If you're struggling for inspiration on where to travel this year, then take a look at our handy guide. We'll give you some handy tips on where to go and when for the best weather and local events.
For those seeking a relaxing getaway after the festive season, the Caribbean is a suitable choice. With temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees, despite being cold for the Caribbean, this is extremely hot for us. Plus January is dry season and rain is sparse, particularly in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The beautiful island of Antigua should also be considered. Although rain showers are more likely, they are short and a welcomed break from the hot Caribbean sun. Lagoon like beaches, quaint harbours and lush rich landscapes await your arrival. Antigua is also a diver’s paradise with stunning coral reefs and compelling shipwrecks just waiting to be explored.
February is a great time to get away, particularly for families. For families looking to escape the winter weather in February half term, we recommend a family holiday to Mexico. February in Mexico is one of the driest months of the year with temperatures warming up. As February is not peak season, you can expect less crowds and lower prices; however, there are also many events and festivals to be enjoyed.
For those looking to travel further afield, the dry season of February is a great time to visit the Philippines. Whether you’re craving a luxurious island retreat, seeking a cultural experience, or a bit of both, the Philippines offers blissful paradise infused with vibrant, charming cities and welcoming smiling faces.
For even FURTHER afield, we recommend the enchantingly beautiful New Zealand. This unspoilt and natural land is ideal for exploration in February with temperatures ranging from warm to fairly mild. Auckland is an urban jungle of shopping and nightlife surrounded by stunning beaches, vineyards and luscious rainforest. February is home to a variety of events in Auckland, particularly the annual Auckland Lantern Festival.
March is the perfect time to visit the culturally diverse gem that is Vietnam. This fascinating country is dry and hot in March with blissful blue skies and golden sunshine. Vietnam offers a luxurious paradise to relax and rejuvenate the senses contrasted with a rich cultural history to discover. To make the most of all that this country has to offer, we recommend a tour (link to tour page) that encompasses a variety of locations and experiences.
With the cost of travelling abroad in the Summer Holidays remaining highly priced compared to the rest of the year, the Easter Holidays is a slightly cheaper alternative and a good time to whisk the family away for a couple of weeks. Holidays to Florida in the summer can be extremely humid and unpleasant. April is still hot but with less humidity. With Easter being a popular time to visit the entertainment capital of the world, particularly Disney World, you can expert that there will be crowds. However, this is also means extended park opening hours, dazzling parades and concerts and more fun for the whole family. Tips for visiting Orlando in April: invest in a poncho as there may be the occasional cooling shower, head for the popular theme park rides early in the day when they are less busy and make the most of the FastPass lanes.
For those that don’t want to do anything but relax in luxury under the scorching sun, then the best option is the Maldives. April is the transitional period into the dry season in the Maldives. During this month you can expect clear warm waters and sizzling consistent temperatures. The stunning images that come to mind when we picture this glorious destination, are most likely to be a reality in April. Although this is a popular time to visit the Maldives, most resorts inhabit their own private island meaning that your stay will be undisturbed, intimate and heaven on earth.
The Caribbean’s premier cultural event takes place in St Lucia in May. The St Lucia Jazz Festival sees thousands of music lovers flocking to the island to attend the popular event. Despite the festival, tourism is at a low point during May, so the island remains fairly quiet in comparison to its peak season which is December to April. Prices are low and the weather is superb despite the odd rain shower, making May the best month of the year to travel to Saint Lucia.
Greece can get incredibly hot during the summer months, sometimes with temperatures reaching as high as 40 degrees! Therefore, the best time to visit is just before peak season when the weather is still hot, yet not overbearing and the beaches are less crowded. May sees long summery days with a gentle breeze and hardly any rainfall. With a variety of pretty picturesque islands to choose from, visitors can look forward to sandy beaches and secluded coves, excellent water sports, quaint villages and a laid-back way of life. We recommend visiting the beautiful island of Crete in May. With only a short flight time from the UK, a holiday here makes for the perfect half term break.
Mauritius is a fabulous destination to visit all year round. The hottest months occur between January to April and the coolest months tend to be between July and September. Therefore the weather in June offers a marvellous balance and is hot, yet not too hot. Keen surfers will find that June is the best time to ride the Indian Ocean waves in Mauritius. Rich in history, picturesque and brimming with activity, Mauritius is a culturally diverse Indian Ocean gem offering the ideal destination for a fantastic holiday.
For somewhere different, opt for unique destinations such as Zanzibar or Mozambique. Rain is sparse in both these locations during June and more often than not, the weather is dry and warm. With long sandy coastlines, unspoilt coral reefs, fascinating culture and history, bountiful wildlife and a dazzling nightlife, these two heavenly African/Indian Ocean regions offer luxurious retreats combined with adventure.
The much sought after tropical utopia of Fiji sees its lowest amount of rainfall in the month of July. Made up of more than 330 tropical islands, the smaller islands typically receive a lower amount of rainfall compared to main island. Typically dry in July, Fiji offers visitors perfectly clear waters for diving, elegant landscapes to explore and a colourful history and culture to delve in to. Be sure to visit the Mamanucas, in particular Monuriki, the island where Tom Hank’s Castaway was filmed.
For those who want to stay closer to home, Spain is a hub of activity in July with various festivals and events happening throughout the country. The weather is generally hot, dry and sunny in every region, we recommend the Canary Islands with their clear warm waters, unspoiled beaches and island breeze that is very much welcomed in July.
For supreme luxury, head to exquisite Bali. This unique and special destination has been deemed as one of Asia’s top luxury destinations. With its wonderful natural sites, lush landscapes and beaches, plus warm and welcoming inhabitants, Bali is dynamic and enchanting. Bali in August has an average temperature of 27 degrees, lots of sunshine and virtually no chance of rain. August in Bali means warm waters for swimming, a cool gentle breeze and activity day and night.
For those that crave the exotic ambiance of the Caribbean but do not wish to travel that far, Bermuda offers everything that the Caribbean does, yet is only a 6 hour flight time from the UK. This relaxing destination is a picturesque haven of pink sandy beaches and aquamarine waters and is particularly delightful in August. Temperatures can reach a sultry 30 degrees in August, with the evenings pleasantly cool. There is no monsoon or rainy season; however Bermuda is not devoid from rain. Rainfall in August however, is fairly unlikely. This time of year will see beaches bustling with beach activities, sporting events, water sports, festivals and evening entertainment.
For a Middle Eastern getaway in September, Abu Dhabi is a note-worthy choice. This charming Arabian city is rich in culture, innovative in design, yet in contrast, is also home to a plethora of islands with untouched beaches. Contemporary, indulgent and exciting, Abu Dhabi offers a wealth of opportunity, opportunities that can be best experienced in September when the temperatures are warm but not overbearing. September is not overcrowded with tourists and hotel rates are fairly reasonable.
The Whitsundays are 74 island wonders that are located right in the heart of the barrier reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia. This collection of tropical deserted islands offer the most stunning panoramic views known to man, supreme luxury and relaxation, plus ultimate privacy and freedom. The best time of year to visit this spectacular location is September. September boasts beautiful warm sunshine, the lowest level of rainfall throughout the year and avoids the annual stinger season (box jellyfish that inhabit the waters from October through to May). September in the Whitsundays Islands is significantly quieter than other times of the year making for the perfect peaceful holiday.
The glitzy entertainment mecca of Las Vegas is a must-see place to visit at any time of the year. However, with so much to see and do, it is recommended to visit around October time when it’s just cool enough to wander round, yet warm enough to have the odd lazy day by the pool. Plan your visit midweek to avoid the influx of tourists that descend on the city at the weekends. Hotel prices tend to be at their lowest from Tuesday to Thursday. Vegas is brimming with exciting events and entertainment all year round and October is no exception, particularly with Halloween approaching. October is also the best time to play golf in Vegas.
The rainy season in Thailand tends to clear up around November time so you can expect nice sunny days, fewer crowds of tourists around this time and reasonably priced accommodation. Head to the northern region of Chiang Mai and immerse yourself in traditional Thai culture, explore the Buddhist temples, visit the bustling night markets of the city and delicious local cuisine.
Dubai has two seasons; hot and hotter. Whilst the summer months see fewer holiday makers resulting in cheaper fares, it is far too hot with temperatures averaging at around 45 degrees. Therefore, the best time to visit this transfixing destination is around November time. Temperatures are still sizzling, but low enough for you to get out and about and discover the magic of this Arabian jewel. For more information on things to do in Dubai, see our Top 10 Must Do Things In Dubai inspirations guide.
One of the world’s most loved, vibrant and lively cities is Sydney Australia. December is a hub of activity in this cosmopolitan city with annual firework displays, light installations and family-friendly concerts. December sees the start of the Australian summer and temperatures averaging at around 22 degrees. The Sydney Harbour Yacht Race is also held in December and worth checking out.
December sees the start of the festive season and the when most people start their Christmas shopping. A Christmas shopping trip is the perfect way to complete your wish list and pick up some unique gifts. We recommend the godfather of American shopping: a Christmas shopping trip to New York City. The city that never sleeps is considered by most to be the best shopping destination in the World. Christmas is a magical time in NYC and time spent here during December will be particularly enchanting. With round the clock activity, a wealth of holiday markets, spectacular window displays and an abundance of twinkling lights. Even those who are not particularly fond of the festive season will find it hard not to be swept along with the Christmas spirit in New York.