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Skip the glaringly obvious, and certain to be overcrowded, Easter holiday spots and opt for one these lesser-tread locales instead.

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Gothenburg, Sweden

The birthplace of the Volvo, Gothenburg doesn’t ooze sex appeal but its allure is pronounced in more nuanced ways. Less crowded and cheaper than Stockholm, the city’s wooden houses and cobblestone streets puts it high on our list of Swedish outposts. For something more contemporary, visit bustling Långgatorna and later, dine at Sjömagasinet for an updated take on traditional Swedish cuisine.

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Vail, Colorado

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Telluride, Colorado

Rivalling Aspen and Vail in its ski credentials, Telluride is far less pretentious than its counterparts. With a less bouji and boisterous crowd to contend with in the winter months and ample things to see and do come summer – from hiking and biking to fly fishing – we’re riding the wave (and then the gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village) with this under-the-radar spot.

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Vienna, Austria

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Salzburg, Austria

Home to Mozart, Salzburg is as culturally and historically rich as Vienna, but operates on a smaller scale. A music-lover’s haven best suited to classicists, catch a concert at the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Post-curtain fall, head to the city’s historic centre to gawp at baroque architecture before working your way up to Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Ilha de Tinharé, Brazil

Trade in the crowds at Rio De Janeiro and head for Ilha de Tinharé’s car-free village of Morro de São Paulo. Located on the northeastern tip of Brazil’s Tinharé Island, here beaches are nicer and crowds are smaller but the party scene is just as rife. Quarta Praia Beach is best for peace and quiet, while revellers are best to head to Segunda Praia Beach for bustling beach bars.

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London, UK

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York, UK

A two-hour train ride out of London will transport you to the charming streets of York. Admittedly, anywhere is less crowded the megalopolis that is London, but as city escapes go, York is up there with the quaintest of them. Princess Eugenie and Beatrice’s stomping ground, make ways for The Shambles (a particularly picturesque stretch) before heading to the Trembling Madness where the wait time for a pint is less than a minute and the pub grub is top quality.

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Los Angeles, California, US

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Laguna Beach, California, US

A household television name and a paradise for beach bums, Laguna Beach lacks the crowds and tourist traps of LA’s Venice. A quirky beach town, Laguna’s palm-tree studded streets are populated with art galleries, hotels and family-style restaurants. After a morning of shopping, head to Heisler Park or Crystal Cove State Park for the afternoon. Pick up a picnic at Whole Foods or Gelson’s.

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Zurich, Switzerland

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Bern, Switzerland

A hub for art and culture – Paul Klee was born here – the Swiss capital of Bern is about much more than politics. Medieval architecture and more contemporary builds, such as the Renzo Piano-designed, Zentrum Paul Klee, are more than worthy of a walk around. Less touristy and much cheaper than most Swiss cities, Bern boasts some great restaurants. Book a table at cellar restaurant, Kornhauskeller for fine-dining experience for less than you might expect.

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