Warm weather is here and vacation time is near! You can choose backpacking in Europe or camping out in Arizona, but what could be more relaxing than sailing to an exotic foreign country on a luxurious cruise ship? No airport security checks, nauseating car rides or crowded buses necessary—you can have a vacation while traveling to another vacation. Choosing to vacation on a cruise ship is a no-brainer, but knowing where to go? That might take a little more thought.
The Galapagos Islands
Both educational and inspiring, the Galapagos Islands are located on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of Ecuador. Mid-April to mid-May is the best time to visit for clear skies, warm weather and calm, postcard-blue seas. The unique wildlife found at the islands were used by Charles Darwin to support his evolutionary theory, and today they continue to offer new insights into the animal kingdom.
Bright white beaches, majestic waterfalls and kaleidoscopic underwater reefs: the Cayman Islands are about as close to paradise as it gets. Tourists travel here from all around the world to explore these picturesque waters through underwater snorkeling and scuba diving. Crystal clear waters foster a perfect view of colorful tropical fish and ancient shipwrecks.
The best months to visit Bermuda are June, July and August, since these summer months come with the most abundant opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and sailboat tours. The pink sands and turquoise waters provide a breathtaking view, while the cozy, 85-degree temperature of the ocean truly melts away all troubles.
What better excuse to wear that dreadlocked hat you’ve kept in the back of your closet? A tropical destination with dynamic landscapes, Jamaica is a beachy vacation experience with a twist. Hike up marvelous mountains, stroll through rolling hills, dance beneath thundering waterfalls and lay out on sunny beaches. For a perfect day in Jamaica, ride horseback along the beach, explore the tropical rain forest and feast with the locals at a festive reggae barbecue.
A little farther from home, the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu create a romantic atmosphere with deep blue waters, quaint white villages and majestic rocks that offer a view of the whole magical setting. Explore the ancient culture of the islands and be sure to indulge in some authentic Greek cuisine for a life-changing experience.
Your trip should be a completely worry-free experience, so make sure to take care of all of your traveling logistics before you set sail. Since you’ll be heading overseas, you’ll want to keep yourself and your finances protected with international travel insurance. This coverage would be crucial if something were to happen in a place beyond the limits of your coverage at home. Be sure to get allf those other stressors out of the way before you go as well, including paying your bills, getting prescriptions refilled and designating local loved ones to man the fort while you’re away. Once these tasks are complete, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery at your chosen cruise destination.