Summer is only a few months away, and while we fight against the cold weather we dream of summer vacations. Whether you travel internationally or somewhere closer to home, a warm climate is exactly what the doctor ordered. Although it is still spring, now is the time to begin planning for your summer. Of course, some of these places DO require passports, so if you don’t have one, get one ASAP!
Here are five places to travel for a wonderful (and unforgettable) experience:
To this day, Grenada is one of the Caribbean’s secret getaways, despite its vibrant culture and food, rainforests, and uncrowded beaches. Whether you are looking into traveling to St. George or to witness the clear shallow waters of Carriacou, Grenada has so much to offer. Listed as the U.S. news and world reports’ 7th best affordable Caribbean destination, Grenada will shower you with a potpourri of culture. A combination of French, African, British and Caribbean influences, laid-back attitude of the locals will keep you wanting more. Grenada splits into four different islands: Carriacou, St. George’s, Levera, and the Diamond Chocolate Factory. One of the hidden gems of the island is a Villa that was built by the late singer David Bowie. The Mustique island is also the home to Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
Los Cabos, Mexico:
Los Cabos, Mexico is one of the hottest places to travel in 2018. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the two small towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have become the hot spot for all things fun. Two hours away from Los Angeles on a plane, Los Cabos attracts a large number of celebrities. If you are into that type of thing. Although Los Cabos draws in a lot of A-listers, average travelers can also enjoy the luxury that the town has to offer. Farm-to-table restaurants are on the rise, specifically the Flora Farms, a restaurant and organic farm, that both shopping and cooking classes. Los Cabos is abundant with the impeccable beaches, appealing resorts, and lively nightclubs that many tourists look for.
San Antonio, Texas:
If you decide that an extremely long-distance or international trip isn’t in your budget, a short trip to San Antonio, Texas may be the way to go. This year San Antonio celebrates its Tricentennial anniversary and it is definitely the place to be. The historic city has so much to offer its visitors including, Seaworld & Aquatica San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta, and its legendary Riverwalk. Riverwalk is a city park and walkway along the banks of the San Antonio River. Lined with bars, restaurants, shops and etc, the Riverwalk is one story beneath the streets of the city. If learning of other cultures is on your bucket list, the different cultures of the city will keep you busy.
PASSPORT: Not Required.
New Orleans, Louisana:
Just like San Antonio, Texas, New Orleans is also celebrating its Tricentennial this year. Commonly known as ‘The Big Easy‘, New Orleans is the best place to visit for diversity and a good southern time. With four new hotels have been built (the Ace, Troubadour, Catahoula, and NOPSI), business improves thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina. Its music, food, history, and culture are known all over the world— the visitors are already familiar with what to expect. However, New Orleans is undergoing an upgrade, with one of the areas being the infamous Bourbon Street. The most famous street hasn’t seen an upgrade since 1928. Home to the popular Essence music festival and Mardi Gras, the lively city offers great food, greater music and a beautiful time in history.
PASSPORT: Not Required.
Shanghai is one of the biggest cities in China and is also one of the globe’s financial hub, next to New York City, London, Toyko and more. Visiting Shanghai is like visiting any other major city with public transportation, a beautiful skyline and massive amounts of people. However, the historic culture has not been forgotten. Shanghai is one of China’s cultural spots with its own cuisine and dialect. The city is the middle point of western culture and its colonial past and Eastern culture fusing. It is advised that the best time to visit Shanghai is during the months of March and November. Although, if you are trying to skip large crowds and busy streets, avoid traveling in July and August. Shanghai has two international airports from which you can tour the Yangtze Delta for 6 days visa-free. The 144-hour visa-free policy was extended in January of 2016.