Insights and tips from travel expert Mark Wolters of Wolters World

Where to travel this summer if you want to avoid the crowds

Avid traveller Mark Wolters — who has been to 70 countries to date and counting — shares his adventures and honest travel advice on his popular YouTube channel, Wolters World, to 893K subscribers.

The Illinois-based professor, who is on the road five to six months out of the year, caught up with OFFSHORE to share some advice on where travellers can go to beat the crowds in Europe.

“With revenge travel still in full effect, even with all of the airport and airline issues, it is hard to find a tourist destination that is not crowded this summer,” says Wolters, who is on team carry on only. “We have spent the entire summer traveling around Europe and there are a few things we have noticed that may help you get a respite from the tourist hordes.”

Tip #1: Secondary destinations

“First off, main tourist destinations like Paris, London, and the Amalfi Coast in Europe are completely packed, however the secondary destinations have not been as full,” he shares. “Instead of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, go to Puglia and Southern Italy and explore Bari, Matera, Alberobello, and Polignano a Mare.

Tip #2: Heritage towns

“Puglia is a popular summer destination for Italian tourists. In Bari you can see the grandmothers making pasta in the street, visit St. Nicholas’ Basilica, yes that St. Nicholas, and party the night away with the locals. Even though there are still a lot of tourists visiting Puglia in the summer, you will notice significantly more elbow room wandering the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Alberobello with their Trulli homes that look like a colony on Mars and Matera (which is in Basilicata) with their sassi or caves carved out of the rocks, than you will on the Amalfi Coast.”

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Latest

Experience the wonders of the Cayman Islands

After passing through otherworldly formations of stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures formed over millions of years, our tour guide at Cayman Crystal Caves on Grand Cayman leads the group to the aptly named Bat Cave where dozens of bats are hanging and flying around the dimly-lit ceiling.  “When you do look up, please keep your mouth closed!” he warned as

Discover the Dutch Caribbean’s hottest new resort with a heart-shaped and luxury bungalows

As the motor coach pulled out of the airport headed for Sandals Royal Curaçao, couples on board started exchanging how long they’ve been married. “Thirty-two years,” exclaimed one couple. “Forty-four years,” boasted another, causing the bus to break out in applause. “One day!” shouted a pair of newlyweds, garnering cheers all around. It’s a fitting scene as Sandals Resorts has

Take a journey through Northern Spain aboard a luxury sleeper train

The scenery encompasses such sights like vivid blue lakes in a scene reminiscent of Switzerland, or the rock formations of Playa de las Catedrales, where during low tide, you can walk through the arches that line the beach.  When it comes to pouring sidra — the hard cider originating from the Asturias region in Northern Spain — it’s best to

Eight of the best reasons to visit Greece this autumn

Magical Greece is known to keep well-hidden secrets for those who care to look closely. We’ve done just that: looked closely and selected the most special properties and adventures for those still looking for a last-minute fall getaway. Variety Cruises Variety Cruises, Greece’s leading small ship cruise line, has for the first time in its 70-year history, revealed a Hiking