Ok, enough with the introductions. Without further ado, here are the 6 winning destinations of our annual Travel Lemming Reader Awards. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised by at least a few of them!
From medieval towns where you can relive centuries of history to modern cities throbbing with the latest in culture and fashion, Serbia is perhaps one of the most underrated travel destinations on the planet. Witness impressive fortresses as you cruise down the Danube, explore the gorgeous mountains around Zlatibor, check out the , or get your party on in city’s floating nightclubs. Whatever you do, get to Serbia fast before word gets out about this incredible hidden destination!
When to Visit: May to September
Runner Up: Mar Chiquita, Puerto Rico
Hope you come hungry and thirsty, because the rich soils of an extinct volcano give Orange some of the best food and wine this side of Tuscany. It may only be a few hours away from Sydney, but that distance has been enough to keep it just off the edge of most tourists’ maps. You should definitely put Orange and the surrounding region on yours though, and experience panning for gold at the site of Australia’s first gold rush, wandering for a walk alongside wind farms and historic buildings, or water sports at Carcoar Dam. Soak in the relaxed pace of life here and you’ll soon understand why Orange is our readers’ top choice as the for 2019!
Top Attractions: Mt Canobolas Conservation Area, Orange City Heritage Trail
Runner Up: Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park
Runner Up: St. Helena
Lima has recently gained a reputation as the gastronomic capital of South America. And with so many tasty culinary options, from the white table cloth to the street food variety, it’s a city that will turn even the most casual diner into a foodie. But this city is about so much more than its restaurant scene: you’ll find surfers taking on breaks set against the soaring Miraflores cliffs, Spanish colonial streets just calling for you to meander down them, and a giant outdoor water show spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. Best of all, Lima’s temperate climate means just about every day is great for exploring this underrated city. Remember: Lima is so much more than just a stopover city!
When to Visit: November to May
Top Attractions: Miraflores Cliffs, Huaca Pucllana, Plaza de Armas