As human beings, we are always in motion. We have the desire to see the world, feel the experiences, and explore undiscovered territory. The sense of the unknown and going on an adventure. Some of the best journeys have been those where you just go, with no specific destination.

I was taken to Morgine and Les Des Alps as a child to do swimming in the natural lakes, climbing in the high tree tops and skiing on the glacier. Travelling was an amazing experience for me and I will do more as soon as I can.

However, if you are one of those people that don’t want to just tour and see the sights of the world—New York City and the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Paris and the Eiffel tower, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, the Colosseum in Rome or the Great Wall of China (all spectacular in their own right), then here are a few hidden wonders of the world worth seeing:

Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Valley, Bhutan: A scared Buddhist religious site, built onto the Cliffside. The temple was first built around a cave in 1692 and is 900 metres above the Paro Valley, looking down on the forests. The monastery is only open one day a year for visitors.

Flower Fields, The Netherlands: In Holland between the Leiden and Den Heldre there are stretches of tulip fields in the spring. Crocus season comes in March before the daffodils and hyacinths in April, then the tulips bloom.

The Alcázar of Segovia, Spain: This castle in the old city of Segovia began off as an Arab fort and was one of the influences for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Risen on a rugged rock face between two rivers, it is arguable one of the most unique castles in Spain due to its shape.

Sulphur City, New Zealand: Rotorua city in New Zealand, also nicknamed ‘Sulphur City’ has hot geysers, and a total of 17 lakes. The hydrogen sulphide emissions give the location a strong smell and are reason behind the nickname. Water activities are popular throughout the summer months.

Gokarna beach, Karnataka, India: Perfect for a tranquil vacation by the sea, with sapphire waters, coconut trees and soft sands. There are similar beaches near to Gokarna town, Om beach is around 6km away and is shaped like the Om symbol. A scenic location to visit.

Charlotte Appleby
I never know what to say about myself when people ask. I’m your average Joe. I’m from a big family and something is always going on. I’ve learnt to appreciate the peace and quiet now. Writing is my real passion; I started my degree in creative writing this year with the vain hope of one day becoming published. I’m working on a collection of poetry, a fantasy novel, stage plays and short stories of all variations. When I’m not scrawling, scribbling or typing, I can usually be found on my guitar. Music is another important aspect of my life and I’ve been playing for over a decade. I also have some weird hobbies like growing tropical plants, fire dancing and collecting coins.