Where to Go this Summer: 5 Cool Offbeat Destinations

Posted on May 17, 2011 by

This is a sponsored guest post by Jonathan Hunter.

With summer fiercely approaching, now it’s a good time to plan your travels for the year. 2011 has been an eventful one so far, with massive global events taking the world by storm. Although it might not be safe to travel to certain parts of the world at the moment, there are still plenty of interesting spots to uncover. Thanks to recommendations from people in the know, we’ve come up with these 5 destinations that are perfect to explore this summer! Cool off from the sizzling heat and let your wanderlust take over – enjoy!

1. Doha, Qatar

Doha is a tranquil alternative to Dubai, with beaches that are arguably more beautiful. It is gearing up for more intensive tourism with its 2016 Olympic and 2022 Fifa World Cup bids. The annual Doha Tribeca film festival has recently placed it on the map alongside other popular tourism spots in the Middle East. When in Doha, don’t forget to check out the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) that boasts a magificent collection of Islamic artwork dating from 7th to 19th century.

Corniche of Doha, Qatar  Flickr cc by Larry Johnson

2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a rising star in South America as it’s fast becoming Brazil’s most popular tourism spot. The city is becoming increasingly sophisticated and glamorous, shedding its reputation as a riotous city and taking on a brand new image surrounding the sun, sea and samba. Again much of the development is associated with hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

3179806357_08d9d03a18_z  Flickr cc by Mike Vondran

3. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden is a city of unconventional surprises and discoveries. With tourists deterred mainly due to high prices, Stockholm has stayed clear of the tourist trail and managed to take on a personality of its own. Stockholm boasts winding, cobbled medieval streets and stunning Royal Palace as its central attractions. You can also see the city from above on a guided rooftop walk, but the undiscovered creeks and marshlands are the real jewel; hop on the 1900 steamboat to find these hidden treasures.

Stockholm, Sweden Flickr cc by Phil Price

4. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta’s historical attractions and Civil War Museum at Kennesaw Mountain are the main draw for visitors, but unknown to many, there is a lot more on offer here in Georgia’s largest city. Atlanta boasts the world’s largest aquarium, a world–class zoo and stunning botanical gardens. There’s also the World of Coca-Cola Museum. With quality shopping, dining and nightlife in the city districts, all easy to get to on foot, Atlanta might just be the next big thing in the United States’ tourism industry.

Skyline of Atlanta, Georgia Flickr cc by Jennifer Chong

5.  Tallinn, Estonia

Having been designated as European Capital of Culture in 2011, Tallinn – the capital of Estonia – will be undergoing a major facelift in the coming year. Several art projects and festivals are in the pipeline: the Tallinn Theater Treff Festival will be held in the Old Town, while the Open Spaces Living Art Festival and Tallinn Marathon will be held in conjunction with the new title. Estonia is just a short flight away from London and most European cities.

Tallinn Panorama  Flickr cc by Adrian Perez

Wherever you decide to go this summer, make sure you have adequate travel insurance that is tailor-made to your trip. You need to take account of where you are going, what you will be doing and anything else that might be considered ‘out of the ordinary’ or an ‘increased risk’ for your insurer, such as a pre-existing medical condition.

If you are a frequent traveler then a cheap annual travel insurance policy could be for you. It will be one less thing to worry as you get a last minute deal. And if you pick an exotic destination or any other circumstances change you can amend your policy at any time before you depart to ensure you have adequate cover.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

2 Responses to “Where to Go this Summer: 5 Cool Offbeat Destinations”

  1. Debbie Beardsley May 19, 2011 6:14 am #

    I have to saw all the locations you mentioned are inviting but Estonia and Stockholm really struck a cord with me. I would have a difficult time deciding where to go first!

  2. Zaiful November 23, 2012 1:17 am #

    I think the ferry trip can be quite nice. There should be ice ceovring the sea during February/March so I guess ice breakers open the way daily for the ferry. That means you don’t need to go far away to North to see some icy things.It’s a bit on and off with the snow in the city. Yesterday we didn’t have any snow, today it’s very snowy again and so on.If you like skating or cross-country skiing, you can try that. There are skating ring and skiing place very near the city centre (in different places). You can rent the stuff there. Skating ring is open every day, no matter if thereis snow or not. Skiing demands some snow.I really like walking around the city and sightseeing. Best areas are (in my opinion) in the Southern Center (Eira, Punavuori, Katajanokka) because those places have really nice architecture. There are also bars and cafes in Punavuori.One good sight is possible the fortress of Suomenlinna. it’s not a real castle but there are old ruins and walls and good atmosphere. The fortress is on an island in the front of the city centre and you can take the boat from market square.Remember to take lots of winter clothes (I hope you have them cause they are expensive). It’s really windy near the sea and that means the weather can be freezing.

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