7 Secret Destinations That Are Way Better Than the Tourist Traps
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When most tourists think of Mexico, they imagine sunny holidays in immaculate beach resorts. But for those intrepid travelers who venture inland to explore the real Mexico, one of the rewards comes in the form of this colonial mining town, halfway between Mexico City and Guadalajara. Guanajuato is the perfect representation of a classic Mexican city. Many of Guanajuato’s streets are pedestrian only, and as you stroll along past impressive colonial-era mansions, and small intimate plazas, you’ll be glad you left the beach behind.
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Think of Sweden and you’ll come up with images of meatballs, pickled herring and simple, clean design — but you probably won’t think of beaches. Surprisingly, however, located at the southwestern tip of Sweden is the beach resort town of Falsterbo. Frequented by Stockholm’s well-to-do couples and families, the white sand beach stretches out and a swath of forest bordering the beach keeps the rest of the world at bay. The Falsterbo ban on jet-skis and motorboats is for the protection of animals, but it also ensures that a quiet day at the beach will remain just that. Falsterbo is also home to one of the better golf courses in Europe.
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Tourists flock to Australia. The beaches perfect for surfing, the Great Barrier reef, and all the sights Sydney, Perth and Adelaide have to offer attract tourists in droves. But fewer tourists make the trek down to the isolated, rugged island that is Tasmania. The beautiful wilderness is largely protected in parks and reserves, and the history of Tasmania is preserved in the Port Arthur penal colony open-air museum. The cities and towns of Tasmania are filled with international restaurants, cafes, galleries, boutiques and theaters. Off the beaten track, and well worth a visit.