Those long lazy days of summer are coming around again – where will you spend them this year?
Summer is a popular time to take a travel break. If you are in school it’s a natural break from your studies and in many industries, things slow down in summer and it’s a good opportunity to take a vacation. There are a lot of destinations that are at their prime in the months of May, June, July and August and will offer you a truly excellent travel experience.
Let’s take a look at some of the best destinations that you can consider for your all-important summer vacation. Where will you head for a getaway during the summer months this year?
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
One of the Caribbean’s top travel destinations, Punta Cana is known for it’s coastline of long, sandy white beaches sparkling in the sunshine. These are some of the best beaches in the entire Caribbean – the sand feels impossibly soft beneath your feet and the water is calm and blue. If you get bored with lounging on the beach there are plenty of other things to do, including.
Although it is impossible to pick a bad time to visit Punta Cana, the best time really is in the early spring and summer. During this season you will see fewer crowds and get great deals on accommodations. The weather will be pleasant, with sunny skies and highs hovering in the low 80s.
Chicago in the cold winter months is a bit dreary, but it really comes alive in July and this is the best time to visit this vibrant, energetic and multicultural US city. You’ll find the lakeshore beaches filled with people playing volleyball and dining on the restaurant patios. Fireworks will be blasting off from Navy Pier and the atmosphere is fun and laid back.
There is so much to enjoy in Chicago in the summer. Take a stroll down the Lakefront Trail, which offers one of the most scenic views in town. You can watch a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field while feasting on hot dogs and soda. Or, quench your thirst at one of the great breweries around Chicago – many of them offer free tours and samples of what they have on tap.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The summer months of May through August are the best time of the year for a safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. In this lush oasis in the heart of the Kalahari Desert the water levels will be at their highest and the wildlife, such as leopards, elephants and giraffes, will be at their most active.
There are many luxury tour companies that offer motorboat game drives into the unspoiled wilderness. The Delta is a labyrinth of sparkling rivers and quiet lagoons overgrown with foliage and teeming with wildlife and it is known as the “river that never finds the sea.”
If you’ve never heard of Newfoundland, this rugged and remote island off the east coast of Canada should be added to your bucket list. Imagine the clapboard houses of St. Johns, painted in bright shades of red, green, yellow and blue and clinging to steep slopes leading down into a rocky harbour. The wildflowers are blooming, the air is fresh and clean and there’s not a cloud in the blue sky.
During the summer months the ice flows around this Northern Atlantic island begin to melt, so you can see enormous chunks of ice as big as skyscrapers serenely floating by the coast. It’s a paradise for hiking, fishing and camping and in stunning Gros Morne Park you have a good chance of spotting a moose. You can also appreciate the incredibly warm hospitality of the Newfoundlanders. With open arms and a down to earth sense of humour, they are known for welcoming visitors. Visit the small town of Gander to learn about how residents there took in thousands of passengers who were urgently rerouted after 9/11.
What are your summer travel plans?
These are just a few of the best destinations you can visit this summer. Like a big scoop of ice cream, there are some destinations that are simply better enjoyed in the summer months. When this summer rolls around, where will your travel plans take you? Let us know in the comments below.