August is an ideal travel month, the kids are still enjoying their summer vacation and the weather is ideal. Well, that depends on where you’re heading that is. August is peak season in Europe, Africa and America. Most of Asia is in the midst of monsoon season so it’s not the best place to visit. So, where are the best places to travel in August? Truth be told, the world is your oyster.
If you’ve ever heard of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, then you’ll know it’s something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime and it just so happens that it happens in August. The streets are flooded with buskers, actors and artists and every few steps on the cobbled streets you will find a pub. If you’re lucky you might just stumble upon a stand up show, you can also find famous comedians that descend onto the city for the month to share their wares.
To be honest, Crete is a great place to visit any time of the year… but August is likely to see you avoiding the rainy season. Apart from the beaches and the climate, the Mediterranean coastal island offers the most relaxing atmosphere of any holiday we’ve experienced. There are party towns like Malia, and the big city in Heraklion and Hersonissos, and relaxing areas like Stalis and Agios Nikoloas. The locals are incredibly friendly, everyone speaks English and the food is out of this world. After every meal they treat you to a small free dessert and a shot of raki (or ouzo, the choice is yours).
There is probably no better time to visit the capital of Iceland than August, when the days are long and sunny. There are plenty of tours to choose from and the chance to go whale watching is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Explore the stunning landscapes and view might volcanoes and stunning waterfalls, you can stay in a country lodge, tour the countryside in a 4×4, or visit locations for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones”. You can also sip local schnapps whilst relaxing in a geothermal blue lagoon.
The French Lakes
Shun the business of Paris, the French Riviera and Provence- they are hot and busy from July through September. Instead consider the French Lake District- the waters are clear, the food is French and the crowds are far sparser. You can hit the water for jet skiing or water skiing, or rollerblade (or cycle) along the boardwalk. You will also find restaurants that are far more affordable than the more expensive cities of France. You can breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy stunning views of peaks and ancient ruins.
San Diego, California
San Diego is a stunning beach city, but it is so much more than that. You can enjoy a day at the San Diego Zoo, the world’s largest, a day at Sea World, there are multiple beaches to choose from- Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach and La Jolla Cove to name a few. You can enjoy Balboa Park and Seaport Village, Old Town and catch a baseball game at Petco Park. You can be as active, or relax, as much as you want in San Diego.