02 August 2019
Looking to book a getaway before the end of the summer? Whether it’s cultural events, natural occurrences or simply good weather that you’re looking for, there are plenty of places to choose from all over the world. We’ve put together a list of 6 amazing and exciting worldwide destinations which encompass everything from festivals, nature and guaranteed sun for you to discover and enjoy.
The month of August means only one thing in Bali – partytime! Party goers from all over the world flock to Seminyak on this tropical Indonesian island for music and culture festivals such as Sunny Side Up and the White Party. Away from the party scene admire the island’s exotic flora and fauna in the forests, temple grounds and by the roadside; and soak up the sun, sea and surf on the sandy beaches by the crystal-clear waters – quite simply a slice of paradise.
TC Richard enjoyed his time in Bali last year - Bali is a beautiful island with super friendly people and great dining options along with a great choice of hotels to suit all budgets. It really is worth putting in that extra few hours’ flying as the affordability on the ground will more than cover the cost.
With temperatures in inland Morocco soaring during August, head for the stunning Atlantic coast where the cool sea breezes are a welcome break from the searing heat. Fishing towns with long golden beaches and picturesque lagoons are the perfect setting for lazy walks along the shore or for water sports. The breathtaking Atlas and Rif Mountains also offer a cooler climate for those looking for activities such as trekking through scenic landscapes and wildlife havens. Extreme heat lovers can always venture to Marrakesh – Morocco’s magical capital – for a taste of authentic culture, tradition and architecture.
August in western Canada is well known for its warm and sunny climate, complemented by picture-perfect scenery in the form of lakes and mountains. Canada’s 150th birthday is all the more reason to visit this year, as the national parks and heritage sites are all free to the public! Other must-see places are Vancouver, where you can combine city life with beach adventures and Vancouver Island – a great place for a whale-watching adventure!
Explore the east coast of Canada for a variety of festivals throughout August. The World Film Festival in Montreal is a must for cinema fans, while the Ottowa Greek Festival is one of the capital’s largest cultural events. For a seemingly unlimited supply of music, food and drink festivals though, head to Toronto. Cultures from around the world are celebrated all over the city through street art, dance, theatre and live music, as well as an array of delicious authentic cuisine.
For a spectacular display of nature at its best, jet off to Kenya for the Great Migration, and witness thousands of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River into the famous Maasai Mara Reserve. August is the peak of the dry season, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to view the wonderful wildlife in their natural environment. As well as the wildebeest, keep an eye out for giraffes, hippos, cheetahs and of course, ‘the big five’ – elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards.
TC Beverley has travelled extensively in Africa and this is how she describes Kenya - Wide open spaces and views across vast plains will meet you in Kenya, think Lion King or Born Free, with large herds of wildlife and of course the famous wildebeest migration. Kenya has been on the UK holiday map for decades and it is a destination many of us are familiar with, it is used to catering for Europeans and hotels, lodges and camps are of a good standard ranging from 3* to 5*+ with great food and excellent service.
The annual bison rut in America’s largest national park is a truly remarkable sight. Watch and listen in amazement as these magnificently mighty beasts display their natural behaviour of wallowing, roaring and bellowing to assert their dominance and attract a mate. While you are here, take time to explore the rest of the park and visit some of Yellowstone’s iconic natural landmarks, including Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring.
Tempted by any of these exciting destinations? Contact your Travel Counsellor today! We’re passionate about making perfect travel plans.