5 Best Kept Secret Summer Vacation Spots

It’s time to plan your next getaway, but you’re not sure where to go. You’re looking to travel to a new place, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Keep costs down by visiting top destination locations in the less touristy areas. You’ll experience a different side of the popular vacation spot–one that most don’t get to see. You can see what daily life is really like in that country, and meet the locals to find the best hidden gems of the city. It’s an adventure no matter where you choose to go!

  1. Costa Rica: You can find whatever you are looking for in Costa Rica. There are mountains that rise above the clouds, rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, ancient towns, and modern cities. Lake Arenal sits at the base of Arenal Volcano. It’s still an active volcano that slowly oozes lava. At night, you can see the lake glow from the lava – that is, if the cloud rainforest is clear enough to not obstruct your view. On the coast, you can find black sand beaches, rock cliffs, and powder white sand all depending on where you go. It’s very safe and affordable for American tourists to travel around.
  2. Corfu, Greece: Very few tourists know about Corfu. It’s one of Greece’s islands that sits higher up on the coast close to the Albanian border. The mountains on the north side of the island have small towns that are like stepping back in time. You can see ancient cities with stone roads and ancient structures. It’s the perfect place to hike during the day, and then head down to Sidari beach area for the nightlife.
  3. Margaret River, Australia: This town is tucked in the larger city of Perth on the western side of Australia. You always hear about Sydney and the Great Barrier reef, but the other side of the island is rich with things to do as well. You can go underground to the Mammoth Caves to see enormous stalactites and stalagmites, or enjoy the surf and snorkeling at Hamelin Bay. You can also see underground lakes and even get lost in a giant hedge maze!
  4. Bergen, Norway: It’s a slightly smaller and less busy town than Oslo, but it gives you picturesque views of the waterfront with quaint homes built along the coast. It’s easily traversed on foot, so pack a good pair of walking shoes. You can go from one end to the other on foot, getting the real experience of what it’s like to live in Norway. Discover the Troll Forest which inspired much of Scandinavian folklore, see the fjords, and take a boat tour to enjoy all of the beauty the city has to offer.
  5. Estonia: It’s one of the three islands that make up the Baltics. Out of those three, this is the most modern one that still has tons of preserved history all around. In the capital of Tallinn, you can walk through cobblestone paths that look like medieval towns, and go in to a restaurant for high-end modern cuisine. It’s the best of both worlds. You get to see what life was like centuries ago, but with all of the modern amenities to keep you comfortable. If you go during the summer time, you can swim in the Baltic sea. The waters are warm and the beaches are white.

Discover something new and break out of your old routine to come back refreshed. See something you’ve never seen before, eat something that you’ve never tasted before, and do something that you never thought you could. As you travel, you’ll learn more about culture, people, and yourself.

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