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Best Places To Visit Each Month Of The Year

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One of the most common questions when we’re deciding where to go on a holiday is “where to travel in [month]?”. Dreaming about exploring ancient Egypt, but not sure when to go? Keen to go on a safari in Africa, but don’t know when the dry season is? To help you make your decision easier we are offering you our handy guide on the best places to visit each month of the year. Bear in mind, there isn’t just a single country ideal for each time of the year as it largely depends on your interest, budget and travel style.

Best places to visit in January

January is one of the cheapest months not only to book your holidays, but also to travel as it’s right after Christmas and New Year’s. It’s one of the best months to go skiing in the Alps in Austria, France and Switzerland. January is also perfect for an adventure trip to see the Northern Lights in Norway, Finland or Iceland. If you choose Iceland, don’t forget to visit the famous Blue Lagoon for an iconic winter spa experience.

Best countries to visit in February

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In February we recommend going to Southeast Asia. Any of the countries in the region such as Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Philippines and more, is ideal. You will enjoy plenty of dry sunny days and outdoor activities. Sunbath on some of the world’s best beaches in Phuket and Ko Samui or visit the legendary Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia. Paris is also an excellent idea for Valentine’s Day and a quick couple’s retreat.

Best places to visit in March

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March is a great shoulder seasons for many countries and can be one of the best months to enjoy a trip that won’t break the bank. This is the perfect time to visit Egypt, for example, and marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza. Explore the ancient secrets of Luxor and stroll down the busy streets of vibrant Cairo for the ultimate experience. India is another very good option as you can see the colourful Holi Festival. Start in Mumbai and finish with an authentic trip along the famous Golden Triangle.

Best countries to visit in April

April is one of the best months to explore Europe and the Mediterranean. It’s not too hot yet and the streets of popular touristy places like Paris, Rome, Vienna and Barcelona are not as crowded as during the summer. For more off-the-beaten track experiences we suggest Portugal, Malta, Czech Republic, Croatia as well as some countries in Eastern Europe like Romania and Bulgaria. Turkey is another very good alternative to try something unique as it represents the perfect mixture between Europe and Asia. Very popular destination in April is also Japan to see the magical cherry blossoms.

Best places to visit in May

Dreaming about hiking the Inca Trail all the way to Machu Picchu in Peru? May is one of the best seasons to do exactly this. Another very attractive destination is the entire East Coast of USA. Visit New York, Boston, Washington DC and marvel at the breath-taking vistas of the Niagara Falls for the ultimate “Best of America” trip. Canada is also a very good place to visit in May and in particular Toronto, Quebec and Montreal. The spectacular Scottish Highlands are the perfect “staycation” destination within the UK.

Best countries to visit in June

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Scandinavia makes up the perfect city break destination in June. Explore the fjords of Norway, scroll down the streets of Stockholm and take a road trip though the magical land Finland. The national parks of USA and Canada such as the Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite and the majestic Rocky Mountains are also perfect spots to immerse yourself in the nature in June.

Best places to visit in July

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While many of us would head to the traditional summer holiday destinations in Europe such as Greece, Sicily and Spain, July is also perfect for going on a safari. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the “Big 5” in places like Tanzania’s Ngorongoro, Kenya’s Serengeti and South Africa’s Kruger National Park when is also the region’s dry winter season. Visit Philadelphia around 4th of July to be part of the yearly fireworks display and learn more about the history of the USA and the signing of the iconic Declaration of Independence.

Best countries to visit in August

August is generally the busiest period to travel as usually people take their holidays this month. Anywhere you decide to go along the Mediterranean and Europe is good. We recommend visiting the spectacular Amalfi Coast in Italy or some of the jewels of Greece such as Rhodes, Zante or Santorini. The French Riviera is also stunning, however quite busy during that time of the year as well. Very popular British destination is Cornwall, known for it’s green hills and gorgeous beaches. Another great place you could visit in August is the West Coast of USA and places like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Best places to visit in September

Germany is great in September as it hosts its annual Oktoberfest, which starts at the end of the month. Morocco is also a great place to visit in September. If you’re looking for something more authentic and unknown, visit Jordan’s ancient city of Petra or the countries in Central Asia such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Georgia. Other great destinations for this month are Argentina and Brazil. A trip to the breath-taking Iguazu Falls is a must! September is also good time to explore Europe’s most popular places as the temperatures are not very high and the crowds are less.

Best countries to visit in October

In October go off-the-beaten track and explore the exotic Middle East. Places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Doha are ideal as the temperatures are not as high as the rest of the year. Don’t miss the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa and the magical show of the fountains in Dubai. If you love wildlife holidays, now is the best time to go to Madagascar. Japan and China are also good options as this is when the autumn foliage starts. Check our article to find the Best Places to See the Autumn Colours in UK. Another must in October is Australia and its stunning desert landscape – don’t miss the breath-taking red centre of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Best places to visit in November

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The Caribbean islands are the best winter-sun getaway destination between November and January. We recommend visiting Cuba’s Havana and Veradero for the perfect blend of culture and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Bahamas, St. Lucia and Barbados are all amazing during this time of the year as well. Hawaii is also another great luxury escape in November. If you’re looking for more exclusive destinations, we recommend the breath-taking Maldives, Seychelles or Bora Bora.

Best countries to visit in December

December is all about snowy winter and Christmas. That’s why a trip to some of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets such as Amsterdam, Vienna, London, Nurnberg and Prague is a must. This is also the start of the ski season, which means all ski resorts in Europe, Canada and USA are a great holiday idea. If you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas experience, a visit to Santa’s Lapland in Finland is crucial. Banff National park in Canada is amazing in winter too. If you’re after a bit warmer getaway, we recommend visiting New Zealand or tropical Costa Rica.

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