Where To Go When: The Best Places To Visit For Every Month Of The Year

by Rebecca
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Knowing where to travel when can be tricky. Every month is the perfect month to travel somewhere in the world. Are you ready to be inspired before you plan your next trip? Check out my guide to where to travel when to find out the best places to visit for each month of the year. Time to discover where to journey and at what time of year.

January

Wondering where to travel in January? If you are after some winter sun, now is a great time to visit the Caribbean and Australia. For an incredible way to see in the New Year, experience a traditional Hogmanay in Scotland, or see the spectacular fireworks in London. If your searching for snow hit the Alps for winter sports or take in the wonder of the northern lights in Norway. Check out my top tips for visiting Oslo here, a great place to go before heading further north Tromsø.

The best places to go:

Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, Scotland, England, Norway, Australia, France, Switzerland, Austria, The West Indies and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, South Africa.

Places to avoid:

Indonesia, Seychelles, and Polynesia where it is still the rainy season and Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius as there is a high risk of cyclones.

February

For a romantic Valentines Day getaway, avoid the crowds of Paris and consider another European city such as Prague, or relax in the thermal baths of Budapest – find out more about visiting Budapest here. Now is a great time to visit Asia, with Myanmar, The Philippians, and Northen India typhoon-free. There are some great travel deals to be had in Buenos Aires at this time of year. Make the most of the Hawaiin sun and take a surf class. South Africa and Egypt are worth considering before the temperatures soar into the summer highs.

The best places to go:

Argentina, Egypt, South Africa, Hawaii, Northen India, The Philippians, Myanmar.

Places to avoid:

Indonesia, Seychelles, and Polynesia as it is their rainy season. Also avoid Madagascar, the Reunion, and Mauritius where there is still a high risk of cyclones.

March

March is when Europe starts to get a little warmer, but the tourist hotspots are a lot quieter as it is still offseason. Take a trip to Italy to eat pizza, drink wine and above all explore historic sights. Head to India before monsoon season. The weather in Florida is in its lush summer highs, so consider visiting Miami for spring break parties or even plan a vacation to explore the theme parks of Orlando. New York would make a perfect city break, avoiding the sticky humid heat of the summer. For an epic adventure, head to Patagonia where you will find ideal weather conditions for extensive trekking in gems like Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego.

The best places to go:

Italy, Asia, America, Cuba, Argentina, the Maldives.

Places to avoid:

Going on safari in Kenya or Tanzania is not advisable, with the torrential rains of the rainy season. Avoid Canada where you’ll be left with the aftermath of melting winter slush.

April

Visit the European islands of Crete and Malta for some warm spring sunshine. The Netherlands will be in bloom with colorful fields of Tulips, so now is a great time for that city break to Amsterdam – find out my top 10 things to do in Amsterdam here.

April is a great month to visit the USA, therfore why not make that visit into a great American road trip? California, Nevada, Louisiana, Washington, and Florida are all off-peak, meaning there should be some great deals available. Consider visiting Morocco for an authentic camel trek and night spent under the stars in the desert.

The best places to go:

Crete, Malta, Amsterdam, America, Morocco, Turkey, the Philippines, Japan, Australia.

Places to avoid:

The majority of Asian countries are unpleasantly hot at this time. This is the heavy rainy season in Zanzibar and Tunisia.  South America, is at its peak of high humidity, which is not for everybody.

May

This is the best time of year to consider interrailing around Europe, with moderately warm temperature and the main summer tourist season yet to come. Croatia, Portugal, Spain and The Czech Republic are all good options. Check out my top tips for visiting Barcelona here and a guide to Ostrava, a great destination to visit in The Czech Republic, not far from Krakow in Poland.

For a paradise beach break, head to the Bahamas and experience Pig Beach, where you can swim alongside these cute mammals. Why not head to some of Mexico’s beach towns, such as Tulum for a relaxing break, and a yoga retreat. Read my guide to Tulum here.

The best places to go:

Europe, China, Philippines, Bahamas, Mexico, Australia.

Places to avoid:

Asia is entering its down season. Egypt starts to suffer heatwaves. India and Sri Lanka enter their monsoon season and are both very hot and humid.

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June

Visit Sweden for one of the biggest holiday celebrations in the countries calendar, the traditional Midsummer. Other Scandinavian countries, such as Norway and Finland, also have long days filled with sunshine at this time of year. The weather in Ireland in magnificent, with the greenery taking on a bright emerald hue.

June is a great month to visit the Greek Islands, so why not go by boat. You can book into group sailing trips around the various Islands, such as Santorini. Now is also a great time of year to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, as the weather is dry and light. June is also the best time to explore the Peruvian Amazon, as that’s when the dry season starts.

The best places to go:

Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, Canada, Cuba, Peru.

Places to avoid:

Avoid Central Africa and the Middle East at this time of year as there can be some pretty intense heat waves. The monsoons bring crippling heat and heavy rains to India, so avoid at all costs! New York and Washington D.C head into summer, so it gets exceptionally hot and muggy – not the best for city exploring.

July

Again, July is a great time to visit Machu Picchu in Peru for the continued dry weather and daylight. Summer is the perfect time to explore the abundance of natural beauty in Portland, Oregon – perfect for scenic hikes or bike tours. Take a chance to visit Iguazu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, visiting at this time of year may not be as warm, but you beat the throngs of tourists. If you want to visit Europe, head to the Romanian capital of Bucharest to escape the crowded tourist hotspots.

The best places to go:

Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, America.

Places to avoid:

Louisiana, Washington D.C and New York are very hot and humid. Asia, in general, should also be avoided at this time as it is still the monsoon season.

August

The Mediterranean coasts may be busy this time of year, but with sunny days and spectacular beaches, the reason why are obvious. If you want a more budget-friendly option, head to Croatia. If you are a Game Of Thrones Fan, you’ll love the tours of some of the shows shooting locations. Head to Bali for carefree charm. Catch some waves or escape the world in a lush jungle paradise.

Tanzania will offer an unforgettable wildlife experience, or if you love adventure, there is of course Kilimanjaro. If you’re more of a culture vulture, August is the time to take a trip to Edinburgh, where the Fringe Festival brings buskers, actors artists and raucous laughter to every corner of the city.

The best places to go:

Europe, Tanzania, Bali.

Places to avoid:

Asia is at the height of its monsoon season with the exceptions of Kerala or Tamil Nadu in India, Bali and the southern islands of Indonesia. Northern America can also be extremely hot.

September

September is a great time to experience some of Europe’s busiest cities, without the summer crowds. Enjoy Lisbon, Portugal, and its Fabulous September sunshine, without the masses who are now back at school. Devour sensational seafood and explore the city right into the warm evenings. Forget the blossoming cherry trees and crazy crowds, visit Japan in September as the trees turn red and gold. If you’ve always wanted to walk the Great Wall Of China, September may just be the perfect time to do so. Temperatures in China are warm but not humid, and the rains are long gone leaving fantastic picturesque views. After that why not take the chance to see some giant pandas?

For wildlife watching, Zimbabwe is at its peak. Once you’re done spotting hippos, crocs, and lions, the impressive Victoria Falls is not only a stunning natural feature but an adrenaline junkie hotspot. Try whitewater rafting, zip lining, canoeing or even get up in a helicopter for a magical view. If You love fall, September is a great time to explore New England in the U.S. Head to Portland Maine for some tasty lobster or take in Boston’s rich history. Read my city guide to Boston here.

The best places to go:

Europe, Africa, America, China, Japan.

Places to avoid:

The Caribbean, Central America and also Asia are often prone to hurricanes at this time of year.

October

For something special, visit Madagascar in October, the month when the iconic and adorable ring-tail lemurs are born. For instance, to view these cuties close up, visit national parks such as Isalo. For beautiful autumn walks in nature, The Lake District in the UK is the perfect countryside retreat. Therefore why not haul up in a cute cottage by a lake and enjoy the peace. Perugia is an Italian gem, and every year the Umbrian capital holds a 10-day festival of chocolate. Visit to take part in cooking classes, view exhibitions and of course wolf down tasters of the Perugian sweet treat of Baci. Check out my food lovers guide to Perugia here.

In summer the desert city of Dubai heats up to unbearable temperatures and everyone hauls up inside, where the AC is. But in October, the city springs into life. Beach clubs reopen, restaurant terraces are packed, and you can enjoy a dip in the golf without it feeling like a hot-spring. Ancient and inspiring Jordan holds some incredible awe-inspiring sights. Think Petra, the Roman city of Jerash, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, great desertscapes where you can stay overnight in a Bedouin camp. October’s great temperatures to explore all Jordan has to offer.

The best places to go:

India, Calcutta, Turkey, Cyprus, Africa, Egypt, South Africa, America, Argentina, Japan, Europe, Middle East.

Places to avoid:

Certain areas of Thailand will be in typhoon season. It is also not a good time to travel to some of the South Pacific countries such as Fiji, New Guinea and the north of Australia. This is also the height of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

November

Christmas is coming, therefore get into the festive spirit, Germany and it’s glorious Christmas markets will do the trick. For example, make sure to check out Nuremberg and Munich. Time is running out to visit Cuba before the resorts take over and as a result the country is changed forever. Warm and sunny November is a great time to do so before the crowds arrive from December to February. For an authentic American Thanksgiving, why not head to the cute mountain towns of Colorado.

High tech and flourishing Seoul is awash with autumn colors this time of year. In between eating Korean Barbeque and visiting dog cafes, hit the hiking trails and make the most of the mild temperatures. Morocco’s inviting warm temperatures are enticing for anyone ready to escape the looming winter months. November 18 is Moroccan independence day, so get ready for festivals and colorful parades. November in New Zealand is Spring and is the perfect time to take in the beauty of Lake Tekapo and see a traditional Maori Haka. Mild temps and lack of crowds make this a great month for hiking.

The best places to go:

New Zealand, Hawaii, Germany, America, South America, Morocco, Belize, Hong Kong, Korea, Cuba.

Places to avoid:

Bermuda, where it will be cold and windy, and nothing much to do.

December

Thinking about where to go when during the festive period? Well, there is so much choice. Want to go big for the holidays? New York City becomes a magical Christmas wonderland in December. With Ice skating under the iconic Rockefeller Center tree to theatrical window displays in Fifth Avenue department stores and residents trying desperately to outdo each other on the decorations, the city is completely transformed. South-East Asia is perfect in December. Visit Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos and embrace the buzz of the holiday season. Alongside the perfect weather, visit for colorful colonial towns and, above all, see ancient sites such as Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. For a Gorilla tracking adventure in Uganda, December is the ideal month.

Fiji is a dream destination for many, and if you’re desperate to escape the gloominess of winter, what better way to do so than sink your feet into glorious white sand and relax. If on the other hand, you are ready to embrace all winter has to offer, then Vienna, Austria is for you. Christmas markets, classical music concerts and the start of the fairytale ball season are all reasons to visit this European capital. After a day of exploring, subsequently get cozy in a cafe and tuck into a rich chocolatey sachertorte.

In search of the Northen Lights? Let that adventure take you to Iceland, but don’t forget to pack your thermals. December may be the darkest month to visit, but if your lucky, The Northen Lights might just brighten up the night sky.

The best places to go:

New York City, South-East Asia, Uganda, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Belize, Skiing Destinations, the Caribbean, Cambodia, Australia, Iceland.

To be avoided:

Malaysia is in the mid-monsoon season and all of Eastern Europe is a bit dire, with a climate that is pretty harsh and severe.

 

 

Are you ready to book your next trip?

Thank you for reading my post about where to travel when; the best places to visit for every month of the year. Hopefully, my helpful tips have inspired you to book some epic adventures. Writing this list, it became obvious that no matter what time of year, travel is always an option.

Have any other tips for me about where to travel when to add to the list? Feel free to share in the comments.

Likewise, let me know if you enjoyed reading by posting a comment below or connecting with me on social media. I always love hearing from readers.

Happy traveling and perhaps I’ll see you en route…

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30 comments

Bradley & Jenny 02/01/2019 - 2:55 pm

Amazing list – we will certainly be saving this for our future adventures! We were thinking about visiting Bali in August – is this a “Best Place” for August, or a “Place to Avoid”? We weren’t sure as it seems to be listed on both. Thanks for the help!

Rebecca 02/01/2019 - 2:59 pm

Thanks for your comment. Most of Asia is in the rainy season in August, but luckily Bali is an exception so It’s a good time to visit then! I hope you enjoy your future trip planning. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away 🙂

Sarah - Borders & Bucket Lists 02/01/2019 - 7:40 pm

This is such a cool idea for a post!

I would actually disagree about Hawaii in February though. As a Hawaii local, I know that we don’t have much sun in February – that actually tends to be our rainiest month! We have to keep our greenery green somehow ;). But I mean, if you’re all for exploring Hawaii in the rain, go for it! It actually makes the waterfalls so much bigger, so I’m a fan.

I do agree with the November recommendation for Hawaii though. It’s pretty cool, and it’s not super expensive unless you try to come the week of Thanksgiving (don’t do that). My pick for the best month to come to Hawaii is definitely April. It’s just at the cusp of the summer season, so it’s picking up on the warmth and shutting down on the rain. Plus, prices aren’t absurdly expensive in April either.

Thanks for such a wonderful post!

Nina Out and About 02/01/2019 - 9:02 pm

I love this list, but I’d add that the absolute best time to visit Canada (as a Canadian) is September/October. The leaves start to change colour and it is incredible. Canada is best known for its fall. June can be quite busy with tourists and the weather isn’t always certain yet. New Zealand (as an expat) is best in December/March once the tourists have left and the weather cools a bit. November is still rainy and cool from winter.

Kemi 02/01/2019 - 10:39 pm

Good to know! I did Cuba in Jan 2017 & soaked up that lovely tropical sun. Scandinavia is good in late spring and late to very early fall as they get winter very early. Did Copenhagen in early April of 2018 and it was freezing but if I had gone just 2 weeks, later, it would’ve been bearable.

Jazmine Whitlock 03/01/2019 - 2:57 am

Yes I want to go to Iceland or Paris this month! Keeping my eyes peeled for a great deal. Thank you for all the good advice. Ill keep checking back for my travels throughout the year.

SuBhaSun 03/01/2019 - 5:22 am

This is an incredible list of destinations to visit around the globe. Very informative post. Glad I found a post relating places to visit at the best time of a year.

Nomadic Foot 03/01/2019 - 6:40 am

OMG, you have done a great job for me and for many people around the world who are confused about the best time to visit for any destination they want to. Great post thanks for sharing with us.

Richa 03/01/2019 - 7:55 am

Wow, a monthly breakdown of destinations – this is super awesome and helpful. I am saving this for future 🙂 and YESSS February is a great time to visit India 🙂

Laurence 03/01/2019 - 2:19 pm

I must say your pictures really captivates me, now I really want to go to those places. Planning to go in Australia and hopefully Peru to see Machu Picchu.

Gabby 04/01/2019 - 5:03 pm

nice list! I’ve somehow always had a knack for visiting places precisely when I shouldn’t – but luckily the weather has always worked out, haha! I visited Bali in December and just barely missed the beginning of rainy season. This list is a great reference for my future planning 😉

Christine Rogador 04/01/2019 - 7:27 pm

This is a very helpful list! Especially for someone like me who travels according to the weather. And I agree with Ireland. It’s great in June.

Katie 04/01/2019 - 9:11 pm

A great load of information here and so useful too! It’s always great to know when to catch things wolves such as the northern lights!

Katie 04/01/2019 - 9:11 pm

Apologies meant wonders not wolves!

Izzy 06/01/2019 - 9:59 am

Really loved this post, great idea! Funny that you mentioned two places I’ve lived in, Budapest and the Lake District.

Izzy 07/08/2019 - 7:27 pm

Really loved this post, great idea! Funny that you mentioned two places I’ve lived in, Budapest and the Lake District.

Katie 07/08/2019 - 7:27 pm

Apologies meant wonders not wolves!

Christine Rogador 07/08/2019 - 7:27 pm

This is a very helpful list! Especially for someone like me who travels according to the weather. And I agree with Ireland. It’s great in June.

Katie 07/08/2019 - 7:27 pm

A great load of information here and so useful too! It’s always great to know when to catch things wolves such as the northern lights!

Richa 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

Wow, a monthly breakdown of destinations – this is super awesome and helpful. I am saving this for future 🙂 and YESSS February is a great time to visit India 🙂

Laurence 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

I must say your pictures really captivates me, now I really want to go to those places. Planning to go in Australia and hopefully Peru to see Machu Picchu.

Gabby 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

nice list! I’ve somehow always had a knack for visiting places precisely when I shouldn’t – but luckily the weather has always worked out, haha! I visited Bali in December and just barely missed the beginning of rainy season. This list is a great reference for my future planning 😉

Jazmine Whitlock 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

Yes I want to go to Iceland or Paris this month! Keeping my eyes peeled for a great deal. Thank you for all the good advice. Ill keep checking back for my travels throughout the year.

SuBhaSun 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

This is an incredible list of destinations to visit around the globe. Very informative post. Glad I found a post relating places to visit at the best time of a year.

Kemi 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

Good to know! I did Cuba in Jan 2017 & soaked up that lovely tropical sun. Scandinavia is good in late spring and late to very early fall as they get winter very early. Did Copenhagen in early April of 2018 and it was freezing but if I had gone just 2 weeks, later, it would’ve been bearable.

Nina Out and About 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

I love this list, but I’d add that the absolute best time to visit Canada (as a Canadian) is September/October. The leaves start to change colour and it is incredible. Canada is best known for its fall. June can be quite busy with tourists and the weather isn’t always certain yet. New Zealand (as an expat) is best in December/March once the tourists have left and the weather cools a bit. November is still rainy and cool from winter.

Sarah - Borders & Bucket L 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

This is such a cool idea for a post!

I would actually disagree about Hawaii in February though. As a Hawaii local, I know that we don’t have much sun in February – that actually tends to be our rainiest month! We have to keep our greenery green somehow ;). But I mean, if you’re all for exploring Hawaii in the rain, go for it! It actually makes the waterfalls so much bigger, so I’m a fan.

I do agree with the November recommendation for Hawaii though. It’s pretty cool, and it’s not super expensive unless you try to come the week of Thanksgiving (don’t do that). My pick for the best month to come to Hawaii is definitely April. It’s just at the cusp of the summer season, so it’s picking up on the warmth and shutting down on the rain. Plus, prices aren’t absurdly expensive in April either.

Thanks for such a wonderful post!

Bradley & Jenny 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

Amazing list – we will certainly be saving this for our future adventures! We were thinking about visiting Bali in August – is this a “Best Place” for August, or a “Place to Avoid”? We weren’t sure as it seems to be listed on both. Thanks for the help!

Rebecca 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

Thanks for your comment. Most of Asia is in the rainy season in August, but luckily Bali is an exception so It’s a good time to visit then! I hope you enjoy your future trip planning. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away 🙂

Nomadic Foot 07/08/2019 - 7:28 pm

OMG, you have done a great job for me and for many people around the world who are confused about the best time to visit for any destination they want to. Great post thanks for sharing with us.

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