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Hot Off the Press: How to Avoid the Crowds

Overcrowding in some of the world’s top destinations is a hot topic in travel. The world is more accessible than ever (a great thing!), and more and more people are getting to go to bucket list spots. But with the rise of tourism, crowds at popular sites and destinations seem inevitable.  Brownell’s Vice President of Leisure in Birmingham, Beth Flowers, shared her thoughts on how to avoid the masses and make the most of your time away in this Wall Street Journal article. See a snippet of it below: 

Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, France

From The Wall Street Journal:

“When clients of travel adviser Beth Flowers want to book a July or August trip to Paris, Rome, Barcelona or another crowded hot spot, she first tries to talk them out of it. But if they can’t or won’t choose another time or destination, Ms. Flowers steers them to hotels in quieter residential areas and those located in small alleys or on dead-end streets. They “make for great respites,” says Ms. Flowers, vice president of leisure travel at Brownell Travel in Birmingham, Ala., a member of the Virtuoso network of travel agencies. In Paris, she likes to book the Hôtel de Crillon, which is within walking distance of the Louvre but has front doors that open onto the quiet, rear section of the city square Place de la Concorde with little car or foot traffic.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

“Travel adviser Beth Flowers of Brownell Travel in Birmingham, Ala., recommends less-trafficked alternatives to these crowded hot-spots.

Milos, Greece

Instead of: Santorini, Greece
Head to: Milos or Naxos. Stunning volcanic scenery and whitewashed villages on Milos. Interesting archaeological sites on Naxos. Lovely, quiet beaches on both.

Instead of: The Louvre, Paris
Head to: Musée Rodin, Musée national Picasso-Paris and Musée de l’Orangerie (which houses a series of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings). Iconic art without the Louvre’s crowds.

Instead of: Lake Como, Italy
Head to: Lake Garda. Charming villages and beautiful lake scenery. Fewer fellow tourists.

Instead of: The Amalfi Coast, Italy
Head to: Puglia. Quaint hill towns, bucolic countryside and good beaches.

Instead of: London in July
Head to: London in October. The same great sites with shorter lines.”

Click here for the full story on The Wall Street Journal’s website. 

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