Affordable alternatives to popular tourist destinations, for those who want to keep costs and stresses low.

Liverpool instead of London

Just a little to the north is the origin of the Beatles and a major hive of museums and at galleries. Liverpool is a gorgeous city with just as much history as its more famous neighbor. For the culture buff, there’s Royal Albert Dock and the surrounding waterfront area filled with venues and places to see, and for the sporty type, there’s Anfield Stadium.

Pattaya instead of Bangkok

Thailand is filled with beautiful places, and Bangkok is truly a gem, but nearby Pattaya is making a bid for the same menus and nightlife. For families, there’s the Cartoon Network Amazon Waterpark, and Jomtien Beach, and for everyone, there’s nearby Koh Si Chang, filled with caves and crystal blue waters.

Québec City instead of Geneva

Canada in lieu of Switzerland is a hard sell for world travelers, but for those who don’t want the transatlantic flight, Québec City is packed with old world charm, from cobblestone streets to historic museums and architecture from the 1700s. The surrounding countryside isn’t the Alps, but Montmorency Falls, taller than Niagra and only 8 miles out of town, are no small consolation.

Taipei instead of Seoul

Just like the Korean capital city, Taipei on the island nation of Taiwan has lit up in the past twenty years. It’s a techie paradise, as well as filled with exciting night markets and stunning views. Elephant Mountain, which overlooks the city, can be climbed on foot from right downtown.

Paros instead of Santorini

Greece is beautiful no matter where you go, and Paros is where much of that beauty came from. The ancient marble quarries there provided the stone to build much of Athens. The island is exactly what you expect of the area – all winding alleyways, blue and white architecture, and ancient churches.