Top Ten Untouched Destinations
Are you looking for an off-the-beaten-track holiday destination? Look no further ‒ we've got 10 unspoiled destinations that have been virtually untouched by time. Pack your map, mosquito repellent and compass, and prepare to enjoy a holiday with a difference in 2015.
Destination No. 1: Romania
Romania's Carpathian villages are home to a traditional way of life. Here you will still find horses and carts amongst the beautiful, unspoiled scenery, not to mention the delicious Romanian cuisine.
Destination No. 2: Tombstone, Arizona
Visit the home of the gunfight at the OK Corral in the 19th-century wild west town of Tombstone. Don't miss a trip to Boothill Graveyard.
Destination No. 3: Mount Athos, Greece
Home to over 2,000 monks, only men can visit with special permission. Or why not head for the Lefkada region, where you will find plenty of sleepy villages?
Destination No. 4: Cuba
Parts of Cuba are still wonderfully untouched and peaceful, and the 1950s vehicles provide some great photo opportunities.
Destination No. 5: Nanjie, China
This city, which is still living under the Maoist egalitarian model, is becoming a popular tourist attraction. It may not be like this forever, so it is well worth a visit soon.
Destination No. 6: Madeira
Still firmly entrenched in the 1970s, you can enjoy afternoon tea at Sir Winston Churchill's favourite spot ‒the sunny veranda at Reid's Palace.
Destination No. 7: Route 66
Passing through many small towns in the mid- and south-west, Route 66 retains its traditional charm with examples of kitsch Americana around every corner. Just make sure your cheap gadget travel insurance is organised before you set off on your road trip ‒ you might need your satnav.
Destination No. 8: Bulgaria
Life moves at a slower pace in Bulgaria and you will find that delicious, organic food and a relaxing environment equal a chilled-out holiday.
Destination No. 9: Koh Phayam, Thailand
The relaxed pace of life on Koh Phayam and broad sandy beaches fringed by palm trees give way to hilly inland areas for trekking.
Destination No. 10: Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Indonesia's unspoiled Eastern Islands are the perfect spot for snorkelling, offering the best diving in the country. Wander around the pretty fishing villages or laze on sandy, unspoiled beaches and soak up the sun.
There are plenty of off-the-beaten-track destinations to check out this year, but you need to move quickly. Many of these destinations are already becoming popular tourist hotspots and won't remain unspoiled forever.