Turn On Your 2021 Vacation Mode

After spending a year behind closed doors in isolation, it is about time to get back out there into the real world! With vaccines rolling out smoothly just in time for summer in some countries, people are on a look out for great spots to enjoy the sunshine, reconnect with nature and create new memories. 

There are many places to look out for this summer, from sandy beaches to mountainous terrains. Here are 5 summer vacation destinations that you can add to your bucket list! 

 

1. Maui, Hawaii

Bright rainbow over stunning mountain landscape in Maui, Hawaii by mihtiander, 123RF

Known as “The Valley of Isle” and famous for its beaches, Maui is one of the top destinations to spend your summer at. 

Ranging from an underwater experience to visit the Atlantis submarines to redline rafting, from close encounters with the protected green sea turtles to racing with dolphins, there are countless of fun activities to fill your itinerary with. 

Giant green sea turtle swimming in clear blue waters by televisor555, 123RF.   

 

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada by f11photo, 123RF.  

Are you feeling lucky? Or are you just looking for some adrenaline kick after being cooped up for too long? It is time to pay Sin City a visit! Known for their luxurious hotels and top-tier casinos, Las Vegas is a must-visit destination in the summer. 

Even if slot machines and poker aren’t your thing, there are still many other activities you can enjoy in Vegas, such as the Boneyard Night Tour in the Neon Museum or a 30-minute ride on the world’s tallest observation Ferris wheel for a romantic night. 

With its colorful vibrant lights and beautiful skyscrapers, Sin City is definitely the go-to spot for night owls and party animals. So don’t forget to pack your best sequined dress or tux, and have some fun!

Las Vegas neon sign against sunset sky by somchaij, 123RF

 

3. Cancun, Mexico

Aerial view of Cancun beach by jdross75, 123RF

Known as “the place of snakes” located in Southeast Mexico, Cancun is a city surrounded by Instagram-worthy beaches. With soft white sand and the clear blue Caribbean Sea, it truly is the perfect getaway destination for beach bums and island hoppers. 

Spending your summer in Cancun is a great alternative for those of you who are on a budget as there are many 3-star hotels located at The Hotel Zone, which is a great spot in the city to explore. 

Other than swimming in unique natural pools and visiting the underwater museum while snorkeling, you can also spend a day in downtown Cancun to explore the many different cultures, amazing street food and interesting small shops. 

Colorful ceramics in a street market by swisshippo, 123RF.  

 

4. Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park in Canada by wirepec, 123RF

Rugged mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park. With one of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery, Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you are a hiker, you would love Banff’s Via Ferrata, an assisted climbing experience across four breathtaking routes on the cliffs above Mt Norquay. You get to climb ladders, cross suspension bridges, feel on top of the world and marvel at the mountain vistas surrounding you. 

If you want to do something more relaxing and less taxing, you can always go horseback riding or hop on the Lake Minnewanka cruise. Both are peaceful and immersive ways to explore the Rockies without working up a sweat. 

Beautiful mountain and lake landscape by martinm303, 123RF

 

5. Cairo, Egypt

Cairo’s cityscape during sunset by givaga, 123RF.  

Situated at the set of the Nile River, Cairo, the capital of Egypt is known as one of the world’s megacities filled with extraordinary infrastructure and an array of colorful cultures.

One of the main highlights in Cairo is definitely the Pyramids of Giza. For nearly 4,000 years, the extraordinary shape and impeccable symmetry of the Pyramids attract millions of tourists from around the world. They truly are the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. 

You should also visit the famous Egyptian Museum where glittering treasures of great pharaohs lie alongside actual mummies. If mummies spook you, why not take a stroll down the skinny lanes of Khan Al Kalili? It’s a medieval-style mall with an agglomeration of stalls and courtyards. 

Camel rider with pyramid in the background by kasto, 123RF

 

There are many different places to capture new memories, but it is incredibly important to do research of the places you will be visiting in order to avoid violating COVID-19 restrictions and to keep you and your loved ones safe. Happy travels!