Places to go in the Summer

Melissa Hirst

As the weeks creep by, our thoughts begin to turn to the warmer months and where the best places to go in summer are, where we can get value for money and where the weather will hopefully be kind to us! We’ve put together a quick rundown of where we feel the best places to travel to this summer are.

Top summer holiday destinations

July and August in Europe is the main holiday season, which means nicer weather but the downside is the rise in prices. Although the Mediterranean is very popular at this time of year, there are other less likely, but fantastic places to travel to, including Iceland where the temperature averages 15⁰C during the day with up to 20 hours of daylight – there is very little that can beat experiencing the midnight sun! If you like it hot then head to Greece, or for an up and coming European holiday choice, choose Bulgaria before everyone else discovers it!

Indonesia has the perfect climate at this time of year, with lots of sunshine and temperatures of between 25⁰C & 30⁰C. In most regions the dry season spans from May to September, but August is definitely tourist season so book early! Kids will especially love ‘Waterbom’ in Bali – the number one waterpark in Asia.

Ulun Danu Temple beside Beratan Lake in Bali

South America is a great destination during July and August as the rains have stopped, giving way to sunny days, and with the Rio Olympic Games taking place in August, there will be definitely be a party atmosphere! Further north is generally hot and dry, whereas Central America experiences a short rainy season at this time.

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janerio, Brazil

For something a little different, try St Petersburg in Russia. During June and July the city doesn’t stop as the sun doesn’t go down until well after midnight, however, come August, this has calmed down a little as the daylight hours shorten and the temperature is a balmy 20⁰C.

View of the Winter Palace Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia

Africa is a very diverse continent with many different cultures. It is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Red Sea to the northeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast. For those looking to go on safari to South Africa, the best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. This is, in fact, the low season for tourism, making it the perfect time to explore this part of the world with the family.

Jeep on a game drive driving down a dusty track in South Africa

 

**This blog post was previously published on Medway Leisure Travel, now trading as Pettitts Travel**