It’s no secret that journalists have the best recommendations for places to dine, wine, and unwind. It is, after all, second nature for them to keep up with the latest news, as well as be armed with an arsenal of insider tips on where to go and what to do. The team behind Lifestyle Asia is no different. When we’re not chasing deadlines or living it up in the Lion City, we like to traverse the globe in search of inspiration and memorable experiences. (And shopping too, of course.)
Some of the destinations we’ve visited include Barcelona, Los Angeles and Ho Chi Minh. While none of these cities are particularly off-the-grid or exotic, our travels have led us to some hidden gems within that aren’t too saturated with tourists. This is an allure in itself, as it’s always ideal to explore a new place without knocking into noisy tour groups and a gazillion selfie sticks. In fact, we love these destinations so much, we almost want to keep them our own little (off-duty) secrets — but we’ll let you in on them.
Here are 5 hidden treasures you might have overlooked when travelling. From the oldest city in Vietnam to quaint towns perched atop mountains in California, here are our favourite off-the-beaten-track destinations for you to consider for your next vacation. You know, just so you have other options instead of booking yet another ticket to Paris, Bali or Thailand.