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 editors, Kate Baird, to find out where he'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.
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Back in 2016, I received a Bachelor’s degree in art and design from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, with an emphasis in photography. A few years later, I moved to Milan, Italy where I obtained a Master's degree in creative advertising from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. Prior to moving permanently overseas, I had spent a semester studying in Paris, where I first fell in love with living abroad. Since that experience, I have resided in nine cities, four countries, and two continents. Living in new places around the world has been the true testament to my love for travel and my personal work in travel photography.
How many countries have you visited?
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled so far?
There are so many incredible places I’ve been lucky to visit, but Lago di Garda in Italy will always have a special place in my heart.
Where are you traveling in August?
A friend and I are planning a 10-day bike trip from Berlin to Copenhagen this August. For me, August trips are all about being outside, enjoying the long days, that golden late-summer lighting, and lots of fresh air!
What are 3 tips you have for someone looking to plan a vacation on a budget?
1. Do your research! So often I’ve found while traveling, that there will be minor expenses here and there that eventually add up. Researching your basic travel plans beforehand might help you avoid spending unnecessary money.
2. Pick your travel buddy wisely. Not everyone travels the same way (and that’s totally fine!) but if you travel with someone who is willing to stay on the same budget as you, your trip will likely go a lot more smoothly. Traveling on a budget sometimes means skipping the top tourist attractions, staying in more minimal accommodations, eating local foods, and frankly roughing it.
3. Utilize public transportation. While it may be tempting to grab a taxi from the airport, or take an Uber to get downtown, you’ll save a ton by embracing the public transportation system that your destination has in place. If you can walk, even better! It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the location, plus you can get your steps in while sightseeing.
What’s the most underrated travel destination?
In my experience, Croatia is wildly underrated. I find that somehow it falls off the radar for many people, but the Plitviče Lakes National Park is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited.
What song/album/artist gets you in the mood to travel?
I have a bit of an auditory memory, so I tend to associate a lot of different songs/albums with travel – hard to pick just one! I’d say “Gap in the Clouds” by Yellow Days tends to appear on most travel playlists of mine.
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?
Spontaneous! Having a rough outline can be a money/time-saver, but generally the more impromptu adventures that happen along the way, the better.
You’ve been gifted an all-expenses-paid trip anywhere in the world–where do you go?
Visiting Iceland on an all-expenses-paid trip would be incredible. I would love to spend a few weeks thoroughly exploring/photographing the entire island and all of the beautiful scenery.
What advice would you give someone who has never traveled outside the US?
If it’s a comfort-zone dilemma, then the advice I would give someone who has never traveled outside of the US is to start by pinning/screenshotting/saving photos of places you see on your feed that really resonate with you and inspire you to explore. Getting outside of your comfort zone is always easier if you feel driven to experience something new, and beautiful photos are a good place to start (not to mention FOMO).
If it’s a budget concern, then I would check out the possibility of working while abroad. There are several programs like WWOOF that allows travelers to room and board for free, in exchange for labor on a farm. It’s a great way to bond with locals, experience authentic life in another culture, and save some money along the way. You can also check out couch-surfing opportunities.
Fill in the blank: When I travel to a new city, the first thing I like to do is ___________________
Unpack my camera and start location scouting.
Fill in the blank: When I discovered ________________ it made travel so much better
Fill in the blank: I know a lot of people love ______________ when traveling, but I hate it.
Taking selfies. (lol)
What was your longest trip?
After graduating college, a friend and I spent a month traveling around Europe. We experienced a lot and were able to see quite a few countries together!
What was your shortest trip?
While living in Italy, some friends and I once took a quick trip to Lugano, Switzerland for the day. We spent a few hours hiking and were back in Milan for dinner.
Tell us about a time when you felt like a pirate on your travels
It happened while I was on a trip with a friend in Cape Verde, Africa. We decided to rent some ATVs for the day and go off-roading a bit around the island. A guide had given us some verbal advice on specific areas to avoid near the shoreline due to the dangerous terrain and the threat of actual pirates who often docked their boats in the same vicinity. Consequently, by the time we were out on the road, we weren't entirely sure which was the right direction or where we would end up. After driving about an hour and ½ outside the village into the desert, our quad ended up getting stuck in the valley of a dune — miles away from any person, without phone service or water. We spent the next four hours in the heat, trying to push our vehicle out of the sand and get back into town before the sun completely set. Thankfully we eventually were able to dig it out using random pieces of driftwood laying around, and arrived back into town just as it became dark.