By: Dr. Francesca Vazquez
In a blink of an eye, it's already summer. If you're anything like the rest of us, it probably crept up on you without even noticing and summer travels might have been overlooked. We've got you covered and it might not be too late to book your summer vacation at one of our top wellness destinations.
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1. Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico is surrounded by pristine beaches and turquoise waters. You can also find rainforests, hiking trails, waterfalls, mountains, remote surfing beaches, camping sites, luxury hotels, and private islands. With summer being its low season and plane tickets being at a record low price, it might be the perfect time to make last minute travel plans to the Caribbean. After Hurricane Maria hit last September, local businesses have been working hard to recover and this could be your way of taking part in the recovery process of Puerto Rico while also getting a summer tan.
2. Amalfi Coast
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A classic when it comes to the ideal summer vacation spot, the Amalfi Coast cannot disappoint. Just a 3 hour train ride from Rome and 1 hour drive from Naples, it might be the perfect place to restore (with epic views nonetheless). Make the trip out to Capri while you're there and rent vespas or a car to see the sights between Sorrento, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi.
3. Wachau Valley, Austria
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Nestled among the hills of Austria is the Wachau Valley. Overlooking the Danube River are a handful of small towns and vineyards, overlooked by castles and monasteries not to be missed. It's not far from Vienna or Budapest, making it an easy place to reach from these two mayor cities. You can make it a day trip from Vienna or stop along the way and stay at the small town of Krems. Taste their chocolates or visit an apricot farm!
4. New England
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If you're planning to stay close, a visit to New England could be an option. New England is a short plane ride or drive away for most of us and a beautiful place to visit this time a year. Small beach towns, bed and breakfasts, lighthouses and lobster rolls are an every day experience. Start in Boston and work your way up to Portland, Maine. If you're craving time in nature, make sure to schedule a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or a fishing trip in Portland. Other towns to visit could include Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Kennebunkport, Maine, and Woodstock, Vermont.
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Flights are at an all time low for Portugal, a country that seems to be on everyone's radar lately. You can start your trip in Lisbon but try not to stay in the city for too long. Portugal has vineyards and seaside towns too incredible to pass up for city lights. Since it's such a relatively small country, most towns/cities are easy to reach by train or rental car. Be sure to visit Porto, Comporta, Algarve and Alentejo. For a detailed article on places to stay, where to eat, and what to see in Portugal, make sure to read the Portugal article at The Every Girl.
7. Asheville, North Carolina
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If you're craving some time in the outdoors to destress and reconnect to nature, Asheville, North Carolina and its surroundings could be a good place to start! July is the busiest month to visit so it might be a good idea to visit in June or push this trip until August. There are hikes, mountain views, camping grounds, lodges, forests, white water rapids, waterfalls, and breweries. You can drive through Blue Ridge Parkway for mayor views, drive down to the quaint town of Brevard for waterfall viewing (Dupont State Forest has 3!) or take a Brewery tour. Make sure to visit the Biltmore Estate while you're there!
Dr. Francesca Vazquez is the founder and editor of Ease to Wellness, LLC. She is a licensed health psychologist and vinyasa yoga instructor based in Miami, FL. She completed her training at Ponce School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, and UF Health Cancer Center, specializing in health psychology & behavioral medicine. She has worked in spinal cord injury rehab, neuropsychology, pain management, stress management, mindfulness based stress reduction, psycho-oncology and wellness coaching. She is passionate about writing, wellness and living creatively, doing what you love.
Currently, she runs Ease to Wellness while also providing health psychology services for private clients, teaching yoga, and running wellness workshops. She is a regular contributor for websites such as www.mindbodygreen.com and a part-time Clinical Psychologist at Adaptive Center in Miami, FL.
To contact or for more information, visit www.francescavazquez.com.