When we are looking for inspiration for our next vacation we are most likely going to head to the place that comes with the most recommendations and although this proves that the place is great, it is also most likely to be full of tourists. Unfortunately, this can be that the experience is less authentic than what you had hoped for. As more people decide to step out of their comfort zones and visit those places they wouldn’t have before, airlines are flying more people around the world now, than ever before thus meaning that the locals who once called these places homes, do not feel so welcome anymore. So, what can we do to help reduce the bad-side of tourism while at the same time being able to enjoy a destination that remains on the quiet-side? These are some of the alternative destinations that you can visit.
If you have always wanted to travel through the canals of Venice, why not visit Ljubljana in Slovenia? Alarmingly, the fragile city of Venice has an influx of around 60,000 tourists a day that has forced the residents of the city to withdraw their claim that Venice is “La Serenissima” meaning, “most serene”. Although still stunningly beautiful, the once intriguing artisan shops have been replaced by souvenir stores and with rising rent, locals are choosing to move out of the tourist trap.
Close by, the Brda wine country of Slovenia awaits. Nicknamed the “Tuscany of Slovenia” any visitor can be taken back by its beauty, with inspiring views, medieval architecture and food and wine that can easily rival Italy, this is one of those places that you would be silly to miss. If it’s the canals of Venice that attract you, you can head to Ljubljana where you can relax and travel down the gentle jade-colored river that meanders through the city.
Regardless of whether this place comes with a recommendation or not, it is very easy to be drawn to Banff by simply looking at the breathtaking photos of the area. These Canadian Rocky Mountain’s and glaciers attract an outstanding three million visitors from April to September every year. As great as the area is, most people end up waiting in line to take a photo, rather than enjoy their surroundings. Why not hop over the border to British Columbia and visit Yoho National Park. Equally as stunning, but maybe even more so, visitors can hike, admire the wildlife as well as kayak across the emerald lake and more.