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100 Secret Destinations Revealed – Latest Travel Survey

September 9, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

In this special collector’s edition of Australia’s best-selling outbound travel magazine, International Traveller has published the100 Secret Gems You Need To Know About – and there are plenty of new discoveries and surprise destinations… even for us!

“It never ceases to amaze me just how intrepid International Traveller readers are, and our annual 100 list this year illustrates the point perfectly,” says editorial director Leigh-Ann Pow. “It’s made up of secret gems that our readers have discovered and shared with us, places that are largely off the wellworn tourist track and still escaping under the radar of most travellers. We haven’t put them in any particular order because they are all as amazing as each other, and all equally deserving of being discovered.”

Xlendi, Malta - July 21, 2015: Boats at Xlendi Bay.

“Even Italy, one of the most travelled destinations, has plenty of secrets left to reveal,” was director Quentin Long’s reaction.

The 100 list was carefully compiled from a survey of 5400 readers (taken from our 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards). Some of the results are listed below:

Top 5 destinations for secret gems
1. The Arctic
2. Italy
3. France, UK and Africa
4. South America
5. Philippines, the Middle East and Central America

Our top 10 staff favourite gems
1. Agonda Beach, Goa, India (4)
2. Sibiu, Romania (50)
3. Xlendi, Gozo, Malta (70)
4. Meteora, Greece (78)
5. Sark, Channel Islands (88)
6. Tash Rabat, Kyrgyzstan (98)
7. Shiraz, Iran (39)
8. Dahab, Egypt (34)
9. Drenthe, Netherlands (28)
10. Siargao Island, Philippines (20)

10 gems you’ve never heard of
1. Negev Desert, Israel (40)
2. Tajikistan, Central Asia (37)
3. Jericoacoara, Brazil (19)
4. Kastellorizo, Greece (23)
5. Esfahan, Iran (43)
6. Suzdal, Russia (49)
7. Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia (48)
8. Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia (54)
9. Banksa Bystrica, Solvakia (55)
10. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique (59)

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