Precious wildlife-spotting opportunities, annual festivals, avoiding overly scorching temperatures and navigating monsoon rains are all things you may wish to consider. With our ‘where to go when’ destination calendar we’ve picked out some of the best places to go by month, whether that’s Europe in September when the crowds have long gone but the weather is still sunny and warm; New England in the fall when forested scenes blush with reds, ambers and golds; or Kenya in July for glimpsing the Big Five as they head for watering holes during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Each page has a short video featuring highlights on some of our favourite destinations, month by month, along with some key stats and reasons why.
January is the perfect time to head off for some winter sun, whether that’s hitting the beach in Sri Lanka, exploring the desert in Dubai without the oppressive summer heat, or simply making the most of summertime in New Zealand.
February bursts with culture, from vibrant festivals like Mexico’s famous Carnaval and journeys along South Africa’s legendary Garden Route. Explore the cultural sites of Vietnam or spot black rhino, hippo and lion in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.
We love Japan in April. Tuck into a Hanami picnic in one of Tokyo’s parks and gaze at the cherry blossoms which are in full bloom at this time of year.
May is a good time to experience the majestic Great Wall of China, while the Mediterranean starts warming up but still retains that lush air of spring. If you’re dreaming of powdery sand, lively beach bars and secluded coves with excellent swimming, choose sunny Antigua.
July is the best time to explore the ancient and modern history of South Korea, while over in Europe the Balearic Islands are ideal for a few days on the beach. Namibia promises good wildlife viewing as animals congregate around watering holes.
August brings the Great Wildebeest Migration to Kenya’s Maasai Mara and sees Orca pods pass Vancouver. Good weather in Bali makes it ideal for a tropical escape but head towards the central region around Ubud to avoid the crowds.
With vividly red autumns and beautiful coastline, Fall is legendary in New England and October is the best time to visit. It’s also Diwali, the five-day Festival of Lights, so head over to India to enjoy the unforgettable festivities.
Christmas is around the corner and the nights are longer. November is when cities like New York are brimming with romance and excitement. If you’re looking for some sunshine then tropical destinations like the Indian Ocean, Thailand are perfect winter warmers.