15 Destinations to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

Although we’re well and truly into Autumn here in Australia, it’s finally itching closer to summer in other parts of the world. If you know me, you know I live for a European summer and it’s where you’ll find me between the months of June and August. But this year, I want to share some places to make those special summer memories in that you might’ve never even considered before. So, without further adieu, here’s 15 hotspot destinations to add to your summer travel itinerary.

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1. Croatia

If Croatia isn’t already on your radar, it really should be. I’ve confessed my love for this country many times before, even naming it one of the most underrated, and I still stand by it. The islands are full of adventure, relaxation, party – anything you could want, it can pretty much offer. I could happily spend the entire summer roaming its islands. My recommendation? Book a sail. Yacht week, anyone?

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2. Montenegro

Medieval villages mixed with a strip of beaches encompasses what is Montenegro. It’s dotted with beautiful coastal towns, glacial lakes and national parks and becomes more popular each year. A true pearl of the Mediterranean. Make sure not to miss the incredible towns of Kotor, Budva, Stari Bar and Ulcinj from your itinerary.

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3. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is as famous for its ancient ruins as it is for its spectacular beaches. It was named the top global destination on the rise by TripAdvisor travelers, which really doesn’t come as any surprise. One look at its clear waters, top-notch restaurants, beach clubs and adventure activities, you can see why it would make many itineraries. Plus I’m really not sure how much better summer can get than lazying away on the Mexican shoreline? And I know where I’ll be staying.

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4. Mauritius

If you’re looking for a tropical haven, Mauritius is the way to go. Mark Twain once wrote, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. White sand beaches, the clearest water you’ll see in your life, tropical rainforests, and a neverending supply of rum (often FREE if you’re staying at a resort), it is a sanctuary in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

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5. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the perfect blend of city meets beach life with a simple vintage-era charm.In summer is when this place really comes to life, with its bar-filled cobbled lanes, river-facing warehouse clubs, and gorgeous Atlantic beaches. I’ll take a one-way ticket for the entire summer.

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6. Havana, Cuba

Ever since the U.S embargo against Cuba came to an end last year, it has been a destination of the rise. In many ways, visiting Cuba feels like you’ve stepped back in time with its sugar-white beaches, 1950s-era cars and pastel lined houses with spanish-colonial architecture. No doubt it’s a great place to unwind and unplug (especially considering wifi is near non-existent) and enjoy $1 mojitos.

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7. Malta

I am PRETTY EXCITED to say that I will be finally visiting Malta this summer. A couple of years ago Malta hadn’t even crossed my mind, but then I came across a couple of photos on Pinterest and well… the ticket was booked. From what I’ve heard, it’s a very laid-back atmosphere – friendly locals (they don’t get many tourists) and packed of interest. Not to mention the most beautiful beaches, towns, the blue lagoon, prehistoric sites, and harbourside cafes. And the best part? All the towns are within hours reach of each other.

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8. Mallorca, Spain

There are so many insanely beautiful islands in Spain it’s hard to narrow down to just one, but Mallorca is one that I just couldn’t leave off this list. It was voted the second best island in Europe and the sixth best in the world by TripAdvisor. What makes it so great? The beaches, Playa de Muro in particular is one of the most picturesque you would ever see. Then there’s the architecture, with impressive cathederals built on the island, and it’s culture rich in literature, art and music.

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9. Guatemala

There isn’t just one place I could choose within Guatemala so I thought I’d choose the country as a whole. I mean it would be a real shame to visit this country for only one city alone since each offers something so unique. I would definitely not miss Tikal, for natural attractions like Lake Atitlan (surrounded by volcanoes and charming little villages), for colonial towns like Antigua, and even for bustling mountaintop hubs like Quetzaltenango.

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10. Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia has been long overshadowed by neighbouring country Croatia (only a 2 hour bus ride from Dubrovnik!) but there has definitely been a change in the air over the past couple years. People are beginning to notice Bosnia and tourism rates have been steadily increasing, particularly to cities like Sarajevo and Mostar.

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11. Thailand

…the islands, to be specific. Koh Samui or Koh Phi-Phi offer much to discover and a pretty perfect atmosphere to spend your summer days. From full-moon parties and award winning restaurants (or just the best street-food EVER), to picture perfect coastlines and islands, Thailand is a country absolutely brimming with gems.

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12. Cape Town, South Africa

Everyday I hear more and more about the beauty of South Africa. Not that it’s never been on my radar, but it has been rising as a summer destination. It is a city characterised by its proximity to nature and is rich in culture. Not to mention its rugged coastlines that boast some impressive beaches. Best part of all, it wont break the bank.

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13. Tahiti

It’s no secret the French Polynesia is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so Tahiti on this list probably wont come at any surprise. It is the largest island in the Polynesia and has everything from black-sand beaches, lagoons, extinct volcanoes and waterfalls to discover. Did someone say paradise?

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14. Sardinia, Italy

I could easily mention nearly every place in Italy as a summer escape (hellllo Amalfi Coast) but one you might not have heard, but totally should have, is Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus). Tucked away with emerald seas and snow white sand, Sardinia not only has one of the dreamiest beaches in the world, but is full of adventures between nuraghic ruins, hidden crescent bays and submerged Roman ruins. You might even spot a few celebrities frolicking around.

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15. Marrakech, Morocco

Stepping away from those turquoise waters for a while and find yourself in an abundance of colours, palaces, mosques and gardens! And if that’s not enough, book a nights stay at Riad Yasmine, you know that hotel you’ve seen all over Instagram recently. Just a little tip though, you might want to avoid heading there in the peak of summer as temperatures can get quite extreme!

So tell me – have you ever traveled to any of these places? Where in the world is on your summer bucket list?!

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