Not that place! I’ve heard of that place!
Are you tired of seeing the same Photoshopped HDR photos on every Top 10 travel list from “Top 10 Beaches in Europe” to “Top 20 Abandoned Places” to “Top 5 Places to Kiss” to “Top 10 Places to Visit While You Still Can”? Me too! Enough with the turquoise waters and cobblestone lanes! I want to see something different!
This gave me the idea for a new kind of list: The Top 10 Places I’d Never Heard of Before. My mission is simple: use Random.org to find ten random places that I’ve never heard of before, and then share them with you. If I can’t find a Creative Commons-licensed image then I’ll move on to my next destination (as obviously I don’t have a photo of a place I’ve never heard of before), and I’ll try to share at least one interesting fact about each of these unknown places (unknown to me, that is!). Who knows, maybe I’ll find my next travel destination. Or maybe you will! Are you ready? I’m ready. Off to explore…
10. Dossor, Kazakhstan
I couldn’t find out much about Dossor, but I did find a few websites where you can chat live with beautiful women from this town in eastern Kazakhstan.
9. Morogoro, Tanzania
Morogoro’s bus station is very popular with Flickr photographers. It has a nickname that translates in English to “city short of a port”.
8. Minamisoma, Japan
Minamisoma got pummeled by the tsunami that hit the Japanese coast in 2011. It’s too close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant for comfort.
7. Haapsalu, Estonia
Haapsalu looks freaking awesome; I can’t believe I didn’t visit when I was recently in Estonia. Its mud has healing powers!
6. Port Hedland, Australia
Port Hedland is in Australia, and thus there are a lot of spiders. It is also home to the highest-tonnage port in the country, which means that spiders are coming and going like you can’t even imagine.
5. Bosaso, Somalia
Bosaso is “relatively peaceful”. Yay!
4. Kodinsk, Russia
And I’ve just fallen down a Siberian rabbit hole. Photo after photo of monolithic apartment blocks and frozen metal pipes. I’d been thinking about the Trans-Mongolian for 2015, but now I’m thinking I’ll just hop from one Siberian city to another. Kodinsk’s crest shows a yellow bear pawing at a sideways wave.
3. Junik, Albania
More than fifty businesses are registered in this Albanian town.
2. Cochabamba, Boliva
With a name like Cochabamba, I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Cochabamba before. Cochabamba is located in the Cochabamba Valley, which falls inside the Cochabamba Department. People from Cochabamba are known as Cochabambinos.
1. Tirunelveli, India
In addition to being home to the famous Nellaiappar Temple, Tirunelveli is home to its own unique version of halwa.
That brings us to the end of the list. Remember, what you call unknown places, someone else calls home. And vice versa, of course!
Have you been to any of these places? Why not make your own list of Top 10 Unknown Places and share the link in the comments?