13 BEST Travel Alternatives to Europe

Instead of buying expensive flights and spending long travel days getting to Europe, consider visiting one of these 13 travel alternatives.

Experience the culture, history, and architecture with a European feel in a closer-to-home, less crowded, and less expensive destination.


Aruba Instead of Amsterdam

Aruba is known for its Dutch influence and rich history that traces back thousands of years.


Richmond, Virginia Instead of The Colosseum

Richmond, VA, one of the oldest cities in the United States, is not only known for historically being at the forefront of the Civil War.


Mexico’s Cenotes Instead of an Italian Grotto

Swim with whale sharks and take day trips to Island Mujeres.


The Bahamas Instead of The Greek Islands

Escape to the secluded South Andros Island and discover a destination reminiscent of the Greek Islands.


Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Instead of Venice

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale offers a taste of Venice with its beautiful, navigable waterways spanning 165 miles.


Puerto Rico Instead of Spain

Puerto Rico has a rich cultural heritage influenced by Spanish settlers, evident in everything from their dialect to their culinary delights.


Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit Instead of Portugal

Feel a Portuguese charm in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, where the white sand beach meets lush jungle.


Napa Valley, California Instead of Bordeaux in France

Experience the ambiance of the wine-growing region of southern France without leaving the United States.


St. Maarten Instead of The Beaches of Europe

The Dutch Caribbean Island of St. Maarten presents quintessential island vibes with diverse options for relaxation and adventure.


Cabo Instead of Ibiza

Head to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to get the ambiance of Ibiza without traveling far.


Puerto Vallarta Instead of Prague

Instead of making a long trek to a Czech wellness resort, consider the closer The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta.


Antigua, Guatemala Instead of Paris

With a Paris-like feel, lose yourself in charming cobblestone streets and enchanting passageways.


Curaçao Instead of The Netherlands

Get a taste of the Netherlands on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.

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