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Best places to travel in August 2021 & 2022

Many destinations are ripe for a summer break in August. For a trip focused around wildlife, consider a safari in Tanzania, which experiences its dry season, a trip to Borneo to see turtles hatch, or a visit to Brazil’s Pantanal for a shot at seeing a jaguar.

Elsewhere, beaches are at their best on Sri Lanka’s north and east coasts, Iceland’s interior has thawed out ready for you to explore on foot and by superjeep, while northern Australia is dry, sunny and comfortably warm for hikes. Alternatively, you might like to soak up the culture in Luxembourg or the Netherlands, stay on a hacienda in Ecuador’s countryside or enjoy a family escape to Mauritius.

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Australia

August is an excellent time to visit northern Australia, which experiences dry, sunny and warm conditions, making all areas easily accessible. You can comfortably hike in the national parks, relax on the beaches while they’re at their best, and snorkel around the Great Barrier Reef, which sees gentle currents at this time of year.

Southern Australia is cooler, making it a good time for hiking, though there’s more chance of rain. You’ll find far fewer visitors than during the country’s summer months, and without the scorching temperatures you’ll be able to more comfortably explore inland regions such as the Flinders Ranges.

Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges

Borneo

Watching turtles hatch on sandy beaches, hiking through fruit-laden forest in search of orangutans, enjoying lively festivals… Borneo has plenty to offer if you’re planning a visit for August. Conditions are hot, humid and dry, making it a great time for beach relaxation and for exploring the shaded forest, where the abundance of fruit draws in a wealth of wildlife. These favourable conditions make it a popular time to visit, so plan ahead to secure the best jungle and beach hotels.

Elsewhere, you might catch the Borneo Arts Festival, a week-long celebration of the arts on the island of Labuan that falls in either August or September.

Female orang-utan, Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo
Female orang-utan, Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s east coast beaches are at their best in August. The white-sand beaches shelve gently into the island’s underwater plateau, providing long stretches of calm shallows — ideal for families with young children. Further out to sea, blue and sperm whales migrate here in high numbers at this time of year — take a whale watching trip out to spot them and you’re also likely to see dolphins and flying fish.

You could combine a beach stay with time in Kandy, which celebrates the Kandy Perahera, an annual festival of dancing and parades focused around the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha.

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Iceland

In August, everywhere is accessible in Iceland. The snow and ice has melted to reveal a landscape of multicoloured hills, twisted black lava fields and a coastline dotted with sea birds (for puffins, visit at the beginning of the month, before they migrate south).

You can explore on foot and by superjeep, with a guide who can tell you more about the country’s distinctive geology and culture, all while enjoying moderate temperatures. Rain is always a possibility here, but it all adds to Iceland’s wild and rugged character. A number of festivals also take place in August, including Reykjavík’s Menningarnótt (Culture Night), when roads close for street performers and fireworks.

Laki lava fields
Laki lava fields

Tanzania

With the country at its driest and the Great Migration herds making their way north to cross the Mara River, August is one of the best to visit Tanzania. You have a chance of seeing the frantic river crossings, but there’s more to experience besides.

Wildlife is at its most visible across the country as the bush isn’t as dense and animals congregate around what little water remains in the parched landscape. It’s also a good time to do walking safaris as you have a clear view of any nearby animals. And, you might like to pair a safari with beach time in Zanzibar, which is also dry and sunny.

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River

The Netherlands

The Netherlands’ maritime climate is very mild, and even in August the temperatures are comfortably warm rather than hot. Sidewalk cafés, beaches, and walks or cycle rides through the country are best during this time. You might take a food tour on bicycles through Rotterdam or explore the historic windmills of Kinderdijk.

It’s also a popular time for festivals, including the Rotterdam Summer Carnival and the Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival. This, combined with the good weather, makes it a busy month across the country and it’s a good idea to plan well in advance.

Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Brazil

As Brazil teeters on the cusp of spring, you can enjoy its cities with comfortably warm temperatures and mostly clear skies, with potentially fewer visitors than in summer. It’s ideal for beach relaxation on the Green Coast, where temperatures are balmy without being too hot.

We also recommend visiting the Pantanal in August — the dry, warm conditions draw wildlife to the rivers and lagoons, making for some excellent sightings of birdlife, primates and, if you’re lucky, apex predators like jaguars.

Pantanal, Brazil
Pantanal, Brazil

Mauritius

Pleasant temperatures, warm ocean waters and nights without humidity make August a good time to visit Mauritius. You’ll find mostly sunny, warm days that are ideal for exploring or relaxing, whether you want to unwind and enjoy family time on a sheltered beach, go hiking in the Chamarel Mountains or take in the culture and sights of the island’s towns and cities.

Your stay might coincide with the Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrating Ganesh. You’ll see bright statues of the elephant-headed god on display throughout the island, which are then immersed in a body of water.

Mauritius
Mauritius

Ecuador

One of the driest and warmest months to visit mainland Ecuador, August brings blue skies and ample sunshine, although rain showers are always a possibility here. It’s an excellent month for hiking in the cloudforests, looking out for brightly plumed birds, or for exploring the Avenue of Volcanoes. It’s also a good time for a hacienda stay, learning rural skills and soaking up country living in beautiful surroundings.

You might like to combine Ecuador with time in Peru, which also experiences good weather in August. And, while the waters around the Galapagos can be choppy in August, a trip is still possible — look out for sea lion pups playing on the shores.

Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador
Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

Luxembourg

August weather in Luxembourg is mild and sunny, with long days and plenty of outdoor concerts and festivals. This summery weather draws visitors from across Europe, so be sure to plan ahead.

You might escape the crowds by spending a whole day under the green canopy of the woods as you take a guided hike along the Mullerthal Trail in Little Switzerland. Or revisit the country’s World War II history with a guided tour in Gen Patton’s footsteps. If you visit towards the end of the month, you might catch the early days of the harvest in Moselle Valley.

Mullerthal Trail, Luxembourg
Mullerthal Trail, Luxembourg
Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance, journeying to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time on a Caribbean island, a secluded Cambodian archipelago or Vietnam’s sandy shores. It’s also summer in Australia, a season celebrated with outdoor cinema screenings, festivals and sporting events.

In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch new-born zebra take their first steps, as migratory birds feast on the fresh grasses. If you’re after cooler climes, temperatures in India have cooled enough to make exploring its fortress cities comfortable. Or, embrace winter in Paris, where crisp, clear skies showcase the monument-filled skyline and fewer visitors make for an ideal Louvre museum experience.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like a troika (sleigh) ride in Russia, or looking to escaping the colder temperatures at home with a cruise along the Nile under sunny skies, February can make an excellent time to travel. A safari in Tanzania gives you a chance to see new-born antelope take their first wobbly steps, while warm temperatures in Argentina make it an ideal time for trekking in Patagonia.

We’ve shared some of the most popular destinations to visit in February below, as well as a few countries that you may not have considered, where you can visit key sights without the crowds.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

As winter turns to spring across the Northern Hemisphere, Japan’s blooms start to emerge, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak season. Portugal also begins to warm, making it a good time for coastal hikes and city sightseeing without the summer crowds.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and Kruger wildlife is at its healthiest among the fresh, green vegetation following the rains. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka and Morocco at their best. Meanwhile, cooler climes in New Zealand makes March an excellent month to explore, with quieter walking trails, near-empty coastlines and a good chance of sunshine.

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Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Places to travel in April

If you’re looking to go on safari, April is the best month to tiger-spot in India’s national parks, where you’ll also see a supporting cast of elephants, deer, and birdlife. For a coastal escape, you’ve got your pick, including Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and secluded Maldivian islands.

If you’re seeking adventure, this is the time of year to take an in-depth tour across Vietnam, or explore the highlights of Morocco at their best. April is also a month of festivities around the globe, from the Festa di San Marco in Italy and cherry blossom celebrations in South Korea to Caribbean regattas and music festivals.

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Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

Across the northern hemisphere, May brings spring blossoms, sunshine, and warmer weather, but the summer crowds haven’t arrived to most destinations. In the southern hemisphere, the rains are ending and the weather is starting to cool down a bit.

If you want to get outside to enjoy the ample sun, you might hike in Scotland, look for wildlife in US National Parks, or take a water safari in a mokoro canoe in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It’s also a popular time for festivals, whether you’re in Venice to watch the mayor pledge himself in a symbolic wedding to the sea, watching jazz performances in Saint Lucia, or sampling single-source organic chocolate in Belize.

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Herd of elephants in South Africa

Places to travel in June

The solstice at the end of June brings long days to destinations in the northern hemisphere, making it an excellent time to get outdoors. You can roam through Canada’s wilderness, hike in Germany’s Black Forest or soak up the sun in the French Riviera.

This is also a popular month for festivals. For example, Greece’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival lets you watch ancient plays performed in ancient venues, while in Peru, you can attend a festival celebrating the Inca sun god, Inti. The month also marks the end of the rainy season in places like Uganda and the Zanzibar Archipelago, where you’ll find well-watered landscapes bursting with life, but mostly sunny skies.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

July gives you many destinations to consider if you’re looking to experience them in their prime. Explore the great outdoors while the sun shines in the US’s northern states, Austria or Switzerland. Balance beach relaxation with culture or wildlife in Costa Rica, French Polynesia or Vietnam. Or, in Kenya, be among the first of the season to see the Great Migration herds arrive as they make their frenzied crossing of the Mara River.

July is also one of the only months you can cruise the Arctic or hike in the mountains of Ladakh. And, in Japan, you can escape the summer humidity in the Japanese Alps.

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Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Places to travel in August

Many destinations are ripe for a summer break in August. For a trip focused around wildlife, consider a safari in Tanzania, which experiences its dry season, a trip to Borneo to see turtles hatch, or a visit to Brazil’s Pantanal for a shot at seeing a jaguar.

Elsewhere, beaches are at their best on Sri Lanka’s north and east coasts, Iceland’s interior has thawed out ready for you to explore on foot and by superjeep, while northern Australia is dry, sunny and comfortably warm for hikes. Alternatively, you might like to soak up the culture in Luxembourg or the Netherlands, stay on a hacienda in Ecuador’s countryside or enjoy a family escape to Mauritius.

Places to travel

Lion, Etosha National Park

Places to travel in September

Whether falling in autumn or spring, September can showcase countries at their most scenic, from the green, lamb-dotted valleys of New Zealand and the wildflower-coated countryside of Argentina to Russia’s rust-hued city parks.

In Canada, the salmon run sees bears gather for a feeding frenzy along British Columbia’s rivers. Bhutan’s clear skies are ideal for hiking among its mountains, while similar conditions in Bolivia make for excellent photography around its salt pans. Spain and Turkey are pleasantly warm without the crowds of summer. And, in South Africa, you can combine regions while they’re at their best. It’s also an excellent time for seeing Namibia’s wildlife and stargazing among its desert dunes.

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Amalfi coast, Italy

Places to travel in October

Whether you’re looking for spring blooms, autumnal foliage or prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, you’ll find plenty of destinations to choose from if you’re planning to travel in October. Below are just some of the places we feel are at their best at this time of year, along with our suggestions on the best things to do there.

You could make the most of excellent hiking conditions in New Zealand, go whale watching in South Africa, or indulge in fresh produce during harvest time in Vietnam, Japan or Italy. And, in many of our chosen countries, you’ll be visiting outside the busiest times of year.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Sunny beaches in Thailand, wintry cities in France and blazing foliage in Japan — you can choose from a wide variety of destinations if you’re planning to travel in November. Below, we’ve selected some of the best places to visit, as well as some suggestions of what to see and do while you’re there.

Popular cities in Europe empty out, giving you free run of museums in France, Spain and Italy. Crowds also thin in Peru, so you’ll have more elbow room to enjoy Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Thailand and Vietnam both have sunny weather suitable for a beach break, while Morocco’s hot temperatures decline, making it a great time to explore the main cities.

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Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Places to travel in December

In December, you can relax in a natural hot spring in Japan before visiting snow monkeys that do the same, enjoy a private tour of the Louvre without the usual crowds or nibble king cake in Portugal. The month offers a wealth of options across the globe, so we’ve listed some of the most popular destinations. We’ve also suggested a few you might not have thought of, where you can take advantage of quieter cities to enjoy sights that are often very busy.

Hike through caves in Vietnam, ply the Amazon’s tributaries by boat in Peru or just relax under sunny skies in Australia or the Algarve.

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