Even within our small team, the term “summer destination” takes on vastly different meanings for different people. For some of us, it’s obviously a beach — a place that feels like summer. For others, the perfect summer destination provides a break from the heat (a cool mountain getaway or road trip through a northern state.)

Scroll down to discover all the different places we’re dreaming about this year, and let us know what “summer destination” means to you!

featured image by goop

photo by gray malin

Sydney, Australia

“I’ve been fascinated by all things Australia the past year, from the design, to the food, to the surf culture that makes every day in Oz look like a carefree summer weekend. The next step in my obsession is to actually go there, so this summer I’m dreaming about booking a flight and checking into Watsons Bay Hotel for a 2-week stay – long enough to absorb all that great style, sample all the avocado toasts in the land, and take a few surf lessons, to boot. Of course, it’s all a fantasy because Australia’s summer is actually December through February, so maybe this winter my dreams will actually become reality…” — Camille Styles

photo by the blonde abroad

Marrakech, Morocco

“Ever since I first saw the plaster buildings and amazing tiled mosaic floors, I’ve been dying to make a trip to Marrakech. I’ve had my eye on the perfectly elegant and minimalistic B&B Riad 42 for the stay (this insta-famous spot is a close runner up) and dream of hot sunny days full of vibrant markets, linen and sandals, mint tea and strolling the dusty maze-like streets.” — Hannah Zahner

photo by goop


“I read some Stephen King as a kid, so Maine has always loomed large in my imagination. The Maine in my mind is trapped in time, peppered with quaint towns connected by winding forest roads. I’d like to follow Goop’s road trip itinerary and end up eating oysters on a dock somewhere for the 4th of July. A bit of Americana I’ve never experienced before.” — Jenn Rose Smith

photo by gal meets glam

St. Tropez, France

“A week in St. Tropez, at the heart of the French Riviera has been at the top of my summer vacay bucket list for awhile now. Everyone has told me that the sun really does shine brighter and the Mediterranean is truly bluer there —(Or maybe that’s just all the chilled rosé that never seems to stop flowing going to their head!) I would head straight to Le Club 55 for a champagne-filled lunch followed by laying out at the beach, and taking in the stunning scenery and charm of the town. My trip could not be complete without a visit to the iconic Chanel boutique which is situated in an old mansion. Oui oui!” — Kat Flour

photo by sotheby’s

Rosemary Beach, Florida

“My husband and I got married in Rosemary Beach, Florida a few years ago and I haven’t had a chance to go back for a visit.  Since a beach vacay is always at the top of my list, I’m dreaming of recreating certain elements of that special weekend like roasting marshmallows around a beach bonfire, sipping rosé poolside at The Pearl Hotel and riding bikes along scenic 30A.” — Caroline Pinkston

photo by wanderlust chloe

Petra, Jordan

“While you can’t travel between Israel and most of its neighboring Arab countries, the border that Israel shares with Jordan has been open since 1994, affording Israelis the ability to visit the incredible archeological site of Petra. I’ve travelled to Tel Aviv many times, but this summer I’m hoping to take a day trip from there into Jordan to behold the ancient Rose City. Dating back to 300 B.C. and carved into pink sandstone cliffs, Petra’s narrow gorges and hidden temples seem like the perfect place to lose track of time.” — Chanel Dror

photo by marcus nilsson for condé nast traveler

Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico

“Since I basically want to move into JM Drygoods, I’m dying to go where owner Michelle Teague scores most of her goods: Oaxaca. I’d love to spend a few days exploring the markets and snagging unique items for my home and closet. Then I’d take the short flight to Mexico City to eat as many street tacos as possible while saving room to dine at Pujol, which has been on my list since binge watching Chef’s Table season 2.”  — Caroline Pinkston 

photo by casa cook

The Greek Islands of Mykonos and Rhodes

“Let’s be real, I’d pretty much take any Greek island for my summer vacation. But I’m fascinated by travel writer Rachel Howard’s stories that reveal the unique character of each island. With Rachel as my guide, I’d start my trip in Mykonos for the people watching and partying, then downshift to Rhodes for a few quiet days at Casa Cook.” —Jenn Rose Smith

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San Sebastian, Spain

“Ever since reading The Sun Also Rises in high school, Hemingway’s retreat to San Sebastian has always been a dream of mine. In addition to laying on the beach with a stack of (Hemingway) novels, I’d sip cortados, soak up the architecture, and hop from one pintxo bar to the next, eating all the octopus, jamon, and crusty grilled bread in site.” — Camille Styles

photo by david crookes for condé nast traveler

Zambia & South Africa

“I’ll admit that Africa wasn’t always at the top of my bucket list, but ever since one of my best friends Katherine became a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, I’ve been dying to visit. She has since stayed to live there permanently, doing amazing work at a honey company, and she raves about all the beautiful sites there are to see in her new home country (like the awe inspiring Victoria Falls!) When we finally make it out there, I’ll be sure to add on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where the beaches, cuisine and music are totally calling my name.” — Chanel Dror

photo by paper n stitch

Richmond, Virginia

“While most people are dying to spend time on the water during the summer, I love exploring cities — there’s a certain kind of je ne sais quoi that you can only experience in a city during the summer. I’m a history buff, so Richmond, VA has been on my list for a while. Richmond has a long, rich history starting in the early 1600s and it officially became a town in 1742, so the old buildings and history tours are plentiful! I also love to eat, especially on vacation, and, ever since Bon Appetit posted about Richmond’s up and coming food scene, it has cemented its spot in my ‘Must Travel To ASAP’ list.” — Rachelle Shuttlesworth

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  1. 1
    npharney May 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This has just made me want to go on holiday so so bad! I think I’m going to Portugal, but you’ve given me so many more ideas now

    – Natalie

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    Eva May 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I’m going to Santa Fe on Tuesday!!! I love it there so much! Thanks for the vintage shop recommendation!

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    Kelly May 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I would love a trip in Denmark! Dreaming about it! Great 10 places to spend a vacation!

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    Celestine May 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Hit up South African beaches in December when its summer there. They are headed into winter there now.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith May 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Celestine — very good to know!

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    Lynn S. May 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I was in Denmark two months ago and it was probably the best vacation I’ve taken yet. I was married in the City Hall there, and I absolutely loved every day we were there. The people are so kind, and everything is so easy to understand. Plus ~ even though Danish might be a daunting language to understand/try to speak, everyone speaks English! I’m actually going to post a blog about it on Tuesday!

    I’m going to be traveling to Interlaken, Switzerland, and I hear it’s a great place. I also wanted to try and get Greece, Portugal, and Spain in this summer! These are great suggestions!

    Lynn | https://stayaloha.blogspot.com

    • Jennifer Rose Smith May 23, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Wow! That’s pretty cool that you got married there, Lynn. Good to know that most folks speak English in Denmark. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’m also very interested in Switzerland… I’ll look forward to following your adventures there online. Happy travels!

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    bildoblog May 22, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I consider myself really well travelled but I can sadly say I have only been to Sydney (and that’s because I live in Australia!). Spain and Greece are sooo on my list, and I cannot believe I still haven’t been to Denmark. Awesome list, full of inspiration for us avid travellers!

    ~Find me at the blogofbildo.com~

    • Jennifer Rose Smith May 23, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Thanks bildoblog!

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    Natalie May 22, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Urgh yes to all of these places!

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    Luminita May 23, 2017 at 12:58 am

    These are all great picks for a summer holiday! We all tend to look for sun and warmth during the summer season, isn’t it?

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    Annie May 23, 2017 at 3:03 am

    I went to San Sebastian last year – I absolutely loved it! The beach is beautiful and the pintxos are delicious! Sydney’s great too (though I’m biased since it’s where I’m from). Copenhagen and the Greek Islands are on my bucket list 🙂


    • Jennifer Rose Smith May 23, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Nice. Sounds like we are on the same page, Anne!

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    breakfastwiththebeatles May 23, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I enjoyed reading this amazing list until I read Chanel Dror’s comment about Africa. “I’ll admit that Africa wasn’t always at the top of my bucket list”. Chanel, there are 54 countries in the continent of Africa. Allow me to give you a list of beautiful places you could visit in the entire continent, and not just South Africa (or Zambia) and which is also mesmerizing but does not represent ALL OF AFRICA. As an American who has visited and lived in many countries in Africa most of her life, I would like to kindly point out to you that your statement is not okay, it spreads ignorance and stigma around an entire continent, when there is so much beauty and magic to see!


    • Jennifer Rose Smith May 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Hi breakfastwiththebeatles — Thank you for sharing the CN Traveler map with us, and for voicing your opinion. I think there’s a chance that you may be projecting some fear and stereotypes of your own onto Chanel’s quote. She is admitting that visiting Africa is a recent interest for her, and in particular she wants to visit Zambia. Ignorance and stigma are two things we definitely don’t want to spread on our site. That said, you’ve given us some things to think about and an incentive to learn more about all the beautiful places in Africa. Thanks for being part of our conversation.

      • breakfastwiththebeatles May 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

        I have no fears and stereotypes of my own continent (because though I am American my family is from West Africa), I’m interpreting what I read as a clumsy choice of words, not as ignorance! We need to be more aware of this because statements like this can easily be misinterpreted as being scared of Africa, a vast, diverse and beautiful continent! I urge everyone to try to visit at least one African country other than South Africa (and its surrounding countries) and they will see just how much more beauty lies there! Peace and thank you for reading.

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    Fatima June 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    all of the places you mentioned in this post look stunning ! I want to go to very single on of them

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    Anna May 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

    This looks great but CROATIA (Dalmatia) is the most beautiful place in Spring and Summer. Pure nature, lot of fun, sea, sun…..perfect!