European cities across the ocean may claim you as a city-dweller, but if you’re looking for what’s really next for you, the experts offer up a unique travel guide with a more laid-back approach.
The experts at Skyline Magazine know that less means more, and even where the world’s biggest cities reside, there’s a greener side to alternative destinations within those cities.
Originally from Munich, Germany, editorial director Ed Zwicky said it was fun to explore larger cities and locales while also exploring destinations that might not be so well-known.
“To get to that part of the world, where that’s where people travel most, we wanted to go places like Zurich,” Zwicky said. “We wanted to go places like that because we’ve been to Milan and other places that aren’t really on our radar.”
Moving forward, he hopes the magazine can grow to explore new destinations.
“I think that was the thing – we wanted to go somewhere that we had maybe been before,” Zwicky said. “Travelers should also take the time to go back to places you loved in your younger years and just rediscover them.”
The Skyline team expects to take trips to Thailand, Poland, and Spain before the end of the year.
Stephan Boesch, founder of Skyline Magazine and CEO of Green Echo Travel, said it’s difficult to describe Green Echo’s purpose, though it’s primarily about “living in the moment.”
“When we started out in California, we started going back to Yosemite and seeing the natural beauty and wildlife,” Boesch said. “But now we’re extending that experience, and we’re going to places such as Peru or [Honduras] or a place like that which we never heard of.”
Using the example of a short excursion to St. Lucia, where Boesch spends about a month a year, he says it makes sense to begin with a vacation that focuses on “living in the moment” rather than spending time in an over-exhausted city.
Other areas to consider include Italy, he said, or going “north,” similar to the Netherlands, or even Southeast Asia.
And although information can be found about these places online, “just a really personal trip…a walk down the street, where you meet people, where you smell the air, where you see the sights, where you don’t even spend a dollar…those experiences really count,” he said.
Pilgrim’s Peak District
In England, the northwest, called the Pilgrims Peak District, offers fewer tourist traps and a quieter alternative to major cities.
“There are a lot of mountains, a lot of green, a lot of biodiversity and a lot of lovely spots to hike and have some history,” Boesch said.
Hwange National Park
Perhaps the most unique city in Africa is Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where only about 500 foreign tourists visit each year, according to Boesch. “It’s only accessible to non-residents and it’s really wonderful,” he said.