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4 destination dupes for your favourite holiday hotspots

If you’re in the midst of planning your next getaway, you’ve probably taken a look at all the usual holiday hotspots, from Corfu to the Canary Islands. While these popular destinations can make for great trips, the increased levels of tourism in these spots can make them feel quite busy, which may not be what you’re looking for if you’re craving a more relaxing getaway. So before packing your SPF and getting your travel money, why not take some time to find the perfect destination dupe for you? According to travel company Expedia, destination dupes are set to be all the rage this year, with holiday-goers looking for fun alternatives to the classic tourist spots.

We’ve got the inspiration you’re looking for in this blog post. Read on to discover four fantastic destination dupes.

Paris dupe: Kraków, Poland

Currency: Zloty

With the 2024 Olympic Games set to be hosted in Paris, this year is going to be a busy one for the French capital. If you’re looking to enjoy the rich culture and romantic atmosphere of Paris but without the bustling crowds, Kraków is the perfect spot for you. Located in Southern Poland, this city is often referred to as the cultural capital of the country. It’s easy to see why, as there are so many different cultural and historical sites to explore, from Wawel Royal Castle, which is home to a vast art collection, to Kazimierz, the city’s historic Jewish Quarter.

For those planning a romantic getaway, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Kraków with your other half. From soaking up the beautiful scenery from the Town Hall tower in the Main Square to taking a sunset cruise down the Vistula, you’re sure to experience plenty of romantic moments in this city. There are a number of fine dining restaurants and intimate drinking spots to enjoy, too.

Paris is of course known for its fantastic shopping opportunities, but you won’t be short of these in Kraków either. If you’re looking to get some souvenirs, the Cloth Hall is the perfect spot. In this iconic medieval building, you’ll find an array of stalls selling handmade crafts and ornaments, stunning amber jewellery, and more. For even more choice, you can head to Floriańska, Kraków’s main shopping street.

Maldives dupe: Koh Samui, Thailand

Currency: Baht

If you’re looking for a stunning beach getaway without the extravagant price tag of a trip to the Maldives, Koh Samui is a fantastic warm and sunny alternative. This Thai island is a great spot for those looking for a relaxing getaway to unwind and soak up the sun. Koh Samui is full of stunning beaches, from popular spots like Chaweng Beach to breathtaking secluded options, such as Tongson Beach and Silver Beach.

As well as being the perfect place for lounging on the beach, this stunning island has something for the adventure lovers, too. From water sports like snorkelling, diving, and kayaking, to exhilarating full moon parties, Koh Samui has something for everyone.

You won’t be short of activities to enjoy outside of the beach spots either. There are a number of great sites for animal lovers, including an elephant sanctuary and Ko Madsum Island, otherwise known as Pig Island thanks to its curly-tailed inhabitants. Other popular spots amongst tourists include Overlap Stone, Wat Phra Yai temple, and the Tarnim Magic Garden.

Berlin dupe: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Currency: Lev

Berlin is a haven for lovers of all things artsy, with an eclectic mixture of art galleries and live music venues. However, the city can be very busy, especially throughout the summer months. If you’re looking for a quieter, more laid-back alternative, Plovdiv is the city for you. Things seem to move at a slower pace in the Bulgarian city, making it one of the more relaxing European city breaks. But don’t mistake this laidback atmosphere as boring: with a range of cultural and artsy sites to explore, this city is anything but. In fact, Plovdiv has established itself as one of the best and most interesting places to visit in Eastern Europe.

Those interested in the artsy side of the city should head to Kapana district. This creative neighbourhood is full of vibrant street art and independent art galleries, as well as a number of cosy cafes and intimate restaurants with food and drink to fuel your visit. The architecture around the city is also truly unique, and you’ll find a choice of walking tours for both the stunning architecture and the street art in the summer months.

Like Berlin, Plovdiv is a great spot for those with an interest in history. In fact, it is one of the oldest cities in the world! From the city’s Old Town to the Roman Stadium, one of the best-preserved in the Balkans, you won’t be short of historical cultural sites to explore. You can expand your mind even further at one of Plovdiv’s many museums. 

Corfu dupe: Kas, Turkey

Currency: Lira

Want to enjoy a beach break closer to home? The Greek islands are always a popular choice, especially Corfu for its stunning sandy beaches and breath-taking turquoise waters. But if you’re looking for an alternative that is just as beautiful and available for a great price, Kas is the spot for you. This picturesque Turkish seaside town is known for having stunning crystal-clear waters, perfect for taking a dip. There are a variety of water sports to try out in the region too, from kayaking to diving.

If you’re a history lover, the nearby island of Kekova is sure to make a great day trip. Like Corfu, this island is rich in history and has a number of fascinating historical sights, the most popular of which is the sunken city. While tourists are not permitted to swim here, a number of tour operators offer boat rides to the remains to help you step back in time. From the boat, you should be able to see old stone walls and doorways, staircases, and you may be able to catch a glimpse of ceramic pottery remains!

Aside from the fascinating historical landmarks, there is plenty to keep you busy in the town of Kas too. From ample shopping and dining opportunities to evenings out enjoying the nightlife, you’re sure to enjoy your stay in this seaside town, whether you’re an adventure lover or you prefer a slow holiday.

Decided which destination dupe is your dream getaway? Prepare for your holiday by stocking up on travel money from H&T. Whether you’re looking for Turkish Lira or Bulgarian Lev, we’ve got the currency you need, with a huge range of currencies available in our 270+ stores. Find out more about our service with H&T’s travel money guide. And for even more holiday inspiration, check out our blog post on 4 Insta-worthy holiday destinations for your summer getaway.

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