Alternatives to the World's Travel Icons

19th March 2014

Unsurprisingly, with popular tourist sites you often get large crowds, and the opportunity to photograph these iconic places minus the hordes of people is rare.But fear not; there are alternatives to the world’s busiest travel icons where you can enjoy a similar experience without the crowds. Here are our suggestions. Great Barrier Reef or Ningaloo Reef, Australia

 The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular natural wonders in Australia and rightly so. However, Ningaloo Reef, on the west coast, is a great alternative, offering a huge diversity of marine life away from the crowds.At the right time of year you will find whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays, along with an abundance of colourful fish, and far fewer visitors.  Hakone National Park or Aso-Kuju National Park, Japan

 The scenery of Hakone National Park, only a short train ride from Tokyo, is well-known to Japan’s visitors, and for this reason it is also a popular spot to visit. Why not visit the lesser-known and far more spectacular Aso-Kuju National Park in Kyushu, where the dramatic volcanic landscape, considered amongst the most remarkable in Japan, is just waiting to be photographed in relative peace and quiet.  The Nile in Egypt or the River Ganges in India

 Have you enjoyed cruising down the Nile in Egypt? If so, a boat ride down the great River Ganges in Varanasi in India may also appeal. Capturing the iconic sunset with one of India’s holiest cities as your backdrop is a truly unforgettable experience and photographic opportunities abound as pilgrims go about their daily activities by the water’s edge. Float past the burning ghats, where cremations are held and ceremonial offerings take place to Aarti, the goddess Ganga, or alternatively, choose to take a boat ride at sunrise and witness the locals carrying out their morning ablutions, sometimes fully clothed.  Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park, USA

 Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in the USA and for that reason can get exceptionally busy in the summer months. Nearby is the equally spectacular but significantly quieter Grand Teton National Park – a vast area that encompasses the spectacular peaks of the Teton Mountain Range. This region is an almost pristine ecosystem with diverse wildlife and over 200 miles of picturesque walking trails all crying out to be captured on camera.  The Great Migration, Kenya or the zebra migration, Botswana

 If you have been lucky enough to see the Great Migration of wildebeest in Kenya or Tanzania, you’ll know how spectacular a sight this is. However, if you want to avoid the crowds of this world famous wildlife spectacle, head to Botswana instead, where you can witness the zebra migration. In the green season 25,000 zebras travel through the Makgadikgadi pans in search of fresh grazing. Often you’ll be the only vehicle in sight - a real treat considering the wildlife spectacle you’re beholding!    Angkor Wat in Cambodia or Borobudur in Java, Indonesia

 If you visit Angkor Wat for sunset or sunrise it can be extremely crowded. An interesting alternative is the vast pyramidal structure of Borobudur, in Java, Indonesia, one of Southeast Asia's greatest religious relics. Hundreds of Buddha images stare impassively out over the plains, but even more enthralling are the startlingly detailed galleries and terraces that lead up to its central stupa, telling tales of ancient gods and immortalising long-resolved battles. The site lay for centuries under volcanic ash, until it was discovered again in the early 19th century and restored by the Dutch.  At Audley we believe that your trip should be truly unforgettable, so we don't take any chances. The expert knowledge of all our specialists allows us to select the best possible accommodation, guides and excursions to suit your tastes and budget. To book a tailor-made trip with Audley, call one of our specialists on 01993 838 000 or contact us online.