Sure, we love Paris, London, Dubai, who doesn’t? It’s easy to get in a rut when planning a trip, but defaulting to an easy destination is how you end up at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana or, gulp, Atlantis. Tour operators are expanding into destinations they’ve never before visited, airlines are widening their webs and hotels and cruises are venturing forth in wilder and more remote locales. But before you click the “book” button on a trip to one of the pricey destinations you MUST consider one of these budget alternatives, where you’ll get more space, better perks, fewer crowds, and luxuries you never dreamed you could afford.
Dubai, UAE – Dubai has the glitz and the glamour, the Las Vegas factor. This is not actually that unusual, because most travelers end up thinking that Dubai is odd when they get there. The majority of the people you’ll interact with in Dubai are immigrant workers (English surpassed Arabic as the common language a while back).
Oman, a nearby Persian Gulf country, is much more fun and a thousand times more authentic. Qatar is also OK, but seems to be on track to become another Dubai as soon as they can build a ski lodge and fake islands with huge hotels.
Brazil – Brazil is on everyone’s radar these days. It hosted the World Cup in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics in 2016. It does have the Amazon Rainforest of course but so do nine other countries.
Bolivia also boasts Potosí, the world’s highest city at 4,090m.And it’s one of the cheapest destinations in South America so visiting the Amazon will not be as pricey as if you visited in Brazil.
Egypt –Egypt is famous for its Pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt.
Egypt’s neighbor, Jordan, is a better place to visit overall. You won’t be hassled nearly as much (some people will even give you rides for free or otherwise extend hospitality without taking anything in return).
Grand Canyon – It’s a showstopper , there’s no denying that but, unbelievable as it sounds, the Grand Canyon gets busy.
Canyonlands in Utah has been carved into a labyrinth of canyons, buttes and mesas by the architect of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, as well as the Green River and their tributaries.
The Bahamas – Just a few miles off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas are a sovereign country with a primary industry of tourism.
There are plenty of other nice islands in the Caribbean not yet overrun with visitors. St Kitts & Nevis is nice, for example, as is Dominica. Also, Barbados has a lot of visitors, but they do a better job with planning the overall development and culture of the island.