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5 Cold Weather Spots You HAVE to Visit This Summer

Once May rolls around, we start dreaming about our summer vacation plans and scoping out Caribbean destinations or the hottest beach vacation of the year, where we can put those spring break bathing suits to good use! But why do we always default to warm weather trips during the warm weather months? We love heading to Mexico in the middle of January so why not go to Alaska in July? There are a lot of great reasons to try a cold weather vacation during the summer. We’ve paired up five solid reasons with five awesome spots to inspire you to discover some cooler climates this summer.


1. It’s a refreshing escape from the heat. Occam’s Razor is a principle that states that the most obvious answer to a problem is also the correct one. So when it’s 93 degrees with 100 percent humidity and your legs are sticking to your seat (problem), it’s time to head somewhere cool (obvious and correct solution). Hop a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland in mid-July and luxuriate in temps topping out in the mid-50s. There are scores of indoor museums, live music venues and restaurants to fill your time, as well as the ultimate cool-weather activity: the rejuvenating thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

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2. It’s low season and wonderfully affordable. You’re a vacationing pioneer by going somewhere cool when most people are chasing the heat. You’re also significantly cutting your travel budget by taking advantage of low-season prices. Booking a cabin in Northern Maine near the Kennebec River will only set you back around $150 a night, plus there’s hiking, fishing, biking, rafting and breweries to keep you occupied outside in the 60-degree sun.

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3. You’ll experience incredible beauty without a flock of other tourists. It doesn’t hurt that Alaska is the largest state in the country and also one of the least populated when it comes to finding some solitude. Taking a trip to the 49th state between May and September means you’ll most definitely get a break from the crowds. Denali National Park and Preserve offers off-the-grid lodges inside the park. Use one as your home base to hike Mt. McKinley, canoe the glacial rivers, visit Iditarod kennels and bike miles of trails (keep your eye out for moose, bears and caribou!).

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4. You won’t be exhausted after a sweaty day in the sun. We have three words for you: walk with penguins. Or what about walk with dinosaurs? Book a June holiday to Patagonia, Argentina and you can do both (and why wouldn’t you do both?!). There’s also whale watching, shipwreck exploring, glacier exploring, skiing and horseback riding to name a few — your activity options are endless. So while your friends are doing nothing but sweating on the beach in order to get those fleeting tan lines, you’ll be enriching your life and staying totally comfortable in those mid-60s temperatures.

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5. It’s fashionable fall weather somewhere. Your coats, sweaters, boots and leather are the most expensive items in your closet. It’s just not fair that you’re only able to wear them a few months out of the year! That’s why it makes sense to take a city trip to a cooler climate mid-June! Visit Auckland, New Zealand for a culture-rich climate change. The cosmopolitan city offers scores of art galleries, cocktail bars, awesome restaurants and local boutiques for you to peruse in your favorite faux fur.

What are your travel plans this summer? Tweet us @BritandCo and fill us in on the details!

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)