Travel Destinations: Where Travel Planners Go for Summer Vacation
With the incentive travel high season coming to a close and sunny summer days upon us, our travel planners are starting to choose their own vacation destinations. Here’s a glimpse of what those in the know have chosen for this summer.
Prince Edward Island
After numerous incentive trips to tropical destinations this year, one member of our team is headed north to Prince Edward Island. One of Canada’s Maritime provinces, PEI is just remote enough to be a real escape and just near enough to be easily accessible from the East Coast. The island is known for a dramatic, northern seascape and green, pastoral landscape. Visitors come here to spend their days outside, whether biking or hiking, sailing or beachcombing, or just reading on the deck. It’s a great choice to slow down, turn off the smartphone, and spend some time with family and friends.
Oregon Road Trip
Sometimes, we just want to hit the road… Our teammate is headed to her home state, where she’ll explore the agate beaches of the Oregon coast and climb Spencer Butte. After long days at the office, she’s looking forward to spending time on the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, whitewater rafting and kayaking. Of course, Portland has fully emerged as a culinary and cultural destination, so it will be a must-do stop on the itinerary. See what Travel & Leisure has to say about Portland here.
Another of our planners has a goal of a new destination every year. This summer, she’s off to Portugal. She’ll start in Lisbon. There are few more immediately likeable cities than Lisbon. It is rooted as much in the 1920s as the 2000s, with wooden trams clanking up steep hills, past mosaic pavements, Art Nouveau cafés, and the medieval quarter of Alfama. But even with this historic ambiance, it is still a vibrant, modern city. From there, our teammate is on to Porto – famed, of course, for port wine – but also as an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the NY Times video on what to do with 36 Hours in Portugal here.
When you really need a vacation, it can be hard to beat digging your toes in the sand and doing not much! That’s the plan for one member of our team. She’ll be spending her holiday at the luxury all-inclusive Secrets Playa Mujeres, just 10 minutes north of Cancun. After some serious downtime, she’s thinking of swimming with the dolphins or visiting the Mayan ruins. Most of all, she’s planning to make it up as she goes along!
Stockholm and Amsterdam
What could make a better mix than ABBA and Van Gogh? Our colleague is headed for ten days split between these two great cities. Both Amsterdam and Stockholm are known for their café cultures, museums, and long summer evenings of northern light. By renting Airbnb apartments in both cities, our teammate and her family will live like locals. They are looking forward to making themselves at home in a new destination.
Other members of our team are still deciding… Machu Picchu, New Mexico, Texas Hill Country, and the Bahamas are all up for discussion. There is a world of amazing destinations from which to choose.