If, like me, you’ve spent the first part of summer either glued to your couch or struggling at your part-time job, you might be in need of a vacation.
Between tanning sessions in my backyard, I’ve scoured the Internet for the hottest summer vacation spots.
These locations are perfect for those of us counting the days until we go back to university because not only are they full of college-age activities, they’re also some of the cheapest.
The best time to visit this city notorious for shenanigans is August, so if you buy your tickets now, you’re just in time.
To gain access to popular tourist transportation and/or attractions, purchasing an I amsterdam city card is highly recommended.
You’ll probably want to hit the Red Light District, but be careful – authorities do not allow pictures in this area.
Speaking of authorities, you won’t have to worry about them busting you for underage drinking since the legal age here is 18.
And above all, you MUST get some pancakes during your visit.
Also best in August is Florence, a great foreign vacation spot. Two of my friends recently returned from studying abroad in Europe, and Florence was their favorite city, probably because of the abundant nightlife.
Like Amsterdam, the drinking age in Florence is 18, and one of the most popular nightclubs is Twice, which was frequented by the Jersey Shore cast members during their season in Italy.
Besides the nightlife, the city also has plenty of museums to check out during the day, and of course, you’re going to want to eat as much gelato as you possibly can.
The most exciting spot in South Carolina is Myrtle Beach — the perfect place if you’re in need of some sand and surf.
But if you get tired of the beach, head on over to one of Myrtle Beach’s amusement parks like the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, the Myrtle Waves Water Park or WonderWorks.
I actually took a trip to WonderWorks with my high school orchestra a few years ago, and we had a lot of fun with its interactive exhibits, including a bike ride that revolved a complete 360 degrees.
The Clash’s song “London Calling” says it all, and London is indeed calling those of us who want to experience a bit of summer sophistication.
For my fellow Harry Potter fans out there, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is at the top of the list of London attractions.
Others include the beautiful Greenwich Park, free shows at The Scoop (an outdoor amphitheater located underneath City Hall) and the Columbia Road Flower Market.
As a Florida native, I can vouch for this one. Known as the “Venice of America,” Ft. Laud offers all the perks of the other major beaches in Florida for a significantly lower price.
Though quieter than its cousin, Miami Beach, it has better scenery and whiter sand. However, if you’re craving the heavy partying Miami has to offer, it’s only about an hour drive away.
Some suggestions when traveling
If you’re in super-saver mode (as most of us are), it’s best to book a hotel on the outskirts of these cities to save money and crosscheck travel sites to find the best deal.
If you’re going out of the country, you should learn a few common phrases so you won’t come across as a know-nothing tourist and get ripped off.
But most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy your summer wherever you are. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have a great trip. Happy traveling!
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