"Destination dupe" is a new hack that will send you on vacation to a hidden gem
Expedia's 2024 Travel Report has announced "destination dupes" as the new trend for the coming year, describing them as "places that are a little unexpected, sometimes more affordable, and just as great as the tried and true destinations travelers love."
According to Expedia, searches for these "silly" vacation destinations more than doubled in 2023. For more information about alternative vacation destinations, see metro.co.
This southern region boasts stunning sandy and rocky beaches along the coast. Here you can also go to Tropea, a village that was named the most beautiful village in Italy in 2021.
This vacation destination is a favorite among Italians, however, it is almost unknown to those outside the country.
Liverpool is full of surprises. The Cavern Club is a must-see for any Beatles fan. If you're more into sports, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club.
The city also has the largest number of museums and galleries in the UK outside of London, including the Tate Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum.
Chiang Dao, Thailand
Often called "Little Tuscany" because of its wine industry, Chiang Dao is the twin city of Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Chiang Dao means "city of stars" because of its peaks, which reach 2186 meters. But it is best known for its underground attractions, stalactite-strewn caves and Buddhist temples inside.
A must-see is Wat Tham Pha Plong Chiang Dao, a "walking temple" with jungle views. Pha Daeng National Park also has hot springs and a waterfall.
Perth is the only Australian destination that can be reached from the UK by direct flight. Despite the fact that Sydney looks less beautiful, Perth is just as beautiful - Cottesloe Beach gives Sydney Bondi a run for his money.
Perth's cultural center includes the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and for nature lovers, Nambung National Park is worth a visit.
Neighboring Greece and just a stone's throw from Croatia, Albania has the same climate as these popular vacation hotspots. However, there are fewer people and lower prices.
During the day, you can relax by the Ionian Sea or head to one of the region's music and wellness festivals. At night, this historic place comes to life, teeming with boutiques and cafes.
The cost of living in Albania's capital, Tirana, is about 61% lower than in London, leading to Albania being named one of the cheapest destinations for future vacations.
If you are looking to vacation in a Spanish city like Barcelona, you should probably try Palma. They have a lot in common: Palma is also a Catalan city by the beach. The Spanish tapas snacks are just as delicious and there is even Guadi architecture here.
Mallorca's cathedral fell into disrepair until the 19th century, when Gaudi came along. You don't have to stand in line to get inside, and the entrance costs only 9 euros.
If you want sun, sea and sand, then you can't go wrong with the Caribbean. After all, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao can be a great alternative to the more popular St. Martin.
Go scuba diving to check out the coral formations of the Mushroom Forest. You can also see the colorful 18th-century buildings on the Handelskade waterfront.