The Most Popular Islands to Travel to This Summer

An island in the middle of the ocean

Summer has finally arrived, and what better time to plan your trip than now? You might have found it difficult to choose where exactly you should spend your precious free time, or maybe you need a change of scenery without using your vacation days, so you might give traveling and working abroad a try. There are so many wonderful islands you can travel to this summer, but with our help, you will find it quite easy to pick your dream destination. In this article, you will find five of the most popular islands to travel to this summer, located on all corners of the globe.

1. Santorini, Greece

A view of Santorini, Greece, which is one of the most popular islands to travel to this summer.
A perfect island destination you can visit this summer season: Santorini, Greece.

Whitewashed buildings, blue roofs, and cliffside views; only one place comes to mind to most people when they hear such descriptions: Santorini, Greece. This wonderful island has been made thanks to a previous volcanic eruption that helped it become such a unique place to visit. Unfortunately though, over the past year, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the travel industry, and Greece has also felt these effects. Currently, it has become easier to visit this breathtaking island, but only while following the safety precautions the country requires.

Renting a place has never been easier with the help of various websites where you can find proper accommodation for you this summer. Renting one of these hillside buildings may be exactly what you need to enjoy this summer season to the fullest. But if you are more interested in walking and exploring the area, then you can enjoy its wonderful art galleries, microbreweries, and various restaurants. Or, if you prefer, you may let your eyes feast on all the views this island has to offer.

2. Hawaii, US

Hawaii is a group of different wonderful volcanic islands surrounded by the Pacific ocean. They have been known as the perfect locations to spend your summer days, and they are called Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii. All of these islands have diverse landscapes and activities you can partake in. You cannot go wrong choosing one this summer.

It is important to note that Hawaii is known for its scorching summers, but luckily, there are many different beaches you can visit throughout the day. You may also want to explore the island, give surfing a try, swim with friendly dolphins, or if you are a foodie, you should try traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Hawaii is often regarded as a place filled with very friendly and eager-to-help people. So if you ever need help choosing a perfect restaurant to visit this summer – be sure to ask the locals.

3. The Maldives

The Maldives consist of even more islands – around 1200, to be exact. This means that there are almost 1200 perfect islands for you to visit this season. Sometimes it seems impossible to believe these islands are real and that such paradise on Earth does indeed exist. The Maldives is quite a remote place to visit, and traveling there might burn a hole in your wallet, but you can rest assured the cost is very just for one of the most popular islands to travel to this summer.

These islands have many things to offer, whether you are traveling on a tight budget or not. If you want to avoid spending a lot of your hard-earned money, you can contact local guest houses. If you wish to splurge a little, you can reserve a spot in various resorts. These resorts more often than not come with privately-owned islands. There are many activities people of all ages can do in the Maldives, so do not fret. The Maldives can be a great location to bring your children so that they can enjoy their summer vacation as well. One thing is sure – you cannot find a better place to look at marine life while diving and snorkeling.

Clear water and blue skies with a coast of one of the Maldives islands.
The Maldives have some of the most transparent waters you can find in the world.

4. Hokkaido, Japan

When it comes to Japan, many people have found it to be quite an attractive place to visit, and these days, it has even become one of the most popular places for expats. So, be wary of the charm of Japan because it might make you want to pack up your life and move across the world. Japan, in itself, consists of quite a lot of islands that might scratch your particular itch this summer.

Summer is the perfect time to visit Japan if you are a big nature enthusiast. You do not have to only visit beaches – you can go and explore their untouched hills, views, and forests. You can also take a dip in their various natural and unique hot springs. Hiking, cycling, and any other types of outdoor adventures await you here. But make sure to also take in their unique and ancient culture while also appreciating their forward-thinking technological advances.

A blue van driving on a road
Let the adventurer in you take the wheel by renting a van and exploring Japan’s unique sights this summer.

5. Capri, Italy

Year after year, Capri is the location people choose to visit in Italy, and for good reasons. This island has everything anyone can need – it has lovely caves, grottos, and old ruins that you can freely explore. But it also has different options if you wish to enjoy it in a more laid-back way. You might visit its beaches or update your wardrobe by stopping by various designer boutiques. If you are the type of person that likes original souvenirs that you can bring home, then this island might be the spot for you.

It is a very well-known fact that Italy has some of the best food you can enjoy. That means it might be a lovely time for you to take your taste buds on an adventure. You just might find your next favorite food. We are confident Italy belongs on this list of perfect islands to travel to this summer, and it might be the ideal island for you.

6 Iconic Hikes You Should Do Before You Die

I’ve come to realize a long time ago that hiking from a fun and healthy hobby quickly transforms into a lifestyle and once you get into it, there’s no turning back. For many people, hiking seems like too much work, when in reality it helps you understand that our everyday lives seriously need a pause button from time to time and this is one of the best ways to hit it.

Throughout the years, as my passion for hiking and trekking grew, I found myself exploring new exciting trails all over the world and a bucket list started to form. I’ve had the pleasure to witness the wild beauty that numerous hikes around the planet have to offer but somehow, the list of places I want to see only grows. Here are six of the most memorable hikes that every formidable hiker should conquer if they get the chance to do it.

1.     Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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You’ve seen it everywhere – on posters, movies, and commercials, but still, witnessing the vastness of Grand Canyon isn’t something anyone can describe, you have to live it. Even if you’re quite new in the world of hiking, there are trails in the canyon you can try out without any fear you’ll overestimate yourself – Bright Angel Point Trail that only takes about half an hour is a good example. If you’re in for more of a challenge, then give Widforss Trail a shot and be prepared to be amazed at the variety of scenery you’ll come across. This round trip trail is 10 mi. long and it takes about six hours to explore it fully, but you will definitely have stories to tell after you come back. Don’t forget to bring your camera because one thing’s for certain – Grand Canyon has nothing if not mesmerizing views and you will definitely want to capture that.

2.     Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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I strongly believe that traveling to Africa is a life-altering experience, not just because the culture and life are so different there, but because the spirit of this continent seeps into your bones. When you become confident enough and decide to get to the highest peak of Africa, know that you will need 7-9 days for the climb, depending on which route you take, as well as your stamina and fitness. While Kilimanjaro is known as a “walk-up mountain”, you still need plenty of time to get used to different climates and ecosystems you’ll go through on your way to Uhuru Peak. You will see everything from rainforests and moorland to cultivated land and snow as you reach the summit. Wild animals, never-ending skies and pilgrimage-like feeling of the hike will stay with you long after you return to civilization.

3.     Mount Fuji, Japan

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Here’s a mountain that has inspired artists from all over the world and today it remains an incredibly famous site only 60 miles from Tokyo. This mountain is made up of three active volcanoes and surrounded by five lakes, and as you approach it, you can’t help but feel the awe. If you’ve got thirst for Japanese culture and hiking, then taking on Fuji is the best “killing two birds with one stone” moment. You can climb this sacred mountain only during July and August every year unless you want to face harsh and unwelcoming weather conditions that can easily threaten your life. Don’t take this hike for granted though, as there are some quite demanding parts, no matter which course you take. Make sure to come prepared, with plenty of hiking food and equipment, though you’ll have plenty of stops along the way, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4.     Mont Blanc in the Alps, France and Switzerland

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They say that Mont Blanc is one of the deadliest mountains in the world and many wholeheartedly agree with this notion. There’s an unyielding allure to places that are notorious for taking lives and King of the Alps is definitely one of those spots, which is why you need to be very, very prepared before you head out into this adventure. The weather is treacherous even during the hiking season from June to September, and you need to be prepared when it comes to hiking and climbing gear. Your fitness levels and agility will also be tested because the White Mountain with its peak at almost 16,000 feet will challenge you in every way possible, but the hikes that lead you through Italy, France and Switzerland will show you the sights and astonishing beauty that can’t be found anywhere else.

5.     Mount Elbrus, Russia

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The Russian Caucasus Mountains hide the highest peak of Europe in their little-explored areas and if you want to reach it, you have to hike and climb your way through Mount Elbrus first. This inactive volcano has been the dream of many ambitious hikers for decades, though more because of the glory of conquering the tallest mountain of the Old Continent. The hike in itself isn’t very difficult, especially because there’s a cable car system that works very well and will take you to 12,500 feet. From there you can take the Standard Route that is quickest and most secure and will take you to the southern slopes of Elbrus, all the way to the top. If you want to explore Elbrus and give it your best to get to the very top, going anytime from May to September is the wisest decision.

6.     Laugavegur Trail, Iceland

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Iceland has been tucked away on the edge of the world map for a very long time, but more and more tourists discover its unexpected and completely unique beauty all the time. Laugavegur Trail is one of the most popular things to in Iceland, which is why hikers from all over the world come here. This scenic trail has it all, including ice caves, hot springs and a lavish waterfall at the end of your hiking experience as a reward. Very few places on Earth have such astounding variety of landscapes on such a small distance, which is why Laugavegur is so attractive even to non-hikers. You can either camp out or book accommodation, which is quite affordable, but no matter what you decide, while you’re exploring Laugavegur Trail, you will feel like you’re in another world.

There are many other iconic hikes to talk about and only a book would suffice to write about them, but this list is a good start. Depending on your preferences and hiking experience, you can pick and choose where you want to go and make memories. The sky is not the limit, and that is never as clear as the moment you get to a mountain’s peak and reach for the clouds. – Tyler Michaelson

 

Tyler is a man of adventure. Loves spending time outside, and “luring” others to do so as well. Besides that, his main hobbies are writing, working out, photography and movie nights. He is also one of the main contributors to prosurvivalist.com.

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The Best and Worst Foods to Try in Japan

Japanese culture has become a global phenomenon in recent years, with the western world striving to learn more about their cousins in the orient. Part of the impact Japan has had on this corner of the globe has come in the form of the introduction of several new foods. However, not all of them are as mouth-watering as others.

Today we’re going to take a look at some of the best and worst cuisines which have come out of the Asian nation

Best Foods to Try in Japan: Sushi

Kicking things off with a well-known classic, sushi has become one of the most popular dishes the world over – with London alone playing host to literally hundreds of restaurants dedicated to the craft.

I’m sure we don’t need to tell you the dish is usually comprised of raw fish, which has been wrapped up in a bed of cooked rice. It’s often garnished with the likes of cucumber and other vegetables

Worst Foods to Try in Japan: Basashi Ice

Brace yourself for this one – Basashi Ice is quite literally ice cream which has been flavoured to taste like raw horse meat (which is itself oddly considered a delicacy in Japan – named Sashimi).

I don’t know about you, but frozen dead horse certainly isn’t our idea of a delicious post-meal treat. That said, you’re unlikely to ever find such a unique flavour combination anywhere else in the world, so it might be worth a try.

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Best Foods to Try in Japan: Soba

Soba is effectively the Japanese answer to China’s Chow Mein – with this offering comprising of long buckwheat noodles which have become a staple of most people’s diets in mountainous regions.

The noodles are often accompanied by Soy sauce and are at times served up in a type of broth – although this version of the cuisine is considered by many to be untraditional and inferior to the original.

Worst Foods to Try in Japan: Shirako

It’s fairly commonplace to enjoy the delights of fish roe in a lot of cultures, but the Japanese take that one step further by serving up a meal which quite literally consists of male sperm which is still encased inside its natural membrane.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re not sure who the bright spark was that came up with the idea for this dish originally, but we’d suggest they seek professional help. Worryingly, it seems to have taken off with the Japanese people, regardless.

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Best Foods to Try in Japan: Okonomiyaki

This delicious delight takes the likes of pork or cabbage and sees them wrapped inside a scrumptious savoury pancake – with Okonomiyaki serving as the ultimate in Japanese comfort food.

Some restaurants have even been known to allow their customers to grill their own pancakes, such is the simplicity of the dish. While it might not be the classiest item on a menu, Okonomiyaki is well worth trying out at some point.

Worst Foods to Try in Japan: Gizzard Soup

Finishing off our list is a dish which sees a hotpot made from the intestines and stomach lining of things like cows, goats and sheep. Sounds lovely, right?

The sloppy goo which accompanies the broth isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but it does apparently goes down as a treat with a bevy of Japanese diners after a hard day’s work.

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Interested in trying any of these dishes (perhaps even the disgusting ones) for yourself? Why not give one of them a go when you get to Japan?