Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for July.
1. Cartagena, Colombia
As long as you can handle the heat (so to speak), planning a trip to Cartagena in July is a no-brainer. A number of airlines now offer direct routes—flights from New York clock in at just under 5 hours—and, with no time difference, visiting the seaside city over a long weekend is easier than ever. What’s more, you’ll avoid the crowds that flock to the bustling port during the holidays, and also have your pick of the litter when it comes to hotels. Among the best? Casa San Agustin, Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa and Tcherassi Hotel & Spa—all located within the walls of the old city.
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2. Lake Como, Italy
Considering that flight prices to Europe are at an all-time low—and the dollar is stronger than ever—there’s no better time for a bucket list-worthy trip to Lake Como. Though you really can’t go wrong any week of the month, escaping to Europe over the 4th of July holiday has a particular appeal. Book a room at the iconic Villa d’Este and you’ll feel right at home: the hotel has been hosting a July 4th Gala for its American guests to enjoy since the 1920s, complete with a cocktail party, gala dinner, dance performance, and of course, fireworks on the lake. Don’t be surprised if your fellow attendees aren’t from the US—as it turns out, non-American visitors love participating in the revelry too. It’s like celebrating in the States, only better.
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3. French Polynesia
July is one of the most festive times to vacation in the South Pacific because Bastille Day celebrations are in full swing. Locals and tourists partake in the Heiva festival which includes drumming, dancing, singing, and rowing competitions. With over 100 islands to choose from, you can't go wrong when deciding where to stop first, but The Brando, a private island located on a three-mile wide lagoon, is widely considered the area's most luxe resort. Between snorkeling, sunbathing, and meditating on pristine beaches, the exotic getaway is truly an escape you won't find anywhere else in the world.
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4. Kenya, East Africa
July marks the beginning of the Great Migration in Kenya, wherein wildebeests and zebras attempt to dodge the enemy—crocodiles—as they make their way across Mara River. With cooler temperatures and clear blue skies, the mid-summer month is an ideal time to finally experience the Kenyan safari you’ve been talking about for so long.
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5. Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich is perfect place to visit if you enjoy traditional summer activities minus the unbearable heat. The average temperature is in the low 70's during the month of July, making it an ideal time to take a dip in one of the city’s 18 outdoor bathing spots. From a cultural perspective, you can immerse yourself in Swiss art while taking in the scenic view of the Alps at the lakeside sculpture festival which takes place from mid-June to the beginning of August.
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6. Baden-Baden, Germany
Located within close proximity to Zurich, this charming yet lively spot is known as one of the most famous spa towns in Europe. What's best about this destination is that there's something for everyone to enjoy. There's Merkur Mountain for the active tourists seeking a view, art exhibits and monuments for the history buff, and an endless amount of spa options for those looking to unwind. With temperatures in the mid to high 70's, July is one of the most pleasant times to enjoy all this city has to offer.
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7. Mount Hutt, New Zealand
It’s entirely possible to get your powder fix in the middle of summer—as long as you don’t mind flying halfway around the world. (The good news is that it’ll be well worth the trip.) New Zealand’s ski season runs from June to mid-October, which, despite being a fairly “off-peak” travel window for tourists, promises unbelievable conditions for snow bunnies. Just two hours outside of Christchurch, you’ll find the country’s stunning southern alps—and plenty of space on the slopes to take advantage of.
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8. Quebec, Canada
Travel to Quebec in July to experience the electricity of the city when it plays host to one of the largest music festivals in the world. The annual Quebec City Summer Festival takes place July 5-15 in various indoor and outdoor venues through the city. The renowned festival has come to be known for its eclectic musical selection, and this year's line up does not disappoint—acts range from The Weeknd and Neil Young, to The Chainsmokers and Dave Matthews Band. Festival goers can retire each night in the quaint and cozy Auberge Saint-Antoine boutique hotel, walking distance to numerous venues throughout 11-day period.
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9. Palm Beach, Florida
Palm Beach... in the summer? Believe it. If you're looking for a quiet weekend away but you'd prefer not to leave the country, head to Southern Florida. "People don't realize it's a year-round destination," says Nick Gold, the Public Relations Director at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, who adds that during the season, hotel rates drop by 30 to 40 percent. "I think it's one of the most underrated times to visit. Plus, it's less crowded than the Hamptons."
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For those seeking an isolated adventure unlike no other, this desert escape is exactly what you've been waiting for—thanks to the orange dunes, cobalt blue waters, and what seems to be an endless horizon. Try kayaking with seals or cruising in a houseboat while elephants and giraffes drink from the waterside. To make your experience even more unforgettable, book a lodge at the soon-to-open Omaanda Resort. The micro-village consists of 10 luxurious huts located on a private 9,000-acre wildlife reserve. Or, check out Little Kulala, where you can request that your bed be made up underneath the stars.
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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.