Summer! It’s time to take a break from the pressures of school and embark on an exhilarating adventure. Whether you want to surf giant waves, trek jungles in search of unique wildlife, or backpack your way through world-famous sights, here is a list of marvellous yet affordable summer break destinations worthy of your bucket list.

1. Lombok

Known for its surfing spots, untouched coral reefs, and a sea turtle hatchery, Lombok is an Indonesian paradise for the adventurous nature lover and the outdoor enthusiast. Located east of Bali, the island boasts of plunging waterfalls, pristine and secluded beaches, and dense forests that surround the imposing Mount Rinjani, the second-highest volcano in Indonesia.

If you like to incorporate cultural exploration in your travel, Lombok has a lot to offer. You can delve into the colourful and distinct traditions of the Sasak people, the original inhabitants of Lombok. These cultural excursions allow you to explore rural villages, witness weavers make beautiful fabrics by hand and watch skilled artisans create unique kettles at the local pottery factories.

2. Budapest

Summer is probably the best time to visit Budapest, not only because of the three-month summer festival but also because the city’s ‘beaches’ officially open during this season.

Summer in Budapest is hot, and nothing is more refreshing than wading in open-air pools or soaking in Turkish baths. It is also the best time to cruise the Danube and enjoy the panoramic view of the riversides. On weekends, the Liberty Bridge closes to give way to the summer festival activities, which include picnics, yoga sessions, and open-air concerts. If you’ve come for the festival, it’s best to book your taxi back to Ferenc Liszt Airport in advance to you don’t get caught up in all the fun, run out of money and become unable to get to the airport to catch your flight. Budapest International is a little way out of the city, so it’s worth taking that into consideration whilst planning the break.

3. Norway

With its stunning fjords and striking peaks, Norway is heaven for outdoor lovers. Norway offers a little bit of something for every adventure seeker out there, from wildlife safaris to island hopping.

Visit the serene fishing communities of the Lofoten Islands, sample local fish dishes, and enjoy kayaking, or go biking around its rugged hilly peaks. Wildlife lovers can watch whales in their natural habitat in Sto, as well as colonies of seals lazing on rocks. If you’re up for a hardcore adventure, take a spine-tingling ride through Trollstigen, a famous road that zigzags for 66 miles through harrowing cliffs, jagged mountain ranges, and majestic waterfalls.

4. Borneo

Borneo is the embodiment of exotic, with its ancient rainforests, impressive biodiversity, endless stretches of pristine coastline, and imposing mountain ranges. This island, shared between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, is a dream summer break destination for every staunch adventurer.

Arguably the most exciting thing to do during your Borneo adventure holiday, is scaling the summit of Mount Kinabalu, a feat that many, including seasoned climbers, find challenging. If you’re looking for a less strenuous yet stimulating activity, explore Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized as a vital biological reserve and home to more than 4.500 species of flora and fauna.

5. Morocco

Morocco is teeming with endless opportunities for adventure. With its varied topography, from deserts to beaches to snow-capped mountain ranges, Morocco is a treasure chest of unexpected delights.

Book a camel safari and spend a night at the Sahara Desert. Watch the dunes turn into surreal landscapes of crimson and gold at sunset and be mesmerized by the sparkling constellations that cover the desert skies after dark. If you crave a more active pursuit, hike the Gorges of Dades, climb the steep Atlas Mountains, take a dip at the Ouzoud Falls, or trek the country’s remote beaches and surf on its wild waves!