My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets

Posted on November 23, 2009 by

A big thanks to Angela at Travel Calling and Keith from Velvet Escape for nominating me in TripBase’s “3 Best Kept Secrets” tag.

The aim of this campaign is to unite travel bloggers in a joint endeavor – to create an amazing list of top travel recommendations across the globe to share with the entire online travel community.

1. Camping with Bedouins in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Bedouin tents

Our Bedouin host The desert of Wadi Rum covers an extensive area in Jordan, but few travelers make it here. Peculiar rock formations, red-rose sand and roaming Bedouins makes exploring this unique spot quite an unforgettable experience.

Deep in the Wadi Rum desert, you can sleep under the stars in Bedouin tents, with hosts who serve up authentic Jordanian food and tell tales of growing up in the desert. Imagine a warm fireplace, chilling desert wind and sweet Arabic tea brewing a magical concoction like no other.

2. Chong Krea Floating School, Cambodia

Children of floating school

People from near and far come to Siem Reap to visit the famed Angkor Wat. But besides the world-known ancient site, there’s a little secret I uncovered in the outskirts of Siem Reap, where the Tonle Sap Lake lies. Home to a unique floating village, almost everything can be found floating on the waters.

During a trip through the floating village of Chong Krea, I boarded a floating school, got to meet the children and learned about their lives. It’s an emotional trip, but as a visiting traveler, you rarely get the chance to get this close to the rural communities. I highly recommend this genuine experience.

Chong Krea Floating village

3. Mountain towns of Alpujarras, Southern Spain

Capileira village in Alpujarras

White washed houses Few tourists know of these white-washed villages hidden in the mountains of Sierra Nevada in Southern Spain. An hour’s drive away from Granada, over 30 traditional villages are scattered over the Alpujarras. Preserving age-old architecture styles and countryside charm, these little towns exude natural beauty and thick Spanish history.

Wander through the narrow alleys and you might bump into friendly locals or herds of sheep. These days, the Alpujarras is becoming a hippie’s hangout, where many nomads are setting up shop here. Some of my favourite villages include Capileira and Pitres.

Many of the beautiful white-washed houses are timeshare rentals that can be hired for a week or two. For those with ample time to slowly soak in the atmosphere here, rent a timeshare to truly indulge in what the Alpujarras has to offer.


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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

23 Responses to “My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets”

  1. Catherine November 23, 2009 12:38 am #

    They all look like wonderful places to visit – thanks for letting us in on the secret!!

  2. Jen Laceda November 23, 2009 5:14 am #

    I like your list!!

  3. Dan November 23, 2009 7:17 am #

    It looks like you've had some interesting travel experiences. I myself have seen some of the more out of the way places in Southern Spain, and I can say that it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed your list because I like to visit areas that other travelers often miss.

  4. Katie, Tripbase November 23, 2009 9:03 am #

    Some very special secrets here, thanks for sharing!

  5. Adriana November 24, 2009 12:38 pm #

    I also camped in the desert with bedouins, but in Egypt – it was an amazing experience!!
    I love the floating school!

  6. Angela November 28, 2009 6:54 pm #

    Wow, I would LOVE to go to Jordan, it's definitely on top of my travel list.

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    Lovel places Nellie… though they are no longer secrets :) hehe


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