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Your Guide to A Last Minute Holiday Inspiration for June
It’s incredible how many beautiful destinations I could have added here on this list for your guide to June holidays but then I would be no different than any other articles. So I really tried my best to narrow it down to some of the ones I truly believe would be great for you to go. Some are at the break of Summer so you arrive before the crazy tourist season and some, like Finland, are destinations that are extremely different and like no other especially if you are experiencing the midnight sun! I tried to also include smaller islands and countries so it saves the hassle of being overwhelmed of doing so much like Maldives and Cyprus. Hope you get inspired to pick up and go and if you do, do leave me a message at the end of this article and if you really love this article, feel free to share it too!
Not to be too traditional in my choices but Sri Lanka is really great when you also have a longer break and want to explore more on the island or combine it with Maldives. I won’t lie to you, you won’t be able to explore Sri Lanka in one trip but it’s a start and a great one too! The South and West are amongst the popular ones but the East has a completely different tone to the country and the sea is also different and popular destination is Trincomalee which is in the North East coast of Sri lanka and dry season is from March to September and is always highly recommended. You fly in to another airport too, Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (www.airport.lk). Plenty of options in the West and South such as Shangri-La Hotel, Anantara Hotel, Number One Mirissa Hotel, the list is endless. A small tip: Don’t book your trip with lots of travel time by car, it’s not so easy to get from point A to Point B and drives can get (very) lengthy and tiring.
Right, so I am aware of my constant addiction to Maldives, I am guilty of it but who can blame me? Ideally, I can stay one month here with no complains. How? Diving, snorkeling, spa, food, water sports, relaxing, tanning… If you don’t know how to dive then it’s a great time and place to learn too! Maldives is a place where I stop thinking truly of anything. No pressure of exploring monuments or hidden gems. It is exactly what it is and mostly, no, scratch that, all of my time spent in Maldives where barefoot! Maldives is an excellent holiday destination where you don’t have the urge of having to wake up really early to make sure you stand in queues! Unless you want to photograph sunrises of course and you can do it right outside your villa! There are loads of hotels to chose from and recently learned of a new guest house called Arena Beach Hotel where I work together with them for volunteer projects! Gili Lankanfushi is a great sustainable hotel and Soneva Hotels are great for kids club. If you are looking for a larger hotel, I visited Conrad Rangali Island in 2013 and they also had a great kids club! Other options are St.Regis Hotel, Shangri-la, Four Seasons Kuda Hura which is smaller with a greta kids club too.
Cyprus has become a renowned destination for so many beach lovers thanks to an increasingly amount of activities such as cave diving and culinary exploration!
From secluded bays, to lively resorts and sandy beaches to rocky coves, the island’s expansive coastline is home to a variety of different-style beaches; each unique in its appearance and the facilities it offers.
And aside from lazing on hot sands, the crystal depths of the Mediterranean Sea can be appreciated both on and in the water, after all, even the Goddess of Love – Aphrodite herself – was born of the sea foam in Pafos (Paphos)!
Montenegro is the silent European country in the Balkans and has become a favorite amongst traveler. I visited Montenegro last summer and spent 3 weeks exploring the balkans on my balkan tour! It’s a place like no other. Time stood still in Montenegro with lots of history and adventures. Hiking, beach, food, historical places. I rented an apartment in Prcanj, stone town, one of the most beautiful part of Montenegro to stay in. Another fabulous option is Casa Del Mar which has properties in Herceg Novi and Kotor. I have the perfect Itinerary for you here: Montenegro Itinerary
Sea, sea, sea. That is my advice to you! The only way to see Croatia is island hopping! The only way to truly mingle with the locals is to stay with Airbnb. Rent a boat and sail across the islands and sleep on a boat if you can! Fill your bellies with seafood and good wine, walk throughout Dubrovnik and jump cliffs from anywhere! Croatia is such an easy going destination with nothing but endless adventures!
Another incredible destination is Slovenia! The famous Lake Bled and the incredible hiking and gastronomy! What I like about Slovenia is the incredible sustainable front effort they continue to work on for tourism and for their country. Slovenia is the first country in the world to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria. Situated in the heart of Europe, Slovenia is a boutique country between the Alps, Mediterranean Sea, mysterious Karst with more than 11,000 karst caves and Pannonian Plain, rich in healthy water springs. We are also proud that our capital Ljubljana was awarded the European Green Capital 2016 title.
Slovenia has numerous outdoor activities and June is the perfect time to visit these lakes by cycling, walking and hiking the beautiful mountains and if you really love horses and riding, Lipica is an important cradle of Lipizzaner horses on a Europe-wide level and the Slovenians are proud of Lipica and its stud farm that has been in operation for over 400 years!
It’s no secret, Finland has my heart just like Kenya. On another level, in a different kind of way. Finland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever traveled to and during the summer months, Finland explodes with color, water running through the lakes as the ice melts, berry picking and picnics outdoor! In the land of the midnight sun, Finland is only 6 hours away from Dubai! Stay in cottages in the north or in Lakeland for quietness and relaxation at cosy hideouts. Just think about it, how often do you fall asleep to the sound of silence? Often situated by water or fells, cabins and cottages are an essential element in Finnish life that provide a physical and mental getaway from the daily grind. Forgetting the everyday worries is inevitable in retreats amid the country’s greatest resource: its rugged natural beauty.
June is the dry season for Rwanda and temperatures are about 21 degrees celsius so that’s not too bad at all! Rwanda’s green and mountainous landscapes serve as an undiscovered destination for travel aficionados looking to uncover its secrets in an exclusive setting. The popular Gorilla Trekking is also a major reason why travelers visit! Hiding away in bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains it is estimated only 880 Mountain Gorillas remain in the world. Rwanda is one of only three countries where these critically endangered gorillas live. In addition to gorilla trekking, adventurers are also able to encounter three other species of primates when in Rwanda including wild Chimpanzees, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, and the endangered Golden monkey.
The Rwandan national program known as ‘Umuganda’ means ‘coming together in common purpose’. It is held on the last Saturday of each month, from 8am to 11am. During this day, people across the country aged from 18 to 65 come together and contribute to the building of their country. The concept is related to the idea of solidarity and a communal sense of living, and all over the country one can see people participate in cleaning streets, cutting grass and trimming bushes along roads, or repairing public facilities and building houses for vulnerable people. A result of these activities is that Rwanda is one of cleanest countries in Africa. International tourists are also encouraged to join locals in this unique and fulfilling community experience, with special tours arranged for this purpose.
My hometown will always be on the list! This beautiful heart warming Mediterranean chaotic tiny country is one of the most beautiful places on earth but because of the civil war that lasted 15 years (but feels like more due to political disputes till today) We don’t hear too much about the beauty this small country has to offer. Lebanon is always a place to go to for great adventures, Roman Baths, nature walks, food, friends, nightlife and exploring the culture and heritage of this historical old country that has my heart! Best time to go is all year round as Lebanon enjoys 4 seasons! I highly recommend you stay at beautiful guesthouses that are very popular in Lebanon! To name few: Beit Douma, Buyouti, Yasmine…
Morocco is always an incredible idea when you are looking for shopping, food, baths and a LOT of culture. It’s one of these places where you keep going back with an empty suitcase and return with 2 full new ones and you always, always have new business inspiration when you are there! I always shift my attention to the desire of starting a furniture design shop after my trip to Morocco! What’s not to love! Lots of incredible boutique hotels and The Four Seasons Hotel both in Marrakech and Casablanca.
British Summer Time is back at Hyde Park from 6 until 15 July 2018, with six exciting shows including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon.
From 9 until 12 July 2018, OPEN HOUSE will also return to British Summer Time Hyde Park, offering a variety of entertainment including Free open-air movie nights, Wimbledon screenings, a Street food market and Pop-up bars, Live music & entertainment, and a Children’s theatre.
It can be a daunting task searching for the perfect accommodation when visiting the big smoke, so we’ve rounded up the top hotels located a walking distance from Hyde Park.
The Arch London is a luxurious Georgian townhouse hideaway and the perfect base for a truly indulgent stay. Tucked away on a calm residential street in Marylebone, the hotel spans seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes and is located opposite Madonna’s London home. It is the perfect location for British Summer Time being a stone’s throw from Hyde Park as well as the West End and London’s top attractions.This season the hotel is offering a special ‘Summer in the City’ package. Priced from £283, guests can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s individually decorated rooms or suites and indulge in a summer sharing platter, summer cocktail each and a full English breakfast the following morning.
Royal Lancaster London is located on the boundary of Hyde Park and recently completed its £80 million refurbishment which encompassed the lobby, all 411 guestrooms and suites, the brand new Hyde Lobby Bar and reception lobby for the Nine Kings banqueting space.
As one of the most iconic hotels in the Capital, Royal Lancaster London has an illustrious history; from Michael Caine being filmed for ‘The Italian Job’, to events attended by Mohammed Ali, Princess Diana and countless other royals. The hotel also famously hosted the after-party for The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film premiere, which The Beatles’ attended in the Yellow Submarine Nightclub.
If you are looking to combine your visit with a Westfield shopping trip, then K West Hotel & Spa is located just a few stops westbound on the Central Line from Hyde Park.
There is a special light in Portugal that you won’t find anywhere in the world. Oh so many reasons to go to Portugal! The food, the streets, the nightlife, the music, the dancing, the cliffs, the people, the Atlantic Ocean, the history… You get the point. The place where time stood still! Portugal is an incredible destination and one of the most underrated countries ever! Plus, the most affordable European country! Land in Lisbon, drive to Algarve, Cascais, Porto, Douro Valley… The list is endless! Portugal is one of my FAVORITE holiday destinations!
Despite June being a very cold season in Zimbabwe, I have added it to the list because I loved being in the bush in the cold. It adds a dramatic look to my photographs and personally, I rather be in the cold than in the scorching African heat! Zimbabwe is accessible from Dubai is through Emirates, Kenya Airways, Rwanda Air, South African Airways and Ethiopian Airways. Bungee jumping, white water rafting, zip lining, rhino trekking and mountain climbing are some of the adrenaline activities Zimbabwe has to offer, while bird watching, horse riding, sunset cruises and visiting rock art sites are just some of the soft activities to be enjoyed.
Zimbabwe is also home to a Unesco World Heritage Site the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe which is a national monument from which the country takes its present day name and is one of Zimbabwe’s greatest architectural features. Once home to as many as 20,000 people, the ruined city is made up of conical towers, columns and meandering stone walls at least 5 meters high! Defiantly on the list and now you know why!
It’s important to travel with children or with your child alone from time to time. Not because they learn a lot, no. Because YOU learn a lot. I learned so much from traveling with Chloe at a young age. What she’s like when she’s vulnerable, what I’m like when I have no one but her around me, what sort of things we both like doing together. I learned to have more patience as we both grow and to put my phone and work on the side. I still have my camera in one hand when we are together and sometimes she gets so annoyed with my constant “Chloe smile” but I think she’s learning to accept that this is something I can or don’t want to change in me… and so she looks at me and gives me this face of acceptance… and I love her for it!