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5 Underrated Summer Travel Ideas To Spice Up Your Wanderlust

Are you tired of the usual summer plans like I am? Do you crave something different, something off the beaten path? Look no further! Here are five underrated summer travel ideas that promise to ignite your sense of adventure and create memories to last a lifetime.

1. RV Road Trip Across Major US Cities

Picture this: you and your friends heading on an epic road trip across the vast landscapes of the United States, stopping at three different major cities along the way. Renting an RV offers the freedom to explore at your own pace while enjoying the comforts of home on wheels. From the busy streets of New York City to the laid-back vibes of Nashville, each city offers its own unique charm and experiences. You can browse and rent RVs from websites like, making planning your road trip easier than ever.

2. Explore Untouched Cities

Swap crowded tourist hubs for lesser-known gems that have just as much authenticity and charm. Instead of Tokyo, consider visiting Takayama in Japan, where you'll find traditional architecture and amazing landscapes. Trade the touristy parts of Ocho Rios for the untouched beauty of St. Elizabeth in Jamaica, where pristine beaches (like Treasure Beach) and lush countryside welcomes you!

And why settle for the crowds of Cancun when you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and culinary delights of Oaxaca, Mexico? Visiting these underrated cities allows you to escape the tourist crowds and experience the true essence of a destination.

The benefit of visiting these lesser-known cities is the opportunity to discover hidden treasures that are often overlooked by mainstream tourism. You'll have the chance to interact with locals, support small businesses, and gain a deeper understanding of the local way of life. Plus, you'll likely encounter fewer crowds, allowing for a more authentic and immersive travel experience.

3. Join a Group Trip

Experience the wonders of Africa with a group trip organized by Urban Flight Collective. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, everything is taken care of for you, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures and stunning landscapes of countries like Kenya, Benin, Tanzania, Senegal, Rwanda, and more.

These unique cultural experiences offer the opportunity to connect with like-minded travelers while exploring some of the most awe-inspiring destinations on the continent. With deposits as low as $200 and monthly payments starting at just $159, joining a group trip has never been more accessible.

4. Explore Lesser Known National Parks

How about exploring the lesser-known national parks of the world? While iconic parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite in the United States often steal the spotlight, there are numerous other stunning national parks waiting to be discovered. Consider visiting places like Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with its breathtaking landscapes of rugged mountains, glaciers, and turquoise lakes. Or explore the surreal landscapes of Jiuzhaigou National Park in China, known for its colorful lakes, waterfalls, and diverse ecosystems.

By venturing off the beaten path and exploring underrated national parks, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature's beauty while escaping the crowds and experiencing destinations that are truly off the radar.

5. Volunteer Tourism

Why not use your summer vacation to make a positive impact on the world? Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, allows you to combine travel with meaningful volunteer work, giving back to communities in need while exploring new destinations. Whether it's teaching English in rural schools, volunteering on environmental conservation projects, or assisting with community development initiatives, there are endless opportunities to make a difference while experiencing the world in a unique and rewarding way.

From RV road trips to off-the-beaten-path adventures, these underrated summer travel ideas promise to ignite your sense of adventure and create memories to last a lifetime.

So why settle for the same old vacation destinations when you can head on a journey of discovery and exploration? Step off the beaten path and uncover the hidden gems that await you this summer. Happy travels!

Queenie xoxo

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Apr 26

I love this article. Travelling in group is truly underrated. You get to have fun and make new friends. Especially for introverts like me, I love group trips as it takes from my comfort zone ( Which is being alone of course). Thanks for sharing

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