Great Destinations. Fewer Tourists
Far from The Madding Crowd – Great Destinations. Fewer Tourists
I remember visiting Europe for the first time. While it was thrilling to visit iconic and historic cities such as Paris and Venice, the large crowds somewhat diminished the experience. As more and more people are traveling these days, many popular tourist attractions in the world are becoming overrun, resulting in long lines, extended wait times for attractions and exhibits, and overcrowded venues. It’s not uncommon to have to wait 2 hours or more just to get into Versailles or the Eiffel Tower! Of course, there are certain vacations where crowds are part and parcel of the trip. Disneyland and Times Square come to mind. However, if your idea of a relaxing vacation does not involve navigating through a sea of tourists, we thought we’d suggest some travel destinations that have all the beauty, history and excitement of the major tourist destinations, without the cramped venues, crowded attractions, and congested locations to contend with.
These days Venice is being swarmed with cruise ships and tour buses, turning the once romantic canaled city into a bustling and overcrowded tourist destination. If you want the beauty and romance without all the people, we suggest Colmar, France. Located along the Alsace wine route, Colmar, like Venice, boasts quaint canals, cobblestone alleys, and old-world charm–but without the masses.
Beach or tropical vacations are always a great way to escape the cold Canadian winters, but your fun in the sun can cool off quickly when confronted with billions of beach-goers crowding your space and disturbing your R&R! If you’d like a tropical trip without the hassle of the hordes, we recommend Upolo, Samoa. Its pristine white sandy beaches, palm trees and waterfalls make it the perfect place to get away to enjoy the some much needed solitude at the beach. In Upolo, you’ll truly feel like you’ve left the world behind!
Arunachal Pradesh, India
In recent years, Bhutan has become a very popular tourist destination, and many locals have become concerned with the potential environmental impact this is having on its ecosystem. We suggest traveling to Arunachal Pradesh, the neighbouring Indian state. They also have ancient Buddhist monasteries and fabulous natural attractions to visit, such as their majestic mountains. This is a great place to enjoy an authentic experience without all the tourists!
If adventure is your thing, you’ll want to check out Huacachina, Peru! In Huacachina, you can enjoy buggy rides and sand boarding, surrounded by stunning desert and ancient mountains. The one thing you won’t have to deal with is lots of people! Lots of adventure with few tourists!
Humayun Tomb, Delhi
While the Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the most iconic edifices in the world, and worth putting on your bucket list, it is an incredibly crowded tourist attraction! We would recommend checking out The Humayun Tomb in Delhi. While it may not have the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, there are few fewer tourist, meaning you can enjoy the sites without the stress of having to contend with the masses and, of course, the tourist traps!
We hope our “road less traveled” selections have piqued your curiosity! As always, no matter where you decide to travel, please be sure to travel safe! Feel free to contact us if you’d like more information on immunizations and current information concerning disease/illnesses in the region you will be traveling to. We look forward to hearing from you!