Summer bucket list 2024

Travel tips for your summer holidays

Summer holidays in Austria

It’s February and I’m sitting high up in Austria’s alps surrounded by snow-covered mountain tops, wearing three layers of cashmere and moon boots, but I have summer on my mind already. On average Austrians book their summer holidays 4-5 months in advance, so right about now!  In case you’re looking for inspiration I’m sharing a collection of ideas for your next summer holiday in this post.

If you’re interested in nature travel, ethical and sustainable tourism as well as safaris and wildlife tips, let me share a few of my favourites for a perfect summer vacation.

On safari at Musekese Camp in Kafue National Park Zambia

Africa summer holidays

Our European summer is winter in the Southern hemisphere. So while Northern African countries are usually too hot and not ideal destinations in our summer months, it is the perfect time for a safari in Southern Africa. The high season in most South African safari destinations starts in May or June and lasts through to October, making July and August the perfect months with the very best weather in countries like Zambia, Botswana or Zimbabwe.

How about an elephant safari of your dreams in Zimbabwe?

On safari in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe - the elephant paradise

Or a safari trip of a lifetime to Zambia, one of the most underrated safari countries out there?

How to plan an affordable safari: Our expert tips how not to break the bank for your African dream trip

Or maybe sleep out under the Milky Way in a salt pan in Botswana?

Sleep-out under the stars in the Salt Pan in Botswana

Maybe it’s finally time for an epic Namibia road trip this summer?

Road trip through Namibia

Asia summer holidays

If Africa isn’t really your cup of tea (or a safari is out of your budget limits this time), a trip to Asia is usually more affordable. But generally speaking South East Asia can get quite hot and humid in the summer months, with summer monsoons hitting many destinations. Of course there’s many micro climates and in countries like Malaysia the East coast is generally more inviting in the summer months than the West coast for example. But one destination that we absolutely fell in love with is Japan, which is a great destination to visit in summer.

How about a Japan round trip this summer?

Sunset over Kyoto as seen from Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Europe summer holidays

The great thing about living in Europe is that we don’t need to travel far in summer for a wonderful holiday. Summer in Europe is the best season for almost every country – from Scandinavian lake excursions to Mediterranean seaside vacations, there’s an option for everyone. No matter if you’re looking for proper summer heat or cooler climate, you can have it all. The only thing to know is that days are really long and the further North you’ll travel the less sleep you’ll get, because the sun will just keep you energised from 4am to way beyond 10pm!

Maybe you want to escape the heat in Iceland this summer?

Sunset at the beach near Landeyjahöfn

Have you been dreaming of visiting Portugal in summer?

Praia da Galé - Fontainhas - is located South of Comporta along the Atlantic coast of Portugal's Alentejo region.

Or you want to explore our neighbouring country Germany in more depth?

Summer in Prignitz, Germany

Another contender for perfect summer holidays is always South Tyrol in Italy!

Rodeneckeralm South Tyrol

Or how about a romantic getaway to the Luberon region in France in summer?

Gordes at Sunset

Or maybe you always wanted to visit Lanzarote?

Lanzarote summer holidays

Have the Faroe Islands landed on your bucket list yet?

Mulafossur waterfall Faroe Islands

Austria summer holidays

As Austrians we often enough stay in our home country during the summer months. Summer temperatures are ideal in Austria’s mountains, lakes invite for daily swims and everything just becomes more alive during the summer holidays. It doesn’t need to be hiking though, there’s a lot of things to do and places to discover. Or you simply want to disconnect and enjoy a slower pace this summer?

How about going offline for a week at a retreat in Austria’s mountains?

Offline Dorf, world's first offline village in Gargellen, Montafon, Vorarlberg, Austria

Or take a health retreat for a week in Carinthia’s mountains?

Thermal water pool at BLEIB BERG Health Retreat in Austria

Or how about a nature holiday at one of Austria’s most beautiful lakes?

Summer holidays at Wörthersee in Carinthia Austria

These were just a few ideas for a 2024 summer holiday. On our personal bucket list we have a few places like the North of Argentina (which has nice spring like temperatures at that time of the year), Uganda – as it’s the perfect time for a gorilla trekking experience (let’s talk about dream bucket list items here!) as well as Egypt (although we’ll probably wait for the colder months to travel there as it might be unbearable in the heat of the summer).

What’s on your bucket list for this summer?

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