Last Updated on December 30, 2023

Whether looking to avoid crowds, cut costs or simply blaze a less trodden trail, many travelers avoid the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Travel expert booking platform Omio rounded up these three must-consider European alternatives for your next getaway.

Embark on a journey to these travel dupes, where authenticity, tranquility, and affordability converge for unforgettable experiences. 

Instead of Maldives, Visit Albania

The Maldives are incredibly expensive and far away. While the Maldives may be synonymous with luxury and exclusivity, Albania’s Sarande, Ksamil, and Vlore present a budget-friendly alternative without compromising on beauty.

On the Balkan Peninsula, Albania boasts stunning beaches, cultural richness, and archaeological wonders, offering a unique blend of experiences. Escape the crowds and opt for a tranquil beach holiday that combines pristine shores with authentic cultural immersion – your hidden gem awaits in Albania.

Think of the travel time you’ll save, the reduced carbon emissions en route, and with your savings you can plan another trip… like France!

Les Houches over Chamonix, France

An empty restaurant on the French Alps background. Les Houches, Chamonix, France.
An empty restaurant on the French Alps background. Les Houches, Chamonix, France. Photo by Deposit Photos.

Swap the hustle and bustle of Chamonix for the serenity of Les Houches in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley. Experience the same awe-inspiring views of Mont Blanc, but with added tranquility.

Les Houches, a quieter and more affordable option, is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers looking to build confidence on the slopes. Enjoy enchanting natural settings, all while saving on restaurant prices compared to nearby ski areas.

For a rejuvenating and budget-friendly Alpine retreat, Les Houches beckons.

Speaking of alpine retreats…

Swap Swiss Alps for Jasna, Slovakia

Break away from the Swiss Alps and venture into the hidden skiing paradise of Jasna, Slovakia. Despite being one of Europe’s most affordable ski resorts, Jasna offers over 40 km of pistes (ski runs) and exempilary hotels.

Extend your journey with stops in Brussels, Vienna, or even Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, for a multi-faceted adventure that won’t break the bank.

About Omio

Omio was founded in 2010 by Naren Shaam, a graduate of Harvard Business School and a former Deloitte employee. He had a terrible experience finding travel tickets from Paris to Amsterdam and wondered why booking multi-modes of tickets was so difficult – especially in Europe, where it’s common to take a bus, ferry, and train for one trip.

After running between train kiosks and trying to get a train website to load on his phone, Naren was shocked that such a progressive industry’s search/payment system was so archaic and dated.  He noticed that the entire world of travel modes was not connected on one unified system, so he got to work.

Naren founded GoEuro to disrupt a broken industry, and GoEuro was rebranded to Omio in 2019.  With recent funding of $80M secured, a partnership with Uber UK (as Uber tests bus and train options), and a recent award from Business Insider Germany, Future Mobility Award 2022, Omio is a must-have travel tool, especially with 20+ languages and 26 payment options. 

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  • Chadd Scott

    Chadd Scott is an arts contributor with Forbes and the founder of See Great Art, where he writes about his travels from big city museums to small town galleries in search of great art.

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