Most Popular Summer Travel Destinations

In wintertime, in countries where it’s cold, there’s nothing like a tropical holiday to put the snow and ice out of mind, but what about when it’s hot out? Where do people go during the summer? While everyone probably has their own travel idiosyncrasies and pet destinations, a pattern emerges. Generally people like going to places that have seen moments of great historical significance. These are frequently old cities, and as such they are usually beautiful and full of their own unique charms. They look for fun activities to do, beautiful things to see, and of course, delicious food to eat! No talk about summer travel is complete without mentioning Europe.

Think Italy: the vineyards of the countryside, the wonderful food and the beauty of the sun-washed roofs of Tuscany are unlike anywhere else. The museums house truly one-of-a-kind art you can’t see in person any other way (Think Michelangelo’s David!) There are biking tours available where you can travel through vineyard country in a new and interesting way. You can take a short train anywhere in Italy and end up in a bustling city like Rome, where you can walk around the Palatine hill and feel the old splendour of Rome, or go to a place like Cinque Terra, where the hiking is gorgeous and you can eat a pesto-topped pizza by the water in the village where pesto was invented!

If it’s mountains or extreme sports you want, go to Switzerland. They have all levels of hiking, from professionally guided glacier climbing excursions to super-casual mountain walking trails that you can simply embark on without paying a fee or hiring a guide. But there’s a host of extreme sports there too: hang gliding, sky-diving, canyoning, and more. There’s hardly a more dramatic landscape than Switzerland’s to experience an adrenalin charge in the great outdoors!

If it’s history you want, all European countries are loaded! Perhaps the three best cities where simply walking around gives you the feel of history are London, Berlin, and Paris. Go to Churchill’s underground bunker and see where World War II was won, or for older history go to the Tower of London. In Paris there seems to be the rich feeling of history lingering in the air, and you can’t walk by the Seine without feeling it. Meanwhile in Berlin, the Nazi history isn’t even the most recent world-changing event to take place there, as that distinction goes to the Berlin Wall. As you walk around in downtown Berlin, you’ll notice yourself crossing back and forth over a kilometre-long strip of inlaid bricks in the road: this connotes where the Berlin wall used to be!

Every European city has its own unique things to boast about and its own unique way of doing things, and it’s amazing how different each neighbouring country is from the next! Because there’s so much to do and see, and travelling country to country involves a relatively short train ride, Europe is perhaps the ultimate summer travel destination.

Visit Havana Travel Destination

tr2Choosing a vacation travel destination can be a slightly difficult task for many people. Sure, you could go to the same old boring places that everybody else goes to like Disney World or the Grand Canyon or Branson Missouri’s Silver Dollar City… or you can branch out to slightly more exotic but still boring places like Paris or London or even Hong Kong; and while these are slightly better choices, they’re still the same old boring things that just about everybody does.

Why not choose a vacation that is slightly more exotic and definitely more exciting?

Might I suggest Havana Cuba?

Havana has many things going for it and not the least of all is the fact that it’s so very close to the United States, geographically speaking. This means that you won’t spend all of your time sitting in an airplane when you could be enjoying a jewel of the Caribbean.

Yes, it’s true that Havana is still a city in a communist country, one of the last communist countries left on the planet to be precise; but you should be perfectly safe nonetheless.

This isn’t your normal vacation with your normal tourist destinations. You can expect to explore beautiful Spanish colonial architecture as well as breathtakingly stunning beaches instead of the same cookie cutter tourist shops found elsewhere.

Havana is the capital of Cuba but it doesn’t have the typical consumer trappings that you might expect in a regular capital city.

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean with 750 miles of mountain ranges (including the Sierra Maestra, the Cordilla de los Organos, and the Sierra del Escambray) and miles of vast beautiful plains. It has over 200 exotic looking bays and nearly 300 beautiful beaches.

The worst time of year to go is between May and November because this is the rainy season when you can get caught in terrible weather including, potentially, hurricanes. Any other time of the year you can expect a wonderful vacation.

What exactly is there to do in Havana? It’s a good question. The simple answer is you can find yourself a beach that you like and just relax for a week or two. If you want a little more activity then you can always explore the rich culture, the music, food, and even the art of the area. And there’s always the mountains too!

Fidel Castro has been sick for a long time now and his brother Raul runs the government these days. Raul is seen as more open to the Western world and Cuba as a whole is slowing beginning to open up. Now’s the time to take advantage of this great travel destination opportunity!

Most people don’t think of Cuba as a tourist destination but if you don’t want to be like everybody else then I suggest you take a serious look at everything Cuba has to offer. You’ll be more than happy you did.