Where to go Spring/Summer

Leia Morales on 08 April 2021
Spring/Summer Most countries have their ideal travel season, based mainly on the weather, which can vary within a country as well. Whilst weather can always be unpredictable, there are certain weather patterns that it is always worth being aware of when you are planning to visit a country. You won’t be thinking something was a “good deal” if it is monsoon season. This two part “where to travel when?” guide to will cover March through August this month and September to February in next months issue.

March Spring in Japan, crowds descend to view the cherry blossoms. Book early if you want to enjoy this yearly event as prices can be high and hotel rooms sparse. Alternatively explore South Africa’s garden route between Cape Town and an Eastern Cape game reserve for the perfect balance of city, history, beach and wildlife.

April Towards the end of the summer in Mauritius, but pleasant temperatures without the rainfall. Direct flights make this a convenient long haul beach break. Hawaii, on the other hand, you reach via mainland USA to create a multi hop adventure. Spend a couple of nights on Oahu to see Waikiki and Pearl Harbour before taking the short flight to Maui for beautiful beaches, Kaui for adventure, or Big Island for volcanoes.

May Picking a single month to visit the USA is tough given its size but May offers pleasant temperatures in most states. Whether a city in the north east, theme parks in the south east, or national parks in the west; the United States has something for everyone. For an exclusive wildlife experience, head down to Botswana. Carefully regulated tourism and inaccessibility of its famous Okavango Delta make this the ultimate safari destination. May sees the start of the dry season when water levels are at their highest, creating the waterways the Delta is known for.

June Looking to explore ancient civilizations, rainforests, culture and the world’s highest navigable lake? Peru is best visited in June, the start of winter but avoiding the wetter summer season. Travel to Machu Picchu by foot along the Inca Trail or in style onboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham luxury train.

July Speaking of trains… the Rocky Mountaineer across western Canada is an iconic journey winding through mountain passes and dramatic canyons. Disembark in Vancouver and board a 7 night Alaskan cruise to see inaccessible glaciers and charming coastal towns. If relaxing on a beach is more your idea of a holiday, the Seychelles and South Pacific Islands are perfect this time of year; for white powder sand beaches and crystal clear waters to dip your toes in.

August Europe is the place to be in August, short haul sun in family friendly hotels. But if you are looking for something further afield, Bali is the ideal destination. Explore the island to see the cultural centre of Ubud or volcanic Mount Agung, before relaxing on one of its many beaches. Alternatively, for a wildlife adventure head to Tanzania as the migrating wildebeest cross the rivers of the Serengeti.