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  • Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone | August 16, 2016 3:00 PM ET

    7 Underrated, Astounding European Destinations for 2017: Introduction

    7 Underrated, Astounding European Destinations for 2017: Introduction

    PHOTO: Cliffside dining in Taormina, Sicily. Have the signature bucatini alla norma with shaved smoked ricotta salata — this dish is among the unsung features of this underrated destination. (photo by Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone)

    Bespoke. Authentic. Unique.

    These are the themes that are growing more prevalent with Millennials, Baby Boomers, and adventure travelers of any given age group. They glory in the delight of the unexpected, shy away from mainstream en masse destinations, and want to feel like their getaway isn’t just a trip, but an experience. They seek to see things that are unusual, hear new melodies, whether music or language, and make memories that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

    I am one of these types of travelers, and there is next to nowhere on this planet that I won’t visit once. I aim to conquer the world, but at my own pace and away from the crowds. Therefore, I actively seek out the special hidden corners … and think you should, too.

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    Lucky for me — and your customers! — Travel Impressions’ portfolio spans over 200 destinations around the world, making it possible to go off the beaten path when it comes to vacation inspiration, without going off the grid when it comes to service and quality.

    Here are my seven favorite picks (so far! I’ve still got a lot of ground to cover) of the most incredible and popular — yet somehow, not top-of-mind — European destinations you may not book a lot of, but should for 2017.

    7. Cannes, France

    6. Naples, Italy

    5. Budapest, Hungary

    4. Barcelona, Spain

    3. Galway, Ireland

    2. Crete, Greece

    1. Taormina, Sicily

    Want to know WHY these destinations deserve your attention? Stay tuned for details on what makes these semi-secret spots so special in our multi-post series of 7 Underrated & Utterly Astounding European Destinations!


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Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone Making Lasting Impressions

Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone With experience in both advertising/marketing copywriting and editorial journalism, multiple-award-winning writer Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone’s passion for words is exceeded only by her love of travel. As communications manager for Travel Impressions, she uses that diverse background to create a unique bridge between marketing and storytelling, whether it’s used to share her excitement for Travel Impressions’ latest deals and agent-oriented programs and incentives or for new destinations and suppliers that inspire.
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