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It’s a Friday, some of you just wrapped up #LDOC (Last Day of Classes), and others have just slogged through another week at a job or internship. Meanwhile, summer’s fast approaching… you’re dying to get out and see some of the world.
That’s why we’re here today with a quick-hitter of a few exotic summer vacation spots that you may never have previously considered. There’s a beach or two below, sure, but also some off-the-beaten-path spots for the most adventurous among you that are looking to get pleasantly lost for a few days before returning to the “real world.”
1. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Widely considered as one of the most gorgeous spots on planet Earth, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala offers wonderful waters rimmed by volcanic mountains and fabulous forests that are perfect for backpacking. Plus, some seriously amazing local coffee to get you up and going on new adventures in the morning!
2. Goa, India
Image credit: http://www.terraintravellers.com/
Goa has always been popular with those who want to throw down on the cheap, but the area has evolved in recent years to offer a complete vacation destination.
Still inexpensive, Goa offers fantastic kayaking along white-sand beaches, tremendous temples and other historical points of interest, fine dining, club raves, and casinos. Really—the dichotomy ranges from upscale, high-class modern hotels to pastoral yoga retreats. It’s pretty awesome.
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Two words: crocodile farms!
OK, there’s a lot more to Siem Reap than that, but for some reason we got a lil excited. As you look at the pics, you’ll immediately notice that the city is nearby Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument on the globe that stands as an awe-inspiring complex of ancient temples. If you have serious wanderlust, you have to see this in person.
4. Cappadocia and Bodrum, Turkey
Consider this a two-for-one.
Cappadocia is located in central Turkey and, as you can see above, it’s got a dreamy landscape the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before. Created by volcanic eruptions back in the day, there’s a bounty of caves, towers, and pointed rock formations the locals call “fairy chimneys.” It’s totally unique and a chance to experience something undeniably new.
However, for those really looking to work on their tan this summer, don’t forget about Bodrum. Yeah, Bodrum isn't as exotic as these others, but while on the subject of Turkey, why not?
Situated along the southwest coast of the country (maybe consider a plane ride after Cappadocia?), you’ll have the opportunity to let the waves of the Aegean Sea wash over you. There’s a boatload of resorts in the area—not to mention the appeal of Bodrum Castle, a medieval fortress built with stones from one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus). Dope.