Five reasons to travel this summer

This summer, when booking your travels. indulge in luxury, celebrations, the outdoors, and food — lots of it. Here, our favourite five reasons to travel during the next few months.

1 Foodies hungry for Nordic cuisine will love the Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival, which this year is focusing on the city’s newest offerings. Running Aug. 18-29, pop-up menus at restaurants around the city will give tourists and locals alike the chance to sample the city’s high-end meals for a fraction of the cost. For example, last year super cool Lomos Food Shop offered a spread of its delicious tapas plates, from foie gras to fresh smoked halibut, for around the regular price of one tapas dish at a celebration that saw almost 100,000 people take in 150 events. Be sure to plan your itinerary early; tickets are on sale now.

2 Wifi, charging stations and reclining chairs aren’t what you would expect on safari, but if Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana or South Africa has been on your bucket list, you’ll want to consider an overland adventure with G Adventures, which recently introduced these features on its new safari vehicles. The ultra jeeps also have photography-friendly windows and a 250-litre water tank to reduce the use of plastic bottles, making trips to the Okavanga Delta, Victoria Falls and the Serengeti all the more enticing. The new vehicles are available on 22 of the company’s Yolo trips as of this June.

3 The Caribbean is a no-brainer as a winter destination, but summer brings amped-up energy to the islands, particularly during Carnival celebrations. June through August see agendas go into overdrive. Trinidad and Tobago traditionally has the region’s most exotic and expansive celebration, but Antigua’s Carnival, which runs July 22 to Aug. 2, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, which means 12 days of costumes, floats, food and fun in what organizers are calling “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.”

4 This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service (the act creating the service was signed by President Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916). A massive variety of nature can be enjoyed across the country’s 58 national and historic parks from the sharp spires and pinnacles of South Dakota’s Badlands National Park to Hawaii’s piping hot Volcanoes National Park — it’s home to both the world’s biggest volcano and the most active. With free entry during the National Park Service birthday, Aug. 25-28, there has never been a better reason to experience the great outdoors in the U.S.

5 A fine-dining food truck? Oui, s’il vous plait! Starting in June, a pop-up eatery from the award-winning Panache, in Quebec City’s Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel, opens for the summer in the Vignoble de Sainte-Pétronille vineyard on Île d’Orleans. With a covered patio, and views of the winery and Montmorency Falls, the Panache Mobile is Quebec’s answer to gourmet food on the go. Wine from Vignoble de Saint-Pétronille will be paired with casual versions of the restaurant’s French fare, including duck confit poutine, with mushrooms and pepper sauce, ranging from $5 to $24. 

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