Example 7 day break - Umbria, Italy:
Pick a secret hideaway in central Italy’s gorgeous region and immerse yourself in the rolling hills, medieval walled towns, artistic gems, and amazing food (wow, the food) and of course the wine.
A full blown Italian experience awaits with many self-catering accommodation options, including apartments or even working farms with pools. Visit Roman historical sites and try the famous Perugian chocolates.
Fly here via many international flights into Perugia and hire a car to get the most out of your Italian adventure.
Must visits are, Assisi, Florence and Orvieto, with the usual temperature at this time of the year reaching a comfortable 29 °C.
Example City Break (3 days) - Berlin, Germany:
This now reunified city is probably the coolest and friendliest capitals, with fantastic bars and over 2500 parks and gardens, making it a very green city.
The biggest park being Tiergarten, its stretches from Brandenburg Gate all the way to the Zoo.
The many parks in Berlin are where you will find most of the summer buzz, with buskers, fleamarkets and even open air karaoke!
Hire a car and visit some sights nearby such as Potsdam, the German Versailles, Oranienburg, Museum at a former Concentration camp and Rheinsburg, which is a magnificent Renaissance castle.
All types of accommodation budgets are catered for, so you shouldn't’t be at a loss for somewhere to stay, but plan in advance to be sure.
Flights here are into two airports, Schonefeld, which is 30 minutes away by train or Tegel, which is a 30 minute bus ride. Both these airports are well serviced by many airlines.
A ‘must visit’ is to the new Reichstag with its outstanding views over Berlin from its dome.
August temperatures are normally a pleasant 23°C.
Example Two Week Break - Koh Samui, Thailand:
Koh Samui is a bit of an oxymoron! In august while most of Thailand is being rained on, Koh Samui isn’t! This is due to the strange micro climates that feature around the Gulf of Thailand and this island seems to find itself bathed in sunshine with swaying palm trees and the softest of sand.
With a fantastic choice of food and a wide range of accommodation available, it is a stereotypical fantasy paradise island!
Of course, you can find the nightlife if you wish or the peace and quiet if you don’t.
It can be very hot at around 32°C, but this makes it the ideal beach style holiday. Day trips to Ang Thong Park offer an amazing and snorkelling and kayaking experience in this dream like area of crystal clear emerald sea.
Flights to Koh Samui are with connections from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
You could catch the ferry from the mainland at Don Sak,
Simply choose a coast and pick your beach!