Though it may seem hard to believe, not everyone craves time on the beach during the scorching heat of summer. The family vacation does not have to be a trip to Disney World. There is so much more to the world, and no traveler should deny themselves the chance to explore.
Instead of cleaning up sand from a beach trip, try enjoying time in the cool waters of an infinity pool in a wooded paradise. Get lost in the mountains of the great Rockies, or bath in the hot springs of Iceland. Here is the “low-down” of a few of the best unconventional summer travel destinations of the year.
British Columbia, Canada
This year (2017) is Canada’s 150th birthday. Canada’s birthday means some great deals for travelers. Summer in British Columbia averages temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so heat is no issue.
Enjoy free admission to Canada’s national parks and all historic sites. U.S. travelers can enjoy knowing that the U.S. dollar has a slight advantage on the Canadian dollar. Your money truly will go farther in Canada.
Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
One of the most “attractive” attractions you will ever see in Iceland is The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. As part of a lava formation, there is no shortage of warm waters in The Blue Lagoon.
Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the lagoon waters are rich with silica and sulfur minerals that are excellent for the skin. Therapeutic for those suffering from psoriasis, the geothermal springs average temperature is around 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are a particularly eco-friendly traveler, Bonito (in Mato Grosso do Sul state) is one of the most sought after ecotourism destinations in the world. The natural beauty of the region’s waterfalls, caves, and underwater sea life make it easy to understand why this destination was voted number one for responsible tourism in 2013.
There is no need to fret the roar of a crowd, as the region has devised a voucher system that only allows a set number of people to visit the area at once. Regulating the number of visitors allows local caretakers to sustain the ecology of the area.
The architecture and local dining pleasures make Rotterdam a desirable destination for culture enthusiasts. Settled in the 13th century, this area in the Netherlands hosts a unique metropolis.
Rotterdam is home to a completely crowdfunded bridge built to link three previously isolated outlying areas. The Luchtsingel is a bright yellow, physical example of the generosity of people.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
The gorillas of Rwanda have been protected by conservationists for years, but not without a long and drawn-out struggle. With gorilla populations on the rise in the area, travelers are now able to visit the Parc National de Volcans in the Virunga Massif. After obtaining the proper permits, travelers can go gorilla spotting in the park.