Travel has become both more tedious and time-consuming, with long security lines and regulations, but also so much easier. More and more flights are added regularly making some off-the-grid destinations feel closer than ever. If you are fortunate enough to travel by private jet you can choose your schedule accordingly. These days, even flying commercial allows for dream trips to far reaches of the world. Because of this, picking which places to travel to is no easy task.
The traveler of today is savvy and, most likely, already well traveled. They are seeking experiences out of the ordinary and value adventure over an acquisition. With this in mind, here is our list for 10 of the best places to travel to this summer. Some might already be on your radar but a few may just surprise you.
Set in the deserts and sand dunes of Southwest Africa, Namibia is an often overlooked gem. Teeming with wildlife, including a significant cheetah population, Namibia is home to Etosha National Park, one of the most concentrated areas for wildlife viewing in Africa. Although this isn’t the one of the most well-known places to travel, it has abundant surprises in store for you.
This unique Savannah flows into the Kalahari Desert and ends at the former German settlement of Swakopmund creating a diversity unparalleled. One for the bucket list; rise before dawn to climb to the top of the world’s highest sand dunes at Dune 7 and watch the sun rise over Africa.
The breathtaking west coastline of Southern Portugal has long been a fabled spot for sailors and storytellers alike. Green mountains cascade sharply to hidden beaches and the vibrant, carefree, attitude is contagious. The secret is out and you will be sharing your beach with others, but with a bottle of vino verde and some calamari will transplant you to paradise.
The perfect evening is spent at a table beachside watching your catch brought in while contemplating the art of simplicity.
For a taste of a true Greek Island stray far away from the perennially popular Mykonos and Santorini and head for Sifnos, a standout among the Cyclades Island Chain. Whitewashed villages, secluded beaches, and astonishingly good food combine for a culturally-enriching and laid back holiday.
Step back in time to a way of life deemed one of the most healthy and sustaining on earth based on good living and good food.
Bali is synonymous with “heaven” and once you have experienced it for yourself you will understand why. Lushly terraced rice paddies, towering volcanoes, and sandy beaches bordering turquoise waters are reason enough.
When you add in the fascinating culture and delicious food, you will find that Bali rarely disappoints. Attend a fire show or simply appreciate the villagers bringing the daily offerings to the Gods.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
It’s winter in Buenos Aires, located deep in the southern hemisphere, but all of the culture and cuisine of this exotic country is in full swing. Immerse yourself in a Paris-style street grid, admire the grace and beauty of a sidewalk Tango, and eat your weight in the best beef on the planet.
The beauty and appeal of Buenos Aires is undeniable. You will soon be swept up in their lust for life.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Summer vacations have many dreaming of beaches and bonfires but for those still dreaming of winter head to Queenstown. New Zealand’s adventure capital has never been more fun. You can spend your days on the slopes, fishing some of the best rivers in the world, and finishing up with long evenings around the fire in a cozy pub. These attributes make Queenstown a top choice for a summer “winter” getaway.
This small country makes exploring it a breeze and renting a camper or car is the perfect way to experience it for yourself.
Baja California, Mexico
Baja California is refreshed and ready to receive you. Home to a burgeoning wine scene in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja has more than just good bottles of wine at excellent prices. Seafood doesn’t get much better and a street side Baja Fish Taco runs a mere $1.00 each.
The beaches on the Sea of Cortez side offer serene solitude, and the Pueblo Magico towns of Todos Santos and Loreto offer history and ambiance often lost with progress.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Triple-digit temperatures and humidity? True enough, however in the uber-modern city of Dubai you can ski indoors, take in the best shopping in the world, check out the most expensive hotel in the world, and even visit a man-made island chain at The Palm.
It truly is a city that must be seen to be believed. It’s a wild mix of ancient and modern with record-setting architecture set next to traditional neighborhoods and everything in between. One of the most unique places to travel, Dubai guarantees to leave you awestruck.
Hawaii is for everyone. Truly. Everyone. This tropical paradise set a mere five hours from the West Coast has something for each member of the group. The islands themselves are incredibly diverse and it is simple to plan a holiday which includes several in one trip. There are a summer and winter weather pattern but, in truth, there really isn’t much difference from one season to the next. Nor is there a bad time to visit.
Whether you are looking for beaches, hiking, volcanoes, or rain forests Hawaii delivers. Best advice; try their ubiquitous favorite SPAM sushi roll. It really is a taste of the islands.
The Vijayanagara Empire reigned supreme in the 14-century and was one of the largest cities in the world. The ruins of this settlement consist of some of the most stunning and spectacular monuments in a country filled with dazzling temples. The landscape is pure India featuring giant boulders, rice paddies, and banana groves all emitting the ever-present scent of the spices that make Indian cuisine one of the best in the world.
Until recently the gateway town of Hampi lacked the infrastructure to make for a comfortable visit. However, with the addition of a new hotel, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is soon to become even more popular. Get there while you can.
These 10 places to travel will let you experience different cultures and life as you know it. With this guide, you’ll be able to successfully pick which places to travel to. Whether you choose Portugal, Hawaii, or New Zealand, you will have an amazing time!