7 Secret Destinations That Are Way Better Than the Tourist Traps

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Guanajuato, Mexico

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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Falsterbo, Sweden

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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Tasmania, Australia

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.

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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.