Cool off in these hot spots…
Cape Town, South Africa
With direct flights from NYC to Cape Town, forget the hassle and head straight for this electric South African haven. Cape Town exudes unique local charm in a charismatic urban setting filled with endless adventures and an allure that will light a fire in your soul. Whatever your niche, Cape Town’s got it. From silky smooth beaches tucked beneath sprawling mountain ranges to vibrant gardens that will bring out every color in mother nature’s palate, this destination promises to impress. Take some time to appreciate the deep culture that has curated this cultivating cape then decompress with a cableway ride up Table Mountain. If you want to experience Africa’s wildlife, be sure to pay a visit to the lions in Nairobi National Park then pop on over to hang with the penguins at Boulder’s Beach!
Lagos Portugal has a little something for everyone — think southern California views, meets East Hampton style with a healthy dose of European aesthetic charm! Located in Southern Portugal’s Algarve and easily accessible from Lisbon and Sevilla, rich Portuguese culture and pristine beaches make this city the hottest European spot to see this summer. Be sure to kayak through the exquisite sandstone cliffs of The Ponta de Piedade and stroll to the pastelaria (local coffee shop) for your caffeine fix while drooling over a pastel de natas.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Though it may be winter in Australia, there’s never a bad time to take a trip down under. Escape to this special corner of Australia to sail the tranquil waters of the Great Barrier Reef and drift away while chasing stars under the Southern night skies. Experience one of the seven wonders up close and personal with a scuba dive excursion through the world’s largest collection of coral reefs for a once in a lifetime opportunity! Don’t forget to wane your way to Whitehaven Beach, the immaculately preserved stretch of island offering a breathtakingly beautiful changing vista with every shifting tide.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Take a trip down to Queenstown for a breath of fresh air this balmy season. For the cold-blooded explorers in the crew, Queenstown is not just the ideal cold-weather hotspot, but also the outdoor adventure capital of the world! On the South Island, live like a native Kiwi amongst killer views, scrumptious cuisine, and thrilling experiences. Watch your life flash before your eyes as you free fall from New Zealand’s highest Bunge jump or find peace of mind and serenity in Milford Sound.
Lake Como, Italy
This list would not be complete without our favorite Italian destination: Lake Como. Located in Northern Italy’s region of Lombardy, Lake Como is a hotspot for celebs like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and David Beckham, for good reason! This picturesque destination offers a variety of lakeside towns, whether you’re looking for a classic Italian experience in Como or a luxurious and exciting stay in Cernobbio, the impressive views never wavers. Take a trip to Como Cathedral, one of the most alluring religious landmarks in Northern Italy, then head over to the botanical garden at Villa Carlotta. Check out the brilliant architecture seated beneath the Swiss Alps by boat while sipping a cool glass of Rosé channeling your inner Clooney or Amal.