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5 Reasons Why This Area Of Europe Is The Trendiest Place To Be This Fall



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Europe will be busier than ever this fall, especially when temperatures are yet to go down and seasonal routes are still operational.

Interestingly, while Americans will be flocking to the likes of Italy, France, and Spain, other lesser-known spots are still flying under the radar of most visitors.

Panoramic View Of The Bay Of Kotor, Montenegro, Balkan Peninsula Of South Eastern Europe
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In fact, Europe’s hottest destination in the post-restrictions world is not France’s overpriced Cote d’Azur, nor Spain’s Balearic Islands: Southeast Europe is where it’s at, or more specifically, the hugely underrated Balkan Peninsula.

Home to a diverse collective of countries, including the increasingly popular sunny hotspots of Albania and Montenegro, which have been topping the summer travel charts this year, and numerous other gorgeous off-path locations, there is simply nowhere trendier than the ‘Balkans’ right now.

Here are 5 reasons why:

It Is Diverse

Stari Most, Mostar Old Town And The Neretva River On A Sunny Day Seen From Atop The Minaret At Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Mostar, Herzegovina Part Of Bosnia And Herzegovina, Eastern Europe
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First of all, the Balkans are probably Europe’s most unexpectedly diverse sub-region. With countless ethnic groups residing across the territory, 11 countries that are either partly or fully within it, and at least 7 languages, not to mention their dialects, it is a melting pot of cultures:

  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • Albania
  • North Macedonia
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • European Turkey
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One of the reasons why European countries are so popular among American tourists is how different they can be from one another in spite of being close neighbors.

In the Balkans, for instance, Slavs live alongside Romance-language speakers, Albanians, Hellenic peoples, and even Turks.

There is truly nothing more fascinating than crossing the state border between Romania and Bulgaria and seeing the road signs drastically change from a Latinized alphabet to Cyrillic, or taking the ferry from modernist Albania towards the more traditional Greek island of Corfu and admiring the sudden, striking changes in architecture.

Gorgeous Beaches

Quaint Adriatic Village On The Shores Of The Adriatic Sea, Montenegro, South Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula
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The Western Mediterranean is Europe’s top fall destination due to its unique blend of ancient heritage and coastal zones. A little-known fact among Americans, however, is that the Mediterranean extends far beyond Spain’s, France’s, and Italy’s contiguous coasts.

The Balkan Peninsula also has a coastline on the world-famous sea, lapped by one of its most stunning sections: the Adriatic.

Adriatic beaches are either pebbly or a mix of pebbles and white sand, and the waters are probably the clearest you will find anywhere in the Med, particularly in Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Montenegro, or Albania’s Southern Riviera.

Aerial Panoramic View Of Sunny Beach, On The Black Sea Coast Of Bulgaria, South Eastern Europe
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Other than the Adriatic, the Balkans are the gateway to Europe’s next trendy coastal spot: the Black Sea, which in spite of its misleading name, it’s a warm, beautifully azure basin.

In this article, we’ve covered some of the most promising vacation destinations on the Black Sea, including Bulgaria’s ever-trendier Sunny Beach, and Romania’s unheard-of Eforie Nord.

Beaches on the Black Sea are best known for their elongated, golden-sand crescents and a not-as-developed resort scene.

Whether it’s the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean that make your heart beat faster or the mysterious Black Sea that piques your intrigue, the Balkans make for the perfect off-season getaway.

View Of Kotor Town And Kotor Bay From Atop Kotor Fortress, Montenegro, Mediterranean Europe, Adriatic Coast
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Fewer Crowds

Overtourism is back in Europe once again, but not all European countries are reporting dangerously disruptive levels of tourism in 2023.

In the Balkans, Croatia and Greece have notoriously battled overtourism in recent years, yet a majority of the peninsula’s sovereign states not only are not awash by visitors, but they are actively promoting tourism in hopes of catching up with their most famous counterparts.

That is the case in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country once ravaged by war that’s become a fairly stable, safe tourist destination in the past decade and where locals are now eager to host foreigners and cash in on their tourist dollars.

cafe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Eastern Europe
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Except for the powerhouse trio of Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece, all other Balkan states remain virtually crowd-free – by Western European standards – offering guests a more relaxed and less stressful vacation than had they booked instead of a trip to the South West.

Locals Are Friendly

While it’s important not to generalize, as kindness is not restricted to territorial borders, as one of our writers has witnessed first-hand, Balkan friendliness is truly hard to rival, especially in not-so-touristy Albania or Bosnia and Herzegovina.

From sharing a drink with inviting locals in central squares to being invited to their family home, she quickly learned that the locals’ hospitality knows no bounds.

The Medieval Bazaar In Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Balkans, Eastern Europe
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The Balkans’ level of friendliness is directly linked to the absence of overtourism in the region, as this has been noted to increase anti-tourism attitudes elsewhere in Europe, particularly in hugely popular vacation spots like Italy and France.

In Bosnia, for instance, locals are excited to see new visitors, with a Bosniak running cooking lessons for tourists since 2018 stating that ‘tourism can offer u hope’, referring to the much-needed influx of tourist dollars and the country’s openness to the outside world.

The Balkans Are Cheaper

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Finally, there is the Balkans’ high affordability. We could argue they are by far the cheapest vacation destination in all of Europe, as a majority of nations are neither in the European Union nor its associated Schengen and Eurozones, and consumer prices are far lower than the overpriced West.

According to BudgetYourTrip, a travel website where rough estimates of tourist expenses are given, visitors should set aside around $45 per day traveling in Albania, where accommodation can be extremely accessible – with overnight rates as low as $20 for a room in a mid-range hotel – and food is fresh, plentiful, and cheap.

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In Kosovo, reportedly one of the cheapest destinations in Europe, a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $449.60, according to crowd-sourced Numbeo, with a cost of living that is on average 60.4% lower than in the U.S.

The trendy Montenegro is a lot more expensive than the Balkan average, with BudgetYourTrip estimating daily costs at $115 per person, but it still falls below the much higher Western European threshold of $170 and above.

On average, beachgoers have spent $40 on meals for one day and only $17 on local transportation while traveling Montenegro’s Dalmatian coast.

Learn more about this beautiful part of the world and why it is surging in popularity in this post-crisis era here.

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Anna Domino resides in Ohio with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing, she’s usually reading or eating ice cream. Anna is a former librarian and graphic design professional.

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These Are The Top 7 Beach Destinations In 2024 According To Travel And Leisure



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A comprehensive list of the top destinations for 2024 has been put together by the Travel and Leisure experts.

Numerous magazines have released their favorites for the upcoming year, and they all appear very different. While some are fully off the grid, others are popular hotspots.

In the end, you have to determine what interests you enough to plan a fantastic trip. Travel & Leisure divided up their best recommendations by category rather than covering all 50 locations.

Let’s examine the top 7 “beach vibes” for 2024 as listed by Travel & Leisure:
Florida’s Anna Maria Island
There are several locations in Florida that make for the perfect vacation, which is why the state continues to draw enormous numbers of visitors.

Miami and other major American beaches and cultural centers are located in this sunny state. However, a lot of people decide to take the ideal family vacation to Orlando.

Tampa is one place that gets overlooked despite having so many beautiful beaches close by. Travel and Leisure declares Anna Maria Island to be the greatest in Florida because of its friendly locals, breathtaking sunsets, and lack of skyscrapers that obstruct the view.

Your stay will be more enjoyable and accessible with new hotels and more flights to nearby Sarasota.
Italy’s Campania coast
This striking area is experiencing a hotel boom on some of the most picturesque coastline in the nation.

With four destinations to pick from for your European beach getaway—Amalfi, Positano, Capri, and Sorrento—Coastal Campania offers quadruple the pleasure.

Italy’s breathtaking beaches will wow you; many visitors associate the nation with ancient sites and excessive wine and pasta consumption.

You can still indulge in excessive amounts of delectable food and drink locally produced wine, but why not do it against the breathtaking backdrop of azure waters, undulating hills, and classic architecture?
There are several hotel alternatives available to travelers, ranging from luxurious accommodations with cliffside pools to intimate boutique styles.

Soon, American and Delta will begin offering direct service to the neighboring Naples.
There isn’t a single Costa Rican beach that Travel and Leisure recommended visiting in 2024. T and L essentially advise you to “just pick one” beach because they are all so lovely.

Any beach in Costa Rica is a good choice, however some are busier and more well-known than others.
While some may choose for more quiet spots to have a wonderful beach all to themselves, many small towns have a thriving surfing community that gets together to surf the waves.

Travelers adore visiting the land of pura vida, despite the fact that it is usually more expensive than nearby nations.

Travel & Leisure also adore it. Indeed, they have selected Costa Rica as the “Destination of the Year” for 2024. Whether traveling alone, with company, or on a family vacation, everyone will find their place in this stunning nation.

There are plenty of enjoyable excursions to discover the breathtaking beauty and culture of the country, and lodging options ranging from cozy hostels to opulent hotels are easily accessible.
Dominica  Over the past year, Dominica has been increasingly popular. Travel is on the rise, and more people are looking to discover bright new places to visit.

This Caribbean island features picture-perfect waterfalls, verdant jungles, and unspoiled beaches, making it a veritable paradise.

trekking enthusiasts should prepare their trekking shoes, as the breathtaking Waitukubuli National Trail spans more than 100 miles across the island.

More lodging facilities, including upscale establishments like InterContinental, are opening up. A major lure for tourists is sustainability, with charming eco-lodges.
Hawaii Island 🙠
We are all aware of the destruction Hawaii experienced earlier this year. After a wildfire decimated Maui, there has been debate in the travel industry over whether or not it is still safe to visit.

Travel and Leisure claims that Hawaii is prepared for tourists to return. Without requiring a passport, Hawaii offers one of the most unusual environments.

Stunning beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and cliffside vistas are just a few of the main attractions for tourists.

Travelers are urged by the tourism sector to treat any island as if it were their own home and to be careful of their stay.
Mexico’s Los Cabos
With the cleanest beaches in all of Latin America, Los Cabos is among the most picturesque locations in Mexico.

“Is Cabo worth the price?” is the query that vacationers should be asking themselves. The top hotels, according to reports, are now charging an astounding $1000 a night on average!

With its boujee resorts, immaculate beaches, and exciting entertainment, Cabo is among the most opulent vacation spots that are accessible to most people.

In 2024, more opulent resorts are planned to open, and more flights are leaving from American airports.
Spain’s Mallorca
This gorgeous island in Spain is ideal for a romantic beach vacation. It is the location of the lovely city of Palma, which is overlooked in favor of Spain’s other major towns. Outside of the city are some of the most tranquil beaches the country has to offer, complete with dazzling waters, wide-open areas, and relaxed residents.

In between beach days, explore the amazing downtown streets for an abundance of tapas and mouthwatering wine. From boutique lodging to a Four Seasons resort, the quaint hotels will win your heart.

With United’s new direct route from Newark, getting to Mallorca is now easier than ever.

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These Are 5 Of The Top Destinations In Southeast Asia’s Cheapest Country



Aerial View Of A Beach Area In Nha Trang, Central Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia, sometimes abbreviated as SEA, is the ideal destination for backpackers.

Vietnam is a very diverse subcontinent where foreigners are welcomed and hyperinflated Western prices are not a regular concern. This year, its popularity has increased due to lax visitation laws and less bureaucratic tourist visa processes, but no nation has shown itself to be as fashionable as Vietnam.

This tropical treasure borders the turquoise East Sea and is considered the cheapest destination in the South East Asia region. With extremely low consumer costs and a devalued national currency that enhances the spending power of the typical Westerner, it’s your best choice for an off-the-beaten-path tropical holiday that won’t break the bank.

After spending a lot of time exploring Vietnam, we have selected the top five places to go this winter that are affordable and rich in culture:
Mui Ne
Mui Ne, a tranquil fishing hamlet in South Vietnam, is undoubtedly the most underappreciated coastal location in the nation since it offers culture and wellness all in one place.

It’s got an emerging development strip with new resorts opening every few months, including the delightful boutique hotel The Anam that we featured earlier this year, as well as pristine reserves, sand dunes, family-run eateries, and historic Cham towers that date back hundreds of years.

With nightly rates as low as $114 and a prime location near Mui Ne’s high street rather than in a far-off place away from the activity, The Anam is the perfect starting point for visitors wishing to explore the town and the larger province.

The area is well-known for its seafood, particularly its fish sauce, and there are several authentic restaurants outside the resort complex that serve Vietnamese specialties, like rice noodle soup and sea snails, for as little as $5.
As Hoi An
Hoi An, the crown jewel of Vietnam, is a superbly maintained medieval river port with dwellings that have a yellow tint, winding alleyways, and a history that dates back more than 2,000 years.

A reminder of the successive colonization periods and the multicultural nature of Hoi An, it is situated in Central Vietnam, halfway between the country’s two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Its eclectic architecture, influenced by Chinese, Japanese, and European styles, is evident throughout its bustling streets, which are home to medieval Sino pagodas, striking displays of colorful, brightly painted paper lanterns, a Japanese temple bridge that spans a picturesque canal, and several French-built civic structures that date back to the French Indochina period.

Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit location if you’re traveling from North to South Vietnam or the other way around. Like other Vietnamese hotspots, it fits your budget—a three-day stay typically costs about $50, not including lodging.

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam and the political and cultural center of the former capitalist state of South Vietnam. Despite no longer serving as the country’s capital, it is still known by this name.

Still the most Westernized and outward-looking city in the nation, HCMC has changed with the times thanks to the support of a strong expat population, making it one of the top investment and business destinations in Southeast Asia.

HCMC, home to 8.4 million people, is a popular destination for digital nomads and young entrepreneurs. With its impressive French colonial architecture, war museums, and exciting nightlife, it’s a vibrant city that visitors shouldn’t miss when exploring Vietnam.

Cu Chi Tunnels, used by Viet combatants during the War, the Independence Palace, the former South Vietnam Government’s headquarters, and the Notre Dame Cathedral, a French Neo-Gothic structure, are just a few of the city’s top attractions.

When compared to other major cities in the subcontinent, HCMC is surprisingly affordable. Budget tourists could anticipate to pay a meager $30 per day, not including lodging.
Ha Trang
With over 500,000 residents, Nha Trang is one of Vietnam’s largest cities and the nation’s go-to sunny spot. Holidaymakers tend to flock there during the peak travel season, which runs from November to February when less precipitation is recorded.

Nha Trang is the new favorite digital nomad destination in Southeast Asia. It is another well-liked beach resort and bustling coastal metropolis lining the East Sea, where tall hotel towers and skyscrapers are bounded by a long stretch of white sand.

Not so well-known Nha Trang is fast rising to prominence as one of Southeast Asia’s most sought-after options for a seaside city break, thanks to its array of opulent hotels surrounding the shoreline and its abundance of top-notch restaurants serving traditional seafood from Central Vietnam.

In general, visitors should budget only $41 a day on average in Nha Trang, plus an extra $27 per night for lodging.

In addition to the stunning beaches and commercial malls, tourists may fully immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture by visiting the nearby Po Nagar ruins, an old temple that was established as early as the eighth century by the now-extinct Cham civilization.

A discussion of Vietnam’s most interesting travel locations would be incomplete without discussing Hanoi, which served as the country’s capital after the Reunification War and is now regarded as the country’s second-most important commercial and cultural hub after Ho Chi Minh City in the South.

The main draws of Hanoi are its broad, green boulevards in the European style and its greater degree of social development in comparison to other less developed areas of Vietnam:

Being the government’s capital and a major financial center, it has greater infrastructure than the typical Vietnamese city and is much cleaner, with less hectic traffic.

Not only is Hanoi a popular destination because of this, but visitors also enjoy it because of its high concentration of historic temples, French colonial landmarks, and large, open green spaces that offer a brief respite from the fast-paced city life.

Furthermore, because Hanoi has connections to off-beaten routes in North Vietnam, travelers frequently use it as a base for exploring the region’s wild nature, which includes stunning mountain ranges, the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, and golden rice fields.

With an average daily cost of $50 for tourists, Hanoi is undoubtedly the most costly option out of the five; yet, even by Western standards, it is extremely affordable and definitely less expensive than other Asian metropolises like Singapore or Hong Kong.

Are you planning a trip to Vietnam soon? Find out more about this Southeast Asian treasure and some of the guidelines for visiting.

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These 5 U.S. Airlines Are Most Likely To Experience Flight Delays Right Now



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The holidays are quickly approaching, resulting in some of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Flight delays are typical this time of year, particularly around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Flying may be a stressful experience in and of itself, but delays can make it even more so.

Booking with an airline that has a high proportion of on-time flights and booking a ticket early in the morning are two of the greatest strategies to avoid flight delays.

According to recent statistics from UpgradedPoints, the following airlines in the United States are most likely to face flight delays right now.

1. Frontier Airlines.

Frontier Airlines is currently the worst airline for flight delays. This low-cost carrier’s flights have a 31.9% risk of being delayed.

Rather of taking a chance and risking a one-in-three possibility of your flight being delayed, it’s best to select a more dependable airline for flights this winter.

Frontier is also dealing with other concerns, including as a class-action lawsuit against the airline’s $599 “unlimited flight” pass, which was introduced earlier this year.

2. Southwest Airlines

Last year, just around Christmas, Southwest Airlines experienced a catastrophic meltdown, resulting in thousands of flight delays and cancellations.

Many tourists questioned if booking with Southwest was safe in light of the complete breakdown of operations. While Southwest is likely to strive extra hard to avoid a similar disaster this winter, you may not want to take any chances.

Furthermore, according to historical statistics, Southwest flights have a 31.8% risk of being delayed, making the airline nearly as unreliable as Frontier.

3. JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is another untrustworthy airline with a significant likelihood of flight delays. When it comes to on-time flights, this New York-based carrier does not have the finest track record.

Although not as awful as Frontier or Southwest, going on JetBlue still means you have a staggering 30.8% probability of experiencing flight delays.

4. Allegiant Airlines

Allegiant Air is the next carrier on the list of possible delays. This low-cost airline is not very dependable, so although you may save money by booking your ticket, you may also face unexpected delays.

Allegiant Air flights are delayed 29.2% of the time.

5. Spirit Airlines

Finally, there is Spirit Airlines. Although this low-cost carrier is the brunt of many jokes for being a less-than-ideal mode of transportation, it isn’t as awful as some other US airlines when it comes to delays.

When flying with Spirit, there is a 28.1% risk of a flight delay.

Which Airlines Experience the Fewest Delays?

Now that you know which airlines are most likely to have flight delays right now (and which to avoid! ), here are the airlines with the fewest delays.

Although ultra-low tickets with airlines such as Frontier or Spirit may entice you, it may be worth the additional money to book with a more dependable airline.

The top three airlines with the fewest delays right now are:

  • Alaska Airlines has a 20.3% probability of being delayed.
  • Delta Air Lines has a 19.1% probability of being delayed.
  • Hawaiian Airlines has a 15.6% probability of being delayed.

Flights can be delayed for a variety of reasons, including aircraft faults, personnel concerns, weather, and other factors, but these three airlines have the fewest delays.

There is no foolproof technique to avoid flight delays (as lovely as that would be! ), but you may read this article for further advice on how to avoid the dreaded delay or cancellation.

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