There are not many beautiful destinations in the world left untouched by mass tourism, but there are still some that remain a heavily guarded secret, especially among travel photographers. Of these few remaining paradises, Passport-photo.online has identified 10 of the best.
These places were analysed from a Google worldwide search data of more than 120 hidden paradises perfect for photo-taking, and ranked according to the average monthly searches they receive.
Stairway to Nothingness, Austria
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With an average of just 150 monthly searches per month on Google, the Stairway to Nothingness attraction in Austria remains a well-kept travel secret. A 100m-long bridge suspended 396m above ground level in the Austrian Alps leads travellers to a narrow staircase of 14 steps flanked by glass panels that ends on a narrow viewing platform jutting out from the cliffside, offering a spectacular aerial view of snow-capped mountains that provides the perfect backdrop for selfies.
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Every month, there are only 400 searches on Google of Beenkeragh, the second-highest peak in Ireland. The Beenkeragh Ridge is better known among hikers as one of Ireland’s most intimidating hill climb, but those who succeed will be rewarded with magnificent views all around at the summit.
Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia
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The Salar de Uyuni salt flats is located in Bolivia's Altiplano, near the crest of the Andes, at an elevation of 3,656m above sea level. It is the biggest salt flat in the world extending over 10,000sqkm, usually accessed by private car.
During the rainy season, a thin layer of water transforms the flats into a stunning reflection of the sky, creating an illusion of heaven on earth and bringing across a beautiful mirror-image effect in photos. Surprisingly, with all the spectacular photos found online, this destination only averages 400 Google searches every month.
Vatnajökull ice cave, Iceland
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With an average of 400 monthly Google searches worldwide, Iceland’s ice caves are some of the best kept photography hidden gems in the world. The Vatnajökull Region is home to an abundance of ice caves that form during the winter months in the outlet glaciers for adventurers to explore.
Waitomo Glowworm cave, New Zealand
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Despite being known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, the Waitomo’s Glowworm cave has an average 400 monthly Google searches worldwide. This lesser-known attraction takes travellers on a boat tour deep into the darker reaches of the cave where its ceiling comes alive with the bioluminescent lights of thousands of glowworms that resemble a starry night sky.
The Lofoten Islands, Norway
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The Loften Islands are an archipelago in Norway, that is searched on Google 450 times every month. The islands and its unique landscape offers beautiful photos of the sea, lakes, mountains, and hills in every angle.
Stockholm Underground, Sweden
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The Stockholm subway system is considered the world’s longest art exhibit spanning 110km long. The walls of its 90 over metro stations are each decorated in its own theme of sculptures, patterns, coloured walls, mosaic tiles and faux rock formations. Registering an average of 600 Google searches worldwide, this underground treasure is gold for urban photographers and art lovers.
Valensole Plateau, France
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There are 600 searches on Google every month of the Valensole Plateau situated in the region of Provence, in France. Between the period of mid-June to mid-August is when the region’s lavender fields burst to life, and the Valensole Plateau is the perfect spot for couples to snap romantic photos.
The Canadian Rockies, Canada
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Located between British Columbia and Alberta provinces, the Canadian Rockies mountains offer spectacular natural views and a diverse, preserved wildlife. These mountains average 800 monthly Google Searches worldwide.
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
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With the myriad of activities offered in Namib-Naukluft National Park, from horseback riding to camping tours, it’s a wonder that there are only 1,100 monthly Google searches of this untouched wilderness.
The park is an ecologically protected area spanning 49,800sqkm that allows guests to get up close and personal with an eclectic collection of wildlife including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsboks, leopards, African wildcats, cape foxes, baboons, caracals, bat-eared foxes and jackals.