Escape summer heat at the beach or pool

Summer heat is upon us and with it come unpleasant heat waves and lots of sweating. There are many ways to escape the summer heat, but most just choose to go to the beach or a local pool to cool off.

If you want something more exciting than that, you’ve come to the right place! After all, not everybody enjoys overcrowded pools and expensive drinks. There are plenty of locations you can visit that still have acceptable temperatures and interesting sights to see. Guest bloggers, Agness and Cez of, offer five of them starting with South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa, has a great climate to escape summer heat

#1 Cape Town, South Africa

Since South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, you can enjoy long sunny days without wishing you had a block of ice to hug. June and July are basically South Africa’s winter, so if you want to escape the summer heat – it makes for a great destination.

Just remember to bring a light waterproof jacket. While South African winters aren’t cold and dreary like in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re still bound to catch some warm, rainy days. Summer is the best season to view the wildlife in this wondrous country. and Table Mountain National Park is perfect to explore.

From atop the mountain, you can view the whole city, Robben Island, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and Devil’s Peak. What makes for an impressive sight from below is the mist that often gathers up at the peaks. While you’re in South Africa, keep in mind not to dress too “touristy.” You might run into trouble with some of the locals in different townships if you flash your wealth around.

SeEscape summer heat on the Isle of Skye

#2 Isle of Skye, Scotland

The United Kingdom is always a great place to escape the summer heat. British weather is cloudy and rainy almost half of the time, and summer is no different. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this stunning piece of natural landscape in Scotland. It’s especially perfect for those who enjoy hiking but don’t necessarily like the heat.

Visit the fields of Faerie Glen, the cold and clear waters of Fairy Pools, all the way down to the landslip of Quiraing, whose heart-quickening beauty can’t be captured on camera. Dunvegan Castle and its gardens are also nice if you visit when it’s not raining.

Sadly, despite all the folksy names, you won’t encounter any pixie people. The entire isle is still a magical place to be in and there’s a way you can catch the obligatory summer beach fun. Take a trip down to the Claigan Coral Beach for some spectacular views. Don’t forget your jacket, though – the wind can be deeply chilling.

Machu Picchu visitors escape summer heat easily

#3 Machu Picchu, Peru

If the herds of sheep in Scotland aren’t your cup of tea, maybe you’ll enjoy being photo bombed by the Llamas in Machu Picchu. The summer heat is easy to escape in this ancient Inca city high up in the Andes. You might need some time to adjust to the altitude, but once you do this land of mystery holds much to explore.

A guide might be necessary to get the full experience, but you can travel it solo just as well. Machu Picchu is home to many ruins like the Temple of the Sun, the Moon Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows, and others. After you’re done exploring the area up close, there’s one more thing you need to do. Conquer Huayna Picchu peak and admire the expansive mountain layout.

Reykjavik, Iceland, is a great destination to escape summer heat

#4 Reykjavik, Iceland

If you google pictures of Reykjavik you’d swear the city was made out of Legos! Neatly aligned and colorful houses will greet you in the cozy (albeit cold) capital of Iceland. This is where you should go if you’re completely serious about wanting to escape the summer heat. It’s always cold here, but the sights are something to behold.

Reykjavik is a great place to have as your “headquarters” in the country. From there you can go on Arctic cruises to view the Northern Lights, whale watching, wildlife spotting, and other activities. Tours can also lead you to geysers, volcanoes, and ice caves. In no time you’ll see how diverse the geological formations in Iceland are.

Now, while you’re in the city, consider visiting the flea market, Kolaportid – which is located down by the harbor. You can find all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs here without having to spend a fortune.

The list could go on, but we’d rather not spoil everything for you. There are so many interesting places to visit in Iceland – you’d be amazed just how much natural beauty is hiding on this island at the end of the world.

Mt. Denali is always free from scorching summer heat

#5 Denali National Park, Alaska, U.S.A.

What better way to escape the summer heat than by going on a trip to Alaska? Here you’ll be able to admire the tallest mountains in North America while doing some wildlife spotting. Grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou, and other majestic creatures live their lives in this clean and well-preserved park.

Go canoeing and have a picnic afterward. Summer really brings out the natural beauty of Alaska in ways you can’t imagine. Just remember that most of the park is tundra. If you were expecting lush forests, you need to head further south and into Southeast Alaska.

Heads up – Only tour buses are allowed to go past mile 15 in the park. If you were planning on renting out a motorhome to visit the park, that might inconvenience some of you. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to take some excellent photographs and enjoy yourself.

How Do You Escape the Summer Heat?

Are you just an average Joe/Jane that goes to the pool, sipping a cold beverage? Or do you enjoy visiting an exciting place once in a while? Tell us your story in the comments! We’d like to hear about some of the interesting locations you’ve traveled to cool off and have some fun.

Agness and Cez write about staying cool in summer

Many thanks to Agness and Cez of for this sponsored post.

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Exciting for the surging sea and tricky current, which you won`t see here. I`ll post more later about the entry/exit challenges. This wasn`t the `washing machine` dive elsewhere offshore. That`s for advanced divers looking for adrenaline challenges. Not my dive style!

• Good to know what your fellow divers are looking for. I carry a pointer and tap my tank if I find a micro opp like nudibranchs or secretive shrimp.
• It`s good to know the limitations of your camera rig. I shoot for motion and wide with a small, fixed light. It`s limiting. My dive buddies carry the big rigs and lights to catch micro subjects worthy of a cover shot. I thrill in the hunt for movement and color.
• The best dive buddies and dive masters share when we spot something and wait turns to shoot. This crew was generous - another exciting plus on the trip.

The expert crew and catamaran from the @marco_vincent_dive_resort are the best I`ve encountered in nearly 500 dives around the world.

Footage: Go Pro 8
Music: Alone by Mike, VN subscription. Are you an adrenaline adventurer?

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Nothing like diving with whale sharks before breakfast! And it`s always a thrill to have wild animals come close. These juveniles show up daily for handouts from the local fishermen. The limited number of visitors are coached before boat assignments and limited to a few morning hours.

We rolled into the village after dark the night before and prepped for a pre-dawn shore dive. It was a great choice, or we`d be bobbing on the surface with dozens of snorkelers - still a fine experience but not for video. Sorry, it`s so dark. Rain started as we stepped in, and the sun only broke through as we stumbled out. I still feel blessed.

Thanks to JR Divers Tan Awan, Cebu. Would you swim with whale sharks?

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Fiji Sharks are so smart. I became a fan on my first shark dive years ago. I sat on the bottom watching as they took turns grabbing fish heads from an outstretched hand (The diver wears a chain mail glove.)

On that earlier dive I watched next to pioneering underwater filmmaker Chuck Nicklin - in his 80`s and still diving! His excitement was contagious and calmed my nerves.

This time I brought Chuck along. He passed away last year and I had permission to bring his ashes. I think he`d be pleased.

Many thanks to Roz Nicklin and @diverdave for making this possible. @Aqua_Trek too.

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"What`s that drumming?" We walked out of the Hong Kong customs and turned to catch these Dragon Dancers in action. Chinese New Year celebrations are winding down but the troupe`s balance and coordination is a wonder whenever or wherever the dragons show up.

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Thanks to Candymann and David at Tisa`s for the fantastic Umu Feast.

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Happy Lunar New Year! Loved seeing the Dragon as Singapore rolled out their Gardens By The Bay Light Show and show tunes filled the night. (Different music theme monthly!)

You can watch each night at 7:45 & 8:45.
Kung hei fat choi! Happy Year of the Dragon!

A graceful and generous Singaporean friend helped me find the perfect spot for the show. Afterwards, we walked for hours while she explained life in this amazing city. Her government-issued fitbit watch said we took over 18,000 steps! I believe it. It took my feet days to feel normal, but I`d do it all again.

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