Traveling is great in the summer. Whether you want a romantic getaway, a road trip with friends or find new historical sites to explore, there is plenty of summer destinations that meet your need. Now is the perfect time to be planning your summer vacation.
It’s time to pack your bags! Here are the 5 best places you can travel this summer of 2019.
1. The Peloponnese, Greece
You may have heard of the Peloponnese in some of the world's greatest stories. It is here Hercules fought the Nemean lion; it is from here Paris of Troy eloped with Helen. In the Peloponnese, you can visit the Olympia, where you can sit on the same spot where spectators viewed the first Olympic Games back in 776BC. If you are into historical exploration, there are numerous medieval towns. For example, Medieval Mystras, a medieval town that is topped by a castle, with old palaces and churches is hauntingly abandoned. To put the icing on top, the indented coast of the Peloponnese has arcs of sand and beautiful coves that make evening strolls magnificently beautiful.
2. Matera, Italy
In Matera, you’ll sleep in a cave, eat in a cave, drink in a cave, and view modern sculpture in a cave. It is a city on a rocky outcrop in southern Italy. It includes the Sassi area, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. Evacuated in 1952 due to poor living conditions, Matera was a source of shame for Italy for many decades. In 1993, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since then, visitor numbers are growing and many of the caves have been transformed into stylish hotels and restaurants.
3. Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Summer is a great time of the year but sometimes you miss a little bit of winter. From June to August, Canterbury cools off and turns into a winter wonderland. New England residents wouldn’t call it “cold” – but the islanders beg to differ. Winter attire turns to hoodies and boots, and 13 fantastic ski resorts come to life. Canterbury region has a relatively high proportion of sunlight during the month of June, July and August. Make sure you bring your sunglasses with you.
4. French Polynesia
In July 2019, you can see the solar eclipse that will pass directly over the French Polynesia region, turning the whole area completely dark for about three and a half minutes. French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands where you can find soaring volcanic peaks, rugged cliffs, and emerald lagoons. If you are into photography, you can take fantastic photos of bungalows on slits over blue lagoons. It’s hard to travel to French Polynesia on a budget due to its remoteness and appeal to celebrities.
5. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Thousands of limestone islands sit along the Ha Long Bay. Many of the islands have been sculpted by wind and water into fantastic formations over millennia. The bay is famous for its scenic ocean and is often included in lists of natural wonders of the world. The bay’s scenery is best seen by boat. When you are there, you must do at least one overnight tour to see Ha Long Bay’s iconic views as it is most beautiful at night than day.