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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  • These are amazing places to visit wow!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Right?! I wish I was there right now!! xx

  • Chloe’s Voyage

    Oh my goodness, these places look perfect. It makes me want to get my butt overseas for the summer – I especially love Croatia as I have Croatian heritage :)

    Chloe • chloesvoyage.com

    • Don’t they just?! Croatia is amazing!!! that is the coolest thing ever! xx

  • All the places of heaven on earth … a fabulous list! :)
    Merci for sharing.

    💋LA BIJOUX BELLA💋 | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    • Couldn’t agree more! :) xx

  • So many incredible places to visit! I will say, adding Bosnia to the top of the list (next to Croatia and Montenegro) and grouping them all together might be a good option.. that way you can hit all three at once. Will mention that my native Serbia isn’t added in that list teheh ;)

    So many amazing places, with each one I was thinking “that’s where I’ll go this summer”only to scroll down and see the next place and think the same thing over! haha

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    • Yes! It’s so easy to travel between them all :) I would love to visit Serbia one day! Hahaha it’s SO hard to narrow down! xx

  • The Gold Lipstick

    I’ve been to two of them!

    Mireia from TGL
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    • So cool! Which ones? :) xx

  • I’ve been lucky enough to go to Tahiti & French Polynesia on cruises, but I didn’t get out of Papeéte (capital of Tahiti) to explore the rest of the island. Moorea, Raiatea & Bora Bora in the rest of French Polynesia are all GORGEOUS though. When I think of paradise, I think of those 3 destinations.

    Malta, Croatia & Mauritius are on my bucket list & I really hope I get to those places one day.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • Oh so jealous! The French Polynesia is incredible. Definitely the closest thing to paradise. I’ll be visiting Malta this year – so excited! You need to make your way over to Croatia!! :) xx

  • Laura Torninoja

    Ahh yes to all of these! Especially Croatia has been on my to-visit list for a long time now, so I think I should start ticking that off as soon as possible! It looks insanely pretty. So much exploring still to do…

    I spent last Christmas in Malta and I loved it SO much. Even in December it was still 16 degrees and sunny every day which was a pretty great change of scenery from London..! I would absolutely recommend going there, there’s so much to do and everywhere you turn is just filled with more and more beautiful architecture and that glistening blue sea!

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Oh Croatia is a dream! So much to do & explore! Christmas in Malta? That sounds incredible. I can’t wait to visit this year!! I’ll be heading there in August :) so excited! Any must-do/sees? xx

  • Definitely want to check out Marrakech, Morrocco one day. Riad Yasmine looks gorgeous!

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

    • Doesn’t it! The most BEAUTIFUL place xx

  • Monika Vennerbring

    Sardinia I love it !!! This summer we go to Albania.

    • Oh Albania – there’s one I missed. I’ve heard the coast is amazing there during summer !! xx

  • All these places look truly stunning and are definitely added to my summer bucket list! Although Australia’s top on my list – I’ve always wanted to visit Mauritius and Tahiti! And I keep hearing about Croatia, definitely and up and coming place – could even do Croatia and then move onto Bosnia as it’s so close! Perfect!

    Malta is gorgeous, I went years ago! And I loved the culture in Marrakech and Cape Town – and Phi Phi Island off of Phuket, has the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • Oh if you ever venture down here to Australia, let me know & I’ll send my best recommendations :) the Whitsundays are gorgeous! & yes – so many places to visit!! Visiting Malta for the first time this year and very excited! xx

      • Ooh fab Thank You, I’m heading out in August for a few months! Ooh Malta is lovely, you’ll really enjoy it!!

  • Molly O’Connor

    DYING to go to Cuba!!! I have been to Croatia though and loved it!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • Cuba is just incredible isn’t it?!! Croatia is one of my fave destinations. Have you ever done a sail there? Yacht week is super fun! xx

  • Nikki

    Great list – although I might be biased since I live in Cape Town and am visiting Croatia in June.
    Any thoughts on which is a better day trip from Dubrovnik – Bay of Kotor or Mostar? (Since they bother also feature on your list)

  • Want to tackle this entire list!

  • Amber Holyoake

    Such a great list! Winter is coming hard and fast in New Zealand so I’m craving a visit to any of these places!
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  • sky

    Great picks for the summer, especially since we all just love to spend some quality time by the beach or going for a swim. I personally love all the places where it’s sunny and there’s a beach, but I imagine it’s also fun to go hiking or to visit interesting cities.
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  • Gorgeous photos. They’re giving me a serious case of wanderlust!

  • Definitely saving this post! I’ve been to Mallorca and Malta both places I want to visit again but I also want to visiti some other places on this list like Croatia!

    Jaye x
    The Life of JP