Summer is finally here! In Colorado, where the Up with People World Headquarters are located, the weather has been warming up and the mountain snow has slowly melted away bringing more hikers and bikers to the outdoor scene. It also means that it’s time to start taking advantage of your summer vacation! School is out and all of your saved up vacation days can finally be put to use.
Maybe you’ve just graduated from high school or you’re taking a break from college and want to travel. Whatever your reasons, we’re here to help.
Here are the top five summer destinations around the world to explore!
Best Summer Vacation Spots 2019
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
These Bolivian salt flats have been heating up the travel scene, especially amongst backpackers across South America. The salt flats look like the world’s largest mirror, as they reflect the image of the sky onto the ground. The landscape is a result of leftover salt from ancient lakes. The reason why it’s becoming more popular now is that there is a new lodge in this remote part of Bolivia called Kachi Lodge which opened in May and has luxury dome tents for visitors to enjoy.
Fun Fact: A “Last Jedi” battle scene was filmed at the Bolivian salt flats, which are also the Earth’s largest salt flats to date.
Banff National Park, Canada
Established in 1885, Banff is Canada’s oldest National Park. If you think you’ve seen some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, just wait until you see what Banff National Park has to offer. Banff’s untouched ecosystems, including mountains, lakes, caves and glaciers, are the northernmost part of the Rocky Mountains that spread over 3,000 miles north to south.
Fun Fact: Up with People is headed to Canada! You heard that right! Our Fall 2019 tour will be making stops within the beautiful country of Canada.
Colorado, United States
You read that right! Colorado has landed on many of the top best vacation spots lists for 2019 and we couldn’t agree more (though we may be a little biased). From guided treks with llamas in Vail to throwing your tubes in Boulder Creek and floating for miles in the sunshine, you’ll always find something to do here in Colorado in the summer time that is perfect for every member of the family.
Fun Fact: The Up with People World Headquarters is located in Denver, Colorado!
Since the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017, Puerto Rico’s tourist industry has picked itself up and is ready to welcome you to their homes and beaches! Not only can you enjoy the sunny weather, you’ll also be contributing to the regrowth of Puerto Rico’s economy. You can ride horses along the beaches in Aguadilla or walk the old city streets in San Juan. The best part is that it’s only 90 miles from one end of the island to the other, so you can rent a car or take a bus to explore any region of the island in just a few short hours.
Fun Fact: Puerto Rico is home to the largest living reptile, the leatherback sea turtle.
From the heart of Rome to the hills of Assisi, Italy is absolutely stunning during the summer time and is becoming an incredibly popular spot for people of all ages to visit. You can visit the coast near Positano or head to Venice to explore the canals. You’ll want to see them before they’re gone! A recent climate change report showed that Venice could be completely underwater as early as the year 2100 due to global warming.
Fun Fact: The Fall 2019 cast of Up with People is heading to Italy! Viva la Gente!
This world is a great big place and summer is now in session! Where will you go explore this year?
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