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Unconventional Vacation Destinations

Don’t like the feel of a tourist-heavy vacation destinations? Try something new by taking one of these vacations instead. They still have a lot to offer visitors, including opportunities for world-class relaxation or action-packed adventure. Keep reading to discover why we picked these destinations to replace the tourist traps you’re used to.

Go to West Hollywood Not Hollywood

Everyone should visit Tinseltown at least once in their lives, but don’t trouble yourself with expensive hotels and crowded streets. West Hollywood is just down the road, but it feels worlds away. You’ll still be able to visit all the popular Hollywood destinations, but you won’t be bogged down by huge crowds or overpriced accommodations. In fact, boutique hotels in West Hollywood are some of the nicest in the world, and they’re often more affordable than their Hollywood counterparts.

As far as things to do, you have all of Hollywood to gallivant, but West Hollywood has some specific destinations of its own. It’s home to the Sunset Strip, the Beverly Center shopping mall, Robertson Boulevard, the Comedy Club, and more.

Go to Guadeloupe Not St. Lucia

St. Lucia is beautiful, no doubt, but it’s more well-known than Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe has all that you love about St. Lucia and more abundant natural beauty, but fewer people. It’s an area that features many protected nature reserves and pristine beaches. Like most places in the Caribbean, you can fish, snorkel, sail, hike, and find plenty of all-inclusive hotels which offer even more things to do.

Go to North Stradbroke Not Brisbane or Sydney

Australia is a popular vacation destination, but most Americans think of Brisbane or Sydney when they’re planning their vacations. A better option would be someplace off the beaten path like North Stradbroke Island. The locals call it “Straddie” and it’s a great place to ditch city life for slowed-down beach life. The great thing about Straddie is that it offers both saltwater and freshwater beaches. You can swim, surf, and explore the island’s offerings. Best of all? The peaceful island is one of the top whale-watching destinations in the entire world.

Go to Koh Lipe Not Koh Phi Phi

There’s nothing quite like a Thai vacation. Most tourists end up in Bangkok or Kho Phi Phi, but Koh Lipe has the finest beaches and is mostly undeveloped. Koh Lipe is only accessible by boats, which is why it’s off the beaten path and isn’t ravaged by tourists flocking to Thailand.

With a little gumption, you can rent a boat to take you there, and your vacation will be far more peaceful and enjoyable. It’s home to several beaches, some of which are so remote you’ll have a stretch of beach entirely to yourself. If you’re craving some people watching, there are many more beaches that are popular with locals and the few tourists that make it there.

If you find yourself in Koh Lipe, your accommodations are limited because the island is mostly undeveloped. Fodor’s recommends staying in a beach bungalow, but you also have the option of camping. If you travel inland, you’ll find a number of hotels.

Go to Gainesville Not Orlando

Orlando is crazy busy… It’s home to Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, and other popular theme parks. Because of this, it’s always busy. It doesn’t matter the time of year, Orlando will have crowds. Gainesville, which isn’t too far from Orlando, has many attractions, such as historical buildings, museums, art galleries, a beautiful state park and more. If you’re still craving theme park fun, Orlando isn’t too far a drive.

When you take the road less traveled, you’re treated to far more natural wonder and authentic life. Next time you’re planning a vacation, do your research to find the places that aren’t overrun with tourists. This is going to help you achieve a more natural and authentic experience, and ensure you get the R&R you’re craving.