Swap these overrated tourist destinations with these hidden gems instead


When you have the whole globe at your disposal, choosing where to travel can be a little overwhelming, and so often we find ourselves choosing the most obvious choices. However, this doesn’t always lead to the best experiences. Queuing up to see historical monuments can ruin the vibe a little, and a beautiful sunset doesn’t have the same tranquil feel if you’re sitting 3 feet away from a noisy family! Instead of heading for overrated tourist destinations, here are some hidden gems for you to enjoy that are just as good – if not even better!

Say ‘no’ to Barcelona and ‘hello’ to Lisbon

Barcelona is an incredibly vibrant city, but unfortunately, that does mean that it is saturated with tourists. In fact, the city has put a limit on tourists, so that there are only a certain number of flights that can head into Barcelona, plus a cap on how many hotel rooms can be sold. It’s hard to enjoy everything the city has to offer when you can’t move for other tourists! A good compromise is to head to Lisbon in Portugal instead. You’ll still get to enjoy lovely beaches, but with more space to lay your towel! Plus just as much art, culture, and architecture.

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Head to Flores instead of Bali

Are you even a travel aficionado if you haven’t yet at least considered heading to Bali at some point?! There’s a reason that Indonesia is such a popular place to visit, but the problem with Bali is that it is so oversaturated with tourists that you don’t really get the real experience. If you want to enjoy the real side of Indonesia. Head to Flores instead, which is an island just to the East, which boasts stunning lakes, shimmering waters and volcanic land to explore. Be sure to check out Komodo island – home to a whole load of adorable Komodo dragons!

Go to Atrani rather than Cinque Terre

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you will have seen the photographs all over social media, of colorful houses sitting on top of cliffs, and their view of impossibly blue water. Although Cinque Terre looks like an Instagram dream, you can get a lot more authentic experience by heading to Atrani instead. There is still plenty to see and do; however, you will be immersed in the culture, and won’t be surrounded by other tourists. Enjoy local restaurants (without the obscene tourist markup!), beautiful walks and relax by the sea – plus take that iconic photo, but with a unique twist!

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Not only will you get the benefits of everywhere being a little quieter (and often a little cheaper too!), but your stories and photographs will be so much more unique than the same cliched shot of pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa! By swapping to more hidden gems, you will likely enjoy your trip more, and with the money you save, you can visit even more of these fantastic swaps!