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20 Destinations We Should Visit Before They Become Tourist Traps

The world is a place full of wonder and adventure. Often times we can find ourselves simply being caught up in the latest and greatest tourist places to visit. Since when did the word tourism make a place seem better? If you enjoy visiting places that aren't filled to the brim with other travelers, then perhaps you want to take a look at these twenty places. These destinations are mostly off of the tourist's radars and will be for years to come. Many of these places offer the same thing that the other tourist traps offer, but they are better because they aren't overcrowded with people trying to vacation. These places are still mostly unknown to many vacationers and you should get to them before it is too late. As with all places sooner or later they become tourist traps.

Many places have been ruined by tourism and they never came back from it. Now they primarily exist to serve the tourism that plagues it year after year. These places are authentic and that won't change until tourism catches up with them. If you want real world experiences and not experiences made up to bring in more tourists, then you should reference these 20 places.

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20 Kep, Cambodia

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The Kep is known as Cambodia's sweet spot and is on the verge of becoming a tourism hot spot. Kep is a small coastal town that is authentic in what it sets out to be. It is a small fishing town that has only a few things to offer tourists. If you are a fan of seafood this may be a must-have on your bucket list. There is a large crabbing operation ran in Kep which means there is always fresh crab and other seafood being served there. Other than the food, Kep is also located on the coast which means you can find yourself enjoying a day at the beach after eating tons of seafood.

19 Manila, Philippines

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The city of Manila located in the Philippines is known to be a paradise of chaos. By this people mean that Manila is a great city without many tourists roaming the streets but it still suffers from the poverty that burdens the whole country of the Philippines. However, this city can be a nice cheap getaway for someone who is looking to vacation in a large city without a large tourist presence. According to the Huffington Post, a three-course meal in Manila costs under 20 dollars compared to other high-class cities that would cost around a hundred dollars.

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18 Phu Quoc, Vietnam

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Phu Quoc is the perfect place for anyone looking to get a tropical getaway in Vietnam. Compared to the tourist-filled Ha Long Bay, Phu Quoc seems like a blessing. The island sees many people enjoying the coast by swimming, taking boat tours, and overall enjoying the peace and quiet that Phu Quoc offers. Phu Quoc also has a great nature presence as the jungle located just off the coast is a great place to hike through or rent bikes to ride through. According to the LATimes, Phu Quoc is on the rise to become one of the most populated islands in Vietnam rivaling that of Ha Long Bay.

17 Busan, South Korea

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South Korea may seem like a place that would have immense amounts of tourism everywhere, but there are a few places left that tourists haven't completely flocked to. Busan is one of these places. The city of Seoul is usually the most populated place in South Korea due to a large amount of tourism, making the city of Busan fairly scarce when it comes to tourism. However, the luxury of little tourism may see its end. If you want to visit Busan before the tourism rises there is a lot to do such as art museums, bird sanctuaries, and even a fish market.

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16 Estes Park, Colorado, USA

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Chances are if you have been to Colorado the places you think of don't include Estes Park. Perhaps, you might think of places like Aspen, Vail, Telluride, and Breckenridge. Or if you are more of a city person you may think of Denver. However, if you really want to connect with nature you may want to look into Estes Park. According to the official Estes Park website the park is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park. There is a lot to do in Estes Park especially during the winter months. Some of these activities include ice skating and hiking through the scenic mountains.

15 Zambia And Zimbabwe

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While Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the rise as the local airport has expanded and continues to expand according to Travel and Leisure, the area is still off the grid for most tourists. Perhaps the biggest attraction to see at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is the waterfall that connects the two countries. There is also a national park located close to the waterfall that offers guests a real chance to connect with nature. There are immense amounts of wildlife in the Hwange National Park and is known to have one of the largest elephant populations in the world.

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14 Puglia, Italy

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If one of the main reasons you travel is the fact that you like trying new and interesting foods, then Puglia located in Italy may be the next stop on your list. The city has a large Mediterranean food presence and everything is locally sourced. The restaurants you eat at in Puglia are like a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant that no one knows about, but are actually everywhere. If you aren't much of a foodie then Puglia still has a lot to offer the average person. The city is located on the coast of Italy and features warm beaches with bright blue waters. It is the perfect city for anyone wanting to experience Italy without the crowds.

13 Riga, Latvia

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Latvia has been a country that has known to be a best-kept secret from tourists roaming around Europe. Up until the city of Riga was named  European Capital of Culture for 2014, it seemed like the country of Latvia would stay that way. Riga was also ranked one of the cheapest cities for backpackers to visit according to Price of Travel. Statistically, someone could get away with only spending thirty-three dollars a day for everything from food to lodging. Talk about a cheap getaway. Riga is also a great place to visit during the winter months as it has a North Pole vibe to it.

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12 Taos, New Mexico, the USA

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Taos is a fairly popular vacation and tourism spot. So why are we including it on this list? Well, it is a fairly popular spot during the summer months but many people don't think of the potential this town in New Mexico has during its colder months. Perhaps, the most unique attraction in Taos during the winter is known as Taos Ski Valley which is what it sounds like. Taos Ski Valley offers a fun new way to enjoy New Mexico that many people may not have thought of before. However, if you aren't a fan of the cold you can always visit Taos in the spring when they offer things like wine tours.

11 Bangladesh

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Bangladesh's entry on this list may seem like a confusing one at first. However, when you consider that the country has many areas that tourism hasn't plagued yet then you may want to rethink your next vacation. According to BBC, Bangladesh has the world's longest uninterrupted beach. Not only that but the country offers many smaller places that tourists haven't found yet, such as jungles, villages, islands, and even mosques. A simple plane ride away and Bangladesh could be your new favorite vacation spot. That is until tourism inevitably finds its way into the country.

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10 Koh Rong, Cambodia

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You would be hard pressed to look up the word Cambodia and find anything except for saturated screen saver worthy images. That is because Cambodia is the living embodiment of a screen saver. More so, visiting a small town known as Koh Rong will allow for even more lively activities. The area is made up of a coastline and has few lodgings littered across the coastline. Koh Rong is the perfect tropical place to visit, and if you are a fan of snorkeling or fishing it is the perfect place. According to BBC Koh Rong is what Thailand used to be before tourists ruined it for everyone.

9 Sofia, Bulgaria

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If you are looking for a cheap getaway in Europe look no further than Sofia located in Bulgaria. The travel website known as Price of Travel named Sofia Europe's cheapest tourist city. The city is known to have awesome markets and a large religious presence. The city is perfect to walk through and you can run into a lot along the way. There is a large cathedral in Sofia that is worth the visit and is called the Alexsander Nevsky Cathedral which seats around 10,000 people. It is definitely worth a visit to see its unique architecture.

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8 The Salinas Grandes, Argentina

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From the image above you may think that the Salinas Grandes located in Argentina is a large field of snow but in reality the white stuff powdering the ground is salt. According to justwanderlustblog.com, the salt flat spans to be around 3,200 miles. The main reason that there aren't many tourists visiting the Salinas Grandes is that the area is fairly difficult to reach. However, there are predictions that the Salinas Grandes will become more popular among tourists in coming years. This is due to the popularity of a nearby area known as Salar de Uyuni salt flats which are located in Bolivia.

7 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA

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The United States is known to have its fair share of amazing National Parks. However, over the years these National Parks have become more of a tourist trap than anything. What once was a place to get out and enjoy nature is now a place that you can't escape the constant flow of tourists. However, there are still a few National Parks in the United States that tourism hasn't found its way into. One of these parks is known as the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is located in North Dakota and is amazing in its beauty and the amount of wildlife you can find wandering through the National Park.

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6 Roatán, Honduras

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Roatan is an unknown beach island located in Honduras in the Caribbean. While the Caribbean is a popular place to go for beach lovers, the island of Roatan is fairly unknown to that community. Only recently has Roatan become a cruise ship destination, according to NYDailyNews. There are many divers that travel to Roatan to see the coral reefs that stretch 35 miles across the coastline. It also helps that the area isn't overcrowded with other divers or tourists to get in the way. There is much to do on the island of Roatan and the fun is awaiting anyone who knows about its existence.

5 Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA

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If you have ever wanted to experience Yellowstone National Park but have seen just how popular and crowded the National Park gets, then a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park may be just the place for you. The Lassen Volcanic National Park is a smaller version of Yellowstone and sees much less tourism than its bigger counterpart. Lassen Peak which is a volcano last erupted in 1915 according to Yahoo. There is also a location in the park known as boiling pond which features geyser-like qualities. If you go at the right time you may even experience a white winter in the National Park!

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4 Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Belize is predicted to become one of Central America's newest tourist hot spots. This means that the underpopulated Ambergris Caye will become heavily populated with tourists in the years to come according to the NYTimes. The biggest attraction at Ambergris Caye is the area known as the Great Blue Hole which has much potential to divers. There are already several divers traveling miles to visit the Great Blue Hole. If you aren't much of a diver, there are sand atolls that you can sit on and just enjoy the day out at Ambergris Caye.

3 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the USA

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Chances are you are running into dead ends when trying to find large cities to vacation in without large crowds. Most cities in the world have large populations that overcrowd the cities. However, there is a city located in Oklahoma known as Tulsa that doesn't see many people as far as people living there or tourists. The city is growing and they just opened a new park known as the Gathering Place. The Gathering Place has several things to do in it like, boating and even a skate park. Tulsa is also home to the Tulsa Zoo which spans 85-acres according to their official website. If you are looking for a family-friendly vacation spot look no further.

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2 José Ignacio, Uruguay

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While you may need to shell out some cash to vacation in Jose Ignacio located in Uruguay, it may be worth it seeing as the beautiful city only has around 300 people living in it according to Wanderlust. The city is also a popular spot among celebrities like Shakira who are looking to get away from paparazzi and the limelight. There is a lot to do in Jose Ignacio as the city is getting ready to host an international art show and even has several art boutiques located across the city. If you are looking for a fancy place to relax, Jose Ignacio may be the perfect place.

1 Depoe Bay, Oregon, USA

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Depoe Bay is known for one thing and that is that it is the perfect place in the world to watch whales in their natural habitats. According to Yahoo, it is the whale-watching capital of the Oregon Coast. If you want to skip the lines at Sea World and get a more natural look at whales in their habitats then look no further than Depoe Bay. There are plenty of other things to do at Depoe Bay if you aren't into whale watching. The coast offers several restaurants that serve fresh seafood. If you want to hike along the coast there is plenty of room to do that as well. It is the perfect place to get away for the summer.

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