There’s visiting a new city. And then there’s discovering one. Anyone can go to the usual honeypot destinations - and believe us, they have - but why follow them? Go unexpected and travel to the places that many know but few visit, and see the quieter corners of the world for yourself – without battling for the perfect photo spot.

1. Tbilisi, Georgia


Looking for a city on the brink of a cultural revolution? Georgia’s capital is your next getaway. Visit before the crowds descend and experience Tbilisi’s cultural resurgence for yourself. Arts, fashion and nightlife are all there for the taking – and if you’ve got extra time, venture out to the former cave city Uplistsiche and get your fill of natural wonder, too.

2. Tirana, Albania


What Tirana lacks in size, it more than has in intrigue. Isolated from the world for the latter half of the 20th century, Tirana’s revival in the early 90’s saw the birth of a colourful, welcoming city. You’ll find cultural and architectural nods to Albania’s mixed past and variety of influences, and with Mount Dajti National Park just an hour away, Tirana blends urban and natural into one unforgettable trip. 

3. Sofia, Bulgaria


Often overlooked as tourists flock to Bulgaria’s coastal resorts, Sofia is an undiscovered gem for foodies and adventurers alike, with ski slopes and hiking trails a short bus ride from the centre. Within the city, you’ll find more than your share of incredible architecture, with churches and monuments around every corner, and an abundance of parks where you can enjoy events alongside the locals.

4. Cartagena, Colombia


Scrap the sightseeing agenda – Cartagena is a city to lose yourself in. Wander the UNESCO World Heritage streets of the old town and escape the heat in the city’s vibrant bars and restaurants, or go off-path and take a boat to idyllic Playa Blanca, 45 minutes from Cartagena port. But the adventure doesn’t end when the sun goes down. By night, chivas (party buses) can be found taking partygoers from bar to bar with live musicians on board – a truly Colombian experience not to be missed.

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