If there’s one thing we can agree on it’s that the world is getting smaller. When I travel, I love the “new”, I want to see places I’ve never been before that feel foreign to me. It’s hard these days with the likes of Instagram and Facebook dominating our time. They feed us image after image of travel inspiration. In 2019, these destinations are expecting record numbers of visitors. But we thought instead of following the crowds we’d offer you alternatives. So what are you waiting for – let’s explore the new.
I’d love to know if you’ve been to any of these places – let me know in the comments below.
Many people fall in love with Santorini. The stunning sunsets, picture perfect, white washed hotels and cliff edge infinity pools make it easy to see why. But it gets so crowded, the sunset is stunning but in Oia prepare to share it with huge crowds.
Instead visit, Ios
According to A Girl and her Passport. “Ios is close to Santorini and in her opinion, has the better sunset! The Chora is up on a hill just like Santorini but without the volcano.”
There are also 75km of beaches and is an island for every type of visitor.
Things to do:
- Watch the Sunset from the Liostasi Hotel – The sunset in Ios is stunning and due to its unobstructed views, the Liostatsi is one of the best places to see it. You don’t have to be staying there, just order a drink from their bar.
- Visit Homer’s Tomb – Homer the poet is supposedly buried on Ios. It is a drive, but worth visiting. The view from here is amazing.
- Explore Skarkos – This is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the Cyclades. You can see some artifacts from Skarkos in the Archaeology Museum in the Chora.
Mexico is an amazing and convenient long haul holiday destination for visitors from the UK. With more regional departures than ever, a plethora of different activities and regions to cater to anyone’s travel wish list. However, for many, it’s become a “been there, done that” all inclusive holiday. If you’re looking to branch out, there are plenty of other long haul holiday options with a similar feel and price point to try out.
Instead visit, Costa Rica
Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a great alternative to a Mexican holiday. Known for its lush rainforests, the country is a great place if you’re looking to include zip-lining in your holiday plans. Pretty much anyone between the ages of five and 85 who visit the country can find a thrilling adventure that suits them. Whether it involves soaring through the canopies, rappelling down waterfalls, hanging off bridges, or all of the above. No matter where you stay, the stunning views should not be missed. On top of that, there are several active volcanoes, and many rivers and streams that attract kayakers and canoers from around the world. There are beaches to lounge on, trails to hike and ride horses on, and reefs for diving and exploring, making Costa Rica a great spot for your next trip.
Dubrovnik’s sturdy walls have protected it for eight centuries, but can do nothing to tackle the newest threat to the city: tourist overcrowding. The Croatian port, a World Heritage Site made famous by its starring role in Game of Thrones, has witnessed a surge in arrivals over the last decade. Now, according to locals – as well as Unesco, which has urged it to reduce tourist traffic or face losing its heritage status – the situation has reached breaking point.
There are of course alternative places to see in Croatia and you can also consider visiting out of season. But if you’re ready to try something new…
Croatia’s neighbour, Montenegro is another Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. Boasting golden beaches, whitewashed villages and lush green forests, Montenegro is one of the most picturesque spots in the Balkans.
The Bay of Kotor resembles a fjord, it’s dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon. Surely ideal for rambling, mountain biking and camping.
For centuries, tourists have flocked to Italy in their droves, spellbound by Roman ruins, Venetian canals, and coastal scenery.
In recent months, some Italian hot spots have struggled so much with overcrowding that they’re actively trying to deter visitors, from a set of regulations in Venice aimed at limiting visitor numbers, to Florence, where the mayor has begun ordering monument steps to be hosed down at lunchtime in a bid to drive away snacking tourists.
Venturing off the beaten track means you’re helping the economy of smaller towns, won’t end up with the same Instagram shots as everyone else, and may even find a bargain.
But this summer, ditch the crowds of Florence, Venice and Pompeii for …
Sardinia captivates with its wild hinterland, out-of-this-world beaches and endearing eccentricities. Here coastal drives thrill, prehistory puzzles and four million sheep rule the roads.
Sardinia has some of the dreamiest beaches you’ll find without stepping off European shores. Yes, the sand really is that white, and the sea the bluest blue. Hike through the lush, silent interior to the twilight of Tiscali’s nuraghic ruins. Walk the vertiginous coastal path to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna, where climbers spider up the limestone cliffs.
As DH Lawrence so succinctly put it: ‘Sardinia is different’. Indeed, where else but here can you go from near-alpine forests to snow-white beaches, or find wildlife oddities such as the blue-eyed albino donkeys on the Isola dell’Asinara and the wild horses that shyly roam Giara di Gesturi. The island is also a culinary one-off, with distinct takes on pasta, bread and dolci, its own wines (Vermentino whites, Cannonau reds) and cheeses – including maggoty casu marzu pecorino, stashed away in barns in the mountainous interior. In every way we can think of Sardinia is different, and all the more loveable for it.
Whether you’re looking for a new destination or an old favourite, the Strawberry Holidays team can help with you plans. Enquire today: firstname.lastname@example.org | 01254 205300