Where to travel in summer 2016?
In the UK it is now officially the summer (you wouldn’t think it from the heavy rain and mass flooding). Summer has traditionally been the time to get away and travel, but many of you reading this are probably already in some far flung region of the world. Below I will suggestion some countries to visit over the next few months and some countries to avoid.
Places to miss:
Europe, yes I know it’s not a country but come summer time this region in general is expensive! You will be hitting the tourist trail for the next few months so it may be best to avoid. Of course there are still plenty of bargains that can be found if you want to look, but one country especially where bargains will be hard to find is France. The Euro 2016 Football Championships have just finished but many hotels, hostels and camp sites across the country are going at a premium.
Brazil, is a big country so it will not be completely be affected, however with the Rio Olympics starting Aug 5th prices for hotels, and flights are already considerably higher than the average and this will likely have a knock on effect on the surrounding area. However, with the threat of the Zika virus looming tourism in Brazil has been hit and cities such as Florianopolis and Fortaleza which are away from Rio will likely have some bargains available.
Places to go:
Thailand, the rainy season here lasts July – October and the country will be hit by some large monsoons, however if that does not put you off you will be able to find some great bargains throughout the country. I personally stayed here the last few weeks in June/ start of July and the weather was superb, we only had one wet day in the whole 4 weeks. There are also less tourists this time of year so you may get lucky and find a white sandy beach to yourself. Be a bit different and try the Islands, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, but of course the Digital Nomads trusted favourite Chiang Mai will always treat you well.
Vietnam, does not technically have a wet season, however from May – October the country usually experiences its most rain fall. Vietnam is a truly amazing place and I highly recommend anyone who has not spent at least a few weeks here to go! The beauty of this landscape and the kindness of the people make this place truly unique. My favourite destination was Hoi An, I stayed in a 3* hotel with free Wi-Fi, and a swimming pool for $5 USD a night, rented a bicycle for $1 USD a day, got a tailor made suit for $60 USD and ate and drank like a king for $10 USD a day, some of the bars had buy one beer ($1USD) get one free! The city is still very much traditional Vietnam, with narrow streets, busy markets, quaint river boats and the constant sound of the moped, but within 20 minutes you can be hurtling through paddy fields on your way to An Bang Beach.
Australia, its winter down under right now, but it may not be the winter that many in Europe or America are used to. The temperate is still in the high teens/ 20s Celsius, perfect t-shirt and shorts weather! This may not be the best time of the year to dive on the Great Barrier Reef as the waters are not their clearest and get can choppy. The red centre also gets VERY cold at night; I mean freezing cold! And the accommodation there in the cheaper hotels and hostels are not built for cold weather. Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and anywhere in-between are still great places to visit, getting around the country is relatively cheap and easy and you have a huge array of accommodation. Just be warned Australia is usually top of many peoples gap years and you will likely bump into various groups of post university students “YOLOING it” getting drunk and causing carnage most nights of the week. If you want to go somewhere quiet, with an amazing beach, good waves, and typical ozzie weather try Emu Park!
New Zealand, this is Lord of the Rings country- seriously! Words cannot describe the beauty of this amazing country, the South Island is especially picturesque. For the Brits out there, this place is scarily similar to Britain (drive on the left, red post boxes, pub, street and town names will be familiar) but NZ is about 10 times better (sorry, but it really is!). Kiwi hospitality is probably the best I have ever seen; the people are so friendly! The roads are fairly quiet and you have the great outdoors to explore. Obviously going July, August, September is the middle of the winter for New Zealand, so it can get very cold and expect snow, especially on the South Island. This is a country of extremes, I went from being snowed into a tiny mountain village and it was well below freezing and 4 days later I was sunning it up on a white sand beach enjoying the 20-degree Celsius heat! If you are going to visit, make you spend some time in Queenstown and the surrounding lakes. This Alpen tourist spot is the gateway to New Zealand’s all year round mountain activities, this “small” town is full of bars, restaurants and a great range of accommodation. If you stay here no visit is complete without experiencing a FERGBURGER! But make sure you get their earlier as people que down the street to feast on one.
One of the best ways to see New Zealand is via a camper van, if you do not need to be connected 24/7 you can explore, work and then hope onto a hostels free Wi-Fi or that of McDonalds, however from time to time you will want a normal bed and a decent shower, and a desk, and maybe some warmth! So the occasional hotel will not go a miss!
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