Looking to cash in your vacation days? Here are five trips worth the withdraw.
Skipping town is a summer tradition. Even more so if you’re a teacher and can leave the country for two months every year. Consider these spots for your next adventure. Some require a passport, all require a sense of adventure. So pick a place, pack your bags and head out.
Far too often associated with cold and cloudy Eastern Europe rather than the coastal beauty it has along the shores of the Adriatic, Croatia always makes for an unreal travel destination. Fly into Dubrovnik, check out the famed Walls of Dubrovnik, and catch a bus out of town. Head to Split and admire the beauty of the rocky coast, where you can secure a boat travel to as many islands as possible.
One way to do this is by jumping on a learn to sail trip, which will have you rigging sails in no time and taking your (roughly) thirty-seven-foot boat to a slew of islands, all while swimming the Adriatic Sea and savoring the day’s seafood catch.
First, avoid the unrest in Managua. Instead, fly into Costa Rica, take a chicken bus down to the border and catch a panga boat into Playa Colorados. Spend the day surfing and then take the boat up to Playa Gigante. See if Giants Foot Surf has a room, if not, grab one at Hotel Brio and get some meditation in between surf sessions. Hit Casa Maderas for the absolute can’t-miss langosta plate.
Big Sur, California
For an in-country excursion, head up California’s Highway 1 and hit Big Sur, California’s rugged and legendary state park. Stay at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and use it as your base camp. After morning coffee, hike a few miles in, meditate for a few hours, then hike your ass back. Head to the Henry Miller Library and pretend to be quasi-cultured.
If you have time, rent a car and zigzag the roads of consonant-heavy Wales. If not, head to Caernarfon. Stay at the Black Boy Inn, but only if you’re short. Hell, stay if you’re tall, just know that you’ll smack your head on the rafters multiple times.
Wake up early one morning, grab your daypack and head to Snowdon. Hike that mountain, take in the views of the UK’s tallest mountain, and catch a ride back on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Enjoy pulled pints and local fare at any of Caernarfon’s pubs.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fly into Louis Armstrong Airport and catch a ride into the city. While there’s so much more to the city than the French Quarter - much of which, this trip will focus on - you’ll have to start there for a po’boy from the Verti Marte. The only way you can go wrong with All That Jazz is if you have a shellfish allergy. Supplement that with green beans, mac and cheese, and a slice of pecan pie.
After you’re done there, waddle over to Café Du Monde for some beignets and café au lait to artificially bump you out of your food coma.
As night falls, head to the Saturn Bar and slug back a few Miller High Lifes. Before heading to your Airbnb for the night, you’ll swing back through the Quarter for a Lucky Dog.
Once you wake up, head over to the Camellia Grill. At the very least, order a butter pecan waffle and an omelet. Spend the morning and afternoon at Audubon Zoo. For dinner, grab a burger at Port O’ Call and wash it down with Neptune's Monsoon. Catch some live music and bowl a few rounds at Mid City Lanes. Before heading out of town, grab a surf and turf po’boy at Domilise's Po'Boys and end it with a sno-ball from Hansen’s.