Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out of the city. But how to choose the perfect destination for your summer holidays?

June is over which means that the kids are out of school and it’s time to travel. Get ready to escape the city and head out on your highly anticipated summer travels. The best kinds of destinations are the ones that take us far from the hassles of our daily lives.

When choosing a summer vacation destination, it’s important to think about what kind of experience you want to have. If you want to simply disconnect, it is best to hit the beach, but if you want to learn about other cultures, choose a destination where you can explore different sites every day.

With so many options, this can be a tough decision. Should you go back to that beach you already know you love in Mykonos or Bali? Should you head to a cosmopolitan city like New York or Tokyo? Or should you venture to a new place? These questions can be a little anxiety-inducing, so I’ve created a 2021 summer vacation guide with 5 perfect destinations.

Bariloche, Argentina

In summer, this city transforms into a winter wonderland. It’s perfect for escaping hot temps in the city and enjoying a few days on the slopes. In addition to all the winter activities, there is great food, not to mention some of the best spa treatments in the world. My favorite place to stay is the Llao Llao Resort or El Casco Art Hotel. Traveling to Bariloche in the summertime is like transporting yourself to a cool and cozy alternate universe.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Going to Prague is like leaving the real world and entering a fairy tale, with all of its impressive gothic architecture. I recommend visiting the Old City to marvel at famous buildings like the City Hall Bell Tower or the Astronomical Clock. What I love about this destination is that in addition to being picturesque, it has great nightlife—from small pubs to 5-story nightclubs where tourists from all over the world mingle with locals. 

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Chiapas, Mexico

This state has a bit of everything that Mexico has to offer. There are colonial cities like San Cristóbal de las Casas and Mayan ruins like Palenque. In the “Magical Towns” of this zone, you’ll hear inhabitants speaking both Spanish and indigenous languages. The food scene is also a must, with gastronomic options that are out of this world. Don’t miss out on the chipilín tamales, a glass of the ancient spirit “pox,” or a delicious cup of coffee made from locally grown beans.

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Split, Croatia

This destination should be on everyone’s bucket list. This city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is full of history, which can be appreciated in its ancient buildings. Visit Diocletian’s Palace or simply walk through the Old City. On top of the cultural offering, this destination has a stunning coastline, where you can enjoy some warm weather, take a ferry to one of the nearby islands, or have a kayaking, climbing, hiking, or sailing adventure. This city is the perfect destination for anyone who loves nature.

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Barcelona, Spain

Spain is a quintessential summer destination.  My favorite city in the country is Barcelona because it combines the best of two worlds: a cosmopolitan city with excellent gastronomy, fashion, and culture AND a coastal city with beautiful beaches. To satisfy the cultural side of your travel, you can visit the Picasso Museum or the Joan Miró Foundation. Or, if you just want to get to know the city, walk along Las Ramblas checking out different street vendors and small bistros until you get all the way down to the beach. For shopping, there is nothing better than Paseo de Gracia. Whatever you do, make time for stops at Casa Batlló, Parque Güell, and the Sagrada Familia church, which are all architectural masterpieces.

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Not only will you fall in love with these cities, but you’ll also have a culturally enriching experience. And if none of these are for you, there are so many more options, like Morocco, Iceland, or the Amalfi Coast. Traveling is one of the most rewarding activities, so try to get out and discover new destinations if you can this summer. 

It is time to leave your stress at home, pack up, and head out on a grand adventure. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and others and check up on travel requirements and restrictions before your trip. There might be a few new rules in place, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most out of the summer. 

XO

Sira 

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