It’s finally spring, which means summer is just around the corner.
We think it’s never too early to start planning your summer holiday. In fact, research has shown that the largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation.
If you want to beat the crowds, save some dough, explore beautiful sights, and maybe brag to your friends about visiting an up-and-coming hot spot, here are some of our under-the-radar travel destinations:
Instead of Bali, Visit Siargao in the Philippines
While Bali is (rightfully) called the “Island of the Gods,” nowadays, it sometimes feels overrun with tourists and hawkers. If you’re still trying to get your surf on, visit Siargo, located in the Philippines. Full of secluded beaches, crystal clear lagoons, great waves, fresh seafood, and friendly locals, you can’t go wrong.
Must-visit in the Philippines: Bamboo Beach in Pacifico
Skip the hustle and bustle of General Luna and head to Pacifico to catch some waves at Bamboo Beach. If you rent a board from Wemar’s Surf Shop, you’ll also be supporting the local community.
The owner, Wemar, is the co-founder of “The Sun Crew,” an organization that works to ensure that the local children have the skills and opportunities to overcome poverty and play a key role in protecting their island and local communities. They provide free surf lessons and board use in exchange for children attending school and participating in education, sustainability and skills programs.
Instead of Prague, visit Budapest
Both Prague and Budapest have their charm and beauty, plus plenty to keep you occupied over a long weekend or more, but we’re partial to Budapest.
While Prague has just one UNESCO World Heritage site (the old town centre itself), Budapest has three, including the stunning Buda Castle Quarter, stylish Andrássy Avenue, and the gorgeous Danube River. After sightseeing, grab a drink and go dancing at one of the ruin bars that can be found in the abandoned buildings in the city’s District VII neighborhood.
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