Trade in these 11 popular destinations for their lesser known counterparts

2018-11-13 06:30 - Saara Mowlana
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Trade in these 11 beaten track destinations for their equally wonderful doppelganger alternatives. (Photo: iStock)

Are you tired of the well-trekked, beaten and Instagrammed paths of the usually tourist dense destinations of Bali or Ibiza, but still want a similar experience?

Well these 11 picks below offer the perfect and lesser known similar destination havens you can bookmark for your next trip.

READ: SA destination doppelgangers: How far from home would you need to go for a good break? 

Whether you're looking to trade in the too crowded party scene of Ibiza in for something less busy, but still buzzing, or simply wish to trade in the chock-a-block shores of Mauritius for a tropical escape sans the hassle - we've got you covered.

Why not trade in...

Ibiza, Spain for Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia's capital city nestled along the Baltic sea, is a great party destination alternative to the inundated Ibiza of Spain. 

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Rome, Italy for Ephesus, Turkey

For those looking to trek through ruins that run thick with history and aesthetic appeal, consider trading the well-beaten track of Rome in for this Turkish delight. 


Interlaken, Switzerland for Bovec, Slovenia 

Want to cruise down teal rivers with scenic snow-capped backdrops without dodging the cluster of visitors that flock to Switzerland's icy embrace? Consider Bovec, Slovenia instead.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands for Rotterdam, Netherlands

If you're looking for the laxed party atmosphere of Amsterdam, but not having to wedge between other tourists at all of the iconic sights - why not opt for Rotterdam instead?


Tuscany, Italy for Istria, Croatia 

Why not leave the Tuscan sun to settle for a little bit and get your booze fix over in Istria with just as pretty of a sun...

WATCH: Dive down to this underwater wine cellar in Croatia  

The Alps for Bulgaria 

Shred some snow over in Bulgaria and avoid the near-accidents on the busier slopes of the beloved Alps. 


Venice, Italy for Colmar, France 

Keen for a gondola ride along picturesque canals without the water traffic? You might want to pin Colmar in France as your next romantic river escape.

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Machu Picchu for Easter Islands, Peru 

Capture the thrills of the Inca Trail and then some over in Peru's Easter Island that also bursts with a slew of archaeological sites, pristine beaches and excellent hiking routes.


Bali for Sumba Island 

Why not consider Bali's island neighbour, Sumba Island to soak up all of the tropical and rainforest glory and fun without the crowds?

ALSO WATCH: Soak up an Indonesian island escape that's not Bali

The Grand Canyon for the Antelope Canyon 

Get your breathtaking and echoingly epic canyon thrills and chills filled over at USA's Antelope Canyon in Arizona rather than the its better known sibling that sits not far away in the same state. 


Mauritius for Reunion Island 

Reunion is just as lush and green as its counterpart and offers an array of exciting nature activities.


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