[T]he Summer season has drawn to a close in North America and Europe, which means it's time to begin daydreaming about where to go next year!
Amongst the holidays 2014 with Cosmos, there are a bunch of sunny seaside destinations I have my eye on.
Photos inspire me, perhaps more than anything else, when choosing a destination. I hope these serve to inspire you when thinking about where to vacation next Summer.
Greece is quickly becoming my Thailand of five years ago. I feel live everybody's been there, partied there, and island-hopped there but me.
I passed up my first opportunity to visit in 1998, during my backpacking trip through Europe. I'd been in Italy for two weeks, and only had as much time left on my trip. Instead of hopping a ferry, I high-tailed it to Ireland, but that's another story.
As recently as last year, I thought again about heading to Greece, but I was in Europe during the Fall, and felt it wouldn't be quite as nice as Spring or Summer.
Mykonos is my top pick, if only for the beautiful seaside setting, with white-painted buildings contrast against the deep blue waters. I'd love to photograph it.
Croatia is another seaside country I'm long overdue to visit.
My parents were there long ago on a cruise, and as recently as last year, my brother and best friend went for yacht week. I've also heard its praises sung by many travel bloggers in recent years.
For such a small country, there's a lot of cities to visit, including Dubrovnik (pictured above), Hvar (party central), Split, and Zagreb (the capital). But, because it's small, it's perfect for a quick vacation, a week or two should suffice.
I know nothing of Croatian cuisine, though I imagine it's heavy on the seafood. It'd be interesting to discover that aspect of the country and culture.
3. Canary Islands
The Canary Islands were recently featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Fast and the Furious 6.
Located 100km off the southern coast of Morocco, this archipelago actually belongs to Spain.
Known for its friendly climate, beaches, and varied landscapes, the Canary Islands attract millions of vacationers every year.
Surprisingly, they feature the world's third tallest volcano, Mount Teide, according to Wikipedia.
Turkey is another destination I hadn't thought much about until friends started visiting and spending time there over the last few years.
The crossroads between Europe and Asia, there's a lot of history there, and a totally foreign culture to me.
My top priorities would be to explore Istanbul, and experience a Turkish bath. The latter is something I've wanted to do since seeing Anthony Bourdain suffer through it on one of his old TV shows.
My fifth and final European dream destination for 2014 is Italy, and specifically, the Italian Riviera.
Last year I visited the Spanish Riviera, known as Costa Brava, for the first time, as well as the French Riviera for the second time, but I've yet to experience Italy's version.
The main hub is Genoa. And while I still find it humorous that their beaches are often a pile of round rocks, it seems to deter none of the Europeans from enjoying the sun in Summer.
Where do you want to go in 2014?
This post was written by Dave and brought to you by Cosmos.