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What’s on Your Summer Travel Bucket List?

As Afar Magazine's Deputy Editor, Jen Murphy's job is to scout out the world's most fabulous locations. Just a peek at her Instagram feed is enough to trigger major wanderlust. Here, she shares the destinations that are topping her summer wish list.

Summer passes by in a flash, so make sure you set aside time to plan a few adventures that capitalize on summer Fridays, sunny weather, and the carefree attitude the season inspires. Don’t think of trip planning as a stressful chore. Plotting your summer escape should be fun. I always keep a summer wishlist of places I want to visit. This year I wanted to stick close to home, so I made a list of long weekend escapes around America that combine great food with outdoor adventures to keep all of the indulgence in check. For inspiration, I turned to my company's website,, where I can quickly sort through thousands of incredible recommendations written by the staff and writers here, as well as local experts picked by the other editors.

For my wish list, I searched words like surf, kayak, yoga, and hike and discovered hundreds of ideas for great active getaways. I saved my favorites to a trip plan folder that I titled “Break a Sweat this Summer.” It includes things like my go-to bike ride in Aspen, the best place to stay and play in Santa Cruz, and an incredible yoga festival in Vermont. Click here to check out my list and get inspired. Save your favorites to your own trip plan—entirely customizable and convenient.

—Jen Murphy

Planning a vacay? Take a spin through Afar's travel guides, which are packed with itineraries, unexpected tips, and off-the-beaten path recommendations.

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