6 Bucket-List Destination Swaps to Beat the Crowds
Overtourism is a growing problem, so why not try something new? Here are recommended alternatives to popular hot spots
1 August 2019
We all want to visit the places that everyone’s talking about – that’s human nature.
But when numbers swell, destinations lose some of their lustre. It’s true you can never have too much of a good thing, but a good thing can have too much of you.
The solution lies in putting an alternative pin in the map; finding somewhere with similar attributes that are not as well known. After all, our planet is vast – so surely there are enough hidden corners for us all to explore?
Swap #2: Zurich for Tbilisi
Zurich, like much of Switzerland, is a city with high standards – and it has a price-point to match. If you’re looking for photogenic towns set amongst soaring peaks and idyllic mountains, consider Georgia, which was once part of the USSR. Today, it’s capital Tbilisi is a buzzing blend of cafes , theatres, restaurants, and nightclubs attracting world-famous DJs.
The capital of Tblisi, Georgia (iStock/PA)
Swap #4: Santorini for Paros
A favourite with Instagrammers, Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands. Don’t expect to win too much of her attention, however, because you’ll probably find yourself at the back of a very long queue. If you’re after something less high maintenance but equally good looking, consider heading for Paros. Also in the Cyclades archipelago, the laid-back island has the same white cube houses and arresting sunsets.
Paros has windmills too (iStock/PA)
Swap #6: Chichén Itzá for Palenque
There are few places on earth quite like Chichén Itzá, but whilst the sight of the pre-Columbian city’s ancient Mayan ruins should be experienced by everybody, it’s also one of Mexico’s main tourist hubs. Whilst most travellers couldn’t pinpoint Palenque on the map, its ruins are equally stunning and ancient, but without the maddening crowds. You’ll find the Mayan temples swathed in mist in Mexico’s Chiapas region.
Mayan temple in Palenque (iStock/PA)