The 10 Best Vacation Spots in Europe to Escape the Crowds
Europe is the ultimate vacation destination. With the picturesque views, decadent food, and age-old buildings to explore, it doesn’t get much better when it comes to travel. Unfortunately, everyone else agrees, which means your bucket list locations are going to be jam-packed with tourists. The travel pros at Lonely Planet understand that pushing your way through a crowd-filled city is not the most relaxing way to spend your vacay, so their Best in Europe 2018 list reveals the lesser-visited regions you need to see (sans the slew of people). Keep scrolling to take a look at all the places you can finally jet off to in peace.
This year’s “Best in Europe” list includes recommendations by Lonely Planet travel experts who know a thing or two about finding hidden gems, especially during the peak travel months.“There is growing concern over the increase in tourism to popular European destinations, particularly over the busy summer months, so with this list we wanted to show that there are a wealth of incredible alternatives to discover across Europe,” said company spokesperson and Editorial Director, Tom Hall.
Below are their top 10 off-the-map European destinations to explore this year:
1. Emilia-Romagna, Italy
2. Cantabria, Spain
3. Friesland, the Netherlands
5. Provence, France
6. Dundee, Scotland
7. Small Cyclades, Greece
8. Vilnius, Lithuania
9. Vipava Valley, Slovenia
10. Tirana, Albania
Overall, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, takes the cake as the best less-traveled destination, offering everything you’d find in Florence or Rome, minus the influx of tourists. “Whether you’re looking for a cultural city break, spectacular scenery, or a buzzing foodie destination, there is something for every taste. You can find all of these things in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, which flies under the radar compared to some of Italy’s bigger-hitting destinations,” said Hall.
In second place is the Spanish region of Cantabria, where the juxtaposition of scenic beaches and sprawling mountains makes for an ideal escape for travelers who want the best of both worlds. Friesland in the Netherlands follows in third with its bustling capital, Leeuwarden, which won the distinction of this year’s European Capital of Culture. And of course, you can’t forget about Dundee, Scotland, a waterfront city that merges history and innovation and will be the home of the newest branch of the V&A Museum this September, nabbing the sixth-place spot.
If a tourist-free getaway to Europe sounds like the perfect use of your PTO, any of the above 10 cities are sure to provide all of the culture and beautiful scenery you crave without the crowds. Happy travels!
Where do you plan to go on your next vacation? Let us know @BritandCo.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
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Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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