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Research Reveals Summer’s Most Popular Destinations

June 3, 2019

Youth adventure travel company Contiki has released its list of the top seven destinations—from relaxing Greece to adventurous Africa and everywhere in-between—where young Canadians will be summering this year! —Vita Daily


greek islands. Move over Caribbean, the Greek Islands are the new hotspot for young Canadians looking for a suncation. These sun-kissed islands topped the list as the place where young Canadians will be travelling to this summer, and they have voted with their passports. Flocking specifically to the holy Greek trifecta of Mykonos, Santorini and Ios—countless millennials are opting for a Greek Island Hopping adventure to explore the region’s mythical tales, stunning streets, pristine waters and sun-bleached ruins. From getting lost in the narrow streets of Mykonos to filling your belly with gyros overlooking the world-famous sunset in Oia, get ready for your big, fat Greek vacation!

africa. Considered to be one of the “last frontiers” in travel, Africa has fascinated explorers looking for an unfiltered adventure and there’s a reason why it comes in at a close second with Canadians seeking an epic summer vacation. Thrill-seekers heading there for the first time should make exploring the eastern and southern parts of the continent a priority. Think spotting lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalos at Kruger National Park in South Africa, taking in a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara region of Kenya, meeting East African gorillas in Uganda, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and ‘glamping’ under the sparkling skies of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Be prepared for a life-changing experience.

ireland. From rolling green hills to its Game of Thrones-esque castles, Ireland is truly a magical place filled with myth and legend. Young Canadians will be spending their summers on the Emerald Isle thanks to its craic-ing spirit and long stretches of sunshine during the solstice, contrary to popular belief about its rain. IG-worthy scenery, lively street festivals, whiskey, incredible food (beyond potatoes, we promise) and surfing the Wild Atlantic Way—also, have we mentioned Guinness?!—what’s not to love about Ireland?

italy. Irresistible food, amazing architecture, incredible art and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder why the la dolce vita life of Italy is so inviting. With the art-filled cities of Rome, Venice and Florence, the wine region of Tuscany and the stylish sophistication of Cinque Terre, Milan and Lake Como, Italy really does have an abundance to offer. Get up close and personal with Rome’s cool Trastevere neighbourhood, savour a wine and mozzarella tasting with the Amalfi Coast in the background, laze by Capri’s crystal blue waters and sip an Italian espresso as you people watch the day away.

thailand. Friendly, inviting and beautiful, Thailand is a constant favourite among young Canadians and it’s no wonder why they continue to explore this country. Imagine sipping sunset cocktails on beautiful Railay Beach, hunting for souvenirs at the Chiang Mai night bazaar, hitting the Bangkok bars, browsing the Floating Market, climbing Doi Suthep, getting spiritual at Wat Arun and exploring the ruins of Sukhothai Old City, Thailand’s ancient former capital. And don’t get us started on Thai Island Hopping, you’ll think you died and went to tropical paradise.

spain. Charismatic and enchanting, Spain has captured young Canadians’ hearts, souls and taste buds this summer. Featuring inspiring architecture, mouth-watering food, breath-taking beaches and countrysides, a “Spanish Spree” across a melting pot of sights, tastes and experiences is just what summer vacations are made of. Whether you’re after culture in Barcelona, food in Seville or spending the day at La Concha beach in San Sebastián to top up your tan, the land of the legendary tapas and siestas has many options just waiting to dazzle you.

peru. From the heights of the Andes to the depths of Canyon del Colca, one thing is clear: Canadians are flocking to Peru for their summer adventures. And it’s not just because of the llamas, though TBH, they are a big draw. This diverse South American nation has an abundance of landmarks, which means your Peru Panorama trek will be amazingly varied. Whether you’re interested in a trip back in time at the Chachapoyan site of Kuelap, hitting up a few Cusco restaurants to sample true Incan flavours or taking on the Inca trail at Machu Picchu, you’ll come home with #NoRegrets, unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories and new friends.


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