Last Updated on January 31, 2020
We are constantly looking for affordable travel destinations, but being our own online travel agent isn’t always easy – after all, the world is huge, and we are often seduced by all the exotic destinations that are presented to us on all the travel websites.
Who wouldn’t like to spend their next vacation on an exotic beach, enjoying the most delightful of sunsets, experiencing a different culture and just bathing in the sun at a place that could be called heaven on earth? We bring you 5 exotic places to visit without a passport, and we promise you that any travel advisor would tell you these places can be on any list of best places to travel!
1. Puerto Rico
For anyone who lives on the East Coast, Puerto Rico should be a top priority – you can have a wonderful vacation and save a bunch on airfare. Besides, being an absolutely exotic destination, famous for its stunning beaches and natural sightings – you can even visit a rainforest. The food is also absolutely delicious and the people are super nice and welcoming.
Plus, you won’t need a passport if you are a U.S. Citizen, so what are you waiting for?
2. United States Virgin Islands
If you have the time and the money, you can do a double vacation. The United States Virgin Islands are only a few minutes away from Puerto Rico by plane, so it is a great opportunity to enjoy two exotic destinations at once.
The main islands are St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, but there are also a lot of smaller islands scattered around. After rebuilding from hurricanes that affected the islands in recent years, this is a place that relies heavily on tourism in order to survive. If you are a true escapist, St. John is the island for you – you will be able to enjoy the amazing national parkland and do some diving.
St. Thomas is the dream of any shopping addict, presenting the visitors with an infinity of boutiques and jewelers. And St. Croix is the epitome of luxury and is very sought out by people who want an unforgettable honeymoon – you can easily find accommodation in hotel booking sites.
3. Northern Mariana Islands
The Micronesian islands have a rich history when it comes to government – first colonized by the Spanish, during the 16th century, then the Japanese forces during WWII, and finally the United States of America, in 1944, following the Battle of Saipan.
The largest island of the Marianas is called Saipan, and here you can visit many war memorials, as well as museums. But besides the rich cultural component, this is also a great destination for anyone who seeks adventure and adrenaline – you can drive the grotto and visit a limestone cavern located 70 foot-deep into the ocean where you can observe ref sharks and sea turtles. You can also take a boat and visit the lagoon that surrounds Managaha Island and let yourself be blown away by the incredible blue setting. Even though this is a remote location, travel websites will present you with well-known options when booking your hotel.
Guam was also colonized by Spain. Now, Japanese people and U.S citizens can visit it without a passport. There is so much you can do and enjoy on this gorgeous island – you have stunning beaches, well known for great snorkeling, and there are many lookout points where you can enjoy one of a kind views over the islands. Two Lovers Point is 400 feet above the Philippine Sea, offering a dramatic and unbelievable view. Packing tips? Bring your sunscreen, because you will not want to leave the magical beaches of Guam.
5. American Samoa
Between the Fiji Islands and the Cook Islands, you can find a collection of five volcanic islands, a territory known as American Samoa. It is an absolute escape from your everyday life – there aren’t many hotels, so it isn’t one of those places that become annoying because of the peak season.
Moreover, there are coral-filled waters, rocky coastlines that have been sculpted by lava and beaches that remain untouched by mankind, preserving all of their beauty. The culture is also pretty genuine – in the village of Alega you can get a delicious meal made from local ingredients, try fish and shellfish fresh out of the ocean and even stay in traditional Samoan huts instead of the chain hotels your hotel booking app is trying to pin on you. What do you say?