When it comes to choosing travel destinations, certain trusted standards spring to mind: Paris for urban exploring. The Bahamas for beach lolling. Greece for island hopping. Napa for wine.
The trouble is that these popular spots can prove pricey. Luckily, there are plenty of alternative locales—fabulous in their own right—that can offer parallel experiences, minus the hefty expense.
“It’s a classic way to approach travel,” explains Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel. “If you can’t afford one destination, choose somewhere with similar flavor—not a substitute, but something both different and related.”
With Banas’s guidance, we scavenged memorable (and less expensive) alternatives to eight iconic getaways around the world.
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