If you’re trying to book an affordable, last-minute summer getaway that won’t be swarming with tourists, here are six under-the-radar ideas.
Just north of San Luis Obispo, you’ll find a wine country that’s a far cry from Napa. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Paso Robles’ climate is ideal for growing Bordeaux, Rhone and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The unpretentious tasting rooms cost a fraction of Sonoma prices, and the thermal springs at River Oaks and Franklin are a perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.
A summer vacation in the Northeast can cost a pretty penny, but this Maine coastal town is more affordable than touristy spots and it’s just as alluring. Here, you’ll find one of the most gorgeous public beaches in the country, casual lobster shacks and a handful of modestly priced bed-and-breakfasts.
Cartagena has experienced a huge surge in tourism over the past years. But Bogotá, the oft-forgotten Colombian capital city, is also due for a comeback. Now safe for travel, Bogotá has a vibrant arts scene, striking Colonial architecture and top-tier restaurants on par with many European destinations.
Yes, it’s hot. But don’t be so quick to overlook Florida as a summer vacation spot. In August, you’ll find super-affordable and fewer crowds and tourists – especially if you can hold out until school holidays are over.
Known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest, this peninsula off the northeast coast of Wisconsin boasts over 300 miles of pristine shoreline, dotted with cherry orchards, waterfront cottages and picturesque lighthouses. The town of Fish Creek is home to a handful of quaint, affordable guesthouses and nearby Egg Harbour is filled with quirky shops selling everything from chutneys to pottery.
Imagine Tulum ten years ago, before it became a hippy-chic, global hot spot. In Holbox, Mexico’s best-kept secret, you won’t find five-star hotels, upscale restaurants or even many cars. Book a last-minute trip now to kick it in a hammock, swinging between palm trees and no-frills seafood shacks serving up freshly caught grilled lobster and ceviche. Oh, and did we mention it’s cheap?