While summer vacation is usually the best time of the year, if you aren’t at a beach or water destination, things can get pretty heated. Literally. Whether you’re touring a historic city or exploring a natural wonder, the hot sun beating down on you might give you some tempting ideas to cool down. Be strong. Don’t give in. Think before you dive… There are lots of great ways to keep cool in the summer heat, these just aren’t them.

1. Do not swim in a public fountain.

There are very few, if any destinations, where swimming in public fountains is not illegal. When in doubt, assume it is illegal and you won’t be arrested immediately. It is not a glimmering pool of relief it is a mean trick. Don’t do it.


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2. Do not put your laptop in the hostel fridge so it’s cold instead of hot on your lap for when you upload photos.

Totally understandable that you need to share your adventures with your buddies via social media, however, if your laptop starts to sound sort of like an airplane about to take off just hit save where you are, close it, put it down ON THE BED and go do something else for a while. It needs a nap. Do not put it in the refrigerator to make it feel cool on your lap. Refrigerators are for snacks. You are being ridiculous.

3. Do not loiter in public restrooms for the AC or the shade.

This will only result in you eventually smelling like public restrooms, and when you inevitably have to leave and go back out in the heat, you will be hot and also smell like a public restroom at the same time. Why do you want to ruin vacation for everyone? Don’t.

4. Do not insist on being naked while waiting in long lines.

Museums, galleries and like attractions often offer sweet relief from the summer sun while traveling, however, summer is tourist season and the lines will likely be out the door. Do not take off your clothing. 1. You will burn and then the heat will come from inside as well. 2. You’ll probably get arrested. 3. You’ll force parents around you to begrudgingly have anatomy talks with their little nuggets sooner than planned. I’m all for #freethenipple but tourist lines are a time for clothes for one and all.

5. Do not intercept water intended for putting out fires.

There are lives at stake and believe it or not, despite the exotic heat, your’s isn’t one of them. Get out the way, fool. You are so embarrassing omg.

6. Do not buy one gelato to eat and one to pour down your shirt.

Stop you are not normal.

7. Do not look for a Starbucks.

While it’s true that carrying around a venti iced something something throughout your trip would fix all your problems, do not waste your precious energy looking for Starbucks. If Starbucks is there, it will find you. We all know this. If you have to look for it, it is not allowed in that country.

So how do you keep cool during summer vacation?

American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.



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