What do Bray, Mongolia, Lake Bacalar in Mexico, and Burlington, Vermont have in common? Well, according to the travel writers and editors of Time Out Magazine they are all among the most underrated travel destinations in the world.
Tasked with creating a list of 14 hidden gems across the globe, the venerable publication created a list spanning everything “from tiny islands and seaside towns to massive lakes and whole countries” with “legitimate hidden gems” which offer “great alternatives to popular spots in the same region”.
Illustrating the high regard in which Time Out holds Bray, the number one hidden destination on the list was an entire country, east Asian nation Mongolia.
Known for its traditional gers (yurts), friendly nomadic people, and herds of wild horses stomping across untouched steppes, Mongolia has to be experienced to be believed. With a new international airport and affordable local-led tours, this seemingly far-flung country is more accessible than you’d expect. For a perfect introduction to the country, spend a couple of days in the capital, Ulaanbaatar – it’s surprisingly clustered and easy to explore – then take in the picture-perfect ranges and fresh mountain air of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Stay the night under the stars in your own ger and don’t be surprised if nomadic herders stop by to welcome you.