I stumbled across a Mediterranean island few Americans seem to know about, and I'm convinced it will be the next vacation hot spot
- Traveling to most Mediterranean destinations can be expensive, busy, and crowded.
- When looking for a cheap vacation in the Mediterranean this past summer, I stumbled upon the island of Cyprus. Even during the peak of summer, I was able to get a cheap flight and reasonable hotel with little notice.
- The island nation has the many charms that Mediterranean tourists are looking for, such as fresh, local seafood, pristine beaches, and ancient ruins, though few Americans visit.
- After spending a week there in July, I'm convinced it could be the best vacation hotspot Americans aren't visiting yet.
While all those destinations have their charms - who doesn't want to go on a Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik? - they've undoubtedly become tourist traps, with overbooked hotels, overpriced restaurants, and beaches and sights packed with cruise-shippers and holiday-makers in the summer months.This past summer, as I was looking for a cheap flight in Europe, I stumbled on the island of Cyprus. The flight there was a fraction of a similar flight to Mykonos and I had no trouble booking a reasonably priced hotel even a week before the trip in the middle of summer.
The country is a well-known vacation destination for British and Russian tourists, but few Americans visit the island. To be honest, I can't figure why.
Cyprus offers many of the Mediterranean charms that makes places like Mykonos or Croatia attractive - fresh, local fish, beautiful beaches, ancient ruins - at a fraction of the price. And that's before you get into the breathtaking natural landscape that spans from lush mountains to a salt lake.
For those looking for a taste of classic Mediterranean life with a Middle Eastern flair, Cyprus is the place to go. I went on an impulsive decision, and I'm so glad I did.
Here's what it's like: