Escape the crowds at these alternative travel destinations (photos)



Paros, Greece: Expedia has revealed its list of “destination dupes” for 2024. It suggests that Paros — including Naousa, pictured — makes a good stand-in for Santorini.

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Perth, Australia: Dreaming of Sydney? Instead, try the Western Australian city of Perth, where the cost of living is lower.


Liverpool, UK: Liverpool hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023, which explains the spike Expedia has noted in search. Expedia suggests it makes a fun alternative to a London getaway.

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Palermo, Italy: Lisbon, Portugal, is thronged with tourists these days, so Expedia suggests you give the Sicilian city of Palermo a shot.


Curaçao: If you’re a fan of palm trees, white sands and azure waters, you’ll find it on the Caribbean island of Curaçao as well as in the more popular St. Martin.


Quebec City, Canada: It may be in North America, but if you squint a bit it can definitely make a good stand-in for Geneva, Switzerland.

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Memphis, Tennessee: If Beale Street could talk, it might tell you that Memphis makes a great alternative to Nashville.

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Pattaya, Thailand: Bangkok is one of Asia’s biggest tourist hubs. Expedia says you should give Pattaya a try instead.


Taipei, Taiwan: Skip Seoul and head to Taipei and the Raohe Street night market.

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Sapporo, Japan: Sapporo, home to the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, has great powder displays, just like Zermatt, Switzerland.

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