7 Exotic Places to Visit If Money Was Not a Problem

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By definition, exotic refers to anything unusual or exciting, or characteristic of a distant foreign country. When we plan our holidays, we frequently consider exotic destinations but quite often they remain on our bucket land because we can’t afford the travel. But what if money was not an obstacle to our journeys? What if we had just inherited a fortune or won a lottery jackpot playing EuroMillions? The expense would no longer be a factor and we could travel to our hearts’ content.

Making a list of exotic travel destinations is not an easy task as there are so many countries to include. Even so, here is a shortlist of places to visit when trips can be planned based on what there is to see, and not how much it would cost to get there.

Exotic Travel Destinations We Would Love To Visit

#1 Maui, Hawaii

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Maluaka Beach, Hawaii (Image provided by Mike)

When we think of Hawaii, magnificent beaches, stunning nature, and world-class resorts come to mind. Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island, is the perfect place for romantic honeymoons, snorkelling and swimming, and magnificent sunsets.

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Maui Sunset (Image provided by Bernard Spragg. NZ)

#2 Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

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Bay of Kotor, Montenegro (Image provided by S J Pinkney)

 This small mountainous Balkan country on the shores of the Adriatic used to be a destination reserved for the jet set. These days, huge cruise ships deliver thousands of tourists to the docks along the fjord-like Bay of Kotor.  Kotor is a medieval old town with landmarks dating back to centuries of life under Venetian rule. A scenic highway marked by hairpin turns leads up the mountain to a breath-taking view over the bay.

#3 Petra, Jordan

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Petra in Jordan (Image provided by Gary Bembridge)

Petra is one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world. Carved into the sides of a sandstone canyon in Jordan’s rugged desert, this ancient city has attracted caravans and treasure hunters for centuries. A narrow gorge called the Siq leads to the Treasury, the most elaborate ruin in Petra.

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The Camels of Petra (Image provided by Gary Bembridge)

#4 Istanbul

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The Blue Mosque in Istanbul (image provided by Pedro Szekely)

Possibly one of the only cities in the world that straddles two continents—Asia and Europe—Istanbul is a city with over 2,500 years of history and culture. Must-see sites include the Hagia Sophia—a Greek Orthodox church which later became an imperial mosque—and the Ottoman-era Topkapi Palace. The Grand Bazaar market gives visitors a true taste of the Orient.

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Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Image provided by David Spender)

#5 Galapagos Islands

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Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands (Image provided by Paul Krawczuk)

This remote archipelago captured the imagination of Charles Darwin and you will be astounded as well. Your visit will give you a chance to meet iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises, and albatrosses. As the islands are attracting more and more tourists each year, one must take care to avoid damaging the natural habitat of so many creatures.

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Wildlife on the Galapagos Islands (Image provided by Paul Krawczuk)

#6 Iceland

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The stunning scenery of Iceland (Image copyrighted by Travelling Book Junkie)

It’s hard to imagine that there are so many natural wonders in such a small island. The country is marked by glaciers, geothermal springs, weird rock formations, and active volcanoes. And if that is not reason enough to visit, the green skyscapes of the Northern Lights seen from September to mid-April make for an unforgettable experience.

Northern Lights captured from the ION Adventure Hotel Iceland

Northern Lights captured from the ION Adventure Hotel (Image copyrighted by Travelling Book Junkie)

#7 Madagascar

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Madagascar (Image provided by Sandy Marle)

This huge island off the coast of Africa is home to a unique eco-system that includes thousands of animal and plant species—including lemurs and chameleons—found nowhere else on earth. With its Eden-like biodiversity, it’s hard to beat Madagascar as the most exotic place on earth.

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Colourful Chameleons (Image provided by Teza Harinaivo Ramiandrisoa)

When money is not a problem, there is no shortage of exotic destinations to visit!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, what exotic places would be on your travel list?

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