Celebrate Summer Everywhere: 10 Glorious Global Pictures

Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by

Even though we have some cultural and geographic divides between us, one thing that unites us all around the world is our love for the summertime.Even though we have some cultural and geographic divides between us, one thing that unites us all around the world is our love for the summertime.

The Summer Season is Finally Here!

Today marks July 4th, the unofficial opening to the summer season in the United States. Even though it’s already been a couple of weeks since summer began, many Americans will head outdoors this weekend to soak up the sun for the first time this year with their friends and families. Beaches are packed, barbecue grills fired up, and absolute joy is in the air. We thought this might also be a good time to appreciate the wonders of nature that come with the emergence of summer. Although it’s not summer everywhere in the world, every country has its own unique features, and vibrant colors, that get highlighted when the sun comes out. Here’s a quick tour of what’s in store for you in some select regions:

1. Miami

Miami Beach, Florida hotels and restaurants at sunset on Ocean Drive, world famous destination for it’s nightlife, beautiful weather and pristine beaches.

2. Turkey

The Turkish summertime is famed world wide. Turkey offers a wealth of destination varieties to travelers, this beautiful turquoise lake is one of them.

3. South Korea

Black sand and seashore of Sunrise Peak, Jeju island, South Korea, one of the UNESCO nature tourism site in Korea.

4. Colombia

Providence Island, Colombia – The infamous pirate Henry Morgan used Providencia as a base for raiding the Spanish empire, and rumors suggest that much of his treasure remains hidden on the island.

5. Netherlands

For many foreigners, nothing captures the idea of the Netherlands more vividly than windmills, wooden shoes, tulips, and remarkably flat lands. This rainbow of tulips in the park on a sunny day speaks for itself.


6. India

India’s culture and heritage are a rich amalgam of the past and the present. A fishing boat on the beach at dramatic cloudy sky at palm trees captures the essence of the Indian summer.

7. Mexico

Some awesome beach beds among palm trees at perfect tropical Mexican coast… What else can you wish for when you go on a summer vacation?

8. Japan

The Byodo-In Temple, Japan. Together with its garden, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and on a warm summer evening, you can see why.

9. United Kingdom

The Picturesque garden in the Cotswold village of Bibury, England, represents perfectly the summertime in the United Kingdom.

10. South Africa

For our grand finale we chose the ultimate summertime picture: Sunset panorama HDR of a beach near cape town, South Africa.

Where are you traveling this summer? Where have you spent the most amazing summertimes? Connect with us and share your travel experiences.

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