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8 Last Minute Trips

Friday, July 17, 2015
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I cannot believe we are more than half way through our #NotATourist Campaign with Visa Middle East! Here is another inspiration of 8 last minute trips to take.

It’s not too late to pack and go! These 8 last minute trips inspiration should give you a kick in the butt to get up and go! Whichever part of the world you’re in.


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1. Austria

Still on the top of the list, Austria is compact enough to combine two holidays in one: a luxury city break and a country escape and has an abundant of things to offer and is definitely on the 8 last minute trips list. Stay anywhere and everywhere and you are guaranteed to fall in love. From train rides, to cities and mountain trails. Austria is still my magical place. Stay in Vienna at the recent renovated Hilton Hotel Vienna Plaza or Hotel Goldgasse in Salzburg

2. Venice

Forget the notorious suffocating crowd, the pushy vendors and the souvenir shops, cross the Grand Canal to wander aimlessly through the San Polo and Dorsodouro neighborhoods, and you’ll quickly leave flag-toting guides and frozen pizza slices behind to discover “the real Venice”—because yes, there is one. You just need to fold your map away, lose track of time, and let yourself live a slow, stress-free life, Venetian-style. Stay at the hottest JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

4. Croatia

Croatia is always a place for summer lovers. You can fall in love with the natural beauty or the croatian’s cuisine, seafood dishes, dishes inspired by the flavors of Italy, and cuisine that takes a cue from neighboring Slavic countries are on menus throughout Croatia. Hear traditional klapa singers in Split, buy Croatian embroidery in Dubrovnik, or visit a market in Zagreb. Your summer plans must include the beautiful beaches of Croatia and is on our 8 last minute trips inspiration board!

VisCroatia_CNT_11mar13_alamy_b(Credits CN Traveller)


5. Douro Valley, Portugal

More of a hotel destination on this one, located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the property is touched with the romance of 19th century architecture wedded to contemporary interiors reflecting the inimitable Six Senses style. The peaceful settings of Six Senses Douro Valley is located 142 kilometers (88 miles) from Porto International Airport. Helicopter arrivals are catered for at the nearby Porto de Lamego helipad. A property made it to this list because of it’s specific location and well, the peace and quiet.

6. South Africa

Once in a while, South Africa always fills that void. Back to nature and back to the wild. Stay at Singita, Africa’s most exclusive safari company, Situated over the sabi sand river, launched an incredible new lodge in the Singita Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. Leading South African designers Cecil & Boyd have transformed Singita Ebony Lodge with a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining a tented camp with bush lodge style. Each of the 12 private suites will have their own plunge pool and the interiors will stand out with oversized sepia photography, glamorous leopard and zebra animal print upholstery fabric and bold graphic tribal patterned murals.

Singita Ebony Lodge Terrace

7. Vernanzza, Italy

Vernazza, in Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre region…Need we say more?


8. Bali, Indonesia

You will always find a place to stay, things to do and rejuvenate 100% when in Bali. Find hidden gems, discover yoga and even learn how to surf!


As part of the #NotATourist Campaign with Visa, we will be sharing stories, articles and tips on destinations across the world.

The NotATourist campaign is designed to inspire travel beyond the regular tourist sites to savour truly local experiences that are the essence of making a destination unique. The campaign is there to help travellers explore destinations as local inhabitants – not as tourists – by providing local knowledge using crowd sourced digital content that is showcased on Visa’s NotATourist website and the Visa Explore mobile app. NotATourist also offers travelers a platform to describe the many facets of a destination by sharing their own images, videos, posts and comments, making them ambassadors or tour guides of their favourite travel spots.

To participate in #NotATourist all you need to do is use the hashtag and tag @visamiddleeast for us to find you and we will share your stories and images.

The campaign invites users to share content on social media using the hashtag ‘#NotATourist’ and will give participants a chance to win a weekly prize of US$500 for submitting pictures, videos or tips on how to find ‘secret’ and little-known spots or experiences in key travel destinations. In August, Visa will announce two Ultimate #NotATourist content contributors who will each be awarded a travel package worth US$5000.

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