Summer is usually the best time to take that vacation you have desperately needed. The weather is warm, the kids are out of school, and you (hopefully) saved up a lot of vacation time at work after getting through the first half of the new year. However, you aren’t the only one feeling this way, which makes the summer one of the most crowded times to travel. While locals run for the hills to peaceful summer homes, tourists flock to hotspots around the world. Luckily for you, we found 5 destinations around the world with less crowds and more affordable prices.
US Virgin Islands
Many people who travel to the US Virgin Islands go to escape the cold weather that comes around in the wintertime. Therefore, by the time summer hits, the crowd of tourists diminishes and becomes more of a local crowd. The weather is still gorgeous this time of year and the airfare is cheap, which makes this a great summer vacation destination.
When you think of Greece, you usually think of Santorini or Athens. However, these places get overcrowded and come with high airfare and accommodation prices. If you’re looking for an alternative, the city of Naxos also has wonderful white sand beaches, accompanied with impressive mountains, lush green landscapes, and pleasant traditional villages. As one of the greenest islands, there is plenty of opportunity for hiking and biking.
As the streets of Florence and Rome flood with tourists, there isn’t much room to enjoy the city’s charm. In the summer months, Sicily is a little hotter than the rest of the country, which tends to turn away many tourists. However, the island is also filled with plenty of beaches and shady streets that can cool you down before enjoying the hot spots of the city in the evening. If you can beat the heat you can also beat the crowds of Italy.
Antigua is filled with rich heritage and Mayan culture that is fun to learn and explore. The city is also known as an adventure spot filled with snorkeling, scuba diving, and even swimming with stingrays. Additionally, walking the historical district and checking out the colorful city streets make for a great trip downtown. Many tourists look past the beautiful city of Antigua, so be one of the few to experience it.
If you are looking for a vacation a little closer to home, a popular summer destination is Florida. When it’s hard to find an open spot of the beaches of Miami or the Florida Keys, people tend to ignore many peaceful beaches such as Playalinda, Florida. The beach is one of the quietest you’ll find and offers some of the best waves in Florida for those who want to surf, watch others surf, and relax without the loud noise coming from crowds of vacationers.