Spring is just ending and I’m excited to share my summer plans with you all! Hopefully, by doing so, I can get some feedback on what you’d like to see next on the blog regarding these places. I haven’t necessarily plan my whole trip out yet and a lot are still in the works but if you’ve been or are planning, feedback is greatly appreciated. I will, however, add in some of my thoughts, some current insight of things I’ve read and reasons as to why I chose these places this summer. So let’s get started with June!
June takes me back to Iceland! If you haven’t already read my post this past January about my winter in Iceland, you can find it here. My little brother is graduating high school and has never been out the country. So I thought, what better way to take him on an adventure of a lifetime as a grad gift?! You know, before he’s bummed down with college and other things studious students must do. I loved Iceland so much in the winter, I just knew I had to return in the Summer to experience the “midnight sun” and its much greener landscape. There are 5 main reasons I chose Iceland this summer.
- The cost! I booked our flights for $280 roundtrip from Boston. Flights to Iceland are very cheap right now compared to many other places. Flying from Atlanta to Boston is fairly inexpensive as well. My trick to be flexible in the dates and time I’m flying. I’m also constantly looking out for flash deals.
- Summer in Iceland much greener than the white I saw in January, which makes camping easier and a whole lot cheaper than booking guest houses or hotels.
- I’m looking forward to experiencing the midnight sun and 20+ hours of daylight to maximize my time to explore and drive! Plus sunset and sunrise hours are supposedly from what I’ve read are extended to hours of amazing golden light!
- Snow capped peaks will most likely still be present! I look forward to finding fields of blooming lupines with snow-capped mountains in the background.
- Puffins! Puffin season is from April until September. Colonies of puffins can be spotted around Iceland on rocky cliffs near the coasts and specifically at Látrabjarg.
The month of July takes me to Italy and France this year. I’ll be visiting the rolling hills of Tuscany, the golden sunflower fields, the rustic Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast, the island of Sardinia, and the lavender fields of Provence. I know it’s a lot but somehow, someway I will squeeze everything in! I have actually never been to these locations in the past and am very looking forward to this particular trip. So why here for July?
- Yes, it is peak season, and prices are through the roof but with a lot of prior planning and scouting for amazing deals, I managed to find a fairly decent one from Boston to Paris for $380 on Icelandair (you can add in a free stopover in Iceland if you wish, refer to my reasons above as to why you should)! Once you’re actually in Europe, flying from city to city isn’t so bad. A one-way flight to Italy, where I’ll be starting, is around $50.
- Sunflower fields and lavender fields tend to bloom from mid-June to mid-August, which makes July the best month to come to see both! Depending on the weather, the blooming dates can change. Which is why I chose July to be sure I was able to see both. Though prices are a bit steeper, I didn’t want to take my chance as my trip is relatively short.
- July and August tend to be the busiest months for tourism. If you prefer, you can travel to Italy the end of June into July and then Provence in July. June weather is a bit cooler than July and August, especially in Italy.
- Sardinia is on my list because it was easily accessible from Naples and flies directly in Marseilles and Nice thus wasting me no time. It’s also known for the most beautiful beaches in all of Europe!
August is my birthday month, but also one that is hardest for me to plan as many of my friends also are August babies. Every year we try to plan a girl’s trip and this year, which is still in the works. As of right now, I would really love to go to Mexico to find the gorgeous pink lake (Las Coloradas) on the Yucatan Peninsula. I stumbled across it on Instagram and completely made up my mind that I just had to see it! Interestingly enough, I had no idea that there were so many other pink bodies of waters out there. Here are some others that you can visit.
- Lake Hillier, Australia
- Hutt Pink Lagoon, Western Australia
- Lake Retba, Senegal
- Salina de Torrevieja, Spain
- Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
- Lake Tuz, Turkey
If you’ve already planned out your summer, drop me a comment of where you’re going. Also, check out my guide to packing in a carry–on for help on traveling light. Hope this gives you some inspiration!