By now, your 2020 Euro Trip plans are dead in the water, and frankly who knows if they’ll be revived for 2021 (sorry). Luckily, we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world (I’m not biased, YOU’RE biased) and we have some pretty epic alternatives.
Don’t believe me? Get a load of the famous tourist spots overseas and the ridiculously good swaps we have right here. I’ve also snuck in a few UK ones too, because we all know we visit them at the same time.
#1 Torrevieja, Spain For Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), SA
#2 Greek Islands For The Whitsundays, QLD
Brilliant white sand, crystal clear blue water — sounds like both the Greek Islands and anywhere in the Whitsundays to me. You can find some beachside inspo here.
#3 French Wineries For The Hunter Valley, NSW
If there’s one thing that may possibly soothe the shitshow that is 2020, it’s good wine and a cheese plate. France may be famous for it, but the Hunter Valley still gives you those sweeping views and award-winning grape juice right in your backyard.
#4 Sardinia, Italy For Vivonne Bay, SA
Sardinia is known for clean, clear waters and white sand beaches, but Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island in South Australia serves up all the same blue water, secluded beach vibe realness.
#5 Northern Lights For The Aurora Australis, TAS
As someone who has been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights (albeit a subtle one), they live up the hype. However, Australia has its own, almost identical natural light show and Tassie is the best place to spot it.
#6 Spanish Castles For Paronella Park, QLD
Spain particularly serves up the regal goods, but we won’t be getting there this year. Instead, plan a trip to the heritage-listed Paronella Park in Cairns, where Catalonian José Paronella built a castle amongst the rainforest in 1937.
#7 Cappadocia, Turkey For Coober Pedy, SA
Cappadocia has a very distinct landscape with white cone-shaped rock formations and a billion hot air balloons floating over the top. Have you ever checked out the famous underground opal town of Coober Pedy though? No balloons, but the white-tinged desert landscape is a go.
#8 Grindelwald, Switzerland For Grindelwald, TAS
It’s extremely random, but this little town in Tasmania was actually designed in the Swiss village style by a Dutch immigrant who moved there. It’s the closest thing to Switzerland existing in Australia, so why the hell not.
#9 English Countryside For Leura, NSW
Oh, you were hoping for quaint small towns and open farmland this summer? England is off the cards, but it doesn’t get more charming than the Blue Mountains, and my personal favourite town, Leura.
#10 Northern Ireland’s coastline for Cape Hauy, TAS
The dramatic cliff edges and rolling ocean of Donegal make a pretty fair comparison to Cape Hauy in Tasmania. You can follow the four-hour walking track all the way along, and I’m sure you could find a pub with Guinness to really replace the Irish vibes.
(Lead Image:Northern Lights (Unsplash) / Aurora Australis (Unsplash))
Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.