If you’re looking for something new and exciting, or just a twist on a classic vacation destination, there’s an endless array of choices available. Your options are limited only by your imagination.
1. Eco-friendly: Eco-tourism is being practiced by some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels in the world. Not only are these adventures fun, challenging and relaxing, they make you feel good about your trip. But all operators are not created equal. It’s important to do your homework and find a company that works closely with local residents to benefit them. True eco-tourism isn’t just zip-lining through the jungle; it helps the local economy and is sustainable.
2. Family-friendly: With family members often separated by thousands of miles, summer can be a great time to bring everyone together for a multi-generational vacation. Just remember, trips that include three or even more generations need to have activities that will appeal just as much to a toddler as they will to a great-grandmother. It’s wise to keep the activities varied and the opportunities for downtime (and nap time) plentiful.
3. Bucket List: When was the last time you traveled somewhere that changed who you are and how you see the world? Assess your bucket list (or create one) and start planning a once-in-a-lifetime journey. For some that may mean visiting an ancestral homeland, exploring exotic destinations, sailing the open sea or embarking on a South African safari. Wherever your trip leads you, make it personal and meaningful.
4. Passion Pursuits: Combine your passions with wish-list destinations. You might learn a new language before visiting a country, learn to cook in San Sebastian, Spain, follow the chocolate trail through Belgium or taste wine in Bordeaux, France.