4 Places To Visit On Your 2020 Summer Vacation

Posted on 20/10/2019 by Eileen Schuch
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With the summer of 2019 having come to a close, you may soon find yourself daydreaming of warmer weather, and wishing your last vacation had never ended. But that’s why we’re here: to help you plan and look forward to next year’s adventure, rather than long for one you just had.

While it may seem like overkill to begin planning already, it never hurts to think about the future. Planning a trip ahead of time can give you something to look forward to during the colder months, and may help you in other ways as well. For instance, perhaps the biggest perk to planning in advance is the potential savings; booking flights last minute is always incredibly expensive, but if you start to look early and keep your eye on things, you’ll be more likely to score a deal. You may also be more inclined to get a jump on your “beach body” if you’ve already come up with next summer’s plans!

With all that being said, you’re probably ready plan next year’s trip. So here are our top four recommendations for destinations, each from a different part of the globe so that no matter where you’re from you can find a convenient (or remote and exotic) option.

The U.S. Northwest’s National Parks

Aside from big cities like New York and LA, the National Parks are among the most alluring tourist attractions in the United States. The most popular is probably Yellowstone, as evidenced by the hoards of visitors it attracts every summer. It is certainly a remarkable place (it’s not everywhere you’ll come across this amount of geothermal activity), though it’s best used for a quick stop because the crowds during peak season can be surprisingly overwhelming. Luckily, there are plenty of other national parks within driving distance, meaning you can diversify this sort of summer trip. We love Grand Teton National Park, partially because it also provides an excuse to hang out in the adorable town of Jackson Hole. Glacier National Park is a little farther north, but well worth the drive for its magical arctic scenery. Additionally, Mount Rainier and Redwoods are still a bit farther but certainly warrant further exploration. No matter which parks you chose to visit, you absolutely can’t go wrong with a visit to the Northwest.

 

Glacier National Park

 

The Caribbean Islands

If you’ve never had the opportunity to go on a cruise before, why not try one out next summer? The most convenient and affordable options usually sail through the Caribbean, which is the perfect place for an idyllic summer getaway. Most people discount cruises as a vacation option due to their price, but we’d suggest you take a closer look. There are plenty of affordable options out there, including special deals when you book during a sale or if you’re booking for a large number of people. Plus, the prices tend to include a lot – keep in mind you’ll likely get to enjoy shore excursions at three or four different gorgeous destinations in the region. So, if the Caribbean is where you want to go next summer, don’t hesitate to travel via cruise. Or, if that just isn’t your speed, simply close your eyes and pick an island! Each one is more beautiful than the last.

 

Grenada Caribbean

 

New Zealand’s South Island

The South Island of New Zealand may be one of the most visually striking places on Earth. Filled with sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains, and diverse wildlife, the island is perhaps best experienced via road trip. Taking this approach, you can explore all of the wonders unique to this part of the world. Meanwhile, for those who love nature but would prefer to mix things up during a trip like this, it’s also worth noting that a summer vacation to New Zealand will likely overlap with the Super Rugby season, which usually starts in early spring and continues through August. Rugby in New Zealand is such a wonderful tradition that it simply has to be experienced in person, though you may want to educate yourself a bit in advance if you’re not familiar with the sport or league. You can always read up on things online, and New Zealand’s sports gambling sites will often post detailed write-ups (as well as odds listings) so that you can get a good feel for where teams stand in any given summer. Combining these things – exploration of the island, and a one-of-a-kind cultural experience – can make for an incredible vacation.

 

Lake Ohau New Zealand South Island

 

Madagascar & Mauritius

This is probably our most exotic recommendation on the list, and for many will be the hardest to get to. But if you’re really up for an adventure, it’s one you shouldn’t miss out on. The island of Madagascar is truly a wonder, largely due to the fact that you can find pretty much any climate you can think of here, from the South’s spiny desert to the North’s tropical rainforests. The wildlife there is amazing, and in fact it’s the only place in the world where you can see the beloved lemur in its natural habitat. Meanwhile, if you’ve ventured so far south already, you may as well make an additional stop in Mauritius. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found there, such that it won’t take long to realize why many expats choose to make this tropical wonderland their new home. Who knows – you may even be inspired to return after you retire one day!

 

Madagascar

 

Of course, there will never be an exhaustive list of fantastic travel destinations; our world is too incredible for that! However, we do hope that this short list will get you thinking about what kind of vacation you want to take, how far you want to go, and where this next adventure will be had. Happy travels!

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