Whenever summer is about to come a close every September, it’s usually time to reflect on how we spent our summer. In some cases, we look back fondly and marvel at our relaxation skills and our cozy moments, in other cases, we reminisce about what vacations we were able to fit into our busy summer schedules.
Unfortunately, our own summer vacations usually aren’t anything like the stars (unless, of course, we live it up like Beyonce and her fam, or are able to jet set like the Kardashians). So what do we do? We satisfy our wanderlust by following A-Listers on social media in order to see their wild, summer adventures. From Gwyneth Paltrow living it up in Mexico to happy couple Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake smooching in front of the Eifel Tower in the city of romance – Paris, these celebrities really know how to let their hair down while on summer break.
Here are 20 celebs (and their families, in some cases) who decided to simply get away for the summer and allowed fans a glimpse into their rich travels on social media. For at least a few seconds before the Fall season breaks onto the scene hardcore, let’s just reminisce about the 2018 summer with these prismatic snapshots.
It’s a little bit hard to believe that Beyonce and her gang actually take vacations. It seems like every time we hear her name, it’s uttered in the same sentence as “and currently in the middle of a world tour”. While that is the case most of the time, Queen Bey and her royal family (consisting of hubby Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy, and twins Rumi and Sir) took a second to take a much-needed breath of fresh air while in Cannes, France over the summer. They look completely at ease and appear to be having a grand time together – just look at those smiles!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’d know that Turks and Caicos is a very popular (and very expensive) Amanyara retreat that the Kardashian family usually enjoy getting away too after a particularly tough year. Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, and their baby Stormi recently spent a long vacation at the intimate resort, away from the prying eyes of the press. Guests will often stay in the retreat’s villas (which have outside showers and floor to ceiling glass doors). Also, who DOESN’T want their own private infinity pool? But be prepared to drop thousands and thousands of bucks just for one night.
If you’re rich and famous (like the Kardashians are), it’s easy for you to just decide to jet set off to Rome for a romantic getaway on a whim. This past June, Kourtney and her boyfriend at the time Younes Bendjima up and decided to fly off to Rome in order to spend some time together basking in the sunlight with Kourtney's kids. Kourtney documented the trip on her Instagram, posting photos of another couple in front of the Castel Sant’Angelo (who had just gotten married). Kourtney and Younes did the whole tourist thing and even tossed coins in the Trevi Fountain for good luck.
It was a model’s summer out in the world in 2018, one would think. For example, supermodels Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski spent some much needed time on a yacht, soaking up some rays near Mykonos Island, Greece this summer. And who else decided to join the young women? Oh, Kate Moss, of course! Gigi ended up posting another shot of her, Ratajkowski, and Moss just up and visiting boutique shops near Psarou beach. All the women looked extremely tan and relaxed. Gigi looked like she was having herself a time. And yes, we are all extremely jealous. I mean, how could we not?
There really is nowhere more romantic than the city of Paris, France –especially at night. And it seems that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake know all about this as they pose happily (and, might we add, seriously adorable) in front of the Eifel Tower. This summer, Timberlake and his soulful voice dropped the song “Soulmate” (hint, hint, Jessica) mere hours after posting this very picture to the Gram. Of course, this wasn’t really on vacation for the singer, who kicked off the European leg of his Man of the Woods World Tour. Their young son also joined mom and dad on the tour as well.
Absolutely screams “romantic” much like a get-away to Tuscany for the summer, which is exactly what pregnant actress Kate Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa did a couple months back. As the couple waits for the arrival of their daughter, Kate Instagrammed her and Danny’s romantic vacation, including the above photo. Joining them on their getaway was Hudson’s brother, actor Oliver Hudson, along with his wife, Erinn Bartlett (also an actress). Kate appeared to be in a playful mood when she took video of both couples for her Instagram Story, one of which featured Oliver and Erinn holding hands and dancing.
Out of all the Kardashian sisters, it’s Kendall Jenner that tends to be the most secretive (and no, we’re not including that one time her sister was able to hide an entire pregnancy). This summer, she can be seen posting some obscure photos all over her Instagram (yes, some were just of clouds she sees – not gonna lie though, they were some pretty photogenic clouds), including some of her on vacation with her maybe-boyfriend Ben Simmons (the supermodel has yet to confirm the pairing). The couple went on vacation in Mexico with Khloe Kardashian and her beau Tristan Thompson and, according to Kendall, she laid “back and relaxed in the sunshine.” Needless to say, she looks pretty happy in this Instagram photo.
Speaking of vacations and Kardashians, it appears that Kim has won the most “obscure” summer vacation spot out of the family. Early this summer, both she and hubby Kanye took their little family to the mountains and low lands of Wyoming. She even documented a nature hike that she and her family went on in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s actually a sweet, low-key getaway where the super famous pair were able to take a quick breath from the hustle-and-bustle of their busy, non-stop world. West was actually there working on his new music. Kim only captioned the above photo simply “Wyoming”. It was extremely fitting.
There’s nothing like attending a good bachelorette party that makes you leave all your worries and cares behind. Goop founder and actress Gwyneth Paltrow did just that this summer when she jet set off to Mexico to attend her own bachelorette party (she’s engaged to TV producer Brad Falchuk) thrown by her good friend Cameron Diaz. Diaz even got a private jet to fly her, the future bride, and 12 friends to Mexico in order to party hard. Of those friends, most were A-list celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson, and Reese Witherspoon. That’s one huge star-studded event. Hopefully, they brought out the red carpet.
Earlier this year, Kerry Washington wrapped up the final season of Shonda Rhimes’ hit television drama Scandal where Washington played notorious Washington D.C. “fixer” Olivia Pope. This summer though, she left that all behind and went to spend a few days in Barcelona, Spain in order to gather her thoughts and get ready for her next adventure in life, whatever that may be. Sure, much like the beautiful actress, we’ll miss Pope’s wine-drinking and intelligent ways (especially her steamy relationship with the super attractive President), but we’re excited to see Washington move on to bigger and better things in her career.
Sure, you think YOUR significant other is spontaneous, but have they ever surprised you with a improve birthday trip to Machu Picchu? Well, that’s exactly what dancer/actress Julianne Hough’s husband Brooks Laich did for her 30th birthday. Laich surprised Hough with a trip to Peru, which was apparently “payback” for her giving him a surprise trip to Utah last year for his own 35th birthday. “My husband knocked my 30th birthday out of the park and all the way to Machu Picchu,” Hough captioned under one of the photos she posted to Instagram. It’s okay to admit that we’re seriously jealous of their relationship.
If you don’t know who Rachel Lindsey is, you probably don’t watch much reality television. Lindsey was on a season of The Bachelorette (the bachelorette before Becca Kufrin, actually) and had a rough year after she said that the editors of the show on ABC gave her a “slanted edit” in her finale compared to Becca’s finale. But you know what helps you get over that? A trip to Portugal with your fiancé. Or as they call it, they went on a “baecation” in order to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Rachel met and fell in love with Dr. Bryan Abasolo last year and have had some pretty great adventures since then.
Want to get away from work and your family? Head off to Paris and clear your head by way of shopping, of course! This is what all-grown-up-now actress Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars does. Well, actually both for play and for work. The 28-year-old actress was one of the many celebrities at the Voices of Power panel at the Dream It Convention in France. Others celebs featured on the panel were Lucy’s co-stars, Ian Harding and Brant Daughtery. The actress seemed to make the best out of the mini vacation by shopping with friends and exploring the beautiful city.
The Kardashian family wasn’t the only ones living la Vida Loca in Italy this summer – Ricky Martina and his hubby were in Porto Cervo, where the singer was set to perform at the Unicef Summer Gala. The 46-year-old was looking quite steaming in all of his Instagram posts from the time spent there sunning and singing. In Ricky’s posts, he looks NOTHING EVEN CLOSE to 46 as he and his husband Jwan Yosef spend their time out on the sandy beaches, attempting to get some rays. We must say, they are one attractive looking couple who only get better looking with age.
Hey, this proves that yes, the stars are just like us! They take trips to Disneyland just like us (though, they probably don’t have to wait five hours in line in order to ride Space Mountain like we do, though). The Lachey family; Nick, Vanessa, sons Phoenix, Camden, John, and daughter Brooklyn all made Disney magic when they went to go spend some much-needed family time at the Greatest Place on Earth. Vanessa posted a happy family shot of everyone one in front of Cinderella’s castle. It was clear that they were having the time of their lives. So adorable!
Usually, when one thinks of a summer vacation, they like to picture someplace warm, or a beach. But nope, not Pitch Perfect’s own rebel, Rebel Wilson. Where did she go this summer? Well, she was spending it over in Iceland. Of course, she’s not really on vacation there, she’s actually in the middle of shooting her latest movie Isn’t It Romantic with co-star Liam Hemsworth. She did take some time away from the set in order to relax at the famous Blue Lagoon while Instagramming herself splashing around. She captioned it “the most epic holiday!!” We have no doubt that it was.
If you’re Jennifer Lopez, you can basically have your birthday anywhere in the world, and that’s just what she did. The singer celebrated her 49th birthday with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and her twins Max and Emme along with A-Rod’s children, Natasha and Ella, in the Bahamas. And, of course, she documented the entire thing on Instagram, making us feel super envious, but in the best way possible. “So believe it or not I’m just waking up from my birthday celebration,” the singer/actress captioned on Instagram. “It was a small gathering with the kids and some family and a couple of close friends. The day and night were filled with lots of laughter, tears and of course dancing.”
Supermodel Heidi Klum is 45 and still showing the world that she has what it takes to walk the runway. At least, that’s what she does when she’s not on vacation with her family in Porto Cervo (stars really love going to Italy over the summer). Recently, the supermodel went public with her romance with 28-year-old guitarist Tom Kaulitz back in May. Did he go with the family on their vacation? Who knows, she was just having a blast doing all sorts of fun activities with her four children (whom she shares with her ex-husband, Kiss From A Rose singer Seal, who she remains friendly with). Talk about being a super cool mom.
After so many years together, Patriots quarterback and supermodel Gisele Bundchen still are apparently so much in love, and they show it by posting pictures of their recent summer vacation to Costa Rica with their kids. After spending a couple days beachside, the couple took their children horseback riding (we absolutely adore this photo of Gisele, just loving life, by the way). In a recent video that Vogue posted where Gisele is asked “73 Questions” where she and Brady were going to go on vacation. Gisele happily said Costa Rica while the quarterback said Montana. Looks like we know who won that vacation debate.
When you’re Halle Berry, you can go anywhere in the world and with anyone you want. Halle, very much a family woman, chose to go to Bora Bora with her amazing kids this summer. The 51-year-old actress posted some rare shots of her 4-year-old son Maceo-Robert and 10-year-old daughter Nahla Ariela on her Instagram feed, one of them just peering out over the blue ocean. “Magical first day of summer,” the actress captioned. It was truly scenic and a delightful glimpse into her family life, which she’s always managed to keep separate from her work life. Thankfully for us, she decided to share this very rare glimpse, even if it just is a picture or two.