One of the best parts of travel is discovering new and exciting places that few other tourists have been to. There’s nothing better than going somewhere where most of the people are locals, and you’re not competing with other tourists for a photo.
eDreams has created an infographic with some interesting facts and a few great spots to check out in some less-traveled destinations.
More and more people are looking for the road less traveled when they’re on holiday. According to eDreams, 30% of adults aged 40+ currently prefer to go off the beaten track, and this number is likely to increase as we inevitably see an increase in tourism numbers across the globe.
Increased access to pretty photos on social media, combined with cheaper flights and a huge emerging middle class in countries like China, is having a massive impact on some of the most beautiful spots in the world. Unfortunately, this ruins the experience for everyone, but particularly for locals.
If you’ve ever been to some of the most popular Thai or Greek islands, you’ll know how difficult it is to react when you’re sharing a beach with what feels like hundreds of thousands of people. It’s not surprising ot see that searches for less-traveled islands are up 179% as tourists struggle to find peace, quiet, and natural beauty that’s not packed with other tourists looking for the best photo for Instagram.
Heading to Portugal? Ditch the typical hotspots and head to Algarve. Instead of lying on the beach, consider kayaking to Benagil Cave, or get active and climb the peak of Foia in the Serra de Monchique. For some waterfall photos where you won’t need to photoshop out a bunch of tourists, hike the Asseca Valley where you can check out three different incredible waterfalls.
Everyone is going to Iceland right now. But instead, why not go to Slovenia? Bled is both a cost-effective choice and incredibly beautiful. Lake Bled is gorgeous, and you can even go climbing in Triglav National Park or ice climb frozen waterfalls in Mlacca Gorge. Now that’s an adventure.
Or head to Saranda in Albania, where you’ll meet friendly locals, avoid crowds of tourists, and get up close to European wildcats (but not too close) in Llogora National Park. You can also check out the pre-Christian St Nicholas Monastery and even see a real-life castle.