Have you ever dreamt of getting away from it all and escaping to an island somewhere? Maybe you’re looking for a place to party with your friends or maybe something closer to a less crowded, postcard-like paradise. A survey of several sources helped determine a list of 17 excellent islands to visit this summer and here they are:
South Island New Zealand
If you get burnt out on summer, head to South Island where June to August is midwinter. While everyone else is sweating, you can go snowboarding, skiing, spelunking, explore the two lakeside towns, meet humpbacks off the coast of Kaikoura or chill out in one of the thermal springs at Lake Tekapo.
Crete, the largest Greek island is unique. Multiple cultures have blended together there over the years. Explore the streets and take a daylong hike through one of the most dramatic canyons in Europe, the Samaría Gorge. If you’re looking for rocky Greek hills that fall off into beautiful crystalline waters then hit famous Balos Beach.