When I discuss something three times in a week, it’s time to write about it. This week three people have mentioned Italy’s Capri, and three times I’ve advised against it in favor of the Adriatic Coast. But this post is not about Puglia– it’a about how I ended up on the Adriatic Coast in the first place. I use one simple strategy to save big on travel: focus on the experience, not the destination.
Last year in Italy I knew I wanted some time at the shore. Of course Sorrento and Capri rose to mind first because they’re the ones most visited by Americans. And the most expensive. And the most crowded. And yes, Sorrento was beautiful on the day I visited. And crowded with Americans. And Expensive. I was grateful to have only done a daytrip from Naples.
My experience on the Adriatic side felt distinctly different. It was still crowded (it was August after all), but the tourists were mostly Italian. It was more families going to the beach for the weekend as opposed to hard core vacationers. My favorite meal in Trani was a Foccacia from a seaside bakery costing 2 Euro. In Metaponto the beach umbrellas were rented by families whose women- no matter their age- rocked bikinis.
The best part? My hotel room, through British flash sale site Secret Escapes was $81/night including dinner and breakfast. By focusing on the experience- beautiful Italian coastline– instead of getting wrapped up in which town I saved big.
Sure, there’s only one Eiffel Tower, but there are lots of Roman Ruins, lots of gorgeous mountains where you can zipline, and of course lots of coastline. By asking WHAT you want from travel instead of the specific WHERE you can have an amazing trip…while banking your savings for the next adventure.
Where has the experience taken you? Please share in the comments.
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