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Top Ten Hottest Destinations for Summer 2017

April 27, 2017

Haven’t planned your summer getaway yet? Time's running out, but you're in luck! Get all of the inspiration you need below...

 

 

1. Japan

 

Demand for Japan has risen rapidly in recent years, in large part due to travelers’ desire for a “safe” destination given the state of current world affairs… But there’s also everything from ramen to ryokans that make Japan worth the trip, not to mention off-the-beaten path…errr…reef diving with hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays, a perfect summer activity with bonus bragging rights. Feeling festive? Matsuris (festivals) happen almost every week in July and August. Oh—and Japanese whiskey. It’s like so… hot. right. now. 

 

2. Iceland

 

If you’ve been living under a rock then maybe you didn’t know Iceland is the place to be, but then, even that’s doubtful. Iceland’s otherworldly topography gets almost 24 hours of sunlight in summer months, particularly in the North. You can actually watch the sun set until it just touches the watery horizon before rising back up in the sky. It’s a hallucinatory moment not soon forgotten. And… If you randomly like quirky birds that look like a strange science experiment involving a toucan and a penguin then definitely come for the large puffin colony which arrives this month and departs in August.

 

3. Glamping

 

Though not a destination, the sensation that has swept the globe was made for summer days & nights. If you love the outdoors and want to feel more connected to nature without giving up all of your creature comforts then glamping is right for you. You don’t have to go far either. Paws Up in Montana offers some of the most luxurious and naturally magnificent.

 

4. Croatia

 

100-million-year-old dinosaur footprints? Check. Booming music scene? Check. Highest-number-of-UNESCO-intangible-cultural-masterpieces-in-Europe-plus-scenery-straight-from-Game-of-Thrones? Check and check. If you didn’t know, now you know. Croatia is hot. It comes at a fair price currently too. One of its greatest appeals is how accessible and affordable sailing is, so if you’ve ever fancied captaining a yacht here’s your chance. It was also home to one of history’s greatest travelers, Marco Polo. Who wouldn’t want to follow in his footsteps?

 

5. Formentera

 

I’ll admit. I was had at man-buns and mopeds. This sun bleached little sister of Ibiza skips the foam parties and 6 AM sets in favor of a simpler approach to the Balearic islands’ enviable position in the Mediterranean Sea. Think the clear water and seafood paella, but with a hippie vibe- low key and casual.

 

6. Portugal

 

Portugal’s popularity is also rising with the heat. Be chic in Santos sipping wine from the Douro Valley or get lost in Lisbon soaking up history and the sounds of traditional Fado music. There’s so much to see and do here, and in the summer the music & art festivals roll in with the Atlantic winds. If you haven’t yet watched the sun rise after dancing all night on cobblestones well you haven’t really lived yet, have you?

 

7. Colombia

 

No longer synonymous only with drug lords, Colombia is a culturally rich South American country that offers more biodiversity than anywhere else in the world (save Costa Rica). March-September is the shoulder season with rains that keep the foliage green and glistening. Though the best time weather-wise to travel is December-February prices are more favorable now. The climate differs depending on where in the country you are, but it is a year-round destination particularly in Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring.” July through October is also the best time for whale watching. Ahoy!

 

8. Finland

 

Winter is coming! For Finns this rings all too true so when summer finally breaks for three glorious months you’ll find most of the country outside sailing, swimming, and fishing. Music festivals offer everything from jazz to opera with celebrations reaching a climax on the June 21st summer solstice. Then most everyone is lakeside at their summer cottages where its reading and long walks by day and grilling and bonfires by night.  Sounds like a Misummer dream to me!

 

9. Mongolia

 

Want to win the award for most off-the-beaten holiday this season? Mongolia is right for you! Naadam Festival in July is quite possibly the best time to experience Mongolian culture. Soldiers and monks, music, marching, food, crafts, and two days of horse racing, wrestling, and archery make up the celebration. Grab a camel and let’s go!

 

10. Madagascar

 

This Southern African island has been getting great press lately and for good reason! Three-quarters of its animal population are found nowhere else on earth. With safari opportunities from land to sea, rustic villages, and jaw-dropping beaches this gorgeous stretch of land packs an endless adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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