5 Unique summer travel destinations

Transitions & Viva Fifty have partnered to offer tips on #LifeThroughANewLensIt’s the middle of summer, and if we don’t take a vacation soon, it will be fall again and another opportunity for travel to far and exotic lands during the hot months will be gone. The good thing is that there is still time to enjoy a dreamy vacation, with or without the kids. And best of all, maybe this time you can cross out one of those adventurous trips you have on your bucket list. If you don’t have a bucket list, here are 5 exotic vacations we love that differ in cost and location:

5  Unique summer travel destinations

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Sante Fe, New Mexico
There are hundreds of reasons why they call New Mexico the Land of Enchanting. Santa Fe is one hundred percent a different type of destination. Book a room at one of the hotels near the plaza and make it your headquarters to visit places like Jemez mountains, Taos Pueblo, Madrid and Las Vegas New Mexico. The best about this picturesque town are the art galleries, walking around the plaza in Santa Fe or Taos or Las Vegas. There is something magical in the air in these ancient villages. Best of all, because of the altitude and dry climate, you’ll experience warm days and cool evenings.

Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
You could go anywhere in Costa Rica and find natural beauty. You could almost throw a dart blindfolded at a map of this magnificent country (they call it the Switzerland of Latin America) and have it land on an exotic location worth visiting. Our suggestion, go down South from San Jose to Quepos. There you will find the Manuel Antonio National Park as well as some amazing beaches like Playa Espadilla right around the corner. Wildlife, nature, beaches, and friendly people. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Raw, exotic, unexplored, Vietnam is one of those places that offers a one of a kind vacation experience. Explore the history of this fascinating country that for over three decades was closed to American tourists. Whether you’re looking for solitary beaches, untouched rainforests, exotic food, Buddhist monasteries, ancient ruins, Vietnam offers it all and by most comparisons is relatively cheap once you arrive there. On my bucket list is  to explore the Mekong Delta and stay in a Chinese Junk at the Unesco World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay.

Yes, Europe is crammed with tourists during the summer, but Spain is one of those places that doesn’t seem to get as crowded as France or Italy do if you stick to certain areas. Spain is a small country, but every province is different. In summer, because temperatures are over 100F in the South, we recommend you head north. The green landscapes, reminiscent of England, and the seafood, fished right off of the Bay of Biscay are to die for. Galicia, right next to Portugal, is also a widely unknown are for international tourists.

5  Unique summer travel destinations

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It’s summer so it’s the best time to go, especially if you’re one of those people who doesn’t love a hot sweltering summer. Temperatures in Alaska in the summer vary quite a bit depending on where you are (it’s a big state) and can range anywhere between the 50’s to 80s in the daytime. During July and August the days are extra long with sunset sometimes well past 11pm. Remember that this is peak season for tourism in Alaska, so if you plan to go on special tours, fishing charters, etc, you might want to make reservations or call ahead.

But here’s a travel tip, slather on the sunscreen, wear a hat and don´t forget your Transitions lenses if you wear prescription glasses, as the sun can be brutal in all these places. This way you won’t have to lug around two different pairs of glasses to switch out all the time. This is especially the case in the rainforest, where one minute you’re in the sun and the next you’re deep in the dark forest. It sounds like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in your summer vacation experience.

How the technology in Transitions® lenses works
I’ve been wearing Transitions lenses since the beginning of 2015. I can´t imagine life without them. Transitions Signature lenses are practical and unique thanks to the new Chromea7™ technology. This allows the lenses to be more reactive to indirect sunlight, to better capture reflected sunlight, and to become even darker on hot days.

If you are traveling this summer, and no matter what your prescription or lifestyle, Transitions lenses filter just the right amount of light. There are different types of Transitions everyday lenses (Transitions Signature lenses, Transitions XTRActive lenses & Transitions Vantage lenses) each designed for specific lifestyle requirements. If you would like to test them, sign up to receive free trial decals.

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Lorraine C. Ladish

Bilingual and bicultural Latina editor, writer, speaker, online influencer, yogini and mom. Founder of Viva Fifty! Published author of 18 books. Her most recent book Your Best Age was released by HarperCollins in September of 2017.