MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to planning an international trip, people tend to first consider some of the more popular destinations based on well-known attractions or frequently traveled itineraries. While these familiar locales offer wonderful experiences both culturally and aesthetically, experts at leading online travel agency, Vayama (www.vayama.com) recommend giving those destinations off-the-beaten-path a try this year.
Some of the top international destinations booked through Vayama are also some of the most recognizable tourist hubs around the world. However, with a robust network of global partners, Vayama is able to provide travelers with an extensive set of fares and itineraries beyond the well-traveled destinations.
To help both savvy and new travelers start thinking of cities outside the box, Vayama has put together a list of alternative destination suggestions.
For those travelers who are seeking a European experience such as visiting Paris, Barcelona, London, Rome and Amsterdam, Vayama encourages travelers to consider other thriving cities or staying in smaller towns just outside the metropolitan centers, where the nightlife is eclectic and history still very rich. Alternatives include:
- Ghent, Belgium
- Rotterdam, Holland
- Siena, Italy
- Glasgow, Scotland
- Thessalonik, Greece
If picturesque beaches or tranquil mountain scenery are what you're after, consider these serene locales for a relaxing, crowd-free vacation:
- Myvatn Lake, Iceland
- Campania region, Italy
- Tasmania, Australia
- Candidasa, Indonesia
- Gozo, Maltese Republic
- Menorca, Spain
For those wanting a more cosmopolitan experience, like you might find in Hong Kong, Dubai, Beijing and Tokyo, these urban stops are worth visiting:
- Daegu, South Korea
- Kagoshima, Japan
- Bratislava, Slovakia
- Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Valparaíso, Chile
- Durban, South Africa
"Our recommendations are not intended to dismiss the popular travel cities, but rather to encourage those travelers looking for something off-the-beaten-path a different perspective on international travel," explains Joan Ioannou, Brand Marketing Director for Vayama.com. "As people begin their travel planning process, the options for where to go are vast. Our goal at Vayama is to be the go-to resource for both those popular, well-traveled destinations, but also for those who are seeking to travel to some of the lesser-known destinations around the globe."
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Vayama.com is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. Since 2007, the company has been committed to providing travelers with the most comprehensive set of airlines, fares and flights, allowing people to experience popular, well-traveled destinations as well as some of the most remote corners of the world. By working with a vast network of trusted global partners, Vayama taps published and negotiated fares to put the very best international content all in one place. Travelers who visit Vayama.com can browse thousands of hotels and book rooms at the lowest prices available, as well as rent cars all over the world. For more information about Vayama, visit www.vayama.com.
Travix International B.V., one of the leading global and the largest Dutch online travel agency, manages an extensive portfolio of travel-focused websites operating under the brand names CheapTickets, BudgetAir, Easytobook, Vayama, Vliegwinkel and Flugladen. Easytobook is specialist in online worldwide hotel reservations. The other brands provide both search and book capability for flight combinations worldwide on both scheduled and low cost airlines. In addition, these sites offer attractive pricing for hotels, car rentals, rail travel and holiday packages. Travix operates its six brands globally, employs almost 700 persons, with combined sales in excess of US$ 2 billion. Travix is part of BCD Holdings N.V. For more information: www.travix-international.com.
About BCD Holdings
BCD Holdings N.V. is a market leader in the travel industry. The Dutch, privately owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir and Vayama), Park 'N Fly (off-airport parking), TRX (travel transaction processing and data integration), Airtrade (consolidating and fulfillment), VakantieXperts (leisure) and Parkmobile International (mobile parking and traffic applications). BCD Holdings employs over 12,000 people and operates in more than 95 countries with total sales, including franchising, of US$ 22.1 billion. For more information, visit www.bcd-nv.com.