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Where to go this summer: 10 best destinations

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(CNN) – It looks like this summer will be an unforgettable travel season, especially after the Covid-stricken years of 2020 and 2021.

“Not only are we seeing an exponential rise in travel enthusiasm, we are also looking forward to exciting new summer experiences, events and offerings,” said Carol-Anne Hughes Wood, director of marketing for Embark Beyond, a New York-based luxury travel agency.

Great things are happening in New York, Disney World and the United Kingdom, where Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is celebrated.

“The excitement this summer to get out of the house and experience the world, both near and far from home, certainly seems unprecedented,” she added.

Andrew Steinberg, a luxury travel agent associated with Ovation Travel Group, said booking summer trips is like “opening the floodgates. People have been trapped inside for a long time, they’ve been watching things on the Internet. “People want experiences to touch and feel real life again.”

Here are some of the many destinations around the world that could bring the joy of travel back this summer:

Australia

While it is winter in Down Under, in the northern part of Australia the weather is moderate enough for outdoor activities.

Destinations such as Cairns, the gateway to the tropical north of Queensland; the seaside village of Port Douglas; and Hamilton Island will be soft enough to swim and explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Another must-see: The Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 tropical islands off the coast of Queensland, next to a reef.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to the huge red sandstone monolith formerly known as Ayers Rock, is also a great place to visit this time of year.
Singapore's greenbelt overlooking Kent Ridge Park offers a natural retreat from the hustle and bustle.

Singapore’s greenbelt overlooking Kent Ridge Park offers a natural retreat from the hustle and bustle.

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Singapore

Singapore, one of the smallest and most populous countries in the world, consists of one main island and over 60 smaller islands off the coast of the Malay Peninsula.
Don’t let its size deter you – there are plenty of things to do. The city is home to Pulau Ubin Island, where you can explore a variety of habitats and a variety of wildlife; and the South Ranges, a 100km stretch of green open spaces that span the hills of Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore’s Deverana Spa offers wellness treatments and massages.

The food and drink options are endless, from Singapore 2021’s 49 Michelin-starred restaurants to multiple shopping malls serving affordable local fare.

The beach resort of Eilat is a big attraction in Israel.

The beach resort of Eilat is a big attraction in Israel.

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Israel

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