The Last Summer Getaway
The capital of Georgia, Tbilisi is the place to go for 2017 so why not make it your summer destination? This European gem has gone through so much change but has managed to keep its very own cultural identity which the Georgians are very proud of – and so they should be.
Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi, Georgia
Take a hike
Tbilisi sits on the banks of the Mtkvari River and is backed by small mountains. Arguably the main attraction, if you don’t consider yourself to be a person who hikes, Tbilisi is about to change your mind. There are plenty of local guides who will take you across the peaks. Just make sure that you don’t forget a pair of hiking boots or you’ll miss out on the fresh air, the warm rays and the most spectacular views.
Drink some wine
Georgia is known as the birthplace of wine and is home to the oldest wine producing region in the world, which means you should definitely settle down for a summer drink with the locals. Stop by one of the bars in the Old Town for a sample and you’ll be able to try a bit of everything. How could you resist?
Where to stay: The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi
Does guaranteed sunshine and soaring temperatures sound good to you? If it does, you’ll love spending your late summer break in Dubai.
Discover modern luxury at the Bab AL Qasr Hotel, Dubai
Shop till you drop
The place to go for the ultimate shopping experience is Dubai. There are 96 shopping malls spread across the city. It’s not just fashionable finds you’ll be snapping up, it’ll be a whole day out for everyone with theme parks, ice skating rinks, Michelin star restaurants and much more inside every mall.
Holidays don’t need to be all hustle and bustle. Take some time to wind down at one of the hundreds of spas in Dubai. Full body massages, glimmering swimming pools and cold air conditioning will have you prepared for your next stint in the outdoor heat.
If you love summer but not so much the heat, head to Boston. The warm-but-comfortable temperatures make it the perfect destination for a late summer holiday.
Let the people of the city show you the sights while you get in a workout. Group tours led by the avid cyclists of Boston will tell you everything they know about the city. Who needs a guidebook? If that doesn’t sound like your idea of a holiday, sit back and watch other people do the hard work as teams compete in a rowing competition called the Head of The Charles Regatta.
Watch the baseball
Throughout the month of September, the Boston Red Sox have a series of home games at Fenway Park. You’ll have prime view to see the Sox in real life if you head to The Bleacher Bar. If you can’t stay to watch a full game, there are tours of the stadium available every day. Don’t forget to buy a hotdog.
Where to stay: The Bostonian Boston
Perfect for a very late summer – head to Shanghai after September to avoid the typhoon season and enjoy the city’s brilliant landmarks during a quieter spell.
Take the train
Shanghai is the modern part of China – jump on board the Maglev and you’ll see that in action. The Maglev is the world’s fastest train and covers 30 kilometers in just 8 minutes. There’s even a museum dedicated to the super-fast train which shows exactly how it works.
Do something iconic
Pearl Tower, would you believe, is home to a roller coaster. There’s a glass observation deck within the tower, where you can take a look through both the walls and the floor, but keep journeying up through the tower and you’ll find a short but sweet roller coaster ride.
The Pearl Tower, Shanghai
Where to stay: Grand Millennium Shanghai HongQiao
This one is for when you’re so late to the summer holiday party, you miss it completely. Luckily for you, in some parts of the world summer is from December to February, and one of those places is Queenstown in New Zealand.
Get a rush
Hit the choppy rivers for some white water rafting – you might not immediately notice as you cling on to the dingy, but you’ll be whooshing past beautiful canyons and mountains. If that’s not enough, feel the wind in your hair on a jet boat, fly high in the air parasailing or learn how to paddle in a kayak – you can do all of this on Lake Wakatipu.
Dine Al Fresco
Take things down a notch and relax at dinner. Long nights and warm summer temperatures make Queenstown the perfect place for dining in the open air. Just 20 minutes away from Queenstown is Jack’s Point, where you can dine al fresco and take in the stunning views of Lake Tewa.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, New Zealand