Travel Startup Rome2rio Unveils the Not Spots of the World
An Interactive Guide to the Road Less Travelled
Australian travel startup Rome2rio has unveiled a new map, but not like the ones you're used to seeing on their travel planning platform.
You've heard of "hot spots", well these are the Not Spots. The "Not Spots" guide provides alternative destinations and experiences to the world's most popular holiday hot spots.
The 30 travel swap suggestions are classified under seven popular interest areas: history, food and drink, beach, adventure, road trips, architecture, and art and culture.
"Our 10 million users love to travel but when it comes to the traditional holiday destinations, it's a case of 'been there, got the T-shirt' for many," says Kirsteene Phelan, Acting CEO of Rome2rio. "They get a kick out of amassing stamps in their passports and the more exotic the destination, the better. They are also increasingly conscious of the impact tourism can have – both positively and negatively – on the local community and environment.
"The map-style Not Spots guide taps into the most popular desires and motivations for travel but encourages people to explore off-the-beaten-
"If you love the beaches of the Greek Islands, for example, try the sandy stretches of the Albanian Riviera. If it's Prague's architecture that whets your appetite, head to Sighișoara in Transylvania."
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Rome2rio is a comprehensive global trip planner and booking site that helps customers find all the options for travel between any two points on the globe. Enter any town, address or landmark as your destination and Rome2rio will instantly display flight, train, bus, ferry and driving options, with estimated travel times and fares.
Founded in 2011, Rome2rio is based in Melbourne, Australia. The company won the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit, Traveltech's 2013 Website of the Year, the Data Specialist Award at WITovation 2015, Best Compare Award at WITovation 2016 and Best Metasearch at the 2016 Travolution Awards, with its co-founders named as joint winners of the 2018 Victorian Pearcy Entrepreneur Award as part of the Digital Innovation Festival in Victoria. With over 100 million unique visitors in the last 12 months, Rome2rio is a recognised leader in the multi-modal space.