You've scrolled through all of the 'Hot Lists' and you know all of the 'It' destinations to visit, but what if you're wanting something a little more, well, different? Luckily we've spent years travelling under the radar to discover some truly fascinating destinations and can hereby reveal some of our favourite best-kept secrets, which we can almost guarantee you won't find on the pages of your favourite travel publication - well, not yet at least…

kumano kudo trial

1. Kumano Kodo, Japan

There's more to Japan than Kyoto and Tokyo, instead, trek the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail in Southern Japan. This mountainous jungle path passes beautiful temples and has been used by everyone from emperors to peasants for over a millennium. Side note: if you want to visit Japan during the Rugby World Cup in 2019, now is the time to start planning.

baked kachapuri

2. Foodie Georgia

When you think of Europe's food scene, it's Italy and France's infamous dining reputation that springs to mind. However, after becoming educated in Georgia's delicious delicacies, we are now converts to Georgian carb club, where dumplings and Khachapuri Adjaruli (a cheese and egg filled bread bun) are some of our favourite treats.

woman trekking in the himalayas

3. Trekking in Bhutan

Adventurous travellers seeking an off-the-radar trekking experience, look no further than the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek in the Bhutanese Himalayas. Reaching an altitude of nearly 15,000 ft, this moderate level trek offers brilliantly stunning panoramas, remote dzong visits and a purity of air that we can only dream of in London.

Assisi

4. Umbria, Italy

Often dismissed as the unloved little sister of Tuscany, neighbouring Umbria is - in our humble opinion - just as lovely and yet without the crowds. Home to a scattering of quaint medieval towns and a saintly history, the green heart of the country is also one of the most fertile areas in Italy. Fill your glass with a full bodied red and lather your dinner in truffle oil, this is the place to indulge.

a hippo by a river

5. Caprivi, Namibia

Conveniently bordering both Botswana and Zambia, Namibia's Caprivi Strip is a 280 mile long panhandle boasting some of the best game and scenery in all three countries put together. For the ultimate safari experience, start in Windhoek and self-drive along the easy, empty roads all the way to Victoria Falls, spotting (among more) elephants, rhino, wild dog and buffalo as you go.