Congratulations – you survived a brutal winter! Now it’s time to reward yourself with an unforgettable trip this summer!
Summer is a season for music festivals, road trips, and lazy days on the beach. If you want to be more adventurous, however, you can spice up your summer holidays with a trip overseas. While you’re gone, rent your apartment on The Bindel for a month or longer and use that extra income to travel.
For 2019, we have five top summer getaway destinations that are sure to ignite your inner wanderlust.
Cartagena is great for a sweet, fun, colorful vacation; but, Santa Marta is for the more adventurous.
Almost all travelers in Colombia make a point to see Tayrona National Park, a stretch of coastline hidden behind a jungle trail. Hike through the forest (or a hire a horse) to find the magical paradise– where you can stay overnight in a hammock and leave all your worries behind.
The Lost City Trek isn’t for the faint of heart either. It’s a three-to-four-day hiking trek that will most likely have you soaked in sweat and rain. But at the end of the guided tour, you’ll find an ancient settlement that was built thousands of years ago. Explore a lost world deep in the jungle of Colombia – and drag your friends and family back later.
Dubbed as Europe’s Hawaii, the Azores is an archipelago of nine majestic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an autonomous region of Portugal and only a short flight from the United States.
The Azoreans have made a real effort to balance tourism, and it’s currently a well kept secret. You will see some tourists, but not many corporate resorts or hotels. That’s why we chose it!
All of the nine islands have something different to offer for every type of traveler. If you’re a wellness geek, check out São Miguel for its natural spas with mineral waters from the volcanoes.
Visit Terceira for the colorful colonial buildings with a small-town vibe. For wine lovers and hikers, check out Pico, where you can find the highest mountain in Portugal and precious Azorean wine.
Are you into surfing, kayaking, or mountain biking? You can find all of these activities in the Azores as well.
Have a bit more time to travel? Make your way to Madagascar. This East African country is the world’s fourth largest island and it is sure to excite even the most-traveled nature and outdoor enthusiast.
Madagascar houses some of the world’s most unique animals and flora – you won’t find the same creatures anywhere else! For a true wildlife experience, visit Ranomafana National Park to explore its lush rainforest, chameleons, and the famous bamboo lemurs.
For an even more thrilling adventure, make your way to Tsingy De Bemaraha, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The word “tsingy” roughly translates into “walking on tiptoes” – imagine a deep canyon full of limestone towers. If you dare, cross the narrow suspension bridge to make your way through the stone forest.
Madagascar can be a world of its own where you’ll have a hard time catching your breath from the wondrous landscapes and
Between Spain and France lies the picturesque, fairytale-like Basque Country. Famous for its refined culture and food, Basque Country is home to many film and arts festivals, as well as 40 Michelin-starred restaurants! The Basques know how to live the good life with an abundance of culinary delights and fantastic wine.
In Bilbao, you can spend your day sampling local produce, bike around the city, visit the Guggenheim Museum for contemporary art, and laze around Plaza Nueva.
For a day trip, explore the breathtaking San Juan de Gaztelugatxe island. Climb 241 steps on a stone bridge, and you will find a quaint chapel at the peak, as well as a panoramic view of the Basque coastline.
When you think of Croatia, do you think about the Mediterranean blue? What if we told you there’s more.
During summertime, most Croatians actually leave the capital Zagreb, which means you’ll have the quaint city to yourself.
Once ranked the best city to visit by Lonely Planet, Zagreb offers a romantic landscape with its Austro-Hungarian architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets are enriched by outdoor cafes and bars. In the summer, you can often find locals and tourists slowly sipping on a cup of coffee while having trivial conversations. On some weekends, the city government will open up the private courtyards for a breezy night of music and beer.
Stroll around the Upper Town and visit the local organic market. You can also visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, a space exhibiting items collected from failed relationships around the world!
Are you looking up flights now? We don’t blame you. But before you go, don’t just leave your apartment empty! Rent your space on The Bindel so you can travel to your heart’s content… with extra travel funds in the bank. Cheers to the best summer ever!