Top 3 Unexpected Cities Worth Travelling To
Oliver Rich talks about putting your FOMO to good use with some of his hot tips and best unexpected travel destinations to check out!
Travel is a double-edged sword. Whilst it really can be an amazing experience, the long lines, the boarder security and the delayed flights are enough to deter anyone, and that’s just getting out of Australia. So, the next time you are planning your travels, keep in mind some of these destinations, which I would say are some unexpected gems.
UAE: More than just a stopover city!
Let’s be honest, flying from Australia sucks. It takes us basically 24 hours to get to the majority of places, and even somewhere closer like Asia is still a long-haul flight. So, why not make an extra few days out of your trip?! Having a few days at a stopover city not only helps with your jetlag but allows you to experience a different culture and some additional fun to the main event. Flying from Australia, the stopover cities are usually either Singapore or the UAE, both of which have super unique attractions that will allow you to enjoy those few brief days enriching yourself in the limitless options on offer. The UAE has literally been made from dust, and now sits in the middle of the desert full of incredible things to see and do. Having stopped in Abu Dhabi for the better part of a week on my way home from my last trip, I can confidently say that it was one of the highlights, and now is a location that I know I will be going back to soon, and could not recommend it more.
Morocco: Sahara Desert realness
Morocco is becoming a more popular destination recently but is honestly an astonishing place to visit if you have the time. Visiting many cultural centres throughout Morocco, I found myself in constant awe of the food, the culture and the people. Additionally, the Sahara Desert lies within Morocco, and there are many tours that allow you to spend the night sleeping in the desert. Having personally spent a night sleeping in the desert and being able to look up at the stars and walk among the dunes, it really is an unforgettable moment and something I would totally recommend. Despite being near the Sahara, the architecture is also very beautiful. The Medinas in each city are littered with colourful paintings and fabrics, making every walkway vibrant and inspiring, it was the best place to explore and gain an insight into Moroccan culture. Sidenote too, the food was so amazing.
Ethiopia: Cultural AF
Many of my friends have make jokes about how I don’t stop talking about a trip to Ethiopia, which I honestly loved. Despite what people may think, Ethiopia is one of the MVPs that sit within the African continent. Whilst there are areas that are poverty stricken, it offers far more hidden beauty than what people would expect. From beautiful waterfalls, to the crazy wildlife, Ethiopia is the place to be. There are over 80 ethnic groups that sit within Ethiopia, each with their own customs and traditions, something that just makes the country that much more exciting. Ethiopia also celebrates several different festivals during the year, all of which are full of vibrant light and colour and music and people and is an experience that is simply unforgettable. During my time there I took part in the Enkutatash festival which celebrations Ethiopian New Years, and during it I was able to experience local culture and the people that came along with it, and despite my initial hesitations it was something that I wouldn’t change for the world, and something I would love to take part in again.
Overall, these locations all became some of my favourite places to visit and travel to by taking a leap of faith, which is something I have learnt is important when to comes to travelling. With this in mind, I hope I have given some motivation for your upcoming trips!
Oliver Rich is a final year Communications and International Studies student, who is a strong coffee addict and movie buff.