When the temperature rises this August, you can bet your bottom dollar that holidaymakers will be out in force to soak up every last drop of sunshine. There’s no doubt about it, this time of year is one of the most popular times to travel, especially amongst students and families who are making the most of the fact that school’s out for summer. Prices can rise and accommodation can prove harder to book, but the good news is that the world is a big place and there are plenty of destinations that still make for a wonderful break, even at this bustling time of year.
Why not take a break from competing for space in the sand at some of Europe’s most popular beach destinations and try one of our August favourites on for size? Here are five of the best places to travel in August where you can enjoy one last hurrah before summer fades away…
Beautiful Bali lives up to its moniker ‘Island of the Gods’ with paradisal scenery sent straight from holiday heaven. This popular destination may have changed its tune from its days as a rustic hippy haven, but the new, more sophisticated Bali has plenty to offer those in search of an idyllic island escape. Serious surfers still flock to the south where the reefs of Uluwatu and Padang-Padang rest alongside scenic beaches and iconic temples whilst Ubud still offers a glimpse into the spiritual soul of Bali, inhabited by artists and surrounded by rolling rice paddies. For a glimpse of old-school Bali, jump ship to Nusa Lembongan off the west coast with its boutique hostels or soak up the luxe life and infinity pools at resorts such as Nusa Dua along the coast.
If you’re looking to bust the budget on the trip of a lifetime, Tanzania in August is a very good call. The end of the monsoon season means that the stifling humidity of summer has passed, making it an excellent time to visit one of the region’s famous game parks, Ruaha and Selous, to embark on a wildlife-spotting safari. This magical experience can be combined with plenty of sun, sea and sand in beautiful Zanzibar or out amongst the Spice Islands where powder soft sands and glittering seas await.
Cut loose in quirky Amsterdam where the Dutch capital is enjoying its hottest month of the year. Whilst Amsterdam may have a reputation as something of a party city, the summer means that the daytime is embraced just as much as the night. Rent a bicycle to explore the city like the locals or hop on board a canal boat to wend your way through the picturesque waterways. Discover the spectacular collection of museums and art the city plays host to, such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, or simply take advantage of the blissful weather and indulge in some people watching whilst soaking up some of the city’s famous café culture.
This US city has become one of the darlings of the hipster world as of late and for good reason. This youthful city is filled to the brim with tattooed folk, quirky places to eat and more artisan coffee houses than you can shake a stick at. As well as the alternative nature of the city, Portland also has an abundance of natural features such as leafy parks, streets lined with blooming shrubs and the glittering Willamette River winding its ways through the centre. Plus, if you fancy a change of scene, you’re just a few hours away from bustling Seattle, the city where grunge music was born.
Another European city that blossoms in the summertime, the German capital Berlin is an exciting blend of glamour and grit that offers everything you might desire for a really good time. Berlin is Europe’s answer to the city that never sleeps. As well as a red-hot bar scene that caters to a wide variety of tastes, from those that prefer a rustic beer garden to those that enjoy a glitzy cocktail bar, the city offers stellar entertainment with theatres, concert and opera options for all. Additionally, culture vultures will be impressed with the intense history that infuses this cutting-edge destination, the focus of which is arguably the remains of the Berlin Wall.
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