Traveling in July: Exploring the Best Destinations Across the Globe
Are you dreaming of your next summer getaway? Look no further! This article is your ultimate guide to the best travel destinations in July. From the picturesque streets of European countries to the sunny beaches of America, we have carefully curated a list of the most spectacular places to visit. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or an adventure seeker, we've got you covered. Get ready to embark on a journey around the world as we explore the best countries to travel to each month. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable vacation!
Holidays in European countries
During the month of July, most European countries experience warm weather. In comparison to other destinations, holidays in Europe are still relatively affordable but offer higher air and water temperatures during the best travel season.
Greece, with its numerous islands, attracts visitors with average temperatures over 30°C and refreshing water at around 25°C. Additionally, July has some of the lowest rainfall in Greece. Similar weather conditions can be found in Spain, particularly on popular holiday islands like Mallorca. These destinations are not only popular among young partygoers but are also becoming increasingly popular among those seeking breathtaking scenery and delicious cuisine, such as the many tapas bars.
A faster option to reach is the Côte d'Azur in France. With average daytime temperatures below 30°C and warm water at around 23°C, the south of France is a perfect destination for July, with minimal rainfall.
Other European holiday destinations with their best travel season in July include Italy, Croatia, Holland, and Bulgaria (Sunny Beach and Golden Sands).
Holidays in July in America
In South America, July marks the winter season. While it may not be as cold as the winters in Europe or the US East Coast, it may not necessarily be the best time to travel to South American destinations. However, we would like to recommend the Brazilian metropolis, Rio de Janeiro. With pleasant daytime temperatures of 25°C, you can explore attractions such as the Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, and the statue of Christ. Another great option is visiting Peru in July, where temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, allowing for amazing experiences in the rainforest or a visit to the famous Machu Picchu.
In the Caribbean, July falls within the rainy season on many islands and is not the preferred travel season. However, the small island of Bonaire experiences manageable levels of precipitation during this time.
July is a great time to travel to certain destinations within the United States. New York City experiences warm summer temperatures with average daytime temperatures of just under 30°C. California is slightly cooler during this time, making it ideal for a beach holiday or visits to attractions such as Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge.
Hawaii is another excellent option for a summer holiday, with day temperatures around 30°C and minimal rainfall. If you desire to explore the national parks of Alaska, July is the preferred travel month as temperatures range from 5°C to 20°C, which is much more pleasant compared to the freezing winter months.
During the summer months, it is also worth considering a visit to Canada. Whether it's Yukon, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Montreal, July is the best travel time for Canada.
In recent years, cruises have become increasingly popular. They offer the convenience of a top-class hotel while allowing you to wake up in a new and exciting destination every morning. Cruises provide a diverse experience without compromising on luxury, with various entertainment options, restaurants, and bars. Below, we provide recommendations for water holidays in regions that offer fantastic climatic conditions in July.
To provide you with accurate information, we have asked our website visitors to rate the weather during their last holiday. From their responses, we have compiled a list of the most popular destinations in July. The ratings range from 5 stars (excellent) to 0 stars (catastrophic).
So far, 87 visitors have rated their July vacation, giving an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
The Best Places to Visit in the World and the Best Countries to Travel by Month
Feel free to use the buttons below to navigate to the month you are interested in, and discover the best places to travel and the optimal time to visit.
Best Places to Visit in January
Countries to Visit in January:
January is an affordable month to travel as it follows the holiday season and many travelers start planning their trips for the rest of the year.
This is a wonderful month to witness the northern lights in countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland.
Skiing in the Alps is also a popular activity in January, so expect larger crowds in Austria and Switzerland. The Caribbean and Central America offer excellent weather during this time, with warm temperatures and minimal rainfall, making it perfect for beach vacations.
Mexico's Puerto Escondido is a hidden gem that has been off the radar for most tourists but is slowly gaining popularity. Activities such as scuba diving, horseback riding, and wildlife spotting can be enjoyed during this time while also relaxing on the beach.
Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia provide great options with their dry and sunny weather, perfect for beach activities and outdoor adventures.
The stunning islands of Koh Nang Yuan in Thailand
Alternatively, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand are in their summer months, offering warm weather. This is the ideal time to visit, although the Australian outback can be very hot.
For hiking enthusiasts, Patagonia in Chile and Argentina is at its peak season, with warm and dry weather. It's a great time to embark on a hiking adventure.
In Ethiopia, the cool and dry season is in full swing, providing an excellent opportunity to visit the Omo Valley tribes.
The Karo Tribe in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia
In Bolivia, despite it being the rainy season, it's an ideal time to visit the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. The thin layer of water creates a surreal optical illusion of a giant mirror reflecting the sky.
Although Hawaii experiences occasional rain, it is still a popular destination in January, particularly for surfers. Sunny days are more frequent during the dry season from April to October.
Laguna Colorada in Bolivia
For those interested in visiting Antarctica, January is the prime time as it is Antarctica's summer season. The clear and relatively warm days make the voyage more comfortable. If interested, we recommend checking out cruise options.
Countries to Avoid in January:
Countries in higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere are best avoided in January due to cold, wintry weather, unless you specifically wish to witness the northern lights or go skiing as mentioned earlier.
Additionally, countries such as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Polynesia experience their rainy season during this time. The islands east of Africa, including Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles, and Mauritius, should also be avoided due to potential cyclonic activity.
Best Places to Visit in February
Countries to Visit in February:
February is still a peak season in Southeast Asia and considered one of the best months to visit the region.
Northern Scandinavian countries remain optimal for witnessing the northern lights, as do France, Switzerland, and Austria for skiing. However, anticipate larger crowds in these ski destinations.
Alternatively, Utah, Vermont, and Colorado in the USA are among the most popular states for skiing.
As the city of love, Paris becomes especially vibrant in February, particularly around St. Valentine’s Day. However, be prepared for crowds and higher prices.
The Caribbean and Central America continue to offer excellent warm weather during this time. Chile and Argentina are also great options for those interested in visiting vineyards and hiking trails in Patagonia.
The famous towers at Torres del Paine.
Egypt, while a bit chilly at night, offers a great opportunity to visit the ancient ruins in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, as well as explore the Nile River in comfortable weather.
South Africa, particularly Cape Town, is an ideal destination during February. Visitors can enjoy famous wines and stunning beaches. Don't miss the chance to observe the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
February is not the high season in Italy, but many travelers flock to Venice to experience the Carnival. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil also hosts an unforgettable Carnival celebration. Carnival is celebrated in several other countries, including the USA with Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
At the Sambodomo in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival.
Another festival worth witnessing is the Chinese New Year, especially in China or in Singapore, which has the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of China.
As for Antarctica, it remains open for breathtaking exploration.
Countries to Avoid in February:
Countries such as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Polynesia are still experiencing their rainy season, and the islands east of Africa are just coming out of their cyclone season.
Best Places to Visit in March
Countries to Visit in March:
March marks the start of the shoulder season in many countries, making it an excellent time for affordable trips regardless of your travel preferences.
Italy and other Mediterranean countries begin to warm up pleasantly, allowing visitors to enjoy decent weather without the large crowds. Egypt also experiences exquisite weather during this time.
Southeast Asia remains a good region to visit, with favorable weather conditions and fewer tourists compared to previous months. India, in particular, is an excellent country to visit in March, especially during the vibrant Holi Festival. Celebrations in Mumbai are among the best in the country. The Maldives offers tropical temperatures and sunny skies, making it an ideal destination.
At Kuda Bandos in the Maldives... Such a beautiful beach!
The USA also welcomes pleasant weather, especially along its coastal cities such as New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and the southern states, which are experiencing warm temperatures by now. Cuba's dry season aligns with March, as do the surrounding Caribbean islands.
Colombia, particularly the city of Cartagena, offers a good option with beautiful beaches, traditional cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. This is also the perfect time for hang gliding or kitesurfing and visiting the white sand beaches of Isla Barú.
Bartolome Island in the Galapagos
Although Patagonia's weather starts to deteriorate with high winds in the mountains, it is still feasible to visit early in the month. The Galapagos Islands experience light showers, fewer visitors, and the beginning of the mating season for birds. This presents an excellent opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands on a small budget.
Countries to Avoid in March:
Countries in East Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and others, are in their rainy season, making it less than ideal for safaris or visiting places like the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls.
The islands east of Africa have just come out of their cyclone season but may still be recovering.
Best Places to Visit in April
Countries to Visit in April:
April is a great month to travel in the northern hemisphere. The ice is finally melting and flowers are blooming. It's also a good time to avoid heavy crowds before the summer season begins.
Starting in April, the Mediterranean is a top destination, including islands like Crete, Cyprus, and Malta. The Canary Islands offer even better weather for an April vacation compared to most European destinations.
Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco
In Africa, countries like Morocco, Tunisia, and other northern African countries have just finished their rainy season. Further south, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you'll find Victoria Falls – the largest waterfall in the world. April marks the start of the dry season, making it a great time to see the falls up close and even go bungee jumping.
The Middle East and Namibia also have hot and dry weather, ideal for any kind of trip. The USA is a nice place to explore on a road trip as it's warm but not yet crowded.
Notable highlights in April include Japan with its beautiful cherry blossoms and The Netherlands with its colorful tulips. Washington D.C. is especially popular as tourists come to see the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the blooming of the Japanese cherry trees gifted to the city by Tokyo in 1912.
Taiwan is another lesser-known cherry blossom destination with stunning views. Additionally, Taiwan's volcanic system makes it a great spot for hot springs lovers.
A street in Trinidad, Cuba
The Caribbean experiences almost perfect weather in April, and countries like Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico are among the top choices.
New Zealand is starting its autumn in April, making it a perfect time to visit its wine-growing regions and witness the changing colors of nature.
Countries to Avoid in April:
Southeast Asia is unbearably hot in April, so it's best to avoid it. East African countries like Tanzania and Kenya are still in their rainy season. South America, in general, is quite humid during this time, but it is still manageable.
Best Places to Visit in May
Countries to Visit in May:
May is one of the best months to travel as it offers summer-like weather in most of the northern hemisphere without the summer crowds.
The UK tends to be sunny in May, while Europe, in general, is warm and full of outdoor activities. Budapest in Hungary and Italy are still in their shoulder season, making them great choices for May. The Mediterranean and Portugal's beaches are also excellent choices this month.
Prague in the Czech Republic comes to life during its Spring Music Festival, which lasts for three weeks.
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
China offers comfortable weather in almost all of its regions in May. Nepal and Bhutan have excellent conditions for hiking, especially if you want to hike to Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Indonesia, specifically Bali, has just come out of its rainy season, making it a great destination. Similarly, Peru and other countries in the Himalayas, the Alps, and the Andes have ideal weather for hiking.
Machu Picchu in Peru
The USA and Canada both have comfortable temperatures in May, making it a wonderful time to visit national parks and explore breathtaking scenery. Namibia's Sossusvlei offers stunning landscapes and is a favorite among photographers. It also has the tallest sand dunes in the world. July and August are busy months, so planning in advance is necessary.
Countries to Avoid in May:
India and Sri Lanka should be avoided starting in May as it marks the beginning of the monsoon season, which tends to be harsh in these countries. However, the Himalayan region in India sees less rain during this time and can still be visited. East Africa is still in its rainy season, but it's about to end. The Caribbean is a bit wet during this time of the year. The Middle East and most Middle Eastern countries will experience heat waves.
Best Places to Visit in June
Countries to Visit in June:
June marks the start of the tourism season in most of the northern hemisphere. Europe is the most popular continent for travelers, offering good weather and plenty of activities. Northern countries like Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Finland experience the midnight sun, making it an exciting time to visit.
Many festivals take place all over Europe in June, including Pride festivals held in various cities.
Öskjuvatn Lake and the Viti Crater in Iceland
In the Mediterranean, the Greek islands and Croatia are at their peak. Peru is still a great choice for hikers, but temperatures are starting to decrease. Brazil, while a bit cold in the south, still offers lovely temperatures and dry weather. It's a great time to visit Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world.
Countries to Avoid in June:
Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East experience recurrent heat waves, so they are best avoided during the summer. India and Sri Lanka should be avoided as well, as they are in the peak of their monsoon season. The Caribbean is still a good region to visit, but be aware that it just entered the hurricane season. The Arctic is warm enough for a visit on a cruise.
Best Places to Visit in July
Countries to Visit in July:
Europe is at its peak in July, being the most popular continent for travelers. The weather is generally good, and there are tons of activities, but keep in mind that there will be many other tourists as well.
The USA is a popular destination in July, especially for outdoor activities in national parks or at the beach. Southeast Asia, apart from Indonesia, is in the middle of its monsoon season. Indonesia, with its dry and sunny weather, is a perfect choice for popular destinations like Bali, East Java, and Komodo National Park.
Pulau Padar at Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Seychelles is an excellent spot during July, with below-average rainfall, great birdwatching opportunities, and ideal conditions for watersports. East Africa, especially Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve and Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, offers a fantastic safari experience, particularly during the Great Migration.
Lions at Chobe National Park in Botswana
Fiji, with its crystal clear beaches and volcanic landscapes, is a popular destination for nature lovers and beachgoers in July. Peru and Bolivia are in their dry season, but high altitudes can be a bit chilly. The Arctic is warm enough for a visit on a cruise.
Countries to Avoid in July:
India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia are still in their monsoon season. The Middle East, North Africa, and Sub Saharan Africa experience extremely hot temperatures. Senegal has heatwaves accompanied by heavy downpours this month.
Destinations for July in Asia
Many Asian tourist hotspots, like Dubai, have extremely high temperatures in July, making them great midsummer destinations. The Turkish Aegean or the coastal town Marmaris is recommended for a July vacation. Although temperatures can reach 35°C during the day, you can cool off in the water, which is a pleasant 24°C. With an average of 14 hours of sunshine per day, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself.
We also recommend a holiday in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. With average daytime temperatures just over 30°C, you can visit famous landmarks like the Petronas Towers, explore street cuisine, or visit the Hindu temples at Batu Caves.
You can combine your stay in Kuala Lumpur with a visit to the neighboring metropolis of Singapore. Under similar climatic conditions, you can check out the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, enjoy the skyline from the Singapore Flyer, or take a day trip to the Universal Studios on Sentosa Island.
How about exploring the Land of the Rising Sun on your next July vacation? Tokyo, Japan's capital, has average daily temperatures of just under 30°C in July. There are also beautiful beaches where you can swim in waters with a temperature of 23°C. Besides, there are many temples and the Tokyo Tower to visit.
Russia may not be at the top of everyone's list, but it offers incredible landscapes, sights, and diverse cultures due to its vast size. We recommend a visit to Moscow, the capital, which experiences average daytime temperatures of just under 25°C in July. It's the perfect time to explore the Kremlin, Red Square, and other attractions.
Best Places to Visit in August
Countries to Visit in August:
August is a popular time for Americans to travel as they try to fit in one last summer vacation before the weather cools down.
Europe continues to dominate as a travel destination, although temperatures can be quite hot. The Mediterranean region is particularly popular during this time of year.
Whether it's coastal villages in Italy, beach towns in Spain, or the stunning beaches in Algarve, Portugal, there are plenty of options for enjoying the sun and sea.
Croatia offers sailing trips and hosts music festivals in August, taking advantage of the hot summer weather.
Scotland attracts visitors with its Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest celebration of arts and culture in the world, featuring thousands of shows in theater, comedy, circus, and opera.
For hiking enthusiasts, Peru and Tibet offer great opportunities, while Kenya shines as a prime destination for witnessing the wildebeest migration.
Countries to Avoid in August:
It's best to avoid South Asia and Southeast Asia due to their monsoon season. However, certain areas in India and Indonesia, like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Bali, can still be considered.
The Middle East, northern Africa, and the USA experience peak summer heat in August.
The Caribbean and Central America are entering their hurricane season, so it's wise to steer clear of these regions if possible. Cuba, although in its high season, can be uncomfortably hot and prone to cyclonic activity.
Best Places to Visit in September
Countries to Visit in September:
September marks the second shoulder season for most popular destinations, offering favorable weather for travelers.
Germany and Austria become popular thanks to Octoberfest, which kicks off at the end of September.
Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is a must-visit for architecture enthusiasts, showcasing a blend of Soviet-era, Persian, modern Art Nouveau, and contemporary influences.
India emerges from its monsoon season in September, making it a good time to visit before winter crowds arrive. The Himalayas offer beautiful hiking opportunities, as do other regions in Europe and the Andes. China and Japan also boast great hiking weather and display their stunning fall foliage.
Countries to Avoid in September:
Southeast Asia experiences its monsoon season, so it's best to avoid certain parts of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. South Pacific countries like Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and the northern part of Australia are also best avoided due to their typhoon season.
Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean are still in the middle of their hurricane season, although the cyclonic activity is starting to decline.
Best Places to Visit in October
Countries to Visit in October:
October presents an opportunity for savvy travelers to benefit from lower prices as most of the world enters the shoulder season.
Germany takes the spotlight with Octoberfest, attracting over six million attendees to Munich each year to indulge in beer, traditional Bavarian outfits, and more.
Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile start to offer dry, sunny, and warmer days, making them ideal destinations before the southern hemisphere summer crowds arrive.
Turkey and Cyprus offer almost guaranteed sunny weather while providing a budget-friendly environment. Antalya, Turkey, is rapidly gaining popularity with its relaxing beaches and authentic Turkish culture.
Oman and the United Arab Emirates are still hot, but October allows visitors to avoid the scorching summer temperatures and large crowds. Dubai impresses with its stunning architecture, including the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Egypt and its surrounding countries become more comfortable to visit in October, and Ethiopia stands out with its central and northern highlands, characterized by natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes.
Countries to Avoid in October:
Southeast Asia experiences typhoon season, so it's best to avoid certain parts of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean are still in the middle of their hurricane season, although cyclonic activity is starting to decrease.
Best Places to Visit in November
Countries to Visit in November:
November marks the end of the shoulder season in the northern hemisphere, with low season in North America, Europe, and East Asia, and high season in Northern Africa.
Cuba's dry season begins in November, offering more manageable temperatures and making it a great time to visit cities like Havana, Trinidad, and Viñales.
Other Caribbean islands are recovering from the hurricane season and are now more welcoming to visitors.
Prague remains a popular destination, attracting travelers with its charming architecture and bohemian vibe. Walking the Old Town Square and visiting Prague Castle are must-do activities.
Chiang Mai in Thailand hosts the stunning festivals of Loi Krathong and Yi Peng in November, featuring the release of thousands of lanterns into the night sky. Thailand offers much more, including a rich culture, wildlife, and beautiful beaches.
India's Agra, home to the legendary Taj Mahal, experiences its peak tourism season in November. Visitors can beat the crowds by arriving at the Taj Mahal early in the morning.
Morocco showcases its culture and life, allowing visitors to explore palaces, mosques, gardens, bazaars, and even camp in the Sahara Desert near the town of Merzouga.
The USA experiences its most popular time of the month with Thanksgiving week, particularly in New York City, where visitors can witness the Macy's Parade. Colorado welcomes skiers, while Hawaii offers a warm beach getaway. Antarctica begins its season, providing accessibility during its summer.
Countries to Avoid in November:
There are not many places to avoid in November. The northernmost countries are quite cold, but not yet in their peak wintertime to see the northern lights, although there is a chance of luck in the northernmost part of Scandinavia.
Best Places to Visit in December
Countries to Visit in December:
December offers a diverse range of travel options. For those seeking the beauty of the northern lights, Scandinavia is a great destination.
If you're a skiing enthusiast, the Alps, particularly Austria and Switzerland, as well as Colorado and Utah in the USA, offer incredible slopes. The Pyrenees in France are also a favorite among skiers.
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is a top choice for winter sports like skiing, snow tubing, and dog-sledding. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the stunning Rocky Mountain peaks, wildlife, and tranquil glacial lakes.
Experience a warm and sunny vacation in Southeast Asia. Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam offer ideal conditions during this time of year.
The Philippines, especially islands like Boracay, are perfect for beach hopping and sunbathing. Australia and New Zealand are also great options as they are in the middle of their summer. The Caribbean, known for its dry and warm weather, is regaining popularity as a top destination. Madagascar is a less crowded but equally stunning choice for December.
Escape the cold winter by visiting Central America. Belize, in particular, offers world-class scuba diving, sailing, fishing, hiking, and impressive archaeological sites.
Argentina and Chile, especially Patagonia, are popular destinations during their summer. Uruguay offers lively experiences in Punta del Este, known as the Monaco of the South.
Celebrate the New Year in style at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland. Other popular cities for welcoming the new year with spectacular fireworks displays include New York City, Dubai, and Sydney.
For lively parties, Miami offers rooftop parties and beach celebrations. Antarctica is a unique option for those seeking to visit the 7th continent, with cruise options available.
Countries to Avoid in December:
While Malaysia and Indonesia are popular budget travel destinations, it's best to avoid them in December as they experience monsoon season. Papua New Guinea also faces its monsoon season during this time.
July is undoubtedly a month filled with endless possibilities for travelers across the globe. Whether you're seeking tropical bliss or thrilling adventures, the best travel destinations in July promise to ignite your wanderlust like never before. From the picturesque landscapes of Europe to the thriving wildlife of Asia, there's something for every type of traveler to explore. So, pack your bags and set out on a journey to discover the hidden gems that await you this July. Let the warm breeze and unforgettable experiences guide your path as you create memories that will last a lifetime.
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