There’s nothing like the summer months to spur the desire to get away from it all. Maybe it’s the warm air that stimulates our senses by putting us in mind of faraway tropical climates—whatever the reason, we break out our favorite bags, pack our shiny new clothes and hit the road. Whether your summer plans are all about romantic road trips for two, rambunctious girlfriend getaways or gathering your special posse for a dream trip to an exotic land, we’ve got the hottest spots, best accessories and newest gadgets and gizmos that will turn every excursion into a stylish sojourn.
Let’s get started with these HOT SPOTS as we escort you around the world!
Europe is just across the ocean, and while such cities as Paris and London have well
deserved reputations as the centers of fashion and fun, book a stay in Munich for great
shopping and a direct route to charming Bavarian towns and Alpine resorts, nosh your
way through the new cuisine of Madrid or relax on the scenic beaches of Sardinia.
The Middle East is no longer just a hot button topic; it’s now a premier destination.
Such areas as the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have
benefited tremendously from their enhanced business relationships with the Western
world, their focus on luxury and the thrilling backdrop of their desert culture.
The Caribbean is only a short plane ride from most east-coast and Southern ports.
Jamaica and the Bahamas are two of the most visited islands, but don’t sleep (or do!) on
the lush beaches and savory cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago, the Danish-influenced charm
of St. Croix or the sweeping vistas of Mustique or Bequia Island, both part of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines.
South Africa’s Cape Town offers breathtaking views, while the summer-long migration
of wildebeests and zebras from Kenya’s Masai Mara shows off the best of nature.
Head to Tanzania or Mozambique for a thrilling safari with landscapes that will leave you
speechless—and thirsting for more.
Asia has something for everyone—from Macau’s casino life to the bright lights of Tokyo.
Head to China to immerse yourself in the days of dynastic rule, or get to shopping in
Singapore’s orderly and attractive world.
Words: Kym Allison Backer, Shydel James and Satchel B. Jester
Photos: Istock and DUBAI: fototrav.com;
KENYA: Kym Backer; Woman: Ruslan Dashinsky; ASIA: Yuen Wu
Want more? Check out our TIPS on how to pack for a five-day getaway!