There are tons of holiday hot spots around the world that are literally falling over themselves to advertise on TV, push stunning photographs into every magazine and try everything else in their power to make sure that people know that such and such a place is the place to be. But those places are often the most heavily packaged and homogeneous. The sort of city experience that you could find by catching a train from your home to the nearest city to you. If you’re looking for something that’s more traditional and more in keeping with the old style, then you’re more likely to find it by considering treading the path less-travelled.
So many destinations these days are so concerned with making the most of tourist business that they miss what could be making them an exciting and special place to visit. It is often the atmosphere and the personality of a place that keeps people coming back year after year. So once you’ve decided that you want a city break, a long weekend in the country or even a backpacking trip across the continent, you would do well to keep in mind that what you’re looking for might be slightly more difficult to find.
There are dozens of locations in countries like France and Germany that, although having very little in the way of tourism, keep that indescribably quality that makes them unique. Of course, if you’re just looking for something unique and don’t mind where you find it, you might have a bit of luck just getting yourself lost in any one of the capital cities of the world. But you’re more likely to find it as far away from tourists as possible. So get your annual travel insurance sorted out, grab your passport and go find your special place.