Summer Reimagined, Minus The Gridlock: Five Alternatives To Crowded Summer Hot Spots

Summer Reimagined, Minus The Gridlock: Five Alternatives To Crowded Summer Hot Spots

Positano. Vail. St. Tropez. Yellowstone. There’s one big problem with these vacation hot spots. Everyone knows about them. So, don’t be shocked when you turn up at your hard-won summer holiday, sun-screened and ready to de-stress, only to be assaulted by fellow vacationers jostling for your place in the sun. Crowds kill my vacation mellow. I go to great lengths to preserve the fantasy that I’m less tourist than fly on the wall, a traveler quietly savoring the charms of a place versus part of a herd trampling it.

Luckily, the world is a big place. And a pivot from popular destinations to others off the beaten track can deliver an equally satisfying experience. Even in the throes of peak season. Here, trendy summer getaways are paired with alternative, less-trafficked spots that echo allure and offer similar recreation.

This story ran in The New York Times on 6/24/17

 

Amy Tara Koch
Amy Tara Koch
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Amy Tara Koch is an author, journalist and television personality. Amy has appeared on CNN, Today, Steve Harvey, Access Hollywood and the CBS Early Show. Koch contributes to the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Food & Wine, Marie Claire,Town & Country, Men’s Journal and Mandarin Oriental Magazine.