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4 extraordinary destinations to visit

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When thinking about your next overseas trip, why not opt for a destination that is out of the ordinary? Planning a holiday is made so much easier with specialist travel agencies such as Pentravel.

If you're in the mood for adventure, but are undecided about where to travel to, here are four extraordinary destinations you may want to consider adding to your bucket list.

1. cuba

Destinations Vintage car on a beach in Cuba

There is a reason why Ernest Hemingway decided to make Cuba his home. This Caribbean country is known for being an island lost in time, due to its old-world aesthetic. Classic American muscle cars, cigars and rum are some of things we've come to associate with it, but there is a lot more to this time-capsule country than meets the eye. While there is plenty of excitement to be had for those who enjoy a night on the town, Cuba's beaches are not to be overlooked. For history buffs, the country has a fascinating past filled with revolution, communism and creativity, which is best explored when visiting one of its many museums and heritage sights. If you find yourself in its capital, Havana, stop for a tipple at Hemingway's favourite watering holes, El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio.

2. iceland

destinations The basalt columns waterfall 'Svartifoss' or Black Falls in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Iceland is a place straight out of a fairy tale. In winter, everything is covered in snow and you might be able to see the magical Northern Lights. In summer, the days are endless – the midnight sun is a sight to behold. Iceland's landscapes are as breathtaking: think lava plains, geysers and volcanoes, interesting rock formations, black beaches and staggering waterfalls. This scenery provides wonderful birdwatching opportunities and you can even go sightseeing on horseback. And with things like fermented shark and smoked puffin as delicacies, your taste buds are in for an adventure. Iceland is a place that demands more than one visit, as the landscape can look entirely different once the season changes.

3. maldives

Destinations Water bungalows sit over a green lagoon

You know those dreamy island pictures that make you want to head to a beach immediately? Well, most of those are pictures of the Maldives. The country's pristine white beaches and crystal-clear water make it an ultimate beach escape. Since the Maldives is a collection of small islands, you won't find overcrowded beaches here. Further inland, you'll find yourself in an oasis of greenery that demands exploring. If you're going for a luxe experience, make sure to book a stay in the incredible overwater bungalows that the destination is known for.

4. norway

destinations Funnel-shaped Northern Lights in Norway

Norway's capital city Oslo and its fjords beg to be explored. Only when you venture off the main roads, will you experience the true magic of this country. Imagine long stretches of serene landscape, snowy peaks and forested hills. Left in its natural, wild state, you'll also be able to gaze at the seemingly limitless expanse of Arctic tundra, where it is possible to travel for hours without seeing a single soul. This only adds to the excitement and adventure. And when it comes to seeing the Northern Lights, Norway is usually the first choice for many.

If you are keen travel to these destinations, or any destinations around the world, Pentravel is ready to get you on your way. They offer a range of holidays to make it easier to plan your adventure.