Warm weather and plenty of things to do along with ample (hopefully) time off are all a few reasons why summer is undeniably the most popular time of the year to travel. But that popularity can also lead to high prices and plenty of crowds, so we decided to ask our experts and followers to share some of their favorite summer travel tips.
What’s a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time on the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on summer travel to take into account as we gear up for fall travel.
Hot! Hot! Hot!
It seems like every year there are new hot travel destinations and places that everyone wants to visit. We wanted to learn the most popular places where our followers are traveling, so we asked them!
- Chat cohost and frequent traveler @TravelBlggr said that she loves Croatia in the summer, although in the fall it’s a little cooler and has fewer crowds.
- For chat participant @Mellovestravels, it’s all about culture, and in Europe, the capitals of culture this year are Riga, Latvia, and Umea, Sweden.
- Speaking of cities, back in the United States, @AudreyAdair suggested spending some time in San Francisco, where the temperature is decidedly cooler.
- Without a doubt though, beaches was the most popular response, including great ones found in Florida, Thailand, North Carolina, Spain, and even Malta!
Many of us have great memories associated with summertime fun, whether it’s grilling burgers and hotdogs, or enjoying some fresh produce like watermelons and ripe strawberries. We asked the chatters what their favorite summer foods are, and their responses made our mouths water!
- Classic foods were popular, as @BrianEub pointed out when he answered burgers and corn on the cob!
- Chat cohost @OrlandoChris loves spending the summer months in Europe, especially in Germany, where he loves to try the local wursts and sausages.
- Seafood is another popular summer treat, especially lobsters in Maine or clam cakes in Rhode Island, as chatter @micheleherrmann pointed out.
- Some of the best loved summertime foods are regional, whether it’s southern BBQ or as @laurenrambles loves, Louisiana staples like gumbo, crawfish, and deep-fried everything.
Since the kids are out of school, summer is the perfect time for families to hit the open road. Not all hotels and resorts are made the same though, so we asked folks to name their favorite family-friendly properties!
- Chat cohost and family travel expert @JenniferMiner said pretty definitively that her favorite family resorts include almost all @fairmonthotels.
- Chatter @TravelProducer said that all-suite hotels are perfect for family trips, like the Homewood Suites or Embassy Suites brands.
- A family favorite, Orlando has plenty of top family choices including the @RosenHotels and the brand new @FSOrlando.
- Sometimes it’s best to think outside the box, like @CravenTravels who says vacation rentals are his family’s go-to for their travels.
Hit the Road
Summer road trips are always a favorite family adventure, although where folks decide to go varies widely. We asked our followers to name some of their favorite driving routes perfect for any great summer trip.
- Going with a classic American route, @Saraholdthe_h said they love the Southern loop going from San Francisco to New Orleans, and including the Grand Canyon, Austin, and lots of fun sites in between.
- For something a little more ambitious, @Mellovestravels suggested the ultimate long-haul road trip starting in the great Canadian North and driving all the way down to the tip of South America at Ushuaia, Argentina!
- Many of our TripIt followers named the classic American driving routes as their dream itinerary, including @nygal33 who listed Route 66 and the Blue Ridge Parkway drive.
- If you’re looking for something with more international flair, follow @chrisjashton as he drives along the windy turns of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Next Big Thing
We asked for this year’s hot travel destinations for summer explorations, but we want to know the future too. We asked our intrepid friends on Twitter for their best picks for the next up-and-coming travel hotspots.
- @motherofalltrip said that what’s old is new again, as parts of rural Massachusetts, Upstate New York, and even New Hampshire are gaining in popularity, just like they did in the ’50s and ’60s.
- Resident cruise expert and friend of Tripit @OrlandoChris said that both small ship and river cruising are gaining in popularity, even in parts of the world where you might not expect to see them, like Southeast Asia.
- An answer given by many Tweeters, including @chrisjashton, was South Africa; a country that wasn’t on anyone’s travel radar just a few years ago.
- Other up-and-coming favorites named during the chat included Albania, the Rocky Mountains, Vermont, Malta, Croatia, and Puglia, Italy
Super Dooper Looper
Another classic summer pastime is visiting theme parks, whether it’s close to home or on the other side of the world. Since we haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love at least one aspect of visiting amusement parks, we asked our loyal fans to tell us their favorites.
- While there were plenty of Disney fans on the chat, a few folks like @Colleen_PNW said they can’t wait to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- Texas has its fair share of amusement parks as @joshfrink reminded us when he said he has fond memories of Six Flags in Houston.
- Amusement parks are found all over the world though, as @Motherofalltrip reminded us when she listed the always popular @LEGOlandWindsor in England.
- A few other parks mentioned included Knoebels in Pennsylvania, Cedar Point in Ohio, and Coney Island’s Luna Park.