On the Samoan island of Upolo, outside the village of Lotofaga, there is a crystal clear ocean trench in the middle of the jungle. It looks like something out of an exotic dream world, surrounded on all sides by vine-covered cliffs and absolutely beckoning for a dip. From our perspective, such an incredible swimming hole deserves a special swimsuit. In fact, we're of the mind that every summer travel destination should require a bikini or one-piece that reflects the mood of the locale. Neon cutouts in Cabo? Classic black in Italy? Yes, please.
So, how do you know which suit goes where? Well, it's kind of like decoding a wedding or party invitation. Consider your latitude. Are your staying at an upscale resort or escaping to a lakeside cabin in the woods? Will there be palm trees swaying in the wind or jungle vines crawling outside your window? Next, what activity is on deck? Will you be waterskiing on Lake Tahoe or working on your tan on the sands of Anguilla? All of these little details point to whether you should pack a botanical print string bikini or sporty one-piece.
We scoured the globe to find the most pristine lakes, beaches and even mineral pools on our ideal travel itinerary from Turkey to the Philippines. Start packing now, with perfect swimsuits and bikinis for each destination there's no reason not to get out of dodge this summer.