No crew? No problem. We’ve picked out eight places any traveller should consider spending summer solo
1. Gili Islands, Indonesia
Not digging the summer crowds in Bali? Take it a little further off Lombok to Gili Islands, a largely undiscovered paradise known for its incredible snorkelling and diving experiences. There are three Gili islands to choose from (and a couple of secret ones). Our favourite thing about Gili? No cars.
It's tough enough deciding between Koh Samui and Phuket, but Krabi definitely gives any Thai destination a run for its money. Some 30 years ago, two German backpackers discovered the beauty of Krabi, shared about it, and thus made it a known pitstop for backpackers with its laid-back lifestyle. But anyone who has paid Krabi a recent visit can tell you how amazing the place is for every type of traveller and budget.
3. Hoi An, Vietnam
Your summer getaway doesn't have to revolve just around the beach—especially when you have the charming Hoi An so close by. It's a step-back-into-time kind of city that was once a Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th century. If you're the sort of traveller that can truly appreciate architecture and Asian food (they have the best Banh Mi at a place called Banh Mi Phuong), Hoi An should be your next stop. Remember to head to one of their expert tailors who can make you any clothing or bag you wish.
4. Seoul, South Korea
Digging the city vibe? Then you'll enjoy the cosmopolitan Seoul where skyscrapers, Buddhist temples and pagodas reign together. There is so much more to Seoul than K-pop and K-dramas. They've got some of the best Korean barbeque restaurants, one of the best subway systems in the world, free water everywhere and occasionally, free coffee (read our K-hacks here). Take its soul all in at the tower on Namsan mountain where you'll be treated to the best views of the city.
Greece is one of the busiest destinations during summer. True. But how can you say no to one of the most beautiful and interesting places there ever existed? If you want to travel like a Greek God, there's no denying Athens a spot on your itinerary. Athens is steeped in rich history; the prominent Acropolis that sits high above the metropolis, where you'll also find sites like the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
If Prague hasn't found a place on your bucket list, it definitely should now. The capital of the Czech Republic is hauntingly beautiful with gothic architecture found from the Old Town Square all the way to the largest coherent castle complex in the world, the Prague Castle. Tourists and locals alike spend evenings walking across the Charles Bridge where rubbing any one of the 30 saint statues is said to bring you good luck.
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
July is Amsterdam's biggest festival season (there are ten music and food fests in this year alone!). Take all the time you need venturing into museums, biking along canals and getting high (legally, of course) at cafes. Amsterdam is such a safe place and the people are incredibly friendly. You wouldn't even fear having to cycle your way back to your hotel in the middle of the night. Not to mention, Amsterdam is the Disneyland of cheese, or as they call it, kaas.
8. Tahiti, French Polynesia
If you're looking for heaven on earth, Tahiti may very well be it. It's the largest island in French Polynesia and is serene, peaceful and lush. If you're looking to make new friends on the road, areas like La Plage de Maui (great for snorkelling!) and Plage du Taharuu are popular with crowds. Spend your time here chasing waterfalls like Fautaua Waterfall, and hop on a ferry to Moorea to venture into the jungle that is Vaipahi Gardens.
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