Best Places To Visit In Summer For A Perfect Vacation
With Covid-19 induced lockdowns, our summer vacay plans for 2020 went bust in a single moment. Cancelled flights, dreaming of all the sultry summer activities we would have been doing on the beach and otherwise were the bleak realities of last year.
However, there is a cause for celebration as we move closer (fingers crossed!) to a post-pandemic world where travel would be normalised and much-needed. Here are a few of the places that you should consider booking your flight tickets for in the spirit of the impending summertime.
Pack all the everyday essentials, breezy outfits, a few beach-reads and of course, the new essentials – masks, sanitisers and the likes. Be safe and cautious while you are enjoying your summer vacay. And the best way to do this is to go full-throttle with your planning and booking. Don’t leave anything for chance, and impromptu plans are out of the question right now. Pick your summer holiday destination and get cracking!
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Bookmark these summer holiday places!
1. New Zealand
Consisting of two broad landmasses – North and South Island, New Zealand is one of the best places to visit in Summers. It was recently in the news for containing the virus’s outbreak most effectively and kept it at bay for more extended periods than other countries.
If this makes you feel determined to pick it as a summer holiday destination, wait till we tell you what all you can do here. Start your summer in New Zealand at the Bay of Islands. As the name suggests, it is a collection of beautiful islands with the prettiest coastline and offers breathtaking sunsets. You can opt for a day cruise to see almost all of the islands. Up next, head to the East Cape for some solitary moments, and also visit the place where the sun rises first in the entire world. How cool is that? And it doesn’t end there, and you can drive around the SH35 Pacific Coast Highway that will take you through coastal villages and towns bursting with Maori culture.
For all of you seeking adventure in New Zealand, don’t miss out on the Tongariro National Park with its active volcanoes and craters jutting out at different spots.
- Places to visit – Mt. Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, Queenstown, West Coast, etc.
- Places to eat – French Café, Roots Restaurant, Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard, Elephant Hill Wine Estate and Restaurant and more
A beautiful archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is the idyllic summer holiday destination for everyone who cannot resist the sun, sand and seafood. Seychelles has all of this, and it is less crowded than other island and preferred summer getaways like Maldives and Mauritius.
When in Seychelles, laze around on its white-sand beaches, go scuba diving to watch the stunning coral reefs or simply go deep in many of its verdant forests for hiking and trekking. A long summer staycation in Seychelles is an excellent idea not just because of its balmy weather but also thanks to the myriad activities one can indulge in. Oh, and there is always delicious seafood to keep you company.
- Places to visit – Morne Seychellois National Park, Pralin Island, La Digue, Port Victoria, etc.
- Places to eat – La Perle Noir Restaurant, Ocean Beach Restaurant, Marie Antoinette, and more
3. Zermatt, Switzerland
Nestled in the Matterhorn peak’s foothills, Zermatt is another worthy mention when it comes to beautiful places to visit in summer. Perched at the height of 1600 metres, Zermatt is a sleepy, cosy and beautiful town with all the elements of a Swiss dream holiday vacation. Most of the hotels here are family-run, making you feel like you are staying in a homestay with the guests. It is intimate and warm. Once you have settled in your hotel, head out and explore the town on foot. There are 45 snow-covered peaks in just the Valais region, and the Matterhorn itself is a sight to behold.
Go on skiing and hiking adventures when in Zermatt. Or, if you are not up for physical exertion, the gondolas carry you to the peak offering a panoramic view of the entire town. Your summer in Switzerland won’t be complete without indulging in a bit of food and wine, so make sure you spend enough time sampling all of it.
- Places to visit – Gornergrat railway, Matterhorn Museum, Corner Gorge, Hinterdorf and more
- Places to eat – The Omnia, Zum See, Du Pont, After Seven, Grampi’s and more
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
While the beautiful capital city of Scotland is one of the best places to visit year-round, it is during summers that you have enough sun that you can walk to the town. Or hop on the double-decker busses for all the sightseeing. Either way, Edinburgh should be on your list of places to visit in the summer.
Start with the Royal Mile in the Old Town area and soak the rustic and archaic charm of it all. Edinburgh is also a city that is bursting with history and literature as it was home to many prominent authors like Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Next, take a tour of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, followed by a panoramic view of the entire city from Calton Hill, the most famous vantage point in the city.
- Places to visit – Arthur’s Seat, Princess Seat, National Museum of Scotland, The Queen’s Gallery, Scott Monument and more.
- Places to eat – The Bon Vivant, IJ Mellis, Nile Valley Café, Timberyard, Southside Scran and more
Which is your go-to summer holiday destination when you are looking for respite from the sweltering heat and want to rejuvenate? Tell us in the comments.