Sunday, 13 October 2019

Insight Guides launches new 'alternative-destination’ trips to help combat overtourism

London, 9th October 2019 — Insight Guides, the premium tailor-made trips provider and travel guide publisher, has released a list of bookable travel experiences designed to help ease overtourism and champion lesser-visited but still spectacular destinations.

Insight Guides trips are created by travel experts who live in their destinations and create trip itineraries that include cultural excursions and activities. The local experts use their specialist knowledge of their area to create unique trips that can be customised by the traveller.

New trips are regularly added to the Insight Guides website and can be searched by desired destination, budget, and type of traveller. Once a traveller has picked a trip, they are then put in direct contact with the local expert, who will organise everything for them.

Now, Insight Guides has released a number of trips to help travellers embrace the idea of visiting alternative destinations instead of the usual suspects, which in some cases is resulting in negative impacts on the local residents and environment.

Franziska Wirth, Insight Guides Trips Manager, says,

“Overtourism is a problem for a number of places right now, and some cities such as Amsterdam and Venice are taking steps to actually reduce the amount of visitors they get. At Insight Guides we understand why travellers are drawn to these fabulous places but we want to use our expertise to highlight alternative destinations that deserve their time in the sun. By encouraging our customers to travel to lesser-visited locations, we can help them discover places they wouldn’t necessarily know about whilst doing our bit to help local economies and residents experience the amazing benefits tourism can bring. It’s a win-win in our eyes.”

The exciting new trips are intended to draw visitors away from busy areas such as Paris, Cancun, and the popular West Ring-Road in Iceland, and help them have a more relaxing and authentic travel experience in other areas of the respective country.

Northern Spain instead of the more popular South
The cities, mountains and beaches of Northern Spain

Planned by Adele, local expert for Spain

Nine days from £1,044pp. Excludes international flights.

Southern Spain has been a busy tourist destination for many years. This self-drive trip avoids the touristy area along the southern Spanish coast, instead opting to take in the culture of the north and its natural beauty and the rugged beaches and coast.

Westfjords instead of typical Ring Road
Western Iceland: Cliffs, Coast and Waterfalls

Planned by Preeti, local expert for Iceland

Six days from £950pp. Excludes international flights.

Welcome to the road trip of a lifetime, which will bring you to some of Iceland’s remotest spots, such the dramatic Latrabjarg Cliffs and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Drive through glacial valleys and soak up breathtaking sunsets. Laze afternoons away soaking in natural hot springs!

Northern Argentina instead of the more popular south
Argentina’s Northern Highlights

Planned by Guadalupe, local expert for Argentina

13 days from £4,084pp. Excludes international flights.

Your journey begins in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital and the home of tango, colonial buildings and cobbled streets. Explore museums, churches, and stunning mountain valleys; be awestruck by the roar of the Iguazú Falls; then explore the wineries of the Central Valley.

Bordeaux instead of Paris
The Romance, Food, and Wine of Bordeaux

Planned by Ekaterina, local expert for France

Six days from £1,701pp. Excludes international flights.

Stroll along the historical streets of Bordeaux; tour the surrounding vineyards, tasting some of the region's best wines; create your own French dinner and dine in a romantic castle, combining history with gastronomy, all with this unique trip.

San Cristobal de las Casas instead of Cancun
Mexico’s Churros and Chiapas

Planned by Ariadna, local expert for Mexico

Seven days from £1,154pp. Excludes international flights.

Arrive in exciting Mexico City and get a taste of its surprising charms, imposing plazas and beautiful colonial old town. Then jet off to Chiapas where you'll spend your days exploring canyons, waterfalls and national parks. Then finish with a dose of Mayan culture deep in the jungle at Palenque.

You can enquire and book trips directly via www.insightguides.com, where you will also find a full list of customisable itineraries. Customers can make an enquiry and speak to a local expert with no obligation.

About Insight Guides

Insight Guides specialises in premium travel and provides a customisable trip service. All trips are created by local travel experts based in the destination and the traveller is put directly in touch with the travel expert in order to create their perfect trip. Trips can be viewed and customised on wwwinsightguides.com.

Insight Guides is also  a pioneer of full-colour guidebooks, with almost 50 years’ experience of publishing inspirational visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. The Insight Guides list comprises over 650 full-colour print guidebooks and maps, plus phrasebooks, eBooks and apps. In addition, Insight Guides produces Insight Guides: The Travel Podcast that discusses the backstory of various destinations around the world.