Monsoons are here. While a city like Mumbai gets flooded easily a lot of people look for new places to venture to. When the monsoon just starts to descend in India, a lot of countries around the world are still enjoying those nice summers, longer days etc. July-August offers the chance to the party – be it on beaches, beside lakes, or parks are in full swing in some parts of the world. In Asia, this season is considered the least favourable. The monsoon season is at its height over the majority of this area with the exception of only a few countries.
In Europe, August is the height of the peak season! Millions of holidaymakers from around the world invade the beaches and countryside of Southern Europe. The climate is great for travel for just about the whole of the continent. The north of Europe is lovely during this month and summer is the ideal time to visit those countries that are generally considered a little cold and damp such as Ireland, Scotland or Holland. Although July and August are favourable to travel “climatically” speaking, it is often not so pleasant when it comes to tranquility and prices. The vast majority of European countries have their main holidays during this period so the hotels are generally crowded and the prices high for the majority of destinations.
Winter in the southern hemisphere promises cheap flights and fantastic skiing, while elsewhere July is packed with unusual festivals, wild celebrations and some of nature’s most spectacular events, giving you a great excuse to escape the annual beach holiday rut. These are the best places to visit in July
- Iceland– No country has produced more Miss Worlds (three) nor more conquerors of Everest (four).During July, daysare up to 20 hours long in Iceland and the weather gets a bit milder. Which means a great time to explore Iceland. One can get outdoors and cycle, go kayaking, Hike around the beautiful fjords, glaciers, lava fields, gorges, meadows and countless small islands here. This weather also provides a good chance to spot various birds and whales.
- Turkey– While the mainstream summer crowds start moving in the West, Istanbul find less crowd than you will anywhere in the West of Europe. The Bosphorus separates the two sides of Istanbul, each side having a unique character and charm, so be sure to explore both. Enjoy your beach cravings with the beautiful beaches along Oludeniz, Bodrum and Marmaris. The country will provide you with the best both in terms of price and weather. Read more about Turkey here
- Hungary– Still one of the most underrated country in all of Europe, Hungary is a delight to visit during the July-august. . The country cultivates a certain serenity which will not fail to show the warmth of its people and can be seen in the peaceful landscapes. Budapest is one of the cheapest capital cities to visit in Europe. Balaton Lake is one of the largest in Europe with many resorts making it a major tourist centre. Nearby, the cities of Keszthely and Balantonfüred are lovely places to discover, as well as the Badacsony area where you can enjoy trekking
- Croatia– Dubrovnik- The walled medieval city, with its iconic terracotta roofs, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the place to be during this time. For most of July and August, the seaside city of Dubrovnik tempts culture buffs with its Summer Festival. Full of music, dance, and theater will surely keep you entertained. In addition to its rich heritage and many historic buildings, it boasts a privileged location on the Adriatic Sea, where visitors can soak up the sun and get active on the water with boat rides, kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing, and more.
- Bali- The exotic island of Bali, is the ideal South East Asia destination offering largely sunny and warm conditions in which to explore its spiritual shores during this weather. Bali is easy to travel around, thanks to its size, with a real variety of things to do taking in culture, activity and beach. It provides a great option A great option if you’re looking for tranquil surroundings amid stunning scenery with soft sands, colourful fishing boats, great surfing spots and excellent beach resorts.
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