With summer in full swing, now is a great time to plan a vacation. Whether you’re looking for a wallet-friendly trip, hoping to knock some European landmarks off your bucket list, or just looking to take a much-needed break, it can be tough to decide just where in the world you should go. One of the many mistakes people make when planning their summer vacation, however, is sticking to the usual hot spots full of the top beaches and swaths of tourists.
There are plenty of destinations that don’t get the love they deserve in the warmer months. The savvy traveler knows to look to these in order to score cheap flight tickets and great hotel rates. Even better, you’ll find that these spots have beaches that are less crowded by tourists and historic sites that you don’t have to wait in a long line for; many even still have good, if not bearable, weather. If you’re looking for a summer getaway that’s a bit further from the crowds and perhaps easier on your wallet, we suggest looking past the top summer spots, because these off-season destinations are still great in the summer.