We may have just taken down the holiday decorations, but savvy travelers know that the best summer getaways require early planning!
While June to August is undeniably a busy travel season, it also holds a special allure. This time of year is unparalleled, with its lively cultural festivals, vibrant energy, and long, sunny days.
From up-and-coming destinations to tried-and-true favorites, and even the best spots for escaping the crowds – here are my picks for the best places to travel in summer 2024.
Love the great outdoors and looking to escape the crowds? Chile has got you covered. Its location in the Southern Hemisphere means that while it’s summer in the United States, it’s winter in Chile.
International tourism significantly drops during this time, allowing you to explore more without all the people. Dynamic cities like Santiago and Valparaíso are less crowded, offering a more authentic and relaxed experience of their rich history, culinary scene, and arts.
Plus, the temperatures are ideal for hiking, and ski and snowboard enthusiasts will be thrilled to find that the magnificent Andes Mountains offer world-class slopes during this season.
While summer may be peak tourism time, it’s also Bali’s dry season, ensuring sunny days and low humidity — ideal for exploring the island’s stunning beaches, lush rice terraces, and majestic temples without the inconvenience of frequent rains.
The clear skies and pleasant climate provide the perfect opportunity to try your hand at surfing or hike up volcanic peaks like Mount Batur for spectacular sunrises.
Those looking for a more relaxed getaway will enjoy Bali’s hot spring baths and botanical gardens. And for travelers really seeking zen, there is no shortage of spa, yoga, or meditation retreats available.
Though Albania might not be the first destination that comes to mind for most people when considering a coastal European getaway, this is rapidly changing as more people discover the beauty of this hidden gem.
During the summer months, the Albanian Riviera becomes a sun-worshipper’s paradise, offering perfect conditions for beach days. The clear, warm weather also makes it an ideal time for exploring the country’s historical sites, picturesque ruins, and castles.
Moreover, while Europe’s most popular beach destinations often become overcrowded in the summer, Albania remains, for now, off-the-radar for many. This allows for fewer crowds, greater availability, and lower prices.
Traveling to Tanzania and Kenya during the Great Migration offers a truly awe-inspiring and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This natural spectacle, typically occurring between July and October, is a period when millions of wildebeest, zebra, and other antelope traverse the vast plains from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of fresh grazing. The experience is enhanced by stunning backdrops of sweeping savannahs and dramatic skies, providing a perfect setting for photography enthusiasts
Travelers can expect busy safari lodges and camps, but the chance to witness this grand display of nature’s wonder makes it well worth the journey. The Great Migration is not just a wildlife event; it’s a profound testament to the wonders of the natural world and an unforgettable adventure for any nature or animal lover.
June to August is an exceptional time to visit Norway, a period when the country is at its most vibrant and accessible.
These summer months bring long days and the famous Midnight Sun – particularly in the northern regions – where the sun never fully sets, providing ample daylight for hiking, cycling, kayaking, and cruising the majestic fjords.
In cities like Oslo and Bergen, the streets come alive with outdoor cafes, cultural festivals, and markets, offering a lively atmosphere and a glimpse into Norwegian culture. Additionally, the summer brings a burst of flora, making it a great time to visit the lush gardens and nature reserves.
A perfect combination of balmy weather and the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea make summer a lovely time to visit Croatia.
This period is when the country’s natural and cultural beauty shines brightest, with its islands and coastline providing idyllic settings for swimming, sunbathing, and sailing.
Cities like Dubrovnik and Split are bursting with energy, but if you’re looking to escape the crowds, consider venturing to the less-traveled Istrian Peninsula – known for its charming hilltop towns and exquisite culinary delights, including truffles and fine wines.
Adventure-lovers, take note – Madagascar is a wonderful place to visit in the summer.
Coinciding with the country’s dry season, which brings cooler temperatures and reduced rainfall, the summer months are ideal for wildlife viewing, including its renowned lemurs, chameleons, and a variety of bird species.
The drier weather also makes it easier to traverse the country’s varied landscapes – from the rainforests of Andasibe to the spiny forests of the south. It’s also a great time to explore the Avenue of the Baobabs and the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, where the geological formations are particularly striking against the clear, blue skies. For beach lovers, the islands off the northwest coast, provide sunny days perfect for snorkeling, diving, and relaxing on pristine beaches.
With fewer tourists compared to other destinations, Madagascar in the summer offers a more secluded experience, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and unique culture of this extraordinary island.
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January 7, 2024