Every now and again we get the urge to go somewhere different for our holidays. The usual beach holiday or city break to the favourite European destinations just doesn’t have the same draw and we want something different. To help inspire your search for that elusive ‘somewhere different’ here are 5 places you have probably never heard of but should definitely consider for your next vacation.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia
If you like rainforests, caves and strange bats, then you will love this place! The national park is on the island of Borneo and is home to one of the most spectacular cave systems in the world. Some of the caves are the biggest on the planet and can hold multiple 747 jumbo jets within them. The main residents are some strange looking wrinkled lipped bats that appear each night at sunset to set about hunting down their prey.
The whole region of Kimberley, Australia is worth visiting to see the country at its most raw. Australia has plenty of amazing landmarks and bustling cities but the true landscape can be seen in places like this. The area is three times the size of England and is in the northernmost part of the state of Western Australia so is a little hard to reach. But with its mountain ranges, canyons, rivers and indigenous Kija people, it is worth the trip. It is also one of the hottest parts of the country and has a monsoon climate that means it has a short, wet season from November to April.
You might not associate Texas with being the home to a minimalist art haven but that is exactly what Marfa is. The town is just 60 miles from the Mexican border and saw a resurgence in the 1980s when New York artist Donald Judd used it to create his minimalist vision. There are sculptures and installations as well as the Chinati Foundation contemporary art museum, all surrounded by an area of desert known as El Despoblado ‘the uninhabited’.
This area of the South American country of Guyana isn’t a popular tourist spot but is worth visiting for the amazing savannah and wetland areas it encloses. It is close to the border with Brazil in the south-west of the country and includes amazing Amazonica lily pads on the river of the same name with otters playing between them. Nearby is the Rupununi Savannah area, the most biodiverse area of the country with over 250 species of bird life alone.
This is another place with an unlikely art connection. The town of Medzilaborce is home to the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art and has a collection only second to the main Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh. Why you might ask? Because of Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, who came from nearby in the village of Mikova and the museum was established by his family in 1991 to celebrate his roots. The town is close to the border with Poland and dates back to the 1500s so there is a bit of history to enjoy as well as the art!