June, July and August are nearly here, and that means months of enduring the winter chills. Or does it? Things are heating up at that time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, which make it an ideal time to follow the sun, but it’s also when the number of visitors flocking to tourist sites increases as much as the temperature. Crowds, heat and lines are all synonymous with summer vacations, so we decided to compile a list of destinations that will get you to places with less crowds during the peak months, while still shaking off the winter blues.
It is time to get off the beaten path, try somewhere new and enjoy an adventure. Join us on our hot list to see where you should be visiting this winter!
5. Alberta, Canada
This province in Western Canada has a lot to offer; a warm, summer temperature, about 23 degrees celsius average, that won’t leave you sweating and an array of National Parks, landmarks and beautiful views of nature that you cannot see anywhere else. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and it is a perfect city to explore. Museums, the famous Farmer’s Market in Old Strathcona and many hip and delicious restaurants to sample all await you in Edmonton. Some cannot-miss adventures in Alberta include Jasper National Park, known for its abundant wildlife, Athabasca Falls, Lake Louise, a glacier-fed lake and one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada, Banff National Park and Cave & Basin National Historic Site, great for exploring the naturally-occurring, warm mineral springs that can be found inside the cave, and outside in an emerald colored basin. Get in touch with mother nature during her favourite season in Alberta, Canada.
4. Brazil & Argentina
If you are not specifically looking to escape winter, then South America is perfect for you. They share our same winter season in Brazil and Argentina and while the average temperature of July in Buenos Aires is a brisk 15 degrees celsius, it’s the ideal time to avoid the crowds! The temperatures might not wow you, but the sites will get you on the next flight to South America. Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, a beautiful collection of waterfalls that has viewing sides in both Argentina and Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, the home of the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue and a picturesque beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain, which gives you a 360 view of the city of Rio, and so much more await you in this area of the earth. It’s time to brush up on your Spanish, put on your tango shoes and see the beauty that is South America: Brazil & Argentina.
3. Kenya & Tanzania
Welcome to another area that has its winter at the same time as Australia; Kenya & Tanzania. The average temperatures in July in Kenya & Tanzania are in the mid-20s and this is the coldest that they get all year! Luckily the ideal travelling temperature is not the only reason to visit, it is also the start of the dry season which makes for the best viewing for wildlife while on safari. June and July are also the best months for seeing the wildebeest migration through the Serengeti. Some of the great sites and adventures that await you on your journey include Karen Blixen Museum, the farmhouse of the prominent author of “Out of Africa”, Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphanage, Samburu National Park, a park home to unique wildlife and a haven for birds, Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, a park renowned for its spectacular game viewing, Ngorongoro Conservation area and many more adventures! There’s no better time to take your safari then in the winter and in Kenya & Tanzania.
Turkey is where you can really escape winter and it is the perfect place to avoid the crowds that you may find in the popular destinations around the world. The average temperature in Istanbul in July is in the 20s-30s so it is on par with most European countries during this time but it has just as many great sites and things to see as European cities! The great thing about Turkey and why you should visit, is its location, between Asia, Africa and Europe, and the fact that it is not a huge travel mecca… yet. Turkey also has a background that dates back to ancient times so there is a lot of history, architecture and culture to explore. While in Turkey make sure to visit Istanbul, the city that straddles two continents and home to an amazing spice market, Anzac Cemetery, Canakkale, Troy, a 4,000 year old city and real-life setting for The Iliad, Pergamum, Asklepion, Izmir, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia, home to rock-cut temples and tons of hot air balloons, Ankara and all of their history! Get away from the crowds and see an authentic country embedded with ancient sites and cities.
Sounds whacky recommending a country with “ice” in its name to escape winter, but not only is Iceland now a hugely popular travel destination, but July has the warmest temperature that this northern country gets. The average temperature in July is around 10 degrees celsius in Reykjavik. Okay, not exactly balmy, but all you have to do is put on an extra jumper when you’re outside and it’s so much more exciting than shivering at home! Going to Iceland in its summer really gives you a completely different outlook than visiting in the winter. It is a time of year that daylight is at its longest and can last about 20 hours a day from mid-May to Mid-August. This means you have extra daylight and warm temperatures allowing you to explore everything Iceland has to offer; from an inventive restaurant scene in Reykjavik, to the geographical wonders of Gullfoss Waterfall. Other things to see in Iceland include Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field, South Shore, Skaftafell National Park, see Europe’s largest ice cap and the peaks of Skaftafell, Thingvellir National Park, Snaefellsjökull Glacier, a splendid strato-volcano at the very end of the peninsula, Stykkisholmur and so much nature and beauty! It’s time to get out your finest fleece, wool socks and, of course, some sunglasses for the daylight! Take a trip to this striking country for a cool summer vacation you will not forget.