, exploring the cluster of small islands, and delicious food. It’s like Phuket, but way less crowded.
Jordan Trail, Jordan
If you’re looking for an epic backpacking adventure then the Jordan Trail is one you have to try. It’s a whopping 400-mile hike across the terrain of Jordan, where you’ll experience beautiful scenery and explore 52 communities. You’ll be getting a peaceful and breathtaking journey that you won’t have to deal with other people (except the ones you bring with you) to experience.
Yoho National Park, Canada
Rocky mountain peaks and glaciers are waiting for people to come look at them in Yoho National Park. It’s a well-known hiking, kayaking, and nature-exploring spot that somehow isn’t crowded with tourists. It’s a picture-perfect destination that you’ll have pretty much all to yourself.
Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
Have you ever thought about going to Bali but are turned off by the idea of the insane amount of people that would be there? The Raja Ampat Islands offer strings of islands for you to explore, white sand beaches with thriving coral reefs, and a beautiful jungle to explore. It’s like Bali but without the stress.
Myvatin Nature Baths, Iceland
Who wouldn’t want to spend a day in some seriously relaxing hot spring pools? Head to the Myvatin Nature Baths instead of the wildly overcrowded Blue Lagoon pool. You’ll enjoy the same experience without hundreds of people sitting in the same water as you. Plus, you have a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis at the Myvatin baths.
Christmas Island, Australia
This crazy island in Australia is also a national park where you can go on adventurous hikes, snorkel among the coral reefs, and check out the wildlife without running into many other people. Other than beautiful fish and birds, Christmas Island is known for its massive red crab migration. If you go to watch the migration, you’ll see more than 100 million crabs scuttling to their seaside mating grounds.
Tonga is a country in Oceania and is made up of 170 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Talk about a private island getaway! There’s beautiful lagoons, white sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, and you can even swim with humpback whales. Honestly, what more could you be looking for?
Abuna Yemata Guh Church, Ethiopia
This destination is not only tourist-free, but it’s also downright dangerous. If you’re a brave and adventurous mountain climber with a love for unique architecture, the Abuna Yemata Guh church is exactly what you’re looking for. You have to climb more than 2,500 meters to even reach it, but the amazing interior is worth the trek.
The Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands is a nation of islands situated in Oceania, just like Tonga. It’s perfect for history buffs since there are many WWII-era sites, statues, and monuments set up. There’s a bustling marketplace that sells a lot of amazing food, art, and other items. It might be busy, but you’ll mostly be surrounded by locals.
For those of you who just can’t resist visiting Italy, opt for the scenic island of Ortygia over Venice. Come here to see the huge temples of Athena and Apollo, classic architecture, and enjoy the lack of other tourists. It’s so easy to get lost in the quaint scenery and delicious food that you’ll never want to leave.
Crooked Forest in Szczecin, Poland
This one is almost guaranteed to be free of anyone else other than you. Tour guides don’t take you to the Crooked Forest, so you have to find it yourself. It’s a worthwhile destination, though, because it’s truly a natural wonder. No one knows how the trees got crooked like that, so take a trip and see if you can figure it out!
Koh Rong, Cambodia
As long as you avoid Police Beach, the island of Koh Rong will be an unforgettable getaway vacation. There’s a butterfly zoo, zip lines, waterfalls, coral reefs, and so much more. There will be a few other tourists around, but not enough to get in your way or annoy you.
Colmar is one of the cutest, most picturesque places you could ever see. It looks like it jumped straight out of the pages of a fairytale. Everywhere you look you’ll see gorgeous flowers, amazing Renaissance architecture, and endless color. You could get trapped in the magic of the fine French cuisine and elegant vineyards, but the best part is the lack of other tourists.
Often called Morocco’s cultural capital, Fes is mostly filled with busy locals instead of pushy tourists. You’ll find expansive marketplaces, enticing food and spices, and some of the most jaw-dropping artwork there is. If you like museums and gardens, there are also many beautiful places you can check out.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, consisting of 14 islands filled with activities. Yes, there are some tourists, but it offers a lot of space to spread out so you don’t really notice them. There’s a variety of museums, cute cobblestone streets, the royal palace, and so much good food that you’ll be stuffed for days.
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, come to the little village built on a desert oasis known as Huacachina. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere and there isn’t much space for many people. Even though you won’t be alone you won’t be fighting crowds, either. You can enjoy the dune buggies, sandboarding, and try a fancy cocktail at any of the lagoon-side bars.
Psychedelic Salt Mine, Russia
Exploring a pretty cave is fun for anyone, but there are usually groups of people in your way. The Psychedelic Salt Mine in Russia is an abandoned salt mine that has absolutely stunning natural features. The winding tunnels are 650 feet underground and have numerous secret passageways to explore. You need a permit to explore them, but it’s worth it.
Islas Marietas National Park, Mexico
You also need a permit to visit the hidden beaches in the Islas Marietas National Park. These interesting spots were originally testing sites for weapons, but the Mexican government eventually turned the area into a national park. Pristine, secluded beaches formed as the years went by, and not a single other soul will be there to bother you.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
You can’t swim in this lake because of the extremely high pH levels, which is from rapid evaporation that leaves behind natron and trona. The evaporation causes the cool cracking you can see in the picture and is known for being the only breeding grounds for 2.5 million flamingos. Grab a spot at the nearby campgrounds, go for a hike on the Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain range, and look at more flamingos than you’ve ever imagined.