Are you considering traveling, but not sure where to go, or what time of year to visit? Then read on for an idea of the best times to visit some of the most beautiful and jaw dropping destinations in the world. Of course, many of the destinations featured are great to visit for more than just that month of the year, some in fact make fantastic year round destinations, but this will hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration.
As a Travel Agent people often ask me to find them holidays at completely the wrong time of year – for example, I want to go to Dubai in August – cheapest time to go, yes, but for a good reason – it is way too hot, and most of the locals leave precisely for that reason. I want to go somewhere in Europe where I can get a tan in January, – it’s very unlikely, or I want to see the Northern Lights in Norway in June – sorry but it’s not going to happen.
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JANUARY So Christmas is over for another year, and as usual, we have over indulged in Turkey and Chocolate, but what is there to look forward to….a cold, wet, miserable January. No wonder then that lots of people find travelling in search of some sun and warmth such an appealing prospect, here are some TOP picks to brighten up you’re January.
Thailand at this time of year is an excellent choice, with it being their cooler (but still hot by our standards), dry season, some beach time in Krabi, Phuket, Koh Samui or Khao Lak is highly recommended, with so many beaches to choose from, there really is something to suit everyone’s taste, and budget.
For something a bit more adventurous, why not consider Africa. January rains are a welcome relief from dry desert heat and bring the quenched plains to life. Journey to Tanzania to watch one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - The Great Wildebeest Migration. Seen in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve this is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. In January, the herds are in Tanzania's, Serengeti, moving south from the north-east region and into the southern Serengeti, Ndutu area and Ngorongoro Conservation area - which often means out of the confines of the (unfenced) national park itself. It is calving season, so prepare yourself for lots of Bambi’s, and lots of gore as predators swoop in.
Or take a trip to Livingtone in Zambia and visit the spectacular Victoria Falls – where three countries are merged in the spray.
It is also the perfect time to visit Cape Town and the surrounding areas. Try Cage Diving with Sharks and a stay at the ONE & ONLY CAPE TOWN – is highly recommended.
Drive the beautiful renowned Stellenbosch wine route with lots of other activities also on offer in the wine lands including - live performances, spas, bird watching, brandy tasting, art galleries, cheese-making, fly-fishing, game drives, horse riding, olives, food and wine pairings and much more.
January also marks the start of another wildlife showcase. It’s the best time to go whale watching in Baja California on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Try a cruise where you will be right alongside hundreds of whales and dolphins and are guaranteed to see them leap, arch and breach in and out of the ocean.
FEBRUARY February may well be bleak in the northern hemisphere, but it is summertime down south and New Zealand and Australia are enjoying outdoor life to the full. Renting an RV (Recreational Vehicle) is a very popular way of getting around and seeing lots. You will be spoiled for choice as you chose which beach to stretch out on, or town or city to visit next.
From coastal journeys and outback adventures, an Australian road trip is one of the best ways to experience the wide-open spaces and magnificent scenery.
The Great Ocean Road in Victoria has been described as the most beautiful coastline in Australia. Most of the major attractions - the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge (now London Arch), and Loch Ard Gorge - are at the western end but beyond Anglesea there are some lovely vistas across the Southern Ocean. A great choice of internal flights also means you can easily explore different parts of both destinations.
Fancy a spot of golfing anyone? February is a great month to golf in some of Europe's hotspots, try mainland Spain, in and around Murcia region and into Valencia, there are literally hundreds of top quality golf courses, including the famous La Manga Club, where there are 3 championship courses, and there is a good chance you could bump into someone famous!
In Hong Kong, 15-day-long festivities kick off in February, when ancient Chinese traditions combine with true multicultural modernity. Relive New Year’s there before spring boarding to dry and sunny Cambodia, or Vietnam to extend your journey in Southeast Asia. You need to book early if you are considering the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Or if fun in the snow is more you’re thing, then why not opt for a skiing holiday? Snow conditions are usually great in Europe in February, my advice is to go early or late February, to avoid the busy half term.
Go see those Northern lights (usually Nov – Mar) in Norway, Sweden, Finland or Iceland.
MARCH March is a terrific time to visit the Caribbean and is in the midst of the dry season. On northern islands, Cuba and the Bahamas, temperatures in March creep upwards from the cooler winter months. In the south, meanwhile, Port of Spain in Trinidad is a hot spot during the days. Ocean temperatures normally stay a consistent 26 degrees Celsius from Puerto Rico, southwards. The water is slightly cooler, at 24.5 °C around the Bahamas. For many places, including Cuba, Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico, this is normally the driest month of the year. Most areas have less than ten days with rain during March.
Mexico is another fantastic March destination. For a hot holiday under the tropical sun the Yucatan Peninsula and Gulf Coast are the best places in Mexico in March. The popular resort city of Cancun basks in an average maximum temperature of 29°C in March, with no rainfall to speak of and the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya on the eastern seaboard of Mexico enjoy the perfect holiday weather with hot, sunny days and balmy nights – similar to that of the Caribbean islands not too far away. The west coast of Mexico has a more temperate Mediterranean-type climate, and is warm and pleasant during March, ideal for golf on the Baja California peninsula. Acapulco on the west is encircled by mountains and has its own humid, tropical micro-climate, which means it sizzles invitingly with temperatures in the region of 30°C during March, as it does most of the year. As well as the great climate and fantastic beaches and resorts Mexico has to offer, early March is Mardi gras carnival time and most of the country celebrates this festive run-up to Lent with great enthusiasm and wanton revelry. Top spots for Mexican carnival celebrations are Veracruz and Mazatlán. In Puerta Vallarta sailors put to sea for the renowned Banderas Bay Regatta, complemented with a Nautical Festival ashore while the races take place. Mexico City puts on a vibrant international arts festival – the Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico – in mid-March, with all sorts of theatrical, music, dance and art events. Culture is also on the calendar in Tequila in mid-March for a festival which has more to do with the spirit of music and the arts than the famous alcoholic drink named for the town.
My favourite place to go skiing is Lake Tahoe in California (I usually go late March). You can easily combine this with a city stopover in the fantastic San Francisco. With twice daily direct flights available from the UK, it is easily accessible. An easy, stunning 4 hour drive into the mountains with scenery which will take your breath away, will have you arrive at the second largest, and arguably the most beautiful Alpine Lake in the world, high in the Sierra Nevada’s, at an altitude of 6225 feet.