There are few things as memorable as an iconic summer vacation. While you may have already heard boasts of Santorini, Ibiza and other major budget busters, there are a few other summer destinations that few have heard of.
If you want to beat the crowds and travel to a place lesser known (but just as worthy) then take a look at this list. Here you will find some unexpected surprises, sure to make your summer vacation one that you will never forget.
Iceland in summer? Yes. Why not?
If you are looking to do something different this summer, Iceland could be the place for you. Even in the summer, the temperature won’t venture above 20C. From whale watching to lagoon exploring, and the Vik’s black sands- there are many reasons Iceland should be the next stamp on your passport. Check out the Blue Lagoon and the Fontana Baths to enjoy hot springs and geothermal baths.
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
The craggy Amalfi Coast is a popular holiday destination and it’s postcard perfect coastline and sweeping views make it an Instagram famous destination. Avoid the high season (July and August) if you don’t want to be swept up in the swarms of tourists. Take a trip through the Campania coastal towns, and you will be engulfed in artistry, culture, and nature. In the springtime, you will be charmed by the sea of wildflowers that bloom and in autumn you can expect the freshest produce and warmest water.
- Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An is a city rich in color and culture. Drenched in ancient culture, you can expect to see colonial buildings, many restaurants, bars, tailors and an atmosphere that lifts you up into its hustle. Looking for nightlife? Hoi An will delight you with its magical display of lanterns and markets. Everywhere you look, your eyes will be bathed in color and culture. And not only your eyes, but your taste buds too; Hoi An is well known for its incredible culinary delights (although if you are in the city center be prepared to bust the budget a bit).
- Seychelles, East Africa
The Seychelles is a gem located off the Eastern coastline of Africa, boasting white beaches and topaz waters. The lush countryside and the relaxing atmosphere is everything you could ever want in a tropical paradise are on offer for you here on this island. You can enjoy the simple pleasures of cocktails on the beach or, for the more adventurous, there is world class diving, snorkeling, wildlife watching, and even surfing. The water is warm, the atmosphere is friendly, and the beaches are calling your name.
- Zermatt, Switzerland
At the foot of Matterhorn lies the destination of Zermatt. This quaint town is a car-free zone and boasts some of the best excursions in Switzerland. In the summertime, you can enjoy cycling, climbing, and tours into the high Alpine. Take in the views of the famous Matterhorn as you breathe in the pure alpine air.
- Teton County, Wyoming
Teton County is the soul of the Wyoming State and it is one of the best summer destinations in the United States. It has something for everyone, not to mention being the home of the internationally famous Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy the hot springs in the park, a hike through the Teton Range or enjoy some skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Read more about U.S holiday destinations and find the perfect accommodation and activities.
- Vancouver Island, Canada
Vancouver is the type of city that, when you are exploring it, it feels as if you are walking in nature. There is something about Vancouver that makes you feel like you are young, healthy and free. There are numerous activities to enjoy, like kayaking, cycling, hiking, golf, and boating. Stanley Park Is a famous park where you can rent a tandem bike with your loved one or a friend and enjoy the incredible city views.
- Alaska, U.S
Alaska. The biggest state in America. It is a wilderness that will captivate you and give you a vacation that you will never forget. Whether you want to take a helicopter over the glaciers or simply take a walk up Mount Juneau, you will love it. Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan welcome throngs of cruise ship tourists in the summer, but you can be guaranteed great shopping in these cruise ship destinations. In Ketchikan, you can enjoy some fishing while in Skagway you can meander through the town and enjoy many easy hikes in and around the area.
- Santiago, Chile
Want to tell your kids one day how you skied down a volcano? Then plan your next summer vacation for Santiago, Chile. But remember- this is your summer vacation into the southern hemisphere, which means that you will be going to their winter. If you are looking for a vacation into the summer, then skip on over to the next one. If, however, you want to escape the heat and do something a little different, then check out the popular resorts like Valle Nevado and Portillo. And after you ski down a volcano why not enjoy the world-class wines that are produced Chile? This country has some of the best wines, meats, and seafood around the globe. There are other activities to enjoy too, like stargazing, hiking, and even shoppers will be spoilt for choice.
- Botswana, Southern Africa
Botswana is a tourist’s dream. In the southern hemisphere, it will be winter time but Botswana has a mild winter and it is the best time of year for a safari. Ever dreamed of hearing a lion roar in the wild? Or follow the gaze of an elephant? This country is a landlocked country within southern Africa and is famous for offering visitors the best safaris. You can choose luxury lodges, glamping, or even a backpackers within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This is an under-rated paradise that will leave you speechless.
Take yourself off the beaten path this summer vacation, and create a holiday that will touch your soul without breaking your budget.