Tourism is an industry that has the power to make economies. Since tourists are in “vacation mode” looking forward to leisure, enjoyment, and a break from responsibilities, they are a boon for the local economy. The tourism industry brings wealth to rural communities, helped conserve endangered species, poured money into the local economy, and restored historic cities. The potential benefits of tourism are obvious.
However, there are many downsides to tourism, including the negative impacts ‘over tourism’ has on any community. When a place becomes popular and too many visitors flock to the same destination, it causes rental prices to go up, traffic jams, pollution, and it can also potentially scare away the wildlife. Not the least of these concerns is that it is no fun travelling to a place that is overcrowded. There are plenty of incredible travel destinations around the world that are off the beaten path and offer the opportunity for a more profound and fulfilling experience, so consider one of these places for your next vacay.
Puglia is a charming place situated in the heel section Italy’s boot. It boasts a rich cultural history of Norman, Greek, Spanish, and Byzantine influences. It is a wonderful substitute for overcrowded Tuscany, and offers a glimpse authentic Italian traditions and values. It also has a beautiful coastline, lush green landscapes resplendent with vineyards and olive groves.
Salta city has some of the best preserved colonial architecture and local cuisine in all of Argentina. It is a hidden cultural gem that provides a great contrast from the metropolis of Buenos Aires and the adjoining grassy Pampas. Salta has a strong Andean and spiritual heritage and is wonderful if you want to get a taste of South America’s indigenous cultures. It is also famous for gorgeous scenery landscapes, with red rock valleys, monochromatic and multicolored hills, and terracotta summits making beautiful vistas in clear blue skies.
Guacalito De La Isla, Nicaragua
Guacalito De La Isla is home to 30 miles of pristine beaches on the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua. There is plenty to do there, from surfing, ash boarding down volcanoes, nature walks through jungles teeming with monkeys, iguanas, and tropical birds. Even if you are not looking for adventure, Guacalito De La Isla is the perfect place to unwind and do absolutely nothing, just relax and take in the panoramic views of the Pacific.
If you are looking to get off grid and choose the road less travelled, you should consider Congo. Congo provides a great new safari experience, amid luscious forests, exotic wildlife, and safe havens. The capital of Congo, Brazzaville, is called the Paris of Africa. Congo is green paradise where you can get closer to nature and experience the raw beauty of mother earth like never before.
Peru is home to the serene beach town of Mancora. If you love sun, ocean, marine life and surfing, Mancora is a must-visit destination. Full of bohemian vibes, Mancora enjoys an almost year round summer. This makes this spot a haven for beach and water related activities like kitesurfing all year-round. If you visit from June to October, you might even spot Humpback Whales in their natural habitat.