The Great Escape: Our Top 5 Travel Destinations
We narrowed down our favourite travel destinations that promise a summer
filled with adventure and rich culture!
We may be bias since the name ‘Fjordlife’ originated from this place but surrounded by majestic snow covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush vegetation, Geiranger truly is one of the most beautiful areas in western Norway. The one hour scenic ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger feels more like a mini cruise than a means of transportation.
Filled with adventures such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, this is an outdoor lovers dream. Seven Sisters, the Suitor and Bridal Veil are all famous waterfalls not to be missed. Flydalsjuvet is a viewpoint offering stunning views of the Geirangerfjord. A boat or hiking trip to one of the many abandoned farms, such as Skagefla or Knivsfla, is a great way to spend the day.
Grande Hytteutleige og Camping is on a waterfront property offering fully equipped cottages. It doesn’t get much better than waking up on the water with stunning views of the fjord from your own private terrace. If a hotel is more suited for you, try Hotel Union or the Grande Fjord hotel.
Olebuda & Cafe Ole offers a range of international style dishes served upstairs and a casual cafe downstairs. Also try Brasserie Posten for their platters of smoked fish.
Located between Split and Dubrovnik is the island of Korcula. Known as the Emerald Isle, the culture, diverse landscape, rich history and kind people make this island a must see! The Old Town boasts the same picturesque venetian style houses with red rooftops as Dubrovnik, and is built within a fortress. Located in the centre of the Old Town is St. Mark’s Cathedral, a beautiful Gothic-Renaissance styled church. You will also find the birth home of Marco Polo here!
Korcula Island is much more mountainous than you would expect. Renting a scooter to tour the island, stopping at villages and secluded beaches along the way, is a must! Wandering the streets of Old Town, windsurfing, cycling and experiencing a traditional sword dance are also on the list.
Korcula has an extensive system of private accommodations where visitors can rent a room (Sobe) or an entire apartment (Apartmant) from a local host. Booking sites will allow you to arrange ahead of time. You can also seek out signs for Apartmant and ask a local if they could recommend a spot. For hotels try, Kotel Lisburn or Hotel Koryra.
In Korcula Town, try Konoba Belin or Filippi Restaurant. Remember to pair your meals with Posip, a traditional white wine.
The land of hot air balloons and fairy chimneys. Cappadocia is most famous for unique geological features called fairy chimneys. The large rock formations were created by the erosion of the relatively soft volcanic ash around them. Past cultures have dug into them to create dwellings, castles and even underground cities. It is quite the experience to drive towards Cappadocia on relatively flat terrain and suddenly come across such striking formations!
You can spend days hiking the endless trails. The formations truly feel like an adult playground. Exploring the open air museum, underground cities and taking a hot air balloon ride at dawn is a must. If you prefer to stay on land, waking up early to watch the air balloons take off over a backdrop of desert and fairy chimneys is a close consolation. After all the exploring, be sure to end your day with a turkish bath.
Try one of the many unique cave hotels, such as Esbelli Evi or Kelebek Hotel.
In my experience you can’t go wrong with restaurants here. Alamet-i Farika and Seten Restaurant offer top notch Anatolian food.
Home to Mont Blanc (Western Europe’s tallest mountain), Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. Don’t let the summer weather stop you from visiting. With stunning views, extensive highland trail and a bustling village to explore, there are plenty of things to do in the summer.
Take the tram up to Aigullie du Midi offering views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Take the train from Chamonix to Montenvers where you can go into the heart of a glacier and tour an ice cave.
Apartment options are available or try Hotel Richemond or Chalet Hotel Le Prieure.
The village has many options to choose from including La Tablee (for great fondue) and Chex Constant (for a mix of french and fusion).
These chic Warby Parker sunglasses in Himalyan Salt.
San Francisco, USA
Leaving your heart in San Francisco is very much a thing! Although you could easily spend all of your time in the city, one of the nice things about San Francisco is the close proximity to so many other great places (Muir Beach, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Napa Valley).
The classic spots such as the Painted Ladies, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, the Sea Lions at Pier 39 are great places to visit.
Try La Luna Inn or Taylor Hotel.
Filled with so many fantastic restaurants you have endless options to choose from. Try Flour & Water, Rose’s Cafe for brunch, Wrecking Ball for specialty coffee and Bi Rite Creamery for a tasty treat.
We'd love to hear your summer plans or what some of your favourite destinations are. Let us know in the comments below.
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