Are you looking to start checking spots off your must-see list? With Summer in full swing, you need to start being decisive with your travel plans. Use this guide to help you choose the five spots you may not have thought of, but you don’t want to miss this year.
A Mediterranean Respite
Imagine as you disembark from your transatlantic cruise, the sun warms your skin, as the smell of fresh seafood waifs through the air. The city of Lisbon is the perfect introduction to the Mediterranean way of life. The seven hills that fill this city offer you scenic views of the area and surrounding sea. Start your journey at the Castelo de São Jorge for a panoramic overlook of the city. As you explore this 11th-century Moorish fort, soak up the beautiful architecture that lines the streets. While visiting, enjoy a glass of Madeira, a local wine famous around the world. Don’t forget to take advantage of the nightlife, for a night out you’ll never forget.
A Historical Journey
When you picture the city of Istanbul, the skyline spotted with the minarets of centuries-old mosques and rich, bright spices of the markets come to mind. This gorgeous city offers something for everyone, from historic bathhouses to indulgent shopping centers. The Bosphorus strait, which runs through the middle, divides this historic city between the Asian and European continents. You can book a river tour for a view of both sides of this metropolis. Whether you want Balık ekmek, or fish bread, from the fish vendors along the Galata bridge, or enjoy a filling traditional Turkish breakfast of kahvaltı, there are so many delicious dishes to try you’ll need to budget your time wisely between eating and sightseeing.
Towering Historic Reminders
Some sites need no introduction. The towering pyramids of Giza are one of them. The city of Cairo offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy these historic monoliths. If you are feeling extra eager, you can book a room nearby to wake up to morning views of these structures. The pyramids aren’t the only must-see spots in Cairo. The Khan el-Khalili market is full of hidden gems and savory food stalls you won’t want to miss. After a few hours of roaming the market, head over to the local museums to learn the histories of this incredible destination. Once you arrive, you’ll understand why this city is a must for avid and novice travelers alike.
Across the sea, tucked in the Andes Mountains, lie the ruins of pyramids of another civilization. The ancient city of Machu Picchu has piqued the interests of millions each year. However, getting to this Incan Citadel can be a challenge and requires a bit of planning. First, you want to ensure you go during the right season, or you may not be able to get up the steep mountains surrounding this site. Once there, you have a few choices of sites to see. There are no cars to drive through these ruins, so plan your hiking times accordingly. This full-day excursion is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
A Caribbean Retreat
If you want passport-less travel, consider the island of Puerto Rico. Whether you book an all-inclusive resort or small Airbnb, there are a few places you don’t want to miss. Start your vacation right by making your way to one of the breathtaking white sand beaches that line the coast. Day or night, there are opportunities to explore and enjoy the scenery. A particular favorite is the South Vieques Beach, where each night, this beach lights up literally with the light of the local bioluminescent organisms. Make sure to enjoy some of the delicious fresh fruit to round out your perfect Caribbean vacation.
As vaccination rates increase globally, keep your eye out as more destinations open up to travelers. In the meantime, make the most of these incredible locations for an unforgettable vacation.