You might be having trouble thinking about what you want to do this month. Or you might not have planned it yet. Maybe, you don’t really care but like to read travel blogs for fun – either way, GMA is here to help.
What is July all about anyways?
If you reside in the northern hemisphere, July is the first full month after the summer solstice and is also recognized as the first full month of summer. For most students, this translates into summer break, freeing you from all the lecture halls and classrooms with enough freedom to finally go out and have some fun.
July’s warm weather (arguably warmest month of the year) provides us with the perfect conditions to reconnect with nature.
If you’re looking for things to do with your July, we’ve got some great ideas for you.
With the warmer weather, excursions in nature are a must.
What better way to really start off your summer than hiking? Not only is hiking a powerful workout that can help you improve your cardiovascular health, it is one of the best activities to do with your friends or even on your own. Let’s not forget the rewarding views that some hikes can lead to! Some of the best examples would be:
The Kjeragbolten, Norway
The Kjeragbolten is a boulder wedged in between two rock faces, with a 3000+ feet abyss and is a very popular tourist destination. Norway itself is beautiful, but this boulder is one of the best destinations to go for an amazing photo op!
Ruta del Cares, Spain
The Cares Trail, or Ruta del Cares is one of the most popular treking paths in Spain. It runs between the Cantabrian Mountains and is referred to the “Divine Gorge”. The grey Limestone that makes up the mountains of this path have numerous hollows and caves, along with bridges built in ancient times. Hiking this path is truly an otherworldly experience.
Breathtaking Picnic spots!
A picnic is something you can do anywhere at anytime, but there are a lot of things that make a good picnic what it is. An awesome picnic usually comes with an awesome view – especially being able to revel in nature as you cherish the solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Some suggestions, from us to you:
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa
This garden is a world famous garden and for good reason: this is dedicated to the Republic of South Africa’s own flora. This is a spectacular 90-acre plant haven. It also borders the nature reserve of Table Mountain National Park.
Parc Des Buttes Chaumont, Paris
Built under Emperor Napoleon III, this park is an experience filled with meandering paths, landscaped slopes and even a Temple of Vesta replica atop a 50 meter high cliff. It is a hub for many of the local Parisians who tend to come into this park to practice their tai chi.
Maybe splash around!
Cliff diving, outdoor pools, hot springs. There are water parks, but nature has plenty of places that can provide their own water park, which is an amazingly different and unique experience. We’ve got some amazing destinations for you:
Lynn Canyon Park, Vancouver Canada
Lynn Canyon is one of the most prevalent canyon diving parks in Canada and very friendly to beginners, as it is not as tall compared to many others around the world (think Hell’s gate in Texas, towering at 90 feet!) but offers an extremely fun and well pathed experience from the tallest cliff to the end.
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Rich in mineral salts and sulfur, the 98-102 degrees Fahrenheit water is amazing for your skin. It is no surprise that this geothermal lagoon within Iceland’s black lava (yes, BLACK LAVA!) is one of the continent’s most famous and photographed sites. The lagoon itself also boasts their own line of skincare products as well as an on-site facility which is researching using the water to cure other ailments.
Excited to try out all these destinations?
Some of these destinations might even be too extreme for you – but that’s not a reason to worry at all!
GMA’s expert travel consultants can help you get started on your journey to reconnect with nature, effortlessly creating a travel plan for you so you can enjoy the experiences like you deserve. All you’ll need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy.