Summer heat is upon us and with it come unpleasant heat waves and lots of sweating. There are many ways to escape the summer heat, but most just choose to go to the beach or a local pool to cool off.
If you want something more exciting than that, you’ve come to the right place! After all, not everybody enjoys overcrowded pools and expensive drinks. There are plenty of locations you can visit that still have acceptable temperatures and interesting sights to see. Guest bloggers, Agness and Cez of eTramping.com, offer five of them starting with South Africa.
#1 Cape Town, South Africa
Since South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, you can enjoy long sunny days without wishing you had a block of ice to hug. June and July are basically South Africa’s winter, so if you want to escape the summer heat – it makes for a great destination.
Just remember to bring a light waterproof jacket. While South African winters aren’t cold and dreary like in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re still bound to catch some warm, rainy days. Summer is the best season to view the wildlife in this wondrous country. and Table Mountain National Park is perfect to explore.
From atop the mountain, you can view the whole city, Robben Island, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and Devil’s Peak. What makes for an impressive sight from below is the mist that often gathers up at the peaks. While you’re in South Africa, keep in mind not to dress too “touristy.” You might run into trouble with some of the locals in different townships if you flash your wealth around.
#2 Isle of Skye, Scotland
The United Kingdom is always a great place to escape the summer heat. British weather is cloudy and rainy almost half of the time, and summer is no different. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this stunning piece of natural landscape in Scotland. It’s especially perfect for those who enjoy hiking but don’t necessarily like the heat.
Visit the fields of Faerie Glen, the cold and clear waters of Fairy Pools, all the way down to the landslip of Quiraing, whose heart-quickening beauty can’t be captured on camera. Dunvegan Castle and its gardens are also nice if you visit when it’s not raining.
Sadly, despite all the folksy names, you won’t encounter any pixie people. The entire isle is still a magical place to be in and there’s a way you can catch the obligatory summer beach fun. Take a trip down to the Claigan Coral Beach for some spectacular views. Don’t forget your jacket, though – the wind can be deeply chilling.
#3 Machu Picchu, Peru
If the herds of sheep in Scotland aren’t your cup of tea, maybe you’ll enjoy being photo bombed by the Llamas in Machu Picchu. The summer heat is easy to escape in this ancient Inca city high up in the Andes. You might need some time to adjust to the altitude, but once you do this land of mystery holds much to explore.
A guide might be necessary to get the full experience, but you can travel it solo just as well. Machu Picchu is home to many ruins like the Temple of the Sun, the Moon Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows, and others. After you’re done exploring the area up close, there’s one more thing you need to do. Conquer Huayna Picchu peak and admire the expansive mountain layout.
#4 Reykjavik, Iceland
If you google pictures of Reykjavik you’d swear the city was made out of Legos! Neatly aligned and colorful houses will greet you in the cozy (albeit cold) capital of Iceland. This is where you should go if you’re completely serious about wanting to escape the summer heat. It’s always cold here, but the sights are something to behold.
Reykjavik is a great place to have as your “headquarters” in the country. From there you can go on Arctic cruises to view the Northern Lights, whale watching, wildlife spotting, and other activities. Tours can also lead you to geysers, volcanoes, and ice caves. In no time you’ll see how diverse the geological formations in Iceland are.
Now, while you’re in the city, consider visiting the flea market, Kolaportid – which is located down by the harbor. You can find all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs here without having to spend a fortune.
The list could go on, but we’d rather not spoil everything for you. There are so many interesting places to visit in Iceland – you’d be amazed just how much natural beauty is hiding on this island at the end of the world.
#5 Denali National Park, Alaska, U.S.A.
What better way to escape the summer heat than by going on a trip to Alaska? Here you’ll be able to admire the tallest mountains in North America while doing some wildlife spotting. Grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou, and other majestic creatures live their lives in this clean and well-preserved park.
Go canoeing and have a picnic afterward. Summer really brings out the natural beauty of Alaska in ways you can’t imagine. Just remember that most of the park is tundra. If you were expecting lush forests, you need to head further south and into Southeast Alaska.
Heads up – Only tour buses are allowed to go past mile 15 in the park. If you were planning on renting out a motorhome to visit the park, that might inconvenience some of you. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to take some excellent photographs and enjoy yourself.
How Do You Escape the Summer Heat?
Are you just an average Joe/Jane that goes to the pool, sipping a cold beverage? Or do you enjoy visiting an exciting place once in a while? Tell us your story in the comments! We’d like to hear about some of the interesting locations you’ve traveled to cool off and have some fun.
Many thanks to Agness and Cez of etramping.com for this sponsored post.
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