You want to feel the warm sun on your skin, hear the waves crashing just outside your hotel room every night as you snuggle up in bed, and build plenty of sandcastles to satisfy your inner child. You want to savor a memorable – and a hard-earned – summer vacation.
The question is, where should you be going to ensure that all of your vacation must-sees and must-dos are successfully ticked off your list? Here’s a round-up of four summertime destinations to consider.
South Africa is at the top of the list because it’s about so much more than just lazing around on the beach. Here, you’ll also have the chance to venture off on a safari and catch sight of a host of incredible mammals and birds up close and living in their natural habitats. Many who visit South Africa will make a plan to enjoy a beach vacation in conjunction with a safari vacation, so be sure to set aside at least two weeks to really make the most of your time away. You’ll be pleased to discover that the country offers tourists a broad selection of private beaches and the warmest waters in which to take lots of long, leisurely swims.
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Thailand is a popular summertime vacation destination for many reasons. Firstly, it is one of the cheapest countries to travel to. It is home to an array of stunning exotic beaches, too – think glistening white sand and waters so clear that you can see the fish swimming around in it. While there, you’ll also be able to get a taste of Thai cuisine and culture, as well as party from dusk until dawn with the locals at one of the country’s infamous Full Moon parties. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance!
Ecuador is a leading choice for family vacations because there’s plenty to see and do. It boasts well over 2000 kilometers of coastline and – you guessed it – a practically endless supply of beaches. The Galapagos Islands are also just waiting to be explored, chockfull of awe-inspiring creatures and plant life, many of which inspired Charles Darwin all those years ago. You’ll be able to spot rainbow-colored crabs, waddling penguins, giant tortoises, and friendly sea lions.
When you visit Israel for a summer vacation, you’ll have a choice between spending time on the beach near the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea. Both promise tepid waters, soft sands, and glorious views. You can also stop by the Dead Sea (which is actually a lake) and pile on some of the mineral-packed mud on Mineral Beach for invigorated, glowing skin. Other must-sees for this particular destination include Galilee in northern Israel and the Negev Desert in southern Israel. The country is small, so these attractions are actually just an hour and a half apart!
Feeling inspired? Now’s the time to go ahead and start planning your summer vacation. You deserve the break.