The news is out… summer’s here! Find out how to plan your beach vacay
It feels like this summer has been a long time coming, and we’re excited for a season full of adventures. Of course, summer’s not complete with at least a few trips to the beach. Whether you’re a beach bum and like to catch the sun rays or would rather be out on the water doing water sports, we’ve got some tips on how to make your beach vacation dreams come true!
Step 1: Find your kind of beach
There’s around 620,000 km’s of coastline in the world, so you’ll really need to take into consideration where you want to go. Of course, not all of this coastline is made for a beach getaway, but you get it… there are many beaches to choose from. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Some of the beaches are not exactly made for swimming and water sports under the summer sun, but you’ll find a few goodies for just that. If you’re thinking on a country level, some of the best picks for beaches include: Greece, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Indonesia, Hawaii, or French Polynesia. There are also some things to keep in mind while choosing your beach in your beach destination, such as:
- What activities does the beach offer?
- Is the beach equipped with food stands or drink bars, for example, or should you pack your own food?
- Accessibility: is the beach easy to get to?
At JoinMyTrip, we also have some ready-planned beach vacations for you… so you can start traveling with friends you don’t know yet right now!
So many beaches, so little time!
Step 2: Pick your accommodation wisely
If you’re going on a beach vacation, you never want the beach to be too far away. Of course, hotels are always an option, but our recommendation is to opt for group travel and stay at an Airbnb- this way you’re being more sustainable and save costs. Don’t have TravelMate’s yet? Find them on JoinMyTrip! Most often with Airbnb’s, you’ll also find cool spots to stay even in more remote locations… so perhaps you can hit up some hidden beaches. 😉 Here’s how you can have the perfect group travel experience.
Step 3: Pack smart!
A bottle of sunscreen or a hat might end up costing a lot at a beach stand, so don’t forget to pack the essentials. Here’s a quick recap of what to take along (at least):
- The ‘protect yourself from the sun set’: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, lip chap (SPF approved)
- The ‘beach set’: swimsuit, sandals, tank tops, shorts, beach cover-up, comfortable + lose clothing, beach blanket, towel, dry bag
- The ‘tech set’: power bank, headphones
If you end up spending a lot of time on the beach, it’s best to pack light! You’ll thank yourself for not carrying around too much stuff. Plus, it’s more sustainable! We also have more tips on how you can travel sustainably. And, if you go traveling alongside some TravelMates, you can be sure that at least one of you will have the necessities (the responsible one 😎). And of course, don’t forget to pack a water bottle, stay hydrated!
Step 4: Time it right
It just ain’t a beach vacation if it’s cold outside. So, research what the warm months in your destination are! Tip: usually it’s best to go just before and just after peak time, so you avoid the crowds but still get to bask in the sun. Plus, it’s usually not even enjoyable if it’s too hot outside. Make sure to check public holidays in the country as well, you’ll be sure to find locals enjoying their days off, especially in the summertime!
You can go SUP: ing in the winter too, I guess: some real off-season vacation!
Step 5: Find out about activities
It’s important to set out with like-minded TravelMates so that you can enjoy activities together! For example, if you’re planning all sorts of water sports and an active beach holiday, you don’t necessarily want someone coming along who despises water sports. Make sure to be at least somewhat on the same line about the itinerary of the trip. Keep in mind that some beach locations are awesome for activities, some for relaxing, and some for partying. Pick your type! If you’re into water sports, we have some hot tips for you:
- The 11 Best Standup Paddleboarding Spots in Germany
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What kind of beach vacationer are you?
There you have it! All ready to head out on an awesome beach vacation? Do you have a cool beach in mind that you’d like to take some like-minded travelers to? Then start creating your first trip with JoinMyTrip now!