In the US and around the globe, summer is a time for holidays and travel. Summer vacation destinations in the USA are great, but there are many vacation destinations in Europe and elsewhere that shouldn’t be missed.
Here at Geeker, we have a lot of travel bugs, but there are so many places out there worth seeing that we could never name them all. Rather, we have focused on some unique destinations that are quickly rising in popularity over the last few years.
Best Spots in Asia
Bridging the gap between amazing new technologies and historic medieval locales, Japan is one of the most amazing countries on earth. Kyoto is the old capital of this island country and contains some of the most beautiful Japanese vistas and sites.
Phuket province is a beautiful island that is home to some of the best beaches in Thailand. Vacationing tourists, Thai locals, and Chinese Newlyweds all make their appearance along the South East Asian Island’s scenic views. A little pricier than mainland Thailand, Phuket prices are nonetheless very low. Learn more about traveling to this exotic locale with the Phuket and Beyond Handbook at Geeker.
Fabulous beaches and fantastic Buddhist temples are just the beginning of what you can find in Bali. An ancient land populated by jungle, volcanoes, and amazing retreats, this incredibly beautiful and somewhat alien world will quickly grab your imagination.
Munnar, Kerala- India
Waterfalls, nature trails, tea plantations, and Anamudi Peak make this past vacation location of the Indian elite stand out. Considered by many to be the most beautiful place in India, Munnar is a favorite of travelers all over the world.
Best Spots in South America
Beautiful sand beaches, historic sites, unforgettable nights – that’s what people talk about if you ask about Cartagena. It is the most visited city by tourists in Colombia, and for a good reason. From the old part of the city to Bocagrande, Cartagena is home to beautiful sites, delicious food, and amazing people.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Whether you are going to Carnaval, or just looking to escape to a quintessential South American locale, Rio de Janeiro has been a favorite for decades. Home of the 2016 Olympics, Rio is an international city with something to offer to every demographic there is.
Lima, the capital of Peru, is a fantastic mixture of history, modern luxury, and a unique cultural heritage. Some of the most amazing things to see around Lima are the historical sites, for example, Pachacamac. Pachacamac is a 2,000-year-old site of stone and adobe palaces, temples, and pyramids that has had a mark left by every culture that has ruled the area for two millennia. Learn more about the entertainment and food available in Peru on Geekercom.
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This Central American Republic is another locale with amazing beaches, history, culture, food, and people. The volcanoes and jungles in the area are some of the most visited in the world and are surrounded by an incredibly diverse amount of different flora and fauna.
Best Spots in Europe
This historic and scenic city is known for having a medieval cobblestoned old town, the Ribeira, as well as a thriving and riveting modern night culture. If you go to the Ribeira be sure to check out the Igreja de São Francisco – a church whose interior is nearly completely covered in gold. This is a very popular summer destination in Europe.
This jewel of the Lombard region of Italy is drenched in history, art, fashion, and culture. You can hardly walk a kilometer without hitting an area either containing some historical relic or remembrance, or an area that was itself the site of some historic event at some point. Complimenting this ancient relevance is a city still culturally relevant – it is an epicenter of fashion and food. Read more about Milan and the surrounding area on Geeker.
Many don’t immediately associate Poland with tourist sites and destinations, but Gdansk is something you don’t want to miss. Picturesque and unique buildings dating back centuries punctuate a port city with a feel all its own. Gdansk has a unique history from the rest of much of Poland, and this difference is reflected throughout many aspects of the city. The Dlugi Targ (Long Market) market has long been a focal point for visitors and is a great place to see aspects of the town’s substantial involvement in the world’s amber trade.
Home to some of the greatest artifacts of the ancient world, Athens has remained a hub for visitors and sightseers for thousands of years. Home to a thriving city full of shops and restaurants with some of the best food in the Mediterranean, this ancient city is a very popular summer destination in Europe especially for Russians and northern Europeans.
Best Spots in Africa
A beautiful city full of amazing architecture and unique flavors, Marrakech is a major city that has played a central role at the crossroads of two worlds. One of the must see sites is the Koutoubia Mosque, a Moorish minaret from the 12th-century. And be sure to check out the medina – a medieval walled portion of the city.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Hiking, biking, restaurants – here there is everything you can want to help you escape your normal day to day. Near Cape Town is one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature’ the Table Mountain National Park, home of Table Top Mountain. There is also the Unesco World Heritage Site Robben Island prison, site of a centuries old prison that held many an important figure – including Nelson Mandela.
For those looking for safari and adventure, there is Arusha. Sitting at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru, Arusha is the hub for numerous wildlife and adventure expeditions – including those looking to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa. Learn more about Tanzania and African Safaris on Geekercom.
Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago
An important hub for trade since before the Portuguese added it to their ocean based empire. Zanzibar was once synonymous with a distant and strange land, and while is still exotic and unique – it is much more accessible today. A site on the archipelago that you must see is the Jozani forest- full of monkeys and dozens of species of birds.
Want to know more about Zanzibar Island? Watch ‘Best Documentary 2016: Island Of Zanzibar’
There are still plenty of summer destinations in the USA worth looking at, as well as countless summer vacation destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and around the globe. If you are getting that travel bug, Visit geeker.com, sign up and browse our library to read books about amazing travel destinations around the world.