Summer is officially in full swing and we're thinking of the best places to take our paid time off this year. Whether you're looking for an Eat, Pray, Love trip, a relaxing excursion with your partner or an overdue family vacation, we recommend these 7 destinations. Already booked your ticket(s) for one of these cities? Here are also some travel essentials you'll need to bring with you.
Situated in the Arabian Sea, the Maldives is home to some of the most beautiful resorts and marine life in the world. Some may compare its geography and climate to Hawaii, but don't be fooled--one visitor writes, 'Hawaii is like going to an island. Maldives is like going to another planet.'
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Machu Picchu, Peru
Our Head of Biz Ops, Diane, just came back from a 4-day hike up Machu Picchu and found it incredibly fulfilling. 'If you're looking for a physical challenge, this has got to be your next vacation spot. My favorite part was learning about the Incan culture as we hiked. My less favored part was getting smoked by an elderly couple that made it look too easy.'
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Recently ranked the second biggest tourist destination in the world, Bangkok is rich with cultural attractions, incredible food and beautiful beaches. The Thai capital has been an international favorite for the last few years, but be sure to book your tickets soon! According to experts, Bangkok is slowly sinking and could potentially be submerged in less than fifteen years.
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Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia
Did you miss ski season in Utah this year? Head down under, where our summer is Australia's winter. Mount Buller, located in the small town of Victoria, is a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding, and snowball fights. Where else would you be able to pull out a beanie and gloves in July?
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We can't think of a better reason to visit a country (where movies like the Bourne Ultimatum, Babel and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation were filmed) than its intricate art, rich culture and famous souks (Arab market/bazaar). These souks are like Amazon.com IRL; you can get anything from solid gold jewelry to handcrafted furniture.
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If you have kids, this is the place to bring their Safari storybooks to life. There are few places in the world you can run (or drive, rather) with wild zebras, giraffes, elephants and more. The best wildlife viewing months are June to October, so it's the perfect time to surprise your children with an unforgettable summer vacation.
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Calling all tea-lovers! The Southern Indian state of Kerala is known for its beautiful backwaters, fascinating wildlife, and vast tea plantations found in the town of Munnar. This is the ideal destination for the adventure-loving tea connoisseur. Book a plantation tour in advance to get the full experience, and enjoy the various cups of chai you’ll be sipping along the way.
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Between product launches and talent recruiting, many of us spend 40+ hours in the office and have little to no energy by evening. Once a year, take some time off to explore a new city, country and culture; you'll definitely come back to work with new perspective and likely a few great ideas. If we recall correctly, Steve Jobs took a seven-month pilgrimage to India before he began working on Apple-I. TBH, most of us probably don't have the luxury of taking half a year off, but one week is certainly good enough to relax and recharge.