It’s the season that Shakespeare has modelled sonnets on and the one that invites warmth, colour and light whenever it comes. There isn’t a more suited season for travel than summer – the perfect time to shed your layers, throw on sunglasses and a tank top and stroll down streets warmed by sunlight.
Packing is light and easy, airlines and hotels offer their best deals and best of all, you’re more likely to be entitled to vacation days in the summer months. Book your tickets early and fly out to enjoy the fruits of the season before it comes to an end.
Whether you’re looking for a vacation where you can sprawl out on the beach and bask in the sunshine or a getaway where you can experience mild weather and avoid the stifling heat, there’s a perfect summer holiday spot for you. We’ve put together some of the hottest summer destinations (no pun intended) of 2019, so read on to get some inspiration for your holiday this June or July.
This one’s for those of you who want a classic beach getaway but without the stifling and unbearable heat that usually accompanies such holidays. Thailand’s renowned beach paradise is located in the tropics and thus experiences warm weather all year round – sometimes too warm. June however, is comfortably nestled between the warmest month, March, and the rainiest month, September.
The result is that you’ll experience balmy weather that’ll only be interrupted by mild rainfall once in a while. You can lay out on the golden beaches of Phi Phi island and take ferry rides all day without having to worry about bad sunburn or heatstroke for elderly or very young travellers. The popular Crocodile World and the scenic Phang Nga Bay are just some of the attractions that draw crowds during this time and you can enjoy them without having to face the madding rush of the crowd in the months of March and April.
Although it isn’t Spain’s capital, Barcelona is very much the country’s tourist capital and its radiance is best enjoyed in the months of June and July. Summer brings out the best in the city and creates the perfect and most romantic atmosphere for strolls down streets flanked by architectural masterpieces from the Catalan Gothic period to Modernisme, a modern style made famous by Antoni Gaudi.
The most visited city in Spain experiences balmy weather in June so you won’t have to worry about sweating through your clothes as you make your way through the famous Las Ramblas, a series of promenades wherein you can enjoy the music of buskers, grab an ice cream and take a leisurely stroll. Summer is also the perfect time for al fresco dining by the cobbled streets of Barcelona – there is no better way to enjoy Spanish tapas and wine than by enjoying the balmy breeze and watching locals stroll by.
May marks the hottest month in this dreamlike island in central Philippines so June is a better period for a holiday for those who’re averse to too-high temperatures. The rainy season begins in June, but showers and infrequent and when they do occur, they cool down the island and allow you to enjoy its beautiful beaches and participate in the exhilarating activites unique to the island. Don’t forget to pack sun lotion and your glasses though, because it very much still is beach weather and you’ll work up a sweat hopping from beach to beach.
Adrenaline junkies can choose to zipline their way across the island for the best kind of views or zorb their way down the hill – that is climbing inside of a huge plastic ball and going for the ride of your life downhill. Those who prefer to laze around under the bright and warm sun can choose to visit Puka Shell beach and White Beach and go on to enjoy Filipino delicacies for dinner.
European summers are truly something else and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, boasts the azure skies, verdant plains and soothing sunshine that are so typical of the region’s summer months. One of the cultural capitals of Europe as well, the city is a perfect alternative destination for those who aren’t huge fans of beach holidays and would prefer the convenience and charm of big cities. Temperatures in Amsterdam don’t rise past 20 degrees celsius during June, making it a rather cool summer vacation spot.
There are museums aplenty in the city and history and culture buffs will have the time of their lives visiting the Van Gogh museum and the city’s oldest parish church, the beautifully constructed Oude Kerk. The Anne Frank house is also a popular tourist spot, especially for those who want to revisit the grim times of Hitler’s reign and mourn the victims who suffered under his cruel hand. You don’t even need to take a taxi or bus from one spot to another – sunshine and blue skies will buoy your soul as your stroll through the city.
5. South Island
New Zealand’s South Island may seem like an unconventional destination for a summer holiday, but hear us out – this is for those of you who’ve had their fill of bright sunshine and soaring temperatures and are looking to drive down roads flanked by endless green plains and feast their eyes on snow-capped mountains instead. Since it’s in the Southern hemisphere, New Zealand experiences winter in June, but temperatures are by no means freezing. Whether you’re going to be travelling from one beautiful spot in the South Island to another via caravan or car, you and your family will enjoy the tranquility of the experience.
You can’t miss out on Milford Sound, the region’s and perhaps one of the world’s most stunning natural attractions. Mountains, waterfalls, forests and azure waters all come together to give the most spectacular view known to mankind and the cold weather is hardly a deterrent to your appreciation of the view. Mount Cook and Lake Wakatipi are some of the other tourist hotspots and June is a great time to visit because these spots won’t be swarmed by tourists as it’s off-season for tourism in New Zealand.
6. Redang Island
One of the biggest islands on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Redang Island, despite its name, is an archipelago rather than a single island and is surrounded by dozens of smaller islands that have just as much to offer. Summer is the best time to visit these islands because the skies are clear, the water is blue and warm and you can dive right in without having to worry about getting the chills. Most importantly, the island is famous for its diving and snorkelling spots and conditions are just perfect for a dive or snorkel in the month of June – the waters are usually still and clear and warm.
Resorts are aplenty in Redang Island and they’re located right next to the beaches so you’ll never be too far off from where all the fun is. Other than water activities, you can also take leisurely strolls through the nature parks in the island – since the island is in the tropics, the vegetation is dense and thick and akin to a tropical rainforest. Bring along mosquito sprays and remember to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Antimalarial tablets may also come in handy, to prevent malaria from developing in your system in the case that you’ve been bitten by an infected mosquito. Aside from its natural offerings, Redang also has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of bars and restaurants coming alive after dusk.
It’s hard to not have heard of Malibu – this city in the United States, just west of Los Angeles, has perforated popular culture and established itself as the glitzy and dreamy beach destination to beat all other beach destinations. July is the hottest month in this glamorous destination, frequented by celebrities and influencers alike. In June, you can avoid the blistering heat of the summer sun and instead sunbathe to your heart’s content on Malibu’s beaches without having to worry about heat rash or sunburn – don’t forget to slather on a liberal amount of sun lotion with an SPF protection of at least 30, though.
Zuma Beach and Surfrider beach are some of the top picks by locals, boasting stretches of beautiful golden sand and clear and blue waters. For those who want to enjoy the sea breeze but without weaving past people sunbathing on every inch of the beach, El Matador State beach, with its Romantic cliffs, bluffs and stunning vantage point, is a great alternative. The Santa Monica Mountains are great for families and a good place to go after you’ve had your fill of beaches – it’s a tranquil and beautiful space where adults as well as children can kick back, sip on a cool beverage and relax.
India probably isn’t the first country to come to mind when you think of beach destinations, but Goa is an exception to this – the hordes of tourists that the Indian state attracts every year to its shores are testament to its charm as an established summer holiday spot. The spot is very different to the rest of India, which is why it’s often called a slice of paradise. Goa’s coastlines stretch along the Arabian sea and are long and uninterrupted and it has more than a dozen beaches, each of them spectacular in their own way.
Aside from its pick of beaches, from the scenic Vagator beach to the bustling Anjuna beach, Goa also boasts a unique blend of Portugese and Indian heritage and architecture. The Portugese occupancy of the state from the sixteenth to the twentieth century has resulted in a melting pot of cultures – Indian food in the state has a Portugese twist and cathedrals and churches are modelled after Portugese styles of architecture. The exotic blend of cultures is sure to draw you back in, especially during the summer months, as there’s no better time for strolls along Goan roads than under the bright sunshine.
The perfect summer vacation can be just weeks away for you if you begin planning now. Don’t let the month of June go by without getting some sunshine and beach days in, preferably in a country far far away.
However, although summer is the ideal season for travel, remember that it can also cause heatstroke and sunburn, facilitate the spread of contagious diseases and facilitate the breeding of mosquitoes that are carriers of diseases such as Zika and dengue. It’s important to take the necessary precautions and pack the necessary medical supplies before your trip.
Make sure that you fix an appointment with us at least a month before you’re due to fly so that we can give you travel health advice and equip you with any vaccines that you may need for your travel destination.