Best Places To Visit This Summer – Top 10 Worldwide

 

Probably the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of summer vacations is beaches. Soaking in the sun, flaunting the summer bod we’ve been working post that Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe not. For the adventure junkies amongst us, it is trekking the hills of a remote town or diving into the beauty of coral reefs. For the lovers with rose-tinted glasses, it is to amble through the cobbled streets lost in old world charm, or paddle through the hushed lakes cooped between towering mountains.

Summer Vacations has always meant as an escapade to take away from the tedious work life into something new, charming and soothing. Here I am with a list of 2018’s ten Best Places to visit this summer so you can plan and enjoy with your loved ones.

1. MARSEILLE – France, Europe

Marseille, Château d_If

Marseille is the oldest and one of the largest cities in France. It is sequined with beautiful beaches, ports, monuments and Mediterranean culture. After enormous urban renewal schemes, there are enough new trams, designer hotels, galleries, chic restaurants and shops to fill a year’s worth of lifestyle magazines.

With the local government trying their best to attract new visitors and adding new attractions and points of interests, one is bound to have a much more interesting stay in this French City with a touch of Greek, Italian and Spanish civilization. Air France being the national Airline, connects France with most of the cities in the world.

Places to visit

Vieux Port, Le Panier, Château d’If, Calanques and MEMC

Where to Stay

Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port

 

2. LAOS – Asia

Laos, Luang Prabang

Descending from the French, this landlocked country in Asia is known for its culture, architecture and picturesque landscapes and comes in multiple shades of lush green. The country also won the ‘World’s Best Tourist Destination’ awarded by the European Council on Trade and Tourism in 2013 for its combination of Architecture and History. One of the very few Asian destinations to still have the authenticity of the past with locations looking like Microsoft Windows background, Laos boasts a diverse range of places to visit and things to do.

Places to visit

Muang Ngoi Neua, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Si Phan Don, Vieng Xai Caves and Tham Kong Lor

Where to Stay

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3. CANADA

Canada, Morraine Lake

Turns out Canada has more than really yummy Donuts, really nice people and really good looking PM to offer the world! Stretched on a land filled with wilderness, mountains, lakes and rivers, Canada offers multiple destinations to travelers with different interests. For adventure junkies- snowboarding, surfing, kayaking and trekking seems like an interesting choice, and the laid back ones can enjoy their Pina Coladas in the ice blue watered beaches or stroll through the beautiful parks and streets.

The Best time to explore the cities and the national parks is from June – September. The country’s ski season runs dec-mar when the temperature is very cold in most parts of the country. Big events include the Montréal International Jazz Festival (Jun/Jul), the Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo held in July, and Vancouver’s Celebration of Light (Jul/Aug), a pyrotechnics competition with musical fireworks displays over the water.

Places to visit

Niagara Falls, Gwaii Haanas, Vancouver, Banff National Park, Moraine Lake, Cabot Trail, Jasper National Park, Manitoulin Island, Fundy Isles, Labrador and The Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Where to Stay

Radisson Hotel, Canada

 

4. BALTIC STATES – Europe

The Baltic States, Pärnu

You must have heard that big things come in small packages; Baltic States is the geographical example of that. Consisting of three tiny countries- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Baltics are the right amalgamation of white sand beaches, wildlife and Cultural History. What is more enthralling is the cultural diversity and divergent landscape of the three countries in such a concise space.

Places to visit

The Hill of Crosses, Tallinn, Jurmala, Žemaitija National Park, Narva Castle, Pärnu and Cesis.

Where to Stay

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5. JAMMU & KASHMIR – India, Asia

Jammu _ Kashmir, Pangong Tso

Jammu and Kashmir consist of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. Carved out of quaint mountains, infinite lakes and lush green terrain, Jammu and Kashmir is simply therapeutic. Be it romantic boating at the beautiful lakes or visits to the timeless Buddhist Monasteries or skiing in the ice top mountains or a bike ride in the stunning rugged terrains of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir has something to offer everyone.

Places to visit

Ladakh, Pangong Tso, Chemrey Monastery, Srinagar, Markha Valley and Leh.

Where to Stay

Radisson Blu, Jammu




6. Majorca – Spain, Europe

Majorca, Torrente de Pareis

Iberia is the Spanish Airline and operates from most of the cities in the world. This Mediterranean Island spread with shiny sand and clear water beaches are what summery dreams made of. Being one of the most popular European destinations over the last couple of years, Majorca (or Mallorca) is where the noise of the bustling beaches and the silence of the mountains meet. Once you get over your lazy snoozes at the beautiful Fincas, head over to the Village festes to grove your body. Stone-built villages include Pollença, with its art galleries and music festival, and hillside Fornalutx, surrounded by citrus plantations.

Sailing and water sports are popular here, and the island’s numerous beaches range from busy northern Port d’Alcudia resort to eastern Cala Mesquida for windsurfing and Cala Mondragó, a snorkeling beach in Mondragó Natural Park. There are vineyards in the rural interior where they offer wine tours.

Places to visit

Torrente de Pareis, Palma Cathedral, Cap de Formentor, Platja des Coll Baix, Deià, Cabrera, Cala Ratjada and Cuevas del Drach.

Where to Stay

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7. NAPLES – Italy, Europe

Naples, Mount Vesuvius

Pizza, anyone? How about a slice from the city it originated from? Italy’s third largest city, might as well has its volcanic history, but is packed with architectural scenery and rich cultural history. Dive into a gastronomical tour with the abundant menu of fine Italian gourmet food ranging from Pasta, Sfogliatelle (popular Neapolitan pastry dish), Spaghetti, Impepata di cozze, baccalà fritto and wine like the infamous Lacryma Christi and Terzigno and of course PIZZA.

Places to visit

Mount Vesuvius,Certosa e Museo di San Martino, Cappella Sansevero, Catacombs of San Gennaro and Piazza del Plebiscito.

Where to Stay

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8. VIETNAM (Asia)

Vietnam, Phú Quốc

This Asian beauty embellished with turquoise blue beaches and emerald green forests look straight out of a Disney movie set. One of the most sublime Asian destinations, Vietnam is a feast to not just the mouth but the eyes too. Peppered with Limestone Islands, hill tribe villages, exquisite beaches and bustling towns, Vietnam should be a must in every travelers’ bucket list.

Places to visit

Hoi An, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Phú Quốc and Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

Where to Stay

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9. PERU – S. America

Peru, Machu Pichu

One of North America’s most distinct plateau, Peru is just visually staggering. The untouched civilization imbibes the calm, most of us urbanizers seek during our vacations. Be it in the peaks of Machu Pichu or the depths of Titicaca, Peru will leave you in a state of Nirvana, as you leave it.

Places to visit

Machu Pichu, Islas Uros, Cuzco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cordillera Blanca and Kuélap.

Where to Stay

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10. SEYCHELLES – E Africa

Seychelles, La Digue

If there is one word that can best describe Seychelles, it is – Romantic. Situated in East Africa, Seychelles is a buffet of Islands. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that one is spoilt for choices in this vast spread beauty in the middle of mother nature. From Pink sandy beaches to coral reefs and mountains covered in thick layers of green, Islands of Seychelles are visually sumptuous. Amongst travelers favorites are diving and snorkeling in the cerulean water.

Places to visit

Anse Lazio, Aride Island, La Digue, Anse Source d’Argent, Curieuse Island, Anse Marron and Anse Takamaka.

Where to Stay

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Now that I have listed the Best Places to Visit This Summer, pack your bags and off you go. Don’t forget to carry the summer essentials for that perfect Instagrammable moments. For a complete list of travel essentials, check out my article – Summer Holiday Packing Checklist – Travel Essentials.

Hope you enjoyed reading. So where are you heading to this summer? Drop a line to share your favorite destination.

16 Comments

  1. Beaches…..smiles. You were right Jyoti

    You’ve done a great work putting all of this together.

    I never knew Marseille had atouch of Greek, Italian and Spanish civilization, that’s an interesting discovery. I hope to make some more.

    I had a great read Jyoti. I really love travelling, i am away from home as i type. Aside the environment, it’s the people and the food that intrigues me.

    I’m yet to decide anyway, but I will be back to explore more.

    Thanks once again Jyoti

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you liked the article and found it interesting.

      I’m in the process of writing an article about speciality food of different countries. Will publish that soon. You are welcome to come back for more interesting posts. Thanks again.

  2. A great article with so many incredible places to visit and wonderful things to see and do. You have left me unable to decide on which one I want to visit first as they all sound incredible!!

    How many of these places have you visited or are they also on your bucket list?

    1. Thank you so much for the comment. I’m glad you liked the article and found it useful.

      I have been to all the places except Peru and Vietnam. Hopefully next year, will be ticking off Peru from the list.

  3. Wow these pictures are just amazing! Would love to visit every one of them. I have been to Spain and Italy many times already so maybe not Mallorca on Napols for the next visit. Peru and the whole south america have always intrigued me. It’s just very far from here (I live in Finland) so the flights are quite expensive. Maybe I have a chance to visit one day. Thanks for the great article and ideas!

    1. Thank you for the compliment Jukka. Glad you liked the pictures and the article. I’m planning to visit Peru next year. Fingers crossed!

  4. All of these are dream destinations of mine, but the first one up has got to be the Baltic States! Soon! Thanks for the great information!

  5. I have had to skip vacations this year and these pictures… Wow, they create a suspension of disbelief!
    What I like the most, anyway, is your ability to condense a perfect description in a few lines. Great article overall, very entertaining. It truly makes you want to come back for more.

    1. Thank you Andrew for stopping by. Glad you liked the article. Much appreciated.

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