Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time for a vacation. Everyone needs a good break during the middle of the year, and there’s no better way to escape your day-to-day life than by getting your favorite pink suitcase ready and visiting an exciting new destination.
We’ve compiled some of the best places to check out during the summertime. Some of these cities are known for’ their natural beauty while others are bustling urban landscapes with unique cultures. So get those packing cubes ready and fish your luggage out of the basement. Here are eight summer destinations you need to visit.
1. Cappadocia, Turkey
Ever wanted to see exciting rock formations from a hot air balloon? Then Cappadocia is the place to visit. This ancient Turkish city is known as the hot air balloon center of Europe. It has alien-looking honeycombed boulders that rise from the Anatolian plateau and are a sight to behold from above.
The region also has numerous underground cities connected by a dense network of tunnels. If that wasn’t exciting enough, Cappadocia has around 600 Medieval-era churches carved directly into the rocks! Populate your Instagram with pictures of this other-wordly destination this summer.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa’s capital city is home to some of the most dazzling landscapes and cultures on the continent. You can trek up a hill, swim in the sea, go paragliding, and even ride in a cable car!
Outside the city are numerous vineyards that are perfect to tour in the early mornings. You’ll definitely want to bring a couple of wine bottles back in packing cubes after checking out one of these charming vineyards.
Cape Town is also considered THE go-to culinary destination in South Africa. The city’s history encapsulates multiple cultures, and many of these left their mark in the form of cuisines served at local restaurants.
You can find everything from traditional African, Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, and even Mexican cuisines in this city. So consider planning your next trip to Cape Town and indulging in as much food and drink as you desire.
3. Male, Maldives
Hawaii isn’t the only island destination for weary urbanites who need an escape. The Maldives are located comfortably close to the Indian continental landmass, but are still isolated enough to have their own unique feel.
This tropical paradise offers blue waters that are fantastic for a wide range of seaside activities. This includes swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. You can even take a submarine tour to see the region’s exotic sealife from the comfort of an airtight vessel.
Once you’re done with outdoor activities, you can check out the region’s National Museum and the various religious centers. Male is home to many Islamic mosques with unique designs. These religious centers have rich histories and are always open to tourists.
So consider adding Male and the Maldives’ other cities to your travel list if you want to experience a tropical paradise nestled in the Indian Ocean.
4. Florence, Italy
Most people think of Rome when the idea of visiting Italy comes up. However, Florence is still the country’s most historic city.
Its old architecture gives its urban areas a unique feel, and there’s no shortage of fantastic galleries to visit if you’re into art from the Italian Renaissance. The city’s cobblestone streets and colorful residential shutters also give it a romantic feel. Florence is a great destination to visit with your significant other.
Did we mention the food and drink? Florence is tucked into the Italian hills, and is brimming with vineyards. In-fact, the area is known for offering a wide variety of affordable yet delicious wines. You can also get unique foods such as wild-boar pasta or bilberry steaks at the city’s excellent sit-down restaurants. So consider taking your second honeymoon in Florence this summer.
5. Lima, Peru
Peru is one of the most interesting South American countries to visit. Its diverse geography, history, and culture should be enticing for just about any travel bug.
If you love seeing exotic wildlife, this destination is perfect for you. Peru has 462 species of mammals, 1,800 species of birds, and over 4,000 species of butterflies! Its main city of Lima is at the intersection of multiple cultures, and is home to some of the best restaurants in South America. Peruvian cuisine stands out for its intense flavors and ingredient diversity. A trip to this destination is sure to stay in your mind for decades.
You’ll also want to bring a hefty 30 inch luggage piece on your trip to fit all the amazing souvenirs you’ll pick up in this unique city.
6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Interested in visiting another picturesque South American city? Then check out Rio de Janeiro. The city has earned its place as one of Brazil’s capitals for its cultural sights and friendly population.
Consider visiting the Santa Teresa neighborhood and climbing its mosaic stairway. Step into Tijuca National Park and explore the sights and sounds of the world's largest urban rainforest.
If you’d rather play volleyball and get a summer tan, visit Ipanema Beach. However, there’s more to Rio de Janeiro than just the sights and sounds.
This city is a culinary paradise if you like barbecue and grilled meats. Restaurants like Churrascaria Rio Brasa and Fogo de Chão Botafogo should be on every meat lover's list. Add Rio de Janeiro to your travel list and dazzle your senses.
7. Reykjavik, Iceland
You’ve probably heard about how Greenland is the ice-covered landmass while Iceland is actually the green one. Well, that observation isn't exaggerated. Iceland is stunningly green in the summertime. You can see flowers of all shades bloom in its meadows during the warmest season.
The region also has gorgeous highlands that are perfect for explorers seeking a rugged adventure. If you’d rather kick back and enjoy the serenity of nature, you could always visit one of the country’s numerous hot springs.
Reykjavik is definitely the city you want to fly to first, but you should make an effort to wheel your stylish pink suitcase to other cities such as Hafnarfjörður, Akureyri, and Seyðisfjörður because no two Icelandic cities are alike.
8. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh rarely gets enough credit for its natural beauty and historical buildings. Scotland’s capital has many breathtaking sights, both natural and manmade.
Spend the day picnicking on Carlton or Blackford hill, or take a scroll through one of the city's numerous parks. You learn about the city’s rich history at the Natural Museum of Scotland or explore the region’s culinary delights in a food and drink tour.
If you visit the city in late July or August, you can see exciting events such as the Jazz & Blues Festival, Art Festival, or the International Film Festival. This destination is overflowing with exciting sights and activities, so be sure to book your next trip and pack your 30 inch luggage piece before the summer’s over.
Make Your Summer Holiday Truly Special
The summer destinations mentioned above would be perfect for anyone seeking to get away from their day-to-day life. There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in a new setting and letting your urge to explore loose.
You can make your travels easier by bringing your luggage with shelves along. Need new 30 inch luggage? Royce and Rocket’s 31” Castle Classic is the ideal travel buddy for travelers who want to remain organized while enjoying a new city. We even have packing cubes custom fit to our Castle Classic, which makes traveling a breeze.
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