The summer months are just around the corner and will creep up on us much sooner than we think. But for now, there is nothing wrong with thinking through, and potentially planning for trips to faraway places. While a Euro backpacking trip or the Bahamas are possible contenders, we bring you more understated locations around the world that will be sure to make your summer even brighter — if you will give them a chance.
Agra has the Taj Mahal, Delhi the Qutub Minar and Goa, the beaches. A choice destination for Indian and foreign tourists, people book trips to this coastal location for the warm beaches and festivals. What also makes this holiday destination so unique is the palpable influence of its Portuguese past. Goa was once the primary entry port for Portuguese traders, and the rich blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures sets the state apart from others in India.
St Lucia, West Indies
St Lucia in the West Indies is the place to go when you are really in the mood to be pampered. The island is noted for its luxury resorts, with almost all offering all-inclusive packages. If you have a zest for the outdoors, you may enjoy zip-lining in the historic town of Soufrière. Because of the island’s cultural diversity, it routinely hosts large festivals and cultural events year round. Up next, the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.
Durban, South Africa
Durban is a tried and true option for active travelers and tourists who are looking for a cool city to chill in. The weather is moderate between the months of June and August, but the coastal city is known for its world class surfing and other water activities, which makes it a great beach destination. It is also a large multicultural city that is home to the highest concentration of Indians outside India. Durban’s Indian quarter is worth exploring —- the cultural influences are seen and felt at the Oriental Bazaar and the Victoria Street Market, where vendors offer an array of ornately embroidered fabrics, aromatic spices and incense.
Osaka is one of the top three most important cities in Japan. And while it is a stylish and modern city with more than 2.5 million inhabitants, there is no shortage of attractions, many of which are not too far removed from the local culture. There’s alot to do in the city — during the day you will not want to miss the Osaka Castle, a famous historical landmark, the Shitennoji Temple and the Grand Front Osaka, a modern city architecture with shops and restaurants. And at night, head to the energetic Club Quattro for dancing and live music, or the Blue Note for some smooth jazz.
Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay is a small Island in the Philippines with beaches that remain one of the country’s major tourist highlights. Named by Travel + Leisure as the world’s best island getaway in 2012, this affordable travel spot has a variety of leisure activities to enjoy including golf, water sports, dining at multi-ethnic restaurants and a jumpin’ nightlife. Of course, if you are in the mood for something even more relaxing, the postcard perfect white beaches are great for leisurely strolls.
Greece is a popular travel destination and Crete is one of the most populous islands, known for its gastronomy culture and economy. The Cretan diet is fresh and consists of aromatic herbs and wild plants, virgin Greek olive oil, pulses and vegetables, grains, fish, meat, and dairy products. The best way to experience this is to visit a local farm like Agreco near Rethymno, which offers a detailed tour of the organic production process of the island’s homegrown, healthy food. Cap off the day with a sit down dinner along with a glass of wine or coffee — a must for any foodie.