The World First Wander: The summer destinations list
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
Buckle up! This week’s Wander through the travel blogosphere is all about picking your destination. What could be more important than that? Now, if you are anything like us here in the World First office, you won’t yet have decided where you will be visiting this summer. If that’s the case, make a mental note of our last minute travel insurance. Otherwise, we take our hats off to you.
Our whistle stop tour around the world begins close to home. Because there’s an awful lot to love about Blighty in the summertime.
UK travel destination ideas
Oxford – Architecture, cobbled streets and a whole lot of history with every step. How about 24 hours in Oxford with the girls from Saints On A Plane?
Wales – It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s packed with hidden beaches and secret coves. If you’re going there, you need a weekend itinerary for the Gower Peninsula from Beyond Blighty.
London – Experience the best of the Big Smoke lickety-split, without doing the whole headless chicken thing - How to visit London: 9 attractions in 2 days.
Scotland – Stomping the rugged terrain of the Highlands comes with a guarantee of spectacular views. But you won’t want to forget these backpack essentials: West Highland Way Packing List.
Big on food, big on buildings and even bigger on charm. We dare you to visit the USA - and then challenge you to try and resist going back. Oh and don’t forget our USA travel insurance has you covered for your star-spangled adventures.
San Francisco – Got the little ones in tow? Then, trust us, you need to read 10 fun free things to do in San Francisco with kids from Traveling Mom.
Atlanta – More child-friendly activities to keep the little ones smiling - this time from Travel Mamas: 10 best free things to do in Atlanta with kids.
Orlando – Hey, there’s way more to Orlando than Disney World. Find out what’s on offer and dodge the crowds with Mini Travellers: Orlando magic with kids.
New Hampshire – Don’t be fooled by the Granite State’s reputation. From towering mountains to expansive lakes - intrepid explorers will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views in New England: 5 epic reasons you should want to visit new Hampshire.
The best of the rest...
Lapland – Thought you could only visit Lapland in the festive season? Think again! Global Grasshopper has 5 reasons why you should visit Lapland in the summer.
Italy – Ah, bella Italia! Time you finally made good on your promise to visit? Try an Italian adventure from Naples to Amalfi with The Travelista.
Sydney – There’s going away, then there’s really going away. Oz is about as far from the UK as it’s possible to get. Its most famous city is a thrilling adventure. But a home from home? Not quite. Here are 5 important things about Sydney.
The Alps – It’s famous for blankets of white, but the Alps doesn’t half deliver in the summer. Buck the trend with A Brit & A Broad: 4 amazing resorts for a summer in the Alps.
Feeling flush? Time to go ultra-lux: 10 of the most expensive travel destinations.
Doeth as the locals do...
Regardless of where you travel this summer one thing that will always enrich any holiday is to immerse yourself in local culture. That’s what it’s all about. Here to explain why is Emily Luxton, who knows her fair share about diving beneath the surface of foreign hotspots: Deepen your understanding of local cultures.
It’s the quintessential holiday activity. Don’t scupper your fun by taking a rubbish read. Instead take a look at The Little Backpacker’s 9 books to read this summer.
As Cliff Richard once sang...
“Is there anything better than the start of summer?” asks the author of our next article. Well, summer seems reluctant to start here in Devon. But when it does, sure, we love it. That said, you can see why we Brits love jetting off to top up the vitamin D. Here’s a snazzy infographic on the toings and froings of British travellers.
Righto! That’s it for this week’s Wander. Hopefully we’ve given you a little food for thought for picking your next destination.
So, where will it be?