Not sure where you want to go but like to be ahead of the curve? These under-the-radar spots are the places that everybody will be talking about in a couple of years. You heard it here first.
With beautiful beaches, winding alleys, sea views and boutique shops, the coastal Kentish town of Whitstable is our go-to for rest, relaxation and a much-needed break from the city.
Done Lisbon? Ventured to Porto? Put this lesser-known city in Portugal's Centro region on your radar for a cultured city break with nature on its doorstep. Viseu's azulejo-dotted streets are a must-visit for renaissance art, impressive cathedrals and tavernas pouring robust Dão wine - plus, there's plenty of green space for a breath of countryside air.
Once a thriving Old Western movie set and real-life residence started by a who's who of Hollywood's western stars, this dusty, offbeat town is proving that it's far more than a tourist trail gimmick. A tight-knit community is reviving the pioneering spirit of the Old and making it a worthy desert stopover.
A must-visit on any Morroccan road-trip itinerary, this glittering desert oasis provides a snapshot into Tafilalet's prosperous and storied past.
Snow-capped mountains and rugged beauty lure adventurers to this national park in Montenegro’s northern territory. The fabled Black Lake, surrounded by dense pine forests and glacial gorges, is mystical in summer when cross-country skiing gives way to kayaking, rafting and wild swimming.
A short flight from Mumbai, the Ellora Caves is a network of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples carved into rocks – and among the world’s largest complexes of its kind. Quieter than Hampi and more ancient than the Taj Mahal, its fascinating structures are far from the tourist trail.
A midpoint between the mountainous wilds of North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania, this unspoiled corner of the Balkans is home to brown bears, lynx and myriad indigenous flowers. Get past the occasional lack of running water and punishing winter climes, and you’re in for a treat.
Just a 90-minute drive from London and accessible only by boat, Osea Island's forage-and-feast restaurant, recording studio and wellness offering attracts hedonists, creatives and those looking to looking to bask in its remote location.
One of Iran’s most awesome natural attractions, the terraced pools of water at Badab-e Surt make for a great day trip from Tehran, Semnan or Sari. It’s a tricky drive but the photos at sunset are well worth it.
Plan your escape (or mini-break) to the country. A fossil’s throw from Devon’s Jurassic Coast, the market town of Axminster is our go-to for a smattering of independent shops, fresh-air walks and good food courtesy of River Cottage.
A must-visit for mini-breakers craving a taste of the countryside, Yorkshire’s food capital of Malton is a go-to for independent shops and a brilliant market. Planning a road trip? The North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds are within easy reach by car.
Off the Causeway Coast from Ballycastle, Rathlin Island place to go for a fix of windswept beach walks surrounded by seabird colonies. We’ve got the lowdown on when to visit, what to see and the island’s best bar (hint: there’s only one).
Though it’s best known as a gateway to Skye, the bustling port town of Mallaig makes a great staycation pit stop in its own right. Expect hot tubs overlooking the northern lights, fresh seafood restaurants and Scotland’s west-coast beaches that rival the Mediterranean.
Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, North Berwick is a favourite day-trip destination among Scots. Yet its growing foodie scene and independent boutiques framed by wide, sandy beaches make this a great spot for a UK staycation.
With a free-spirited heritage and easy access to New York City and the surrounding Catskill Mountains, the town of Woodstock in upstate New York is a great destination for a memorable mini-break, scenic hikes and high-vibe dining. Peace out.