What began as Great Outdoors Week became Great Outdoors Month, a celebration of the outdoors, designated by the US Senate. And, although there are many events and events across America this month worthy of participation – National Trails Day, National Outdoors Day and Outdoor Service Day – June is also a great time to embrace nature and wild places around the world.
Keep reading to learn more about five exciting international destinations worth exploring. From beaches to desert retreats to mountainous landscapes, here are nature-rich spots perfect for your next adventure.
Dive into an outdoor geothermal pool: Iceland
The mostly treeless Nordic nation of Iceland is defined by its theatrical natural landscapes full of volcanoes, geysers, moss-covered hills, hot springs and lava fields. A trip here is a feast for the senses. Learn about Viking history as you explore the land, making sure to spend plenty of time relaxing in the geothermal pools.
The Blue Lagoon, located 50 minutes from downtown Reykjavik, is one of the most well-known and celebrated outdoor experiences where you can lather up in the mud and treat your skin to a nourishing mineral treatment. Another option, located at Karsnes Harbor Kopavogur, right in the heart of the capital, is the brand new sky lagoon. Modern and stylish, Iceland’s seven-step bathing ritual is a getaway like no other. Float from the open-air lagoon to the cold plunge to the sauna to the mist-mist space to the body scrub station to the steam room to the shower, then repeat everything again at your leisure.
Travel to a remote island in the Indian Ocean: the Maldives
If you’re truly looking to get away, unplug, and have an adventure to usurp all others, look no further than the Maldives, a nation of nearly 1,200 islands located along the equator in the ocean. Indian. Jewel-like islands, surrounded by reefs teeming with fish and colorful coral, set the stage for one of the most magnificent destinations on the planet. It is here, in the flattest country in the world, that you will be welcomed by the locals and have unique experiences that you will not find anywhere else. Instagram-worthy wonders abound, including accommodation in an overwater bungalow where you can order breakfast floating in your private pool and see fish swimming just below your wooden deck.
Do yourself a favor and save time for a visit, by staying at boutique properties within Coco collection. Celebrating traditional Maldivian architecture, design and ambience, Coco Bodu Hithi in North Malé Atoll and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll offer respite that will connect you to nature in an authentic and memorable. To have PADI certified on-site at the dive center with the resident offshore dive team and treat yourself to a world of underwater wonder. From spa experiences to inventive dining options to thrills at sea, this is the vacation you’ve been looking for.
Connect with family, welcoming the sun, at an all-inclusive resort: Mexico
Bring your whole family, including your grandparents, and spend a few days Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun. Located on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches, Playa Mujeres Beach, this Caribbean vacation is just what your family needs. The suites are designed with private balconies and hammock swings, so even when you’re in the room you can open the doors and breathe in the fresh sea air. Don’t forget the sunscreen and head out to outdoors for recreational activities like floating water park, yoga, beach volleyball, salsa dance lessons, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc.
Camel Ride in the Sahara Desert: Morocco
Did you know that Morocco has a whole valley of roses, a wide swath of the Sahara desert, a ski resort in the Atlas Mountains and the oldest functioning university in the world? Daring travelers will love visiting this country on an in-depth Premium Morocco tour with intrepid journey, a seasoned travel company that has been leading indelible adventures for over three decades. Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest travel B Corporation, uses travel as a force for good.
In Morocco, for 15 days, you will visit the imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. Marrakech, home to Africa’s busiest square, is where you’ll find storytellers, magicians, shopkeepers and orange juice stalls. This small-group tour also explores Chefchaouen, the magical blue city; tent camps of Amazigh (Berber) families; and Mollywood, or Ait Benhaddou, where many famous films have been shot (Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Gladiator). You will have the opportunity to hike in the Dades Valley, shop in the many medinas and ride a camel to a tented camp in the Sahara Desert. Your expert guide will facilitate all the details and exclusive experiences, including a picnic lunch at the ruins of Volubilis, a partially excavated Berber-Roman city, and an immersive cooking class in Tahanaout with local chefs. If you’re looking for a sign to try something new, this is it.
Swim at the foot of a waterfall: Grenada
Explore Spice Isle by land and sea. Grenada is an exciting destination for outdoor enthusiasts. At the edge of the forest reserve, on the west side of the island, crashes the waterfall of Concord where you can snorkel and cool off. Will stay Mount Cinnamon Resort, a charming, lush retreat floating above Grand Anse Beach, and enjoy the hues of the Creamsicle sunset, a honeysuckle-scented breeze, and chirping tropical birds. You’ll have easy access to everything the island has to offer, including snorkeling, hiking, and sailing adventures.