First day of summer: How to get your vacation groove on
Best places to go
Summer’s a perfect time to visit Toronto.
Maybe an island is more your speed?
The Azores, a self-governing Portuguese territory in the Atlantic, could be the ticket. New flight routes help you get there easier. Delta has added a seasonal option that will fly direct five times a week between JFK in New York and the capital of Ponta Delgada.
Neither of these strike your fancy? Then CNN Travel has 16 more suggestions.
Take the alphabet approach
The vivid colors of Bazaruto, Mozambique.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
What’s your favorite letter? Maybe that can be the serendipitous inspiration for a trip. It’s so easy to start with A and end with Z, but let’s meet in the middle with M, for Mozambique.
If you’re not on board with L and M, the English alphabet gives you 24 more options!
Great places to visit in July
A stunning view of Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.
The wild and rugged Black Hills area of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore, can combine that patriotism theme with a great location to enjoy the Wild West. And if you’re worried about the heat, this part of South Dakota is usually a little cooler than the rest of the state.
If South Dakota isn’t in the cards, we have four other suggestions for July, including one surprisingly “chilly” idea.
It’s a big world out there, full of fantastic beaches.
The small, skinny island is just north of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexicans have long been in the know about this laid-back getaway, but the news of Holbox’s beauty and ease of living has started to get out to the rest of us.
If these two beaches don’t have you reaching for the suntan lotion, we have a beach for every week of the year.
Budapest Parliament is a stunning piece of architecture.
From Parliament to the State Opera House, Budapest is filled with attractions you’ll love this summer.
Reading and summer are a great mix.
Light summer reading is an annual tradition for summer. But this year, CNN’s Katia Hetter has some suggestions that speak to our current times.
Whether you want to unearth some history or read a book of hope and revival, there’s a book for you. A few ideas:
If you’re not ready to turn the pages on these, we have more suggestions.
Fortunately, summer can make packing easier if you’re visiting a warm-weather destination. But even then, packing can be a challenge.
A couple of packing tips to keep in mind from the experts:
— No checked luggage: First of all, you don’t need to pack heavy clothes. There’s no debate about whether to go for a carry-on or check-in bag: These days taking only what fits in an overhead bin makes the best sense.
— Think on your feet: Three pairs of footwear should handle your needs.
And we have eight more tips to do luggage the right way.