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28 Bucket List Worthy Getaways & Experiences

photo Gypsea Lust
It’s that time of year again – when we start planning our summer vacations and jotting down all the glorious ways to spend a hot summery day in the sunshine. With our summer camp days long behind us, we’re plotting trips across the pond to swim through the blush pink waters of the Yucatan, float in the hanging gardens of Bali, sled down active volcanoes in Nicaragua, slather on the luxury of Lake Como, and sip on seriously good wine in Mexico. Come along as we add to your wanderlust-worthy summer bucket list.
 
Reporter: Alyssa Brown | Location: Giraffe Manor
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Las Coloradas Pink Waters

Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Summa, summa, summatime! Nothing screams summer like floating around in a lake of blush pink agua. Yep, that’s right. There’s a tiny Mexican fishing village that’s filled with blush pink lakes that are frequented by flamingos, sea turtles, jaguars, and all kinds of sea birds. Bucket list worthy, if we do say so ourselves!
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Go for Dip in the Dolomites

South Tyrol, Italy
photo: Alex Filz
Hotel Hubertus may have the best infinity pool in the world. Jumping in this pool on 40-foot stilts this summer should be at the top of the bucket list for anyone traveling to the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.
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Eat Breakfast With Giraffes

Nairobi, Africa
photo: Gypsea Lust
Safari seekers, you’ll love this country manor in Nairobi surrounded by grazing giraffes. Whether you spot them poking a head in your window at breakfast time or wandering through the gardens in the evening, you’re sure to feel immersed in their territory at Giraffe Manor.
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Stay at an Otherworldly Hotel Set on the Ocean

San José del Cabo, México
photo: Mar Adentro
A palace of modern proportions, Mar Adentro is an architectural standout in San José del Cabo. If your summer bucket list includes being surrounded by water and stunning spaces while working on your yoga practice and snacking on farm-to-table produce, this spot is LIT.
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Float On a Canoe in the Red Lotus Sea

Udonthani, Thailand
This gorgeous lake in Thailand is filled with bright pink lotus flower blooms that are just begging for a visit. While the best time of year to canoe through the Red Lotus Sea is between December-February, you might want to start making your travel plans now.
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Go Hydrospeeding on the Aletsch Glacier

Valais, Switzerland
photo: David Carlier
What’s more of a #summerbucketlist item than racing headfirst down glacial runoff in the Swiss Alps? Kind of like a water amusement ride on steroids, this natural joyride has become a summer sport for many.
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Lounge Poolside Over the Hanging Gardens in Ubud

Escape to the rainforests of Bali this summer and float above the jungle in infinity pools and gardens that are built right into the cliffs. With luxury bungalows, and gardens full of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, jackfruit, coconut and lemongrass, you can bet life around these parts is pretty sweet.
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Glamp in an Airstream at Autocamp Russian River

Guerneville, California
For those looking to just get out of SF for a long summer weekend without hopping on a plane, the Russian River Valley is bustling with activity. Spend your days on the river or in the vineyards and settle into evenings at this cozy Airstream and glamping tent camp.
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Host a Yoga Retreat in the Jungles of Bali

Bali
photo: Green Village
How about sneaking off to a yoga retreat with a couple of your closest friends in tow? With three bedrooms, Sunrise House could be your ideal rental home for a long weekend in paradise with your nearest and dearest perched above the rainforests.
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Soar In A Balloon Over Bagan

Myanmar
Hot air ballooning over Myanmar’s Inle Lake is an incredible way to see the floating gardens and villages below. Pair it up with a safari and you’ll be well on your way to knocking multiple once-in-a-lifetime adventures off your #summerbucketlist.
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Dive with Crocodiles

South Africa
It’s a little hard for this New Orleans girl to get behind crocodile chasing, but it’s an adventure that’s on quite a lot of bucket lists (!!). Head to Oudtshoorn in South Africa for a crocodile cage dive or out to Botswana for deep-sea scuba diving with the crocs. Hey, they say it’s a good way to show that humans and crocodiles can interact peacefully. Here’s to hoping.
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Take Surfing Lessons in the Philippines

Philippines
For a bucket list that includes summering on a deserted island, Dedon Island in the Philippines is all that and a luxury boutique hotel experience to boot. Surrounded by reefs, underground pools, good surf, and mangroves, this place is pure paradise.
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Have Cocktails at this Insta-famous Spot on the Amalfi Coast

A trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast is sure to cure your summer blues. Saddled up to the side of a cliff in the southern town of Positano, Le Sirenuse is a resort done up as only the Italians can do. There’s really nothing as summery as sipping on Limoncello after a big Italian feast on the terrace.
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Sleep in a Nest or Treehouse in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand
With zen-inducing tree houses and cozy nests, this Bangkok getaway is a far departure from the bustle of the city. If ever you’ve thought you wanted to spend a summer trekking through Thailand, this is a must-stop to add to your list.
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Watch the Northern Lights at ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

photo: Wild Luxe
The Northern Lights are on everyone’s bucket list, right? Yep, thought so! Check out this gorgeous modern getaway that’s a perfect go-to spot for seeking out the night sky and exploring the mountainous lava fields of rural Iceland.
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Go Volcano Boarding In Nicaragua

Leon, Nicaragua
Nothing like sliding down an active volcano in a rickety wood sled to make you feel alive! A summer adventure unlike any other on our bucket list, volcano boarding down this 161-year old volcano in Nicaragua combines hiking and thrill seeking to an absolute extreme. Hotels in the area: Mukul Resort & Spa, Buena Surf Club or Maderas Village. 
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Sleep in a Bubble Under the Stars

Ensenada, México
photo: Nate Cole
For those who enjoy summer stargazing and wine sipping, Baja’s bubble hotel in the vineyards is one to add to the bucket list. Explore the local wine route by day and sleep in a clear bubble tent by night under about 5 million stars.
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Have an Outdoor Adventure at these Remote & Minimal Cabins

Norway
The journey to this destination includes planes, trains, ferries, biking, and hiking trails. And it’s worth every second of time spent in travel when you arrive at the Skåpet Mountain Lodges w ith their minimal-cool cabin vibes overlooking the mountains and lakes of rural Norway. Sign us up for the summertime outdoor shower with a view, please!
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Sleep in Coconut Groves & Eat in a Cave!

If wandering through limestone grottos, turquoise seas, coconut groves and wild jungles are on your summer bucket list, Thailand’s Rayavadee Krabi resort is the tropical oasis you’ve been searching for. The resort also has a famous cave restaurant set on the sandy beach, perfect for an otherworldly dining experience.
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Slumber Party in a Moroccan Pink Palace

photo: Aman Resorts
Summertime and the living is easy at this Moroccan pink palace, Amanjena. Stroll through the olive groves, go for a dip in your private plunge pool or head beyond palace walls to explore the bustling markets of Marrakesh. 
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Go Exploring at this Famous Luxury Wilderness Resort

Uluru, Australia
Australia’s great outback has long been legendary to us Americans, but making the commitment to check it out this summer would be major bucket list goals. Set facing the majestic Uluru, a sandstone monolith in Australia’s red rock center, Longitude 131 is a luxury resort with everything the island continent does best – gorgeous views, amazing wildlife, excellent food, and an indigenous cultural experience. It's also set next to a UNESCO World Heritage site for major exploring. 
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Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Easily one of the world’s most posh lake towns, Italy’s Lake Como is serious #summerbucketlist goals. With a floating pool on the lake, gorgeous terraces for afternoon cocktails and dining, grandiose Belle Epoque suites, and sweeping views of Bellagio, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is Italian luxury at its finest.
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Stay at Australia’s Only Hotel Set Over a Lake.

photo: Stu Gibson
For those who can’t stand the summer heat, head south to Tasmania where it’ll be full winter in June and July. Cozy up to the fireplace and sip on hot toddies in Tassie’s gorgeous countryside at Pumphouse Point on Lake Saint Clair. Because celebrating winter in the summer is totally bucket list worthy.
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Rent a Bell Tent and have a Dinner Party

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photo: Shelter Co.
Rent or purchase a bell tent and have a dinner party in the forest, by a lake, on the top of a mountain, or in your own backyard this summer. Shelter-Co. is a luxury camping company known to throw a killer party just about anywhere they can travel to. Check it out if you’re looking to throw an epic summer soiree with a handful of tricked-out Meriwether Tents. Or shop till ya drop cash at their online store.
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Go to the Galápagos!

Okay, okay. Here’s one more tropical island getaway to add to your summer bucket list, because you deserve more white sandy beaches and time spent snorkeling through coral reefs in your life. This Ecuadorian eco-lodge sits right in the center of the Galapagos archipelago and couldn’t be any more tropical-chic if you showed up with a handful of freshly cracked coconuts.
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Invest in a Major Camping Moment

Big Sur
So, you wanna camp this summer but can’t pick a place and stick with it? Check out Autonomous Tent’s portable luxury cabins. These bad boys will set you back a pretty penny, but they’re for keepsies. A bucket list worthy investment, buying one of these tiny houses could set you up for lifelong epic summers.
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Watch Monkeys GoHot Springing!

Nagano, Japan
This might actually be the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Check out these precious little monkeys hanging out in hot springs at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Japan. Adding to our summer musts: explore the Japanese highlands, go chasing cherry blossoms, cycle the countryside, and hang with the monkeys.
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Hotel Villa Honegg

Ennetbürgen, Switzerland
Gorgeous suites and villas aside, this Swiss resort is home to the most stunning spa we’ve ever seen. With a heated outdoor infinity pool that looks out onto a sea of clouds in the valley below, Hotel Villa Honegg is at the top of our #summerbucketlist spa goals.
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