Travelers constantly seek out new destinations, but don’t always consider the long term impact they might have on their environment and local communities. If you’re traveling outside the U.S., chances are good that you’ll be visiting countries where tourism has a negative impact on the local economy.
While it’s true that some places are better suited to backpackers than others, there are still plenty of hidden gems across the continent. In fact, there are even several cities in Europe where visitors would never guess that they would benefit from a vacation.
Italy – Venice
This city of canals is famous for its beautiful architecture. It’s also home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Basilica di San Marco, which was built in 1315. As well as being a tourist destination, this city is Italy’s main commercial hub. The city’s center is packed with shops, real-money online casino games gambling houses and restaurants, especially along the Grand Canal.
Portugal – Madeira Islands
The Portuguese archipelago known as the Madeiras offers travelers all kinds of attractions. Its biggest city, Ponta Delgada, is just one hour away by plane from Lisbon in Portugal. You will find gorgeous beaches like Praia do Amado, Praia das Maçãs and other stunning landscapes, such as the Fajã Grande Natural Reserve on the Faial Island. There are lots of great adventures to take part in, like hiking up a mountain or discovering caves and underground rivers.
Germany – Bavaria
Although Germany is known more for its beer than its wine, it does offer tourists an abundance of outdoor activities. For example, those who plan to visit Munich should not miss the Oktoberfest celebration. However, for serious adventure seekers, there are dozens of things to do in the surrounding countryside.
Spain – Mallorca
In the Balearic Isles, the landscape is truly spectacular. Those who plan to travel here should make sure to see Palma de Majorca. This island capital is full of historic buildings, casinos en ligne, museums, art galleries and churches. Plus, it offers world-class white water rafting opportunities.
If you want to travel around Europe without having to worry about money or overstaying your visa, then backpacking is definitely your thing. While some destinations may seem expensive at first glance, they don’t usually cost much more than if you booked them online – most don’t even need money at all!