We’ve all dreamed of going to Paris, London, Santorini… but these holiday destinations can get pretty crowded and pricey because they’re so popular. Here are some great alternatives:
Croatia is a relatively small country next to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and pretty near to Austria and Italy.
In our opinion, it’s a totally underrated holiday destination.
Imagine sunny beach days, clear waters, and beautiful, quaint European towns chock full of heritage and culture (without the tourist chaos of Italy).
Fun fact: part of Game of Thrones and Star Wars 8 was filmed in the city of Dubrovnik.
You’ve probably heard of Spain, but do consider visiting the neighbouring country of Portugal.
Portugal is steeped in history and culture (and good food!). Additionally, it’s relatively cheaper compared to many of its western European counterparts.
It’s also got some really lovely beaches you can check out!
There’s a lot to do in this vibrant country, and you can take your pick.
Picturesque cities like Kraków and Gdańsk vie with energetic Warsaw for your urban attention. Elsewhere, woods, rivers, lakes and hills beckon for some fresh-air fun.Lonely Planet
And you’d be surprised at the amount of things you can eat, from pierogi to bagels (which were invented in Poland!)
Luxembourg is a pretty small landlocked country sandwiched between Belgium, France, and Germany. Its capital city was once a walled fortress, and even though most of the wall is in ruins now, the city is still incredibly beautiful.
There are plenty of shops, ranging from high-end to small family-run shops nestled throughout the winding streets for you to explore!
Hungary is incredibly beautiful. Its capital, Budapest, is full of things to do and see.
The thermal baths are a must-visit. There are multiple in the city of Budapest, and locals and tourists alike love soaking in the heated pools.
There are also multiple attractions in the city, from museums to gorgeous architecture.
So if you’re planning for your next trip abroad and have been dying to visit Europe (but don’t really want to visit super-popular places), these countries offer more unique experiences, and have just as much wealth in beauty and culture on offer!