Travel guru’s Lonely Planet have released yet another guide for intrepid travellers, and if you would like to know which is the best month to Climb Kilimanjaro, which is the best month to view the Great Migration in the Serengeti, and which is the best month to go hiking in Patagonia, you’ll find everything you need to know in the ‘Where to go When’ travel book.
There’s no doubt about it, choosing the right time of the year to visit your dream holiday destination can have a huge impact on your overall trip. Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the pouring rain is no fun, neither is island hopping in Fiji during the monsoon season, but with a little help from the travel pros, you can (hopefully!) avoid the above, and enjoy perfect weather conditions for any type of trip!
So, without further ado, here’s where you should be going, and when you should be going there in 2017:
If you are thinking about booking a last-minute break this January, top destinations include Uganda for Gorilla trekking, Switzerland for skiing, Sydney Australia for a cosmopolitan city break, and the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania for the safari of a lifetime.
With Christmas a distant memory, and summer seeming like a million years away, February is the perfect month for an impromptu getaway. Top holiday picks for the shortest month of the year include Rio de Janeiro for its carnival, Singapore for a shopping holiday quite unlike any other, Iceland for the Northern Lights, and Argentina’s most beautiful wine region Mendoza, where you can quaff to your heart’s content!
There’s nothing like booking a spring break to banish the winter blues, and there are some fabulous destinations for you to visit at this time of the year. Chile for adventure, Argentina and Brazil to see Iguazu Falls in all its glory, and luxury beach breaks in the Maldives are all happening during March – which appeals most to you?
Don’t be a fool this April, visit New Zealand for its breathtaking scenery, hike to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, or head on down to Japan where, if you are lucky, you will witness the Sakura cherry blossom trees in full bloom.
May is one of the best months of the year for a holiday, and you can go virtually anywhere in the world at this time of the year! You could head to Namibia for a self-drive safari, luxuriate on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, or take a beer-tasting tour of Prague in Czech. The options are endless… so what are you waiting for!
With summer finally upon us, you could take a ‘Staycation’ in June and visit some of the many attractions that your home country has to offer, but if you’re looking for something a little more exotic, you could go sailing in Bora Bora, Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, or snorkelling in Ningaloo Reef in Australia.
Holiday suggestions for the month of July include safaris with a difference in Brazil’s Pantanal, wine-tasting tours in Australia’s Hunter Valley, and relaxing beach breaks on the Island of Spice Zanzibar. If you are looking for a European break, try Germany’s Black Forest… there’s much more to it than gateaux!
With the children off school, August is the most popular month for family breaks, and if you want to avoid the hiked fees of all-inclusive resorts in the Mediterranean, why not take your kids on an educational tour of Zambia, Papua New Guinea or Argentina. If your holiday budget won’t quite stretch that far, take a staycation in Wales where you can surf, cycle and hike as much as you like.
If you want to go long-haul, but cannot afford to travel during peak season, September is the perfect month to visit South Africa, New Zealand, and the Silk Road in central Asia. The Great Wall of China is, apparently, even more beautiful at this time of the year, so why not tick off a bucket list adventure?
As the temperatures start to drop in the northern hemisphere, October is a great month for a beach break in the Fiji Islands and the Seychelles. If you are looking for something different, Darjeeling in India, Bhutan, and Costa Verde in Brazil all feature on LP’s list… the world really is your oyster!
During the month of November, you cannot go wrong with a trip below the equator. South Africa, Namibia, and New Zealand are fabulous destinations for this time of year, as are Caribbean Islands such as Barbados and Puerto Rico.
If you’ve vowed to spend next Christmas away from home, now is the perfect time to start planning your December 2017 break. New Orleans, Laos, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Southern Patagonia all feature on the list, so there’s really nothing stopping you!
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