August is the perfect month for any kind of vacation. Try a multi-stop trip through Europe, enjoying sangria in Barcelona and gelato in Rome. Take advantage of the warm weather with an East Coast beach vacation in Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod. Gear up for a hike through Banff National Park up north in Canada. It’s time to plan your perfect August vacation — and we’re here to help.
At TravelPirates, we're always on the move, and we love nothing more than exploring new destinations. We sat down with one of our content marketing managers, Sophie Coderre, to find out where she's traveling this August. Read on for her top tips on how to make the most of your trip, travel hacks, and where she's headed this summer.
Content Marketing Manager
I've worked in the travel industry for 3+ years, and have lived abroad in Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany.
How many countries have you visited?
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled so far?
I really enjoyed visiting Alberta, Canada and exploring the Rockies. I also got to go to a wolf-dog sanctuary and have close interactions with wolves, which was super cool!
Where are you traveling in August?
I am heading to Iceland this August.
Is this your first trip there?
Nope, this will be my fifth time visiting Iceland.
What keeps you coming back to Iceland?
The scenery is incredible. The island is such a great size, making it easy to explore different parts of the country. I am hoping to eventually catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, however, I always seem to visit in late summer, where there’s less probability of seeing them.
Some people like to plan everything down to the tiniest detail when they travel, and some prefer to be completely spontaneous. Where do you fall on the spectrum?
When I first started traveling, I watched tons of YouTube travel vlogs and made very descriptive itineraries. Partly for myself, partly just in case friends and family wanted to follow my footsteps with their travels. However, over time I’ve become more spontaneous with my trips. I like to plan where I am staying and some of the activities and food places I try out, but overall, I like for the trip to be more of a surprise. So on the spectrum, I’d say I fall close to the middle, maybe inching a bit towards the planner side of things.
Would you recommend a shorter trip like your upcoming one to Iceland, or a longer, slower-paced trip to others?
Depends on the location, but for the most part, I do recommend longer trips to really get familiar with a new place. Not rush and cram everything into a short period of time. I also recommend always connecting with locals.
Has COVID changed the way you travel?
COVID has most definitely changed the way I travel. When I first started traveling, I was quite focused on visiting as many new places as possible. Now, I spend a lot more time in one place. This was mainly due to restrictions making it harder to cross borders with all the entry requirements.
What kind of trip/destination would you recommend for someone who has never traveled outside the US? A location where they speak their native language. Make it a gradual cultural change.
What are the three most essential things to bring on a trip?
Outlet converters (since they are different in every country), neck pillow (never know when you are going to need to catch up on some z’s, and a power bank to keep your device charged just in case you can’t find outlets.
Window or aisle and why?
Window! I like to look out at the clouds and the outline of islands and land when landing and taking off.
What’s a popular travel trend that you despise?
Lining up at different popular landmarks for an Instagram photo. I believe there’s always other angles to catch and that you can find a competing view somewhere else.
Tell us about a time when you felt like a pirate on your travels.