If you’ve ever traveled to Europe, you’ve probably seen the many people crowding your view of some of the most well-known sights around. You’ve also probably experienced long lines, expensive accommodation, and booked-out tickets to events and attractions.
That’s why so many people are choosing to get off the beaten path when they head to Europe. Luckily, you can learn about some of these excellent destinations with eDreams. The company has put together a guide so you can see some amazing options that will give you all of the fun and adventure… without the crowds.
According to eDreams, more and more people are choosing to find new destinations that aren’t packed with tourists all competing for the perfect shot on Instagram. Searches for islands that are less traveled have increased by 179%, while 30% of adults aged 40+ say that they prefer to get off the beaten track when they’re traveling.
So where do you get started? I personally like to choose Cambodia over Vietnam, Guatemala over Florida, and Budapest over Berlin. I adored Bosnia, and count my trip to Myanmar as one of the best in my life. If you’re looking for hidden gems, look for places that you may not have heard any of your friends boasting about.
Saranda, Albania is likely to be one of these places. Did you know that European wildcats live in Llogora National Parks? And you can cross water to get to a real-life castle? Not to mention, the St Nicholas Monastery is pre-Christian, but in remarkable shape considering its age.
You’re also likely to enjoy Segovia, Spain, which is completely and utterly unlike Barcelona or Madrid. Instead, you’ll be able to see endangered wild goats in La Pedriza National Park, see the views from Vera Cruz Church, and enjoy the landscape of For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Sure, since Game of Thrones, everyone’s heading to Croatia. But if you’re planning to find a hidden gem, check out Kotor in Montenegro instead. There, you can get active in Durmitor National Park, get adventurous in the Yugoslavian Navy’s secret submarine caves, and even visit the smallest island in the Bay of Kotor- Sveti Djordje.
How do you like to travel? If you’re someone who already loves discovering hidden gems, tell me all about some of your favorites in the comments down below.