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Deciding where to go for your summer holiday is a big choice. And depending on your decision it can make or break the summer experience.
Lucky for us travelers, there are tons of places to jet off to that'll make your summer a magical one. Now your only problem is choosing where to go. And the answer to that questions really depends on what type of vacay you're looking for.
Choosing a destination that fits your personality and interests will ensure you have a summer to remember!
So leave the FOMO at home and find some inspiration on my list of the top summer vacations this year. And don't worry... I'll also include what type of traveler the destinations are best for.
Best 7 Summer Vacation Spots in the World
Summer vacation is an exciting moment for all travelers, with plenty of time off to explore jungles, relax on sandy beaches, or dance the night away.
Here are my top summer vacation spots—I don't mind if you steal them from me!
7. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico beckons travelers to visit with its cultural cities, dense jungles, and sparkling blue beaches. But this isn't your typical Tulum or Cancun vacation.
Instead, head to the other side of the country to see Puerto Vallarta! This small Mexican town has been bumping with expats and digital nomads for a few months now but is just hitting the scene for vacationers.
Enjoy everything Mexico has to offer—culture, delectable tacos, and of course, stunning beaches.
Enjoy relaxing by the calm waters of the Pacific and the small city nightlife. It's the perfect low-key vacation spot.
- LGBTQ travelers
- Pristine beaches
6. Mykonos, Greece
Ready to star in your own personal Mamma Mia? Head to Mykonos for a quintessential Greek vacation.
This tiny island is packed with some of the most delicious foods, beaches, and sights in all of Greece, but without the crowds of Santorini and Crete.
Relax on white sandy shores surrounded by vibrant blue waters, or head into town to taste authentic Greek cuisine. Instagram lovers will adore the iconic windmills, perfect for the gram.
The party continues into the night with plenty of lively beach bars and clubs. Not to mention, there are so many unique sights in Mykonos to add to your summer vacation list.
- Beach lovers
- Party vibes
5. Osaka, Japan
Discover a world of culture in Osaka! Japan has been a popular destination for many travelers over the years who are drawn in by the culture and natural beauty.
Osaka is the perfect city to experience natural wonders and Japanese culture in one trip!
Or take a trip to the magical Osaka Castle. You'll bring back the best childhood memories of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away!
Feel the vibrant culture come alive at the Kuromon Ichiba Market or the Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street. Sample some unique Osaka street foods in the back alleys before heading out for the night.
The temples of Kyoto, Minoh Falls, and the Instagram-famous Nara deer are just a day trip away from this vibrant city.
If you have more time on your hands, it's easy to see other cities in Japan with the Japan rail pass.
Truly, there's no shortage of places to visit in Japan.
- Culture seekers
4. New York City, USA
NYC, a once popular destination, fell out of fashion in favor of the trendy city of LA. Now New York is in its revival era, inspiring and enticing the younger generation with its bright lights and big city aesthetic.
NYC is a great choice for a summer vacation, allowing visitors to see the city at its peak!
Paddle along the Hudson River in a kayak, see Lady Liberty up close, or discover a hidden speakeasy in Manhattan.
Whatever you want to see, New York has it in spades.
This city is perfect for those looking for an urban adventure with vibrant nightlife and a few New York-style after-parties tossed in.
- City lovers
- Gen-Z travelers
3. Sicily, Italy
Italy is known far and wide as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Made famous for its food and unique historical sights, it's a shame not to add Italy to your bucket list.
Instead of hitting up the regular tourist sights, set off to the island of Sicily to explore authentic Italian culture.
The island of Sicily is huge, and there are many small towns and big cities to visit while on the island. Palermo or Catania has gorgeous architecture and history to explore.
Many small towns between them, like Erice, Taormina or Cefalù, give you everything you could ever want in an Italian vacation, without the crowds.
Beautiful hilly and beachside towns await the travelers seeking to immerse themselves in culture and aren't afraid to practice their Italian with the locals.
- Hidden gem culture
- Relaxed vacations
2. Chiang Rai, Thailand
Thailand has been a famous budget-friendly backpacker destination since the early '90s.
It's most popular for its street food and stunning beaches in the south, but most travelers don't make it up to the north to experience authentic Thai culture.
Chiang Rai is perfect for an authentic vacation in Thailand.
Experience genuine Thai culture as you join a Chiang Rai tour, and wander around Wat Rong Khun–White Temple. Enjoy a bowl of Khao Soi Gai with a family in a homestay, or rent a scooter to travel the mountain roads in Northern Thailand.
Discover everything Thailand is known for to plan the perfect summer vacation!
- Authentic culture
- Budget travelers
1. La Libertad, El Salvador
Hidden off the traveler's radar is La Libertad! This small coastal town is perfect for a summer surfing vacation!
Beginners and experienced surfers will love the calm, easy waves, and friendly locals. Due to some political and civil unrest, El Salvador was off the travel radar for a while, but it's about to hit the scene!
The unspoiled beaches, delicious El Salvadorian cuisine, and laid-back surfer vibe will draw you right in.
Spend your days taking surf lessons from a local company, relaxing by the beach, or adventuring to the nearby waterfalls.
Most of the popular sites to see in El Salvador, like the Santa Ana volcano and rainbow slide, are accessible by bus from La Libertad.
It's the perfect hidden gem for a summer vacation.
- Off-the-beaten-path travelers
- Laid-back vacations
Start Planning Your Summer Vacation
Now that the travel inspiration for this year's summer getaway is flowing, you can start to craft your ideal travel experience for you, your family, and your friends.