Embrace Your Summer Adventures: The Intrepid Traveller’s Guide to Exploring the World

Hey there, fellow adventurers! With the June holidays in full swing, it’s the perfect time to escape the daily grind and embark on some epic travels - if you have not already done so. These summer months are your golden ticket to explore the world, soak in new cultures, and create unforgettable memories. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene fjords of New Zealand, the world is brimming with experiences waiting just for you. So grab your passport, pack your bags, and let’s dive into some of the coolest destinations and activities you can indulge in this holiday season.

Exploring Japan: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity

Tokyo: The City That Never Sleeps


First up, Japan! If you haven’t been, Tokyo is a must-visit. This city is the epitome of where tradition meets modernity. Picture this: one moment you're navigating through the neon-lit streets of Shibuya, and the next, you’re finding peace in the tranquil parks and gardens. Tokyo is a sensory overload in the best possible way. Wander around the quirky district of Harajuku to spot the latest fashion trends or dive into the world of anime and manga in Akihabara. And don’t forget to hit up Tsukiji Market for some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever taste.


Hokkaido: Summer Bliss

 

Now, of course, you’re up for some adventure, Hokkaido in summer is the place to be. Known for its stunning landscapes and cool climate, Hokkaido offers a refreshing escape from the tropical heat. Explore the vibrant flower fields in Furano, take a dip in the hot springs of Noboribetsu, or go hiking in the breathtaking Daisetsuzan National Park. Summer in Hokkaido is all about lush greenery, scenic drives, and outdoor fun.

Matsuyama: A Step Back in Time

 

Matsuyama where? It's the capital of Shikoku, the smallest main island in Japan. This is where you want to visit if you want to experience Japan as it was decades ago. Away from modernity, you’ll find Shikoku replete with small villages and the famed Dogo Onsen hot spring complex with a 3000 year old history in Matsuyama. Shikoku is where you can find Japan’s best udon, at Sanuki itself. If you’re into the great outdoors, hike or kayak in the Noyodo River region. The Noyodo river water is so clean, it has been selected as having the best water quality for the last 10 years in Japan!

Discovering Korea: Urban Jungles and Nature’s Retreats

Seoul: The Heartbeat of Korea


Next stop, South Korea! Seoul is an absolute gem of a city with its dynamic mix of old and new. Imagine spending your day shopping at Myeongdong, exploring the bustling Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and then ending the night at a noraebang (karaoke room) with your friends. The street food here is to die for – don’t leave without trying tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), hotteok (sweet pancakes), and of course, Korean BBQ.

Jeju Island: Korea’s Tropical Paradise


For a more laid-back vibe, Jeju Island is Korea’s answer to paradise. This volcanic island is perfect for nature lovers. Hike up Hallasan Mountain, which is the highest peak in South Korea, or explore the fascinating Manjanggul Lava Tube. The beaches here are stunning too – Hamdeok Beach is a favorite with its clear blue waters and white sands. Jeju is also famous for its fresh seafood, so be sure to indulge in some grilled abalone or Jeju black pork.

Australian Adventures: Surf, Sand, and Winter Wonderland

Gold Coast: Surf’s Up!


Australia is next on our list, and there’s no better place to start than the Gold Coast. Known for its amazing surf beaches, this place is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Whether you're a pro surfer or a beginner wanting to take some lessons, the Gold Coast has waves for everyone. Besides surfing, you can visit the theme parks, like Dreamworld and Sea World, or just chill out at the beach with some fish and chips.

The Outback: Wild and Untamed


For those of you looking for a real adventure, the Australian Outback is calling. It’s rugged, it’s wild, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Explore the red sands of Uluru, take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles, or go camping under the stars in Kakadu National Park. The Outback is perfect for those who love hiking, wildlife spotting, and experiencing nature at its rawest. Plus, you get to tell everyone you survived the Australian Outback – how cool is that?

New Zealand: A Natural Wonderland

June in New Zealand is beginning of winter. So, dress up and stay warm! That said, if you’re visiting New Zealand’s north island, you’re in for a treat for an “onsen” experience. New Zealand’s numerous hot springs are especially welcome during the winter seasons. We'll let you in on two Sunday Shades' "secret and fave" hotsprings: Te Aroha hot spring in north island and Maruia hot spring in south island.

Besides hot springs, the many unbelievably beautiful landscapes are why people visit New Zealand. If you are pressed for time, here are two must-visit places when you are in New Zealand:

Milford Sound: Nature’s Masterpiece


Moving on to New Zealand, this country is like stepping into a postcard. Milford Sound is one of those places that leaves you speechless. A scenic cruise through the fjords will show you towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and maybe even some dolphins or seals. The water is so reflective that it creates perfect mirror images of the surroundings – it’s a photographer’s dream.

Queenstown: The Adventure Capital


For the thrill-seekers, Queenstown is your playground. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, it offers everything from bungee jumping and skydiving to white-water rafting and paragliding. Even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of other activities like taking a leisurely bike ride around Lake Wakatipu or enjoying a glass of wine at one of the local vineyards. Queenstown is a place where you can push your limits or just relax and take in the stunning scenery.

European Escapades: History, Culture, and Scenic Beauty

Think Europe and for many, one of the first countries that come to mind is France. Think France, and your thoughts invariably are drawn to the romantic city of Paris.

Paris: The City of Light


Ah, Europe – where to even begin? Let’s start with Paris. This city needs no introduction. Walk along the Seine, marvel at the Eiffel Tower, and get lost in the endless corridors of the Louvre. Paris is all about art, culture, and romance. Sip on some coffee at a sidewalk café, enjoy a croissant or a baguette, and just soak in the Parisian vibes. And of course, a visit to the Palace of Versailles is a must for its opulence and history.

The Swiss Alps: A Hiker’s Paradise


If yodeling is not your thing, there are endless other activities that can satisfy your senses while in Switzerland. Switzerland in summer is a hiker’s wonderland.

Switzerland is home to some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the world. Imagine hiking through lush green meadows, with the sound of cowbells in the distance and the snow-capped peaks towering above you. Whether you’re trekking up to the Matterhorn or taking a leisurely stroll around Lake Geneva, the Swiss Alps offer something for every level of hiker.


Of course, one mustn’t miss on Swiss chocolates and cheeses. If you’re in Geneva, do try out its famed cheese fondue. Have a relaxing vacation and save the planet by travelling on one of Switzerland’s famed trains. You’ll be amazed at how the train announcements changes from French, to German to Italian as you travel from the west to the south. Such is the diverse culture you can expect to find in this land of beauty.

USA: Diverse Landscapes and Thrilling Adventures

The Grand Canyon: Nature’s Wonder



Last but definitely not least, let’s talk about the USA. The Grand Canyon is one of those places that you just have to see to believe. It’s vast, it’s awe-inspiring, and it’s beautiful. Whether you’re hiking down into the canyon, taking a helicopter tour, or simply enjoying the view from the rim, the Grand Canyon is an experience like no other. Summer is an excellent time to visit the Grand Canyon. The south rim is the place you want to visit – it is the best introduction to Grand Canyon. If you want to go off the beaten track but want a similar experience, check out Bryce Canyon instead.

While you’re in the states, it’s easy to visit the Yosemite National Park, Disneyland in LA and driving the breath-taking Pacific Coast highway. You’ll definitely need more than a week to visit the USA to make your trip worthwhile.

And if you’re up for it, try rafting down the Colorado River for a different perspective.

The Essential Travel Companion: Sunday Shades

Alright, now that we’ve mapped out some of the most epic destinations and activities, let’s talk about something that often gets overlooked but is super important – a good pair of sunglasses. Whether you’re exploring a bustling city, hitting the beach, or trekking through the mountains, protecting your eyes should be a top priority.

Sunday Shades: Your Perfect Travel Companion


Now that we’ve covered the essentials of what makes a great pair of sunglasses, let me introduce you to Sunday Shades. These are not just any sunglasses – they’re designed to meet all the needs of a modern traveller.

Protection from the sun

Sunday Shades come with UV400 protection, ensuring your eyes are safe from the sun’s harmful rays, no matter where you are. Their polarized lenses reduce glare and enhance clarity, making them perfect for all kinds of environments – from snowy mountains to sunny beaches.

Asian fit, Lightweight and Bounce-Free

Designed specifically with an Asian fit, these sunglasses offer a comfortable and secure fit for the Asian travellers.

Sunday Shades are incredibly lightweight and designed to stay put, no matter how active you get. This makes them perfect for everything from city sightseeing to extreme sports.

Available in a variety of styles, Sunday Shades are as versatile as they are functional. Whether you prefer a classic look or something more modern, there’s a pair that’s perfect for you.

So as you gear up for your June holidays, don’t forget to pack a pair of Sunday Shades. They’re the perfect travel companion, ensuring you see the world clearly and comfortably. With the right pair of sunglasses, you can fully embrace your adventures and make the most of every moment.

Happy travels, and see you out there in the world!