Alternative, Affordable Travel Destinations For 2019

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY THESE COLD, DARK DAYS LIKELY HAVE YOU WANTING TO GET AWAY

DEFINITELY US WHO BETTER TO INVITE HERE ON THE COUCH ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT, CHRISTOPHER MUTHER, TRAVEL WRITER FOR "THE BOSTON GLOBE" THANKS FOR COMING IN TONIGHT THANKS FOR HAVING ME WHERE ARE THE BLANKETS ON THE COUCH? WE SHOULD

A BIG FIRE AND SOME BUGS YOU GUYS ARE HAVING A TRAVEL EXPO WE ARE INDEED WHICH IS A GREAT TIME TO HAVE IT BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS THINKING ABOUT ESCAPING IT HAPPENS NEXT WEEKEND, THE 18th TO THE 20th AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN THE SEAPORT

REALLY, GREAT IDEAS FOR PLACES TO GO, WHEN YOU WALK AROUND AND TALK TO SOME OF THE VENDORS THERE, THERE'S CRAFT BEER PAVILIONS, THERE'S ALL SORTS OF, LIKE THE BEER AND TRAVEL, IT'S ALL ABOUT ESCAPISM THIS TIME OF YEAR JANUARY IN BOSTON? I SAY SO YOU WROTE A PIECE LAST SUNDAY ABOUT AVOIDING THE CONVENTIONAL TOURIST TRAVEL CITIES AND GOING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, IF YOU WILL WE WILL START WITH, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ICELAND THAT'S A HOT SPOT TO GO

BUT YOU SAY GO TO BERGEN, NORWAY INSTEAD YEAH A LOT OF THESE PLACES HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OVER TOURISM RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, THE POPULATION IS UNDER 400,000 BUT, VISITED LAST YEAR

SO, THE IDEA IS TO KIND OF TRY A DIFFERENT CITY, WHERE YOU ARE NOT BURDENING THE INFRASTRUCTURE QUITE AS MUCH SO, BERGEN, FOR INSTANCE, BEAUTIFUL AND, NORWAY, I'M SORRY, LIKE, IS A GREAT JUMPING OFF PLACE FOR THE NATURE OF THE COMPANY SO, WHEN YOU ARE IN BURDEN, IT'S A QUICK CRUISE DOWN THE RIVER, AND, IT IS BEAUTIFUL HILLS, AND, YOU CAN SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NORWAY A LOT OF THE SAME THINGS YOU CAN DO IN ICELAND

AN OPTION WE HAVE ALL SALIVATED OVER PICTURES OF SANTORINI ON INSTAGRAM BUT, YOU SAY GO TO NAXOS, GREECE INSTEAD YES SO MANY PEOPLE

BUT, NAXOS, GREECE IS BEAUTIFUL AND YOU'LL FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE THE ISLAND TO YOUR SELF A LITTLE BIT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF AMERICANS GO THERE AND I WAS A LITTLE HESITANT TO PUT IT IN THE STORY, ONLY BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT'S MY PLACE, I DON'T WANT TO SHARE BUT, IT'S A GREAT ALTERNATIVE SO MANY PEOPLE GO TO PARIS IT'S A WONDERFUL

BUT YOU SAY, MAYBE TRY BORDEAUX I DO EVERYONE I FEEL LIKE GOES TO PARIS AT SOME POINT EVERYONE HAS TO GO TO PARIS BUT ONCE YOU'VE BEEN TO PARIS, BORDEAUX IS A GREAT OPTION

IT HAS PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE CHARM, ALL THE ARCHITECTURE OF PARIS, BUT ALSO HAS AN AMAZING WINE MUSEUM WITH THREE SEPARATE LARGE AREAS FOR TASTING AND A STORE THAT SELLS 800 VARIETIES BEST GIFT SHOP EVER AND LIAM SPEAKS FRENCH PERFECT FOR HIM

WE ALL LOVE CAPE COD SO MUCH BUT YOU SAY INSTEAD OF WHERE WE'VE ALL BEEN, TRY ROSLYN, CONNECTICUT YEAH AND I WAS EXPECTING TO TAKE A LOT OF HEAT ON THAT CHOICE AND I HAVEN'T PEOPLE ARE KIND OF INTO THAT THE BEACHES ARE BEAUTIFUL THERE

MYSTIC SEAPORT IS RIGHT NEARBY IT'S KIND OF ADJACENT, WEIRDLY PART OF BUT NOT QUITE SO, IF IT'S A RAINY DAY, YOU CAN GO TO OLD MYSTIC SEAPORT IS MYSTIC PIZZA STILL THERE? MYSTIC PIZZA, OF COURSE MYSTIC PIZZA IS, JULIA ROBERTS WILL NOT BE THERE

LET'S GET TO SOME OF THE AFFORDABLE PLACES OF 2019 LET'S START WITH LITHUANIA DID I SAY THAT CORRECTLY? YOU DID IT WAS A STAB IN THE DARK I FEEL LIKE IT IS COMING INTO ITS OWN RIGHT NOW

YOU KNOW, IT WAS OCCUPIED BY THE SOVIETS, NOW RUSSIA, FOR SO LONG BUT NOW, IT'S FINDING ITS WAY AS A TOURIST DESTINATION IT HAS THIS BEAUTIFUL, OLD CITY, FULL OF TERM, AMAZING RESTAURANTS AND THEN IF YOU START GOING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY, THE NATURE IS AMAZING THERE THEY ARE ALL ABOUT NATURE

THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND, LITHUANIANS, THE CULTURE IS VERY STRONG EXACTLY BUT THE GREAT THING ALSO IS THAT IN THE CITY ITSELF, YOU CAN GET A FOUR STAR HOTEL FOR UNDER $200 HELD UP WHEN OSIRIS? I FEEL A LITTLE GUILTY SAYING THIS BUT BECAUSE THEIR ECONOMY IS HITTING THE SKIDS A LITTLE BIT, THE VALUE OF THE PESO IS GOING DOWN BUT IT'S GOOD FOR US BECAUSE IT MEANS WE CAN GO AND WE GET MORE FOR THE DOLLAR THERE

AND YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING IT'S KIND OF THE PARIS OF SOUTH AMERICA WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE, THE FOOD IS INCREDIBLE SO THEREFORE, YOU KNOW, IT'S A GOOD DEAL RIGHT NOW TRAIL, CANADA YOU SAY AS WELL AFFORDABLE THERE

IT'S AFFORDABLE AND I WRITE ABOUT MONTREAL FAR MORE THAN I SHOULD BECAUSE I DO LOVE IT THERE I LOVE IT AS WELL A BEAUTIFUL, FUN CITY AS YOU KNOW AS YOU'VE BEEN LATELY, THE AMERICAN DOLLAR IS SO STRONG AGAINST THE AMERICAN DOLLAR

EVERY TIME I GO UP I SAY, EVERYTHING IS ON SALE I'M JUST GOING TO SHOP A GREAT PLACE TO BRING KIDS, BY THE WAY WE'VE DONE THAT IT WAS LIKE A EUROPEAN VISIT

IT WAS A GREAT STOP AND, SOME APPS THAT ALL TRAVELERS YOU SAY SHOULD HAVE WITH THEM WHEN THEY GO YES SO, THE FIRST THING I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE IS, ON YOUR PHONE, MAKE SURE YOU'VE DOWNLOADED THE AIRLINE YOU ARE TRAVELING DOWNLOAD THE APP FOR THAT AIRLINE

BECAUSE OFTEN, MORE AND MORE, AIRLINES DON'T GIVE YOU THE OPTION OF A SCREEN IN THE BACK OF THE SEAT IN FRONT OF YOU SO, YOUR ONLY OPTION IS STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT AND YOU CAN USUALLY ONLY DO THAT WHEN YOU'VE DOWNLOADED THE APP BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE ALSO, AMERICAN AIRLINES, ALSO, YOU CAN TRACK YOUR BAG, DELTA, YOU CAN TRACK YOUR BAG THROUGH THE APP ON YOUR PHONES ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR BAG IS TRAVELING ALONG WITH YOU ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS CALLED TRIP IT

IT GOES INTO YOUR EMAIL, PULLS OUT YOUR ITINERARIES AND IT SETS IT UP FOR YOU IT IS LIKE YOUR OWN SORT OF PERSONAL SECRETARY IN YOUR PHONE ANOTHER ONE THAT I REALLY LOVE AND YOU SHOULD HAVE IF YOU DON'T HAVE GLOBAL ENTRY IS MOBILE PASSPORT AND, THAT'S ESSENTIALLY WHEN YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT, YOU CAN SHOW YOUR PHONE, AND, THERE IS A SEPARATE LINE FOR MOBILE PASSPORTS, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT IN THE MASSIVE LINE WHEN YOU ARE TRAVELING