Summer is here! So where will you be traveling to? Whether you are looking to relax, be adventurous or a combination of both – I have you covered. Here are my top picks for summer getaways:
- Oahu, Hawaii – A lot of Americans head here during our winter months but the best weather in Hawaii is during the summer. Prices are also lower. The island of Oahu has something for everyone – beautiful beaches, historical significance, hiking, waterfalls, surfing, great food – and the list goes on. There is no shortage of types of accommodations either – you can stay anywhere from a hostel to a 5 star resort or anything in between.
- Maui, Hawaii – Same as Oahu, the weather is great and the prices are low. You’ll find more luxury resorts and golfing available here. I found Maui to be far more relaxed than Oahu. If you are feeling up for the challenge, take the Road to Hana – with its windy roads and one way bridges, definitely not for the faint of heart. You will also find beautiful beaches with red and black and sand.
3. Ireland – I actually went to Ireland in February and the weather was great. It doesn’t get very hot and during the summer the countryside is lush and green. You will see some more tourists than during winter months but with the Euro not as strong as it used to be, take advantage of the travel opportunities!
4. Key West, Florida – While everyone is vacationing with their kids in Orlando, take this time to go relax in the keys. I love that the city is walk-able and very laid back. There are plenty of activities for every age. You could sink your toes into the sand everyday, get out on the water, stroll the shops and bars, take a haunted tour – the options are really endless.
5. Lake Tahoe, CA – It seems all I can talk about lately is Lake Tahoe – so it had to be on the list! I actually thought it was more of a winter destination and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Lake Tahoe is a paradise location nestled in the mountains. Just go and thank me later.
6. Paris, France – Is there really a bad time to go to Paris? No. It is beautiful year round. It is busier this time of year but the Euro isn’t as strong, so that makes up for it. Stretch your money as far as you can and go fall in love. Walk the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, sip coffee in the street cafes, eat macarons until your belly hurts, and don’t miss seeing the Eiffel Tower.
7. Iceland – Going during the summer means it won’t be as cold as it is in the winter. My favorite part of Iceland was taking the Golden Circle Tour and seeing all the waterfalls and the beautiful countryside. Even when it was frigid cold outside, the waterfalls still flowed. If you do plan to visit Iceland, no trip will be complete without a stop at the Blue Lagoon.
8. Puerto Rico – For Americans, you don’t need a passport to visit this island in the Caribbean. I see this as the loop hole to visiting. A lot of the Caribbean islands are similar – but you go to Puerto Rico and you have cell service, they use U.S. Currency, English is widely spoken, and the beaches are fantastic! I have been one time to Puerto Rico and stayed at El Conquistador in Fajardo. It is about an hour and a half from San Juan so it is a little remote but worth it. They have their own private island with a beach, the food is fantastic and you will get all the tropical vibes.
9. Mexico – During the summer it is a bit warmer but the spring break crowds have left and you can relax. I am a big fan of Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Cabo, and Cozumel. Staying in the resort areas is what I have done when visiting and have nothing but great things to say. There are a lot of all-inclusive resorts, which is nice because you can budget exactly what you plan to spend with no hidden costs. These resorts include beer and alcohol as well.