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Visit 5 off-beat and unique travel destinations in 2017.

Summary: Follow the road less taken and add these unique places to your travel bucketlist

Dona Cherian, Guides Writer

Would you try these destinations? Tell us about the most unique places you've been to in the comments section below or through our social media pages.

1. Kenya

@caleycb feeding some new friends at Giraffe Manor in Kenya 🌍✨ Waking up to feed the beautiful giraffes is definitely on my bucket list! . . . . . #giraffemanor #kenya #africa #giraffe #safari #view #scenery #travel #explore #backpacking #doyoutravel #passionpassport #travelpics #traveltheworld #instatravel #travelgram #igtravel #travellife #travelstoke #bucketlist #instapassport #globetrotter #wanderlust #traveladdict #beautifuldestinations #travelphotography

A post shared by backpack with me (@backpackwithme) on May 8, 2017 at 5:54am PDT

Kenya is not just for safaris and animal viewings. From insane parties and luxurious hotels to adventurous and thrilling activities including bungee jumping, river rafting and more, this country is as diverse as it gets. Most nationalities can get an e-visa (two -three working days) or Visa on Arrival (Indians and some other nationalities).

2. North Korea

North Korea has no internet, no television, no free information. This is the only public news I saw in Pyongyang, where each headline and each image is a tribute to the DPRK and great leader. It's difficult to wrap your head around the sheer magnitude this imposes for an ecosystem and it's people. Want to openly make art? Want to freely listen to music, or watch films? Want to create or learn anything outside the constructs of formal structure? Sorry, not possible. Even something as trivial as Instagram has had a huge impact on my ability to grow creatively. I'm able to practice the art of photography and documentary. I can be inspired by people I've never met. I feel the competition, the pressure to keep growing and exploring. I don't know where I'd be without the accessibility of free information. I grew up on the Internet. I've formed my own conclusions. And for that, I feel very grateful. #contrateur

A post shared by Taylor Pemberton (@pemberton) on Aug 21, 2015 at 6:41am PDT

It is not as difficult to visit as you might think, unless you work in media. The stipulations include going through government approved tour operators who will arrange for North Korean guides to assist you all the way - no independent travel is allowed. Photography and local interaction might be limited, but insights into this secretive country would be an amazing and unique experience.

3. Rann of Kutch, India

Its perfect to live a life which others don't understand:) staring at moments which others wont even mind ..finding beauty in all little things..i love my life ... . . . . . #incredibleindiaofficial #kuch #rannofkutch #sufi #_soi #_oye #lonelyplanet #streetsofindia #gujrath #photography #wanderlust #adventure #life #love#she #nature #sunset #throwback

A post shared by Sangeeth vv (@_lifeonroads) on May 7, 2017 at 8:01am PDT

While very well known to Indians living in the country, this destination is under-rated as an international tourist destination. One of the largest salt deserts in the world, the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a white desert and the best time to go would be during the three-month long Rann Utsav. Romantic getaways, adventure trips or culture discovery, you can do it all here.

4. Iceland

📍Arnarstapi 📷:@ramirotorrents #iceland #wheniniceland

A post shared by When In Iceland (@wheniniceland) on May 9, 2017 at 1:39am PDT

While popular with backpackers in Europe or with tourists who chase the beautiful Northern Lights, Iceland isn't really 'top of mind' for anyone travelling from the UAE. To explore the country at its best, choose a tour package that will allow you to enjoy Iceland's best attractions which include the northern lights, Blue Lagoon (a geo-thermal spa in a lava field), erupting hot springs in Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and much more.

5. Gansbaai, South Africa

🦈 Thanks to @harrystone_photo for taking the coolest photo that will ever be taken of me. #greatwhite #gansbaai #southafrica

A post shared by brian whyte (@brianwhyte) on Mar 23, 2017 at 10:47am PDT

For the one of the most thrilling experiences ever, head down to Gaansbai known for their dense populations of great white sharks and whales. Dive down in a cage with sharks surrounding you and very possibly, snapping at you. The whale watching stations still stand in this seaside town though whales in South Africa are now protected by law against any kind of hunting. This is where you will also find the southern-most indigenous forests of South Africa.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:May 9, 2017
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