Long gone is the era of well-crafted itineraries, today, travellers are all about spontaneous travel and impromptu plans – adding to the overall excitement. And why not?! We got in touch with a nomad who lives for the moment and spoke about their latest travels in the beautiful Bahamas…
Where to Stay
The Bahamas is not exclusively cheap in terms of travel or living, but if you know where to look you’re in luck. There are a few islands that are somewhat untouched by the prying eyes of abundant tourists, but if you look hard enough, you can find accommodation here to be extremely cheap – plus you won’t have to fight for a space on the beach!
Such islands include Cat Island, Andros, Abaco, Long Island, Crooked Island and Inagua, where you can experience total R&R amid the Bahamian beauty. On these islands, you’ll find that seafood is fairly cheap – and of course delicious – helping you to keep your pockets fuller for longer. It’s worth noting however that if there’s a popular upcoming festival, the islands prices will shoot up in anticipation of partygoers visiting to celebrate – so it’s best to avoid these dates if you’re trying to travel on the cheap.
when to visit the bahamas
The best time of year to visit the Bahamas if you want to soak up the Caribbean sun, is between the months of November to April when the weather is pleasantly warm yet with less rain than the summer months. The average temperature is around 24°C, which is ideal if you want to explore without overheating!
What to do
Want to explore the island without spending a small fortune on attraction tickets and tours? We’ve rounded up some of the best things to see and do in the Bahamas, that won’t cost you so much as a penny.
The Bahamas is brimming with exotic white-sand beaches, so you’ll have your fair share of time spent on the sand. As a backpacker, you have total freedom and flexibility with regards to where you go and when, but we have a few favourite beaches we’re sure you won’t want to miss while you’re here. A few of these best public, free beaches include Cabbage beach, Cable Beach, Coco Plum beach, Lighthouse beach, Pink Sands beach, Jaws beach and beyond.
If you want a change of scenery beyond azure blue waters (we could personally stare at them for weeks on end!), then you need to visit Queen’s Staircase. This historical landmark in Nassau – the capital city of Bahamas – consists of 65 steps, carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 1700s. If you like history and culture, this attraction is free to visit – however you can hire someone if you wish to know more about the history of this place.
John Watling’s Distillery
If you fancy a tipple, take a free independent or guided tour of the John Watling’s Distillery. You’ll see barrels of rum lined up and discover the processes of rum making. There is a minimal charge for tasting their in-house rum, where the waiter explains the art of tasting and how to do it properly!
Port Lucaya Marketplace
It’s one of the top open-air marketplaces in Freeport, which you can visit while you are in the Bahamas. There are many opportunities for dining, entertainment and shopping within this bustling market; and in addition to local shops, there are boutiques too, which offer something different yet local. If you get tired of all the exploration, take a seat and unwind in the bars or diners within the market.
Dean’s Blue Hole
If you’re after a dive-in experience in paradise, you’ll find one at the Long Island area of the Bahamas. Dean’s Blue Hole is believed to be the deepest blue hole in the world, where the water plunges to a depth of 663 feet (202 metres) sure to test your adrenaline! Not into watersports? Lace up and go for a climb up one of the rugged cliffs, the effort will be worth it when you’re rewarded with breathtaking views at the top.
How to Explore
Another way of living like a local on your Bahamas holidays is by using the local transportation. If you want to explore the roots of the place, interact with locals and join them on the public commute – you’ll soon get talking about the best places to visit unknown to tourists.
The cheapest and easiest modes of transport in the Bahamas are:
This bus has a capacity of around 30 people, making it a spacious way to travel from A to B. However, these are not available on all of the islands, so be sure to check in advance.
The Bahamas houses around 700 islands, and taking the road can rack up some serious dough. There are plenty of ferries available with a variety of different routes – the prices vary depending on your destination, availability of seats and age.
If you can’t flag down a Jitney, taxis are the next best way to travel if you’re not comfortable with driving in another country. The rates may vary but be careful as some journey costs may be fixed.
Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Bahamas Holiday
Seafood is cheap and fresh, so you’ll want to indulge in local food at local eateries as much as you can.
Don’t get in a vehicle with strangers, especially at night time
You can camp at the beach if you don’t fancy renting accommodation.
If you want to explore nearby places, hire/buy a bike for a cheaper way to travel.
Travel off-season, avoid crowds and lap up the island’s natural beauty yourself!
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So you’re planning your next family reunion somewhere exotic and you want to whisk your beloved furry friend with you too, while it’s not often that we see pooches on planes, it is possible. We’ve got the latest on the best way to fly with pets, so you can enjoy a stress-free flight with your four-legged companion…
The health of your pet
Before we get into how you can take pets along with you on a flight, you need to understand that flights can be a little daunting for them. You should only consider travelling with your pets if it’s unavoidable or a short flight, since there’s a possibility they could fall sick or (most likely) remain agitated during the whole flight.
Generally, it is advised to not put your pets under this type of pressure until and unless you are changing home permanently or leaving for more than a month. Two weeks in the Caribbean? It’s a no go.
Your pet would need a health certificate on both arrival and departure, which must be valid for the entire trip. If the certificate expires half way through your holiday, you will have to visit a local vet for a fresh health certificate before boarding the return flight.
The expiration limit of the certificate is 30 days.
Some airlines also require a behaviour certificate stating that your pet is well behaved and won’t cause any kind of nuisance – so it’s best to check with your desired airline prior to booking a flight.
Although the airlines don’t ask/force you to submit any certification at the time of booking or upon departure, it’s wise and responsible on your behalf to carry them in case of any emergencies or hindrances.
Flying with a pet isn’t all sunshine and rainbows unfortunately; some airlines can be very strict with which species/breed they are happy to allow onboard. So be sure to check the rules and regulations in advance. Additional things to consider include…
Visit the Vet
Your pet’s health should be your number one priority when you’re thinking of flying with them. So a pre-boarding trip to the vet is recommended for any tips and advice required for during the flight.
Prep your pet
Your pets must be aware of what to expect before they fly – well, in the best way that they can be, since it’s unlikely they’ll understand when you tell them you’ve booked their seat! It’s a little effort, granted, but it’s wise to take them to the airport facility if possible at least once before you travel, so they don’t panic amongst the crowds on the day of your flight. Also, if they’re not already, make sure that your pet is familiar with their carrier box, perhaps you can give them a little training beforehand for easy handling?
Many airlines allow only a handful of pets on their flights, so you’ll have to register them as soon as possible to ensure they get a ticket. This can be done online or by calling them directly to book your spot (please bear in mind that this rule does not apply to emotional or support animals e.g. guide dogs).
The cost of flying with your pet varies from airline to airline. There are certain factors that need to be considered, including the weight of your dog or carrier they’re kept in, and how far your destination is. You can get an estimation of the cost online or by calling your airline.
At the airport
When you are travelling with a pet, you’re advised to reach the airport a few hours earlier than usual. If your pet is going to fly with you in the cabin, then you both need to go through the security check, which can take some time.
Or, if your pet is going to fly in the cargo, then you need at least a buffer of 2 hours, since the flight and cargo terminals can be different at the airports you are departing or arriving at. If you can get access to this prior, a mental map of both airports is a good idea to avoid getting lost, or delays.
The carrier in which your pet is going to be kept should be large enough to ensure their easy movement. They should be able to stand, turn and lie down without any discomfort – and, of course, have access to proper ventilation.
On arrival at your destination, you should immediately take your pet for a walk to ease any bodily tensions they’ve accumulated on the flight. If you were to leave your pets for a long time at the cargo facility for any reason, please note that they will be sent away to a vets or another facility and considered abandoned.
Try to attach a picture of your dog on the carrier box they are kept in, make sure the picture is recent and that same picture is in your phone too. This can come handy when you need to identify your dog and makes the process much easier for the airline staff, too. It’s a nice idea to pack some snacks and give it to a member of the cabin crew for your pet to indulge in during the flight – especially if there’s any delays.
Tips and tricks
Aim to book a continuous flight to reduce the lock-in time of your pet.
Check beforehand if your pet exceeds the weight limit.
Don’t try to take your pet out while in-flight.
Always check the rules of the destination beforehand as your pet might have to go through quarantine.
Find out if the age of your pet is suitable for travel in cargo/cabin.
Best airlines to fly with a pet
With all being said, we have a list of the most popular pet-friendly airlines around the world to help you choose your flight easily.
Open Skies (British Airways)
So, if you’re planning to take your pets in the air, you need to be extra careful while choosing the flight and destination. The key thing to remember is to try and keep things as smooth as possible to ensure your pet avoids any mishaps or discomfort. Want to book your holiday in advance? We offer cheap flight tickets for over 150 airlines, providing plenty of choice on destinations. Book your flights with us today or give us a call to plan your next pet-friendly escape.
Around the world, the situation is dramatically changing and the government has been taking reforms constantly to keep everyone safe. The government travel advice has been evolving according to how the pandemic is advancing and affecting people.
Apart from the government, different airline guidelines have also been implemented to ensure the safety of the passengers in this current climate. The airlines have been keeping the safety and hygiene of the travellers as their most prominent target.
Here are some of the top guidelines, facilities and rules that all major airlines have implemented for long-haul and short-haul flights.
Cabin crew and staff to wear face mask and gloves at all intervals.
Minimal contact between passengers and staff members.
Reduction in the number of touchpoints at the airport’s facilities.
Plastic shields to be used for checking and verifications where touch is mandatory.
Use of packaged food to ensure the staff does not come into contact with passenger food in any way.
High-quality filters for constant change of aircraft air.
These are the top things to remember before you fly – if you follow the basic guidelines and line of conduct then your take-off will be as smooth as possible.
The International travel guide from the UK government is constantly updated based on COVID-19 conditions. Presently, the UK has entered into another phase of lockdown where residents from tier 4 areas are prohibited for any leisure travel.
There are different travel corridors and travel bubbles which are in effect, however, this list is not stable.
Travel safety tips
Here are some of the travel safety tips to bear in mind before flying.
Try to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others.
Don’t touch public surfaces that are in constant use such as elevator buttons, railings, etc.
Always keep a sanitizer with you
Never take off your mask while you are in the airport, during your flight or while de-boarding.
Keep multiple masks handy if you have a long-haul flight.
Try to cough and sneeze with your mouth covered.
Make sure that your hands are sanitized or washed with soap before you eat, touch your face or after coughing or sneezing.
While travelling, safety should always come first; if you are experiencing any symptoms of mild discomfort, then you should avoid travel altogether.
There’s no better time than January to beat the winter chills and start the New Year with a bang, in some of the worlds far-flung destinations. Why wait any longer for blue skies, sandy beaches and pockets full of sunshine? Dive into our list of the most beautiful places to visit in January around the world.
If you don’t mind the cold, why not wrap up and experience a proper winter wonderland in Norway. January is the coldest month in Norway, which is one of the obvious reasons why it attracts fewer tourists, allowing you to explore the place at your own pace (and with plenty of space). Indulge in exciting snow sports or get lost in the dreamy landscape with frosty nights and lazy sunrises.
Top Attractions: Pulpit rock, seven sisters waterfall, Kjosfossen falls, Fonna glacier.
Average Temperature: High -1.8°C (28.8°F)
One of the best places to travel in January if you’re a sun-seeker, is Bali. This exotic Indonesian Island destination boasts fantastic sunshine ideal to warm things up when the winter chills hit the UK. It’s worth bringing your umbrella though since January is the wettest month with unpredictable rain spells – often a welcome cool-down from the heat!
Top Attractions: Mount Batur, Sacred monkey forest sanctuary, Bingin beach, Sanur.
Average Temperature: 26°C (78°F).
3- New Zealand
You can’t visit this amazing destination without soaking up an aerial view of the glaciers – a stunning experience. January is the warmest month in New Zealand with average temperatures of 24°C in the north and 19°C in the south, making it one of the most popular times for visitors to explore this island country.
The place is divided into North and South Island and it all depends on your curiosity where you land, as both the areas have attractive exploration options. From rooftop bars, beaches, erupting geysers and more, New Zealand makes for the perfect place to visit in January.
Top Attractions: Lake Tekapo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Fox glacier, Abel Tasman National park.
South Africa blooms the best in January, boasting a mix of moderate temperatures and no rainfall. It’s a great stop to explore everything this beautiful destination has to offer, from exotic wildlife to quirky party locations and dozens of natural attractions. Wander comfortably in the South African sun with a glass of wine in hand, touring the country’s renowned vineyards.
Top Attractions: Maclear’s Beacon, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Robben Island.
This man-made wonder nestled in the heart of a golden desert attracts tourists from all over the world. Dubai is renowned for its sheer luxury, world-class experiences, grandeur and record-breaking architecture – with exciting attractions sure to make for a memorable trip. The temperature in January is a comfortable 24°C, making it the perfect option if you’re seeking a splash of winter sun. Explore the bustling city or spend time relaxing on Jumeirah beach – Dubai can be as lively or laid-back as you wish.
Top Attractions: Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Beach.
No list is complete without a mention of the Maldives. Crowned as one of the best Januaryholiday destinations, these paradise islands are a haven for those who want to lap up the luxury in style, with fun-loving watersports, rejuvenating spa treatments, first-class restaurants and state-of-the-art water villas to match. What better way to unwind after the festivities?
Top Attractions: Ari Atoll, Hukuru Miskiy, Fuvahmulah, Kuda Rah.
Dry and sunny weather awaits you in Vietnam, a country that has natural beauty in abundance. There’s so much to discover here, from the world’s largest caves to beautiful Halong Bay, or take a hike up Cat Ba Island. Catch the enchanting Lantern Festival in Hoi An for the perfect way to see in the New Year. The early months serve up an eclectic blend of lively and serenity in Vietnam, making it one of the best holiday destinations in January.
Top Attractions: Cu Chi tunnel, Temple of Literature, The marble mountains, Ben Thanh market.
The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March, perfect if you wish to escape the winter chills. Mix beautiful mountain backdrops and natural attractions with fast-paced urban life, and you’ve got the perfect balance for your Sri Lanka holidays. The landscapes, greenery, tea plantations, blue skies, Buddhist temples and golden beaches will make you fall in love with this corner of South Asia.
Where better to find the sunshine than by travelling halfway across the world? If you want to see in the New Year before everybody on the planet, then Australia is the place to do it. With an average and super toasty temperature of 28°C, it’s no wonder it’s classed as one of the top January holiday destinations. Celebrate In style and watch the epic fireworks display in Sydney and Melbourne.
Top Attractions: Honeymoon Bay, Cumberland River, Cedar Creek, Coorong Beach.
Thailand is known to show it all in only one trip, right from amazing cities to rainforests, the place has it all and in full glory. The days in Thailand in January are sunny and dry, making it one of the best places to go in January. Drive the Great Ocean Road, have a BBQ on the beach or wander Darling Harbour.
Top Attractions: The Grand Palace, Railay Beach, Khaosan Road, Ko Samet.
So there you have it, our compilation of some of the best places to visit in January – just in time for2021! Did you found your dream winter escape? Call us now to book a tailor-made holiday this January, for less.
The second phase of lockdown has finally come to an end and with it came the new guidelines for how travel is going to look in the near future.
The Lockdown Tiers
Though the rules are a little more lenient, restrictions across the UK are by no means completely lifted. After the national lockdown was lifted, the government implemented a three-tier system which came into effect on 2 December 2020, placing different areas in the UK in either Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 ranking from medium risk to high and maximum risk.
Tier 1 – Medium Risk
+ The rule of 6 will apply indoors and outdoors
+ Spectator sports can resume with a crowd of 50% of capacity or 4,000 spectactors (whichever is smaller)
Tier 2 – High Risk
+ You cannot mix with anybody you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble indoors
+ The rule of 6 applies in outdoor spaces such as parks, beaches or countryside
+ Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals – alcohol can be served with that meal
+ Pubs and restaurants must shut at 23:00
+ Shops, gyms and personal care services can re-open
+ Hospitality venues must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway services
+ Spectacor sports must not resume
+ Non-essential foreign travel allowed, subject to quarantine rules
+ People advised not to travel to and from Tier 3 areas
Tier 3 – Maximum Risk
+ You cannot mix with anybody you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble indoors or in private or pub gardens
+ The rule of 6 applies in outdoor spaces such as parks, beaches or countryside
+ Shops, gyms and personal care services can re-open
+ Hospitality venues must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway services
+ Spectacor sports must not resume
+ People advised not to travel to and from Tier 3 areas
Places You Can Travel To
After the national lockdown, the all-domestic and international flying ban was lifted allowing non-essential foreign travel to be permitted following quarantine rules.
The government has released a list of destinations that will not require you to self-isolate upon arrival from or return to the UK. However, you do need to have spent a minimum of 14 days in your desired destination or in the UK alone before travel.
If you are planning a last-minute holiday in 2020, this list outlines the destinations that are safe for guests to visit without self-isolation:
New Zealand is a dream destination where millions from across the globe flock to take a break from the busy daily schedule. It doesn’t matter if you are a backpacker, budget traveller or a luxury tourist – the island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean will simply steal your hearts. Considered by globetrotters as the adventure capital of the world, everything here will make you do something incredible. From glaciers to beaches, world-class cities to calm landscape, whale-watching to wine-tasting, the country has so much to keep you engaged. It proudly nurtures its native Māori culture and exhibits a rich history with the potential to outrun the world’s pace.
There are endless reasons to add New Zealand to your travel bucket list. But while planning your trip, you may not exactly know where to start from. Here, we have come up with the top 10 places to visit and things to do in New Zealand. And like everyone, you too will fall in love with this country.
1. Waiheke Island for Pure Solitude
After a 20-hour journey, your body requires a moment of solitude and there will be no better place than Waiheke Island. It’s a true island paradise located at mere 40-minute ferry ride distance from the city of Auckland. Waiheke encompasses abundant natural wonders to explore. This island is home to a magical blend of vineyards and funky cafes offering the finest wines of New Zealand with eye-soothing sea views. If you are an adventure enthusiast, you’ll find numerous activities to pursue from mountain biking to kayaking, from fishing to surfing and sailing.
Pull-up your socks, because you are in Queenstown. From blood pumping thrills and spills to scenic crags and canyons, this city has all ages and stages covered for your holiday. It’s the place where commercial bungee jumping began. There are never-ending adventure activities like Jet boat rides, skiing, rafting, hiking and biking to dare the wild inside you. You can even try some relaxing alternatives, i.e. spa treatments, alfresco dining and wine-tasting or enjoy the glimpses of artworks like sculpture, glass blowing, painting and woodwork from local and international artists.
A region surrounded by stunning natural wonders keeps visitors on their toe with its cultural performances and traditional hāngi (steam-cooked banquets). Located on New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is well-known for its geothermal activity and the dynamic Maori culture. Friendly people and their primal culture keep you coupled with locals and bring you closer to their traditions and conducts. Exciting winter forest festivals like ‘We Run the Forest’ and ‘Winter Mountain Bike Classic’ bring people out of their accommodation to cheer and enjoy the warmth of winter.
Search the realm of modernity sited on a rugged coastline in Auckland and experience its comfy blend across the region. Whether it’s sports events, concerts or festivals, there’s always something happening in Auckland. This city is termed one of the world’s favourite tourist hubs featuring pristine beaches and island escapes. Experience it all in Auckland from outdoor adventures to designer shopping or explore some inner-city hot spots for live experiences of culture and lifestyle.
Located in New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch nurtures the English heritage and displays it through historic ruins and stone-built buildings. Green and expansive banks of the Avon River along with Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens are beautiful picnic spots. The city also introduces you with exceptional wildlife including native New Zealand animals across its Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park. Prehistoric cathedrals and neo-Gothic edifices exhibit cultural prosperity of Christchurch and its museums showcase a large collection of artefacts telling the story of the city and artworks from local and international artists.
It’s a region where every corner is scenic. People from across the world visit Milford Sound and admire its jaw-dropping views of mountains and waterfalls at the remote fjord. You can experience the realm of nature at Bowen Falls, the scenic waterfall pouring into the Milford Sound. Enjoy tours by boat and helicopter to Real Journeys – Milford Sound. Click pictures of dolphins and seals at picturesque Harrison Cove. Sky-high peaks of famed Mitre Mountain offers exciting hiking trails and camping spaces. Sited close to Queenstown city, it possesses a complete holiday package from cruise trip to spectacular waterfalls to snow-capped peaks among others. Simply experience the eighth wonder of the world by flightseeing, kayaking or overnight boat ride at Milford Sound.
From pristine beaches to waterfront promenades, the capital of New Zealand, Wellington welcomes huge traffic of visitors throughout the year. It is located at the southernmost point on the Cook Strait near the North Island. Here travellers find colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. Full of amazing recreation opportunities like eco-sanctuaries, botanical gardens, serene island and harbours, this city can be a peaceful break from tedious routine. The panoramic views of the city and harbour from Mt. Victoria Lookout or Wellington Cable Car can enrich you with thrilling experience for life. The city centre itself dotted with restaurants, parkland and heritage buildings serve people with heartfelt hospitality.
Famous for amazing winter sports, the resort town Wanaka is the gateway to the Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring National Park. It’s a place where the wilderness of glaciers and alpine lakes awaits with jaw-dropping thrills. Wanaka itself features snow-capped mountains and a Puzzling World located just outside the town where the outdoor maze, illusion rooms and sculpture gallery are main attractions. Try boating, swimming and fishing at Lake Wanaka and enjoy mesmeric lake view and tramping route from the Roys Peak. Famous Treble Cone Ski Area offers advanced runs with panoramic views, meanwhile, the luxury resorts of the city make your outdoor pursuits more comfortable.
Have you heard of the dynamic Maori heritage? Find it here in Dunedin. The city is peppered with Victorian and Edwardian architecture along with heritages of Scottish and Maori culture. It too encompasses several leisure options for adventure lovers with hiking and cycling trails crisscrossing its dramatic landscape. While wandering through the Otago Peninsula, you can find albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins next to you. The city’s main thoroughfare has cafe-lined esplanade, shopping precincts and many architectural wonders keeping visitors on their toe from dawn to dusk.
Do you love chocolates? Wairarapa has some yummy chocolates and quick foodie getaways nestled across the region. Wairarapa is located in the lower North Island featuring home-like space for fur seals, dolphin and small whales. It hosts the nosy formations of the Putangirua Pinnacles where the easy walk follows the stunning views of Lake Onoke and Cape Palliser. You can take a 90-minute drive from the Wairarapa town to the scenic Castle point lighthouse. Try self-drive Wairarapa Garden Tour which is held in November featuring grand country estates and delightful cottage gardens with home-made refreshments.
New Zealand is the travellers’ paradise for a reason. From days of spring to orange beauty of autumn, this country includes a wide range of recreation opportunities for everyone. If you aim for your holiday to be exceptional, these top 10 tourist attractions in New Zealand can make your holiday as lively as you dreamt for. You can find amazing deals and discounts on New Zealand flights departing from your nearest airports in the UK or can take assistance from a travel agency to plan your New Zealand escape.
There is nothing more heart-breaking that watching the sunny days of summer slip away from your grasp. It is still dark when you leave for the work in the morning and the cold air feels harsh to your skin. But summer doesn’t have to end just yet. Cheer up; it’s always hot and sunny somewhere in the world. While the Mediterranean is basking in a golden, pre-Christmas glow, rainy season has died up in Africa and South-east Asia. If you want to see how the winter is done, leave behind your soggy days for an epic holiday to some hot destinations to travel in November that offers hours of winter sunshine and warm Temperature.
Abu Dhabi is a remarkable mix of innovative architecture, ancient heritage and jaw-dropping natural surroundings. The scorching heat in the city drops to a milder Temperature- ideal for lazying around on the beach or adventure in the desert. It is much more than your average city breaks and has plenty of activities for a fun-filled holiday. If you are a beach lover, there a number of beaches to choose, from family-friendly Corniche and isolated Mirfa to action-packed Yas and picturesque Saadiyat. The Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are some other must-visit places in the city.
Average Temperature: 25°C
Things to do: Sightseeing, beach-hopping, desert-safari
It remains warm and sunny throughout the winter months in the Canary Islands, making them ideal November Holiday Destinations. Travellers have several islands to choose from. The Canaries located over 50 miles from the coast of Africa has a pleasant climate in winter hovering around a very mild 22C Temperature. The weather is great for sunbathing around the pool or the beach. Tenerife is the largest and most popular with some of the most stunning beach resorts – notably Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Some of the beaches have black sands due to ancient volcanic activity. Gran Canaria is also home to some pretty beaches – Maspalomas, in particular, is quite popular for with its white beach and sand dunes.
Average Temperature: 24.3 °C
Things to do: Beach-hopping, sunbathing, watersports, hiking
Blessed with all year round sunshine, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is also known as the Island of Aphrodite. Expect around six or seven hours of sunshine a day in the winter months making this destination perfect for enjoying a sunny holiday in November. There are numerous sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing and a varied range of watersports. You will find both luxury resorts, such as Paphos, and small villages that offer a glimpse of the simple life away from the hustle and bustle. If you are travelling with your family, you will enjoy the Coral Bay area with its relaxed atmosphere and plenty of bars and restaurants alongside a beautiful sandy beach. With a wide range of accommodation options suiting every budget, Cyprus could well be the winter getaway you’re looking for!
Average Temperature: 22°C
Things to do: Beach-hopping, watersports, sunbathing
Morocco is another destination that is ideal for a visit during winter when intense summer heat has died down. You will find the average Temperature still around the mid-20s in winter with sunshine for around seven hours a day. The coastal region of Agadir is popular for its luxury resorts with swimming pools, tennis courts and wellness suites. There are also plenty of restaurants serving both international and authentic Moroccan cuisine. Agadir enjoys pleasant weather it November and its beach is sheltered from Atlantic winds. Marrakech is another city that you must explore for its bazaars, souks and historic sightseeing. Another attraction is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco that has been listed to UNESCO world heritage site since 1987.
Located off the coast of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde consists of a group small islands and enjoys cultural influences from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and Portugal, offering a unique mix of Caribbean, African and European food experiences to the visitors. Sharing the same climate as that of the Canary Islands, it is slowly developing into a mainstream tourist destination. Travellers will love the unspoilt and stunning beaches of Sal and Boa Vista islands. If you are looking for more than a sunbathing holiday, go hiking on hillsides layered with frozen lava or enjoy water sports like surfing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing.
Famous for its fantastic beaches, Barbados is an island that has everything for its visitors. You will not only find here fine powdery sand and brilliant turquoise bays but also splendid nightlife and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital. It enjoys a hot tropical climate with rainy season tapering off in November; light showers are still likely on some days. Humidity is high at this time of year but this month marks the end of the official Atlantic hurricane season. You will find little climatic variation across the island depending on its unvaried and flat topography.
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and fast becoming one of Asia’s top travel destinations. If you are confused about where to go in November, this is the place to travel. With a tropical rainforest climate, visitors will find the city always hot and humid with chances of rainfall- November is no exception. Temperature reaches around 31.3 ºC with high humidity. However, November marks the beginning of the pre-northeast monsoon season in Singapore which means rainfall increases to an average of 243 mm and cool sea breeze provides relief from the afternoon heat. Singapore is also a haven for food lovers and shopping freaks. Indulge in some ‘me time’ by having a retail therapy.
Surrounded by beautiful clear bays and scenic beaches, Malta is another hot place to visit in November that experiences a temperate climate all year round thanks to its enviable location. Even in November, enjoy seven hours of sun and the Temperature hovering pleasantly around the 20s mark. The island is not crowded with scores of tourists during this month which means lower hotel prices. The UNESCO city of Valletta, coastal resorts Sliema and St. Julian’s, and Marsaskala in the south are some of the best places to stay during November in Malta. Travellers can also explore the option of hiking because of mild weather. Trek through the rural highlands of Malta or scale the dramatic cliffs of nearby Gozo, exploring Malta by foot in November is a great way to experience the different facets of the island.
An exciting city to explore, Seoul is just the right mix of comfort and exoticism. The city features exemplary transport and general infrastructure, and you will also find numerous Confucian Temples and cafés for an interesting holiday. Being South Korea’s flourishing capital; the city has been turned into a hi-tech and high-design hub, pulsating with dynamic youth culture. However, visitors will also get to witness the remnants of traditional times in its cobbled streets and classic architecture, flea markets and narrow street- food alleys. November brings out the autumn colours in the city making Seoul’s many parks and hiking trails picture perfect. The mild temperatures and low rainfall offer great opportunities for outdoor activities.
Vietnam is the best-kept secret of South-east Asia and one of the hottest destinations to travel in November for a great holiday. Phu Quoc, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City are some of the most popular places to explore. Get a real taste of local life in Phu Quoc while discovering its numerous beaches, national parks, pearl farms, fishing villages and night markets. Remarkable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. Whether it is the natural beauty of the place or its cultural complexities, Vietnam impresses its visitors with sublime and compelling experiences. You can also combine Vietnam with a visit to Cambodia to see the famous Temples of Angkor Wat.
Average Temperature: 17 °C
Things to do: Shopping, Safari, hiking, beach-hopping,
Cuba is constantly changing and you must visit it before it’s changed forever. The big resorts haven’t covered all the beaches and one can still find the old time-warp romanticism in Havana. One of the Best Places to visit in November, it remains warm and sunny without the touristy crowds that fill out the destination from December to February. From an ever-evolving boutique bar and hotel scene to the colonial charm of Twenties-era Casa Habana, or cocktails at 304 O’Reilly, there is so much to explore and experience. Take time out to the Caribbean shores of Holguín mostly untouched by the crowds and to find small and barefoot beach hotels at affordable prices.
Average Temperature: 24°C
Things to do: Museums, Stroll around Havana Malecon & Old Havana
Home to 365 beaches-one for every day of the year, Antigua is a beach lover’s paradise. Beyond the white sandy beaches and swaying palms, it is an intriguing destination with a rich history and complex culture. With its winding roads and charming villages, travellers will find a distinct English charm to this Caribbean island. Explore the historic district of English Harbour or shop for souvenirs in St. John’s or perhaps enjoy the panoramic view from Shirley Heights. Visitors can also go to its sleepy sister island, Barbuda that has a more relaxed and less touristy feel to it.
Average Temperature: 27.5°C
Things to do: Historic forts, beach-hopping, shopping
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
Travellers mostly use Dubai as a stopover destination for flying in and out on Emirates but the city is so much more than that. There is a surprising amount of activities to do here for those who want to spend some time in the city. Dubai is the city where is hot in November with an average of 25°C with little humidity which means perfect for chilling at the beach or sunbathing by the poolside. Dubai is trapped between the old and the new- a place with a conservative culture and old world charm, and a hi-tech hub with malls and high-rise buildings. It is a fascinating, multi-cultural city that promises a sunny and fun-filled holiday, one that won’t break your budget!
Bali is more than a place; it’s a tropical state of mind. A favourite destination for people, the mere mention of the name evokes thoughts of a paradise. From unending idyllic beaches and ancient Temples to terraced rice fields, there is so much to see and experience on this stunning island. With an activity to suit every soul, it feels like a never-ending adventure. Experience activities like surfing, yoga, meditation and hiking on your visit. Go on a delicious food trail or enjoy its amazing nightlife and what’s more, November is the cheapest time to experience all this and much more!
Average Temperature: 27°C
Things to do: Sightseeing, surfing, yoga, meditation and hiking
With its glittering temples and tropical beaches, Thailand is the travel hub of Southeast Asia. Bangkok is often used as a base for circuit for backpacking around Southeast Asia. Beyond the cluttered cities and towns, you will find the rural heartland which is a mix of rice fields, tropical forests and squat villages. Thai cuisine is adored around the world and a trip to Thailand is a great chance to experience all aspects of its culture, heritage and food. Go on a food trail to Bangkok noodle shacks or explore the seafood pavilions in Phuket, and perhaps eat your heart out at the Burmese market stalls in Mae Sot- Thailand promises an ultimate November Holiday Destination.
Average Temperature: 33.1 °C
Things to do: Sightseeing, beach-hopping, watersports
Currency: Thai Baht
Languages: Isan; Kam Mueang; Pak Tai
With a heady mix of history and contemporary, Athens was the birthplace of democracy, theatre, and Western civilization. Visitors can see a glimpse of its rich history in the city’s architecture which is one of the many reasons for visiting this destination. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Acropolis that is visible from almost every part of the city. The social and cultural life revolves around the landmarks built more than centuries ago. November is a good time to visit Athens as the city experiences autumn with warm weather and a lot of sunshine, quite suited for sightseeing and other outdoor activities.
Average Temperature: 15°C
Things to do: Explore markets, historical monuments and cafes
Languages: Greek, English
Enjoy the Caribbean sun in Jamaica with rum, reggae and plenty of adventures. It is the perfect place to swap minus Temperature and soggy winter weather for ticking off the bucket-list adventures like jungle safari, hiking and mountain-biking. Jamaica is brimming with palm-lined golden beaches, thriving plantations and rugged interiors. The crystal-clear beaches host a wide range of water sports and other activities, from volleyball to deep-sea fishing. Dunn’s river falls near the Ocho Rios is the highlight of the Jamaica national treasure.
Average Temperature: 30ºC
Things to do: Visit Dunn’s River Falls, Rose Hall Great House, Bob Marley Museum & Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios
Currency: Jamaican dollar
Languages: Jamaican Creole, English
18. Puerto Vallarta
With a collection of sandy beaches, trendy restaurants and quaint cobbled streets, Puerto Vallarta happens to be a popular beach destination with a sweltering high Temperature of 31 degree Celsius in November. It is also the start of the dry season which means almost all the activities are open for the visitors. Banderas Bay is the star attraction of the region that boasts of postcard-worthy beaches. Puerto Vallarta also happens to be one of Mexico’s best places for dining, so visitors can eat their heart out around the town, and sip margaritas on the Malecon. November is also time for the Puerto Vallarta gourmet festival that lines up tasting events, themed nights at the local restaurants and cooking demonstrations by professional chefs.
Average Temperature: 25°C
Things to do: zip lining, snorkelling, jungle canopy tour, sunbathing
19. New Zealand
An adventure destination for the free-spirited, New Zealand is action-packed, with extraordinary opportunities for wild swimming, white-water rafting, bungee-jumping, sky-diving and horse-riding. While South Island is popular for its skiing, the hot springs of North Island are pure bliss. You will also find some of the most amazing beaches off the coast of Auckland. Take a couple of days to explore the mammoth national parks and experience dynamic Māori culture. New Zealand has a variety of super lodges in outstanding settings, from remotest locations to rugged mountaintops and lake-side, so enormous and pretty that it’s entirely another level of luxury to experience.
Average Temperature: 17°C
Things to do: White-water rafting, bungee-jumping, sky-diving & horse-riding
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Famous for its azure waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts, if Mauritius is somewhere on your travel bucket list then November is the best time to plan that holiday. Things are just warming up nicely and the rainy season is still at least a month away. The average sea temperature is 25 degrees, so make the most of it by indulging in various water sports. Trou aux Biches with its shallow waters is the perfect spot for snorkelling. There are plenty of coral reefs to explore, too. Away from the luxury resorts, there is a mix of different cultures and fishing villages to discover.
Average Temperature: 29°C
Things to do: Snorkelling, hiking, boat-rides to nearby islands
The Great White North – Canada is the crown of the world that needs no introduction. It is a well-endowed destination with bewitching landscapes, glorious national parks, flourishing wine regions, outdoor activities that escalated the world’s second-largest country to stand out as the Destination of the Year 2018 – all the right reasons. Whether you are a chronic adventure enthusiast, a wildlife lover, looking for cutting-edge culture, a beach bum or more of a city slicker, Canada ticks all the boxes. But this striking nation is more than spellbinding vistas. Canadian cities are dynamic, pulsating and frequently featured as the ‘best places to live.’
Whether you wish to explore the museums of Ottawa, walk through the neighbourhood of Toronto, admire Montreal’s skyscrapers, soak up the Canadian Rockies, cherish beach dining at Vancouver, soar over Niagara Falls or gaze at the Northern Lights, the options for best cities to visit in Canada are endless. So, curious to see what other Canadian cities made the list? Get set go…
1 – Toronto
As one of the most popular cities of Canada and the capital of Ontario – Toronto offers an eclectic mix of history, sports, entertainment and dining. In a few words, Toronto is a friendly city with a lot of surprises and if you enjoy exploring vibrant and exciting cities, Toronto is a treat to the senses. To newcomers, Toronto may seem like a huge city bustling with skyscrapers, vibrant market places and a spellbinding skyline; but it’s much more. With districts such as Little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown all easily accessible, tourists may feel as if they have seen half the world. The city is also home to the freestanding CN Tower and the largest underground shopping mall. However, experience Toronto by enjoying your favourite cocktail, relish coffee at a roadside cafe and shop hopping.
Best time to visit: The best time of the year to visit Toronto is from late April through May, and from mid-September through mid-October. During these times, you’ll enjoy pleasant weather and fewer tourists. Sidewalks will come to life with eateries, traditional events, and pedestrian markets.
This sprawling political and cultural hub may seem an absurd choice for Canada’s capital in comparison to Montreal and Toronto, but it should not be ignored. It is a small city yet enlivening. Visit downtown and you’ll see why it lures visitors toward its cutting-edge architecture, avant-garde museums, stylish boutiques and enticing food joints. Adding to the dynamism of the city, there are endless festivals and events to keep Ottawa on its toes. If you visit Canada’s capital during winters, a few hours of ice-skating and sipping hot chocolate will give you a heart-warming experience.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Ottawa is between March and May when temperatures begin to increase and the city starts to blossom. This is also when some of the capital’s much-loved special events – counting the adored Tulip Festival – take place.
As the biggest city in Western Canada, Vancouver is considered one of the best places to visit in Canada. Renowned as the cultural and culinary capital encircled by spectacular natural beauty, it is a treat to the eye and soul. Its numerous parks, rolling mountains and waterfronts make the city a stunning playground for outdoor adventurers. What was once a barren land covered with epic wilderness and snow, offers thriving restaurants, exotic hotels with endless eating options, grand historic buildings, fashion boutiques and a stylish crowd. Walk into downtown and you’ll find several neighbourhoods worth exploring – Coal Harbour and English Bay are full of restaurants and famous shops; Yaletown oozes with a thriving nightlife and South Granville is dotted with the best galleries and appealing outdoor cafes.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Vancouver is during the warmer and drier months of April through October. But with their modest, sunshiny summers and trifling, rainy winters, both cities welcome visitors year-round, particularly Victoria, which receives about half as much rain as Vancouver.
Out of the top three cities of Canada, Calgary is the quietest one. It is laid-back, friendly and welcoming offering some amazing food and limitless attractions. It’s easy to say that you’ll fall in love with this Canadian sweetheart. When summer comes, the city is filled with enjoyable activities and transforms into North America’s most famous skiing destinations. With a short drive towards the Rocky Mountains, you can test your skiing ability. Those with a craving for serenity, Calgary also offers idyllic picnic spots such as Prince’s Island and alpine escapes.
Best time to visit: The best time of year to visit Calgary is from late May to the end of September. The shoulder months of October and April display fine climate, but you also could have snow. In winter, Calgary is popular for having erratic weather.
Imagine extensive wheat fields, vibrant culture and streets sizzling with restaurants and infused bars, that’s Saskatoon for you. This rambling city straddles the South Saskatchewan River, Canada and considered one of the fastest booming cities. Downtown has transformed from a secluded spot to a massive parking lot, where all the action takes place. The best part is – almost half of the city nestles on each side of the river, so if you wish to explore both sides, you’ve to do a lot of bridge crossing and strolling down the riverbank. The city can be explored easily by foot or bike. Shopping is fun in Saskatoon; visitors love to carry local products, candles, chocolates, books, soaps and salt back to their homeland and anticipate a comeback.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Saskatoon is in the early summer when temperatures are still warm but room tariffs are a lot cheaper. Tourism peaks in Saskatoon in the summer/early fall, which comes with advanced hotel and fees. When visiting Saskatoon in November – April get ready for some snow.
Alberta’s capital and the second-largest city, Edmonton is the gateway to adventure and also the sunniest destination in Canada. It is moreover a stopover en route Jasper National Park idyllic for explorations into the gigantic and empty landscape to the north. Apart from the vast snowy wilderness, there’s plenty to see, do and experience. The city centre conjures booming industries, towering skyscrapers, shopping opportunities, restaurants & cafes and the downtown hustle that visitors would enjoy. For those desiring the charm of nature around themselves are not far from it. Thanks to the proximity to Elk Island National Park and North Saskatchewan River Valley. Another major draw is food. Get ready to relish some of the city’s best and creative restaurants.
Best time to visit: We recommend travelling to Edmonton in the late spring – May to October when temperatures are trivial but lodgings are less costly. Tourism peaks in Edmonton during the summer, which comes with a higher hotel and rental rates. Be prepared for some snowfalls if you go to Edmonton from November to April.
Encompassed by stunning treasures and beautiful seascapes, Nova Scotia’s capital Halifax is an appealing and energetic hub with noteworthy architecture, fabulous dining, shopping, nightlife and festivals. It’s a combination of the old and the new that exudes both historic and hip gracing the Atlantic province. But you need not cross boundaries to get the real taste, it’s all in Halifax. The Brits were first drawn here because of Halifax’s natural harbour and it continues to do so. One visit and you’ll come back for more.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Halifax is May through October. Summer and fall experience enjoyable weather and usher in abundant festivals. However, these months entice a lot of travellers, so be prepared for steep hotel rates. If you wish to avoid the crowds and the high prices, visit between November and February.
There are many facets to Montreal – an enchanting fusion of modernism rub shoulders with traditional European charm with the best things to do in Canada. It’s a French heart with a diverse Canadian frame that offers a whirlwind of things to explore and experience. Newcomers and returning visitors will witness a city that’s in love with arts, festivals and good food. Speaking of food, Montreal offers one of the most invigorating food scenes in North America. If you’re a cultural buff, Montreal is your hotspot.
Best time to visit: April to September is the best time to visit Montreal. Slight chilly spring surprises you with its celebrated Montreal Nuit Blanche; the temperatures rise and the room rates drop. The tourist period kicks off in warm June and runs till August.
Think lush national parks and the majestic polar bears, that’s Winnipeg for you! Famed for its wilderness activities, thriving art scene, eccentric attractions and culinary achievement, this modest city holds abundant surprises under the surface. Situated at the concourse of the Red Rivers and Assiniboine, Winnipeg is the hub of the prairies. Well, let not that scare you, though very much modern the city is deeply rooted in history, heritage and happenings.
Best time to visit: We recommend exploring Winnipeg during the month of June when temperatures are still warm but room rates are much more reasonable. The most common time to visit Winnipeg is during the summer, which comes with greater hotel rates. Be prepared for some snowfalls if you decide to travel to Winnipeg in November – April.
Things to do:
See The Polar Bears In Assiniboine Park Zoo
Walk Through The Forks National Historic Site
Experience Icelandic Culture
Witness The Wonder Of Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
With a 90-minute ferry ride from the charming Vancouver, British Colombia’s capital city may seem worlds apart but this tiny city is easily accessible for both beginners and returning visitors. You might find it nostalgic but this stunning city lures millions of travellers from all over the globe. Once you step into the city, you might be attracted to the Inner Harbour, but there’s more. The city is dotted with manicured gardens, flourishing wineries, expansive beaches, vine-laden rows and vistas to delight even the most jaded visitor.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Victoria Island is between March to May and September to November. The province sees some of the country’s warmest climate and the driest summers, so while you might experience a light shower here and there, consider relaxed temperatures in the spring and fall.
Canada’s southernmost destination, Windsor delivers a staggering past with outdoor adventure, wineries, miles of waterfront and much more. One of the best gains of visiting Windsor are the duty-free shops – abundant perfumes, small electronic gadgets, discounted liquor and other products. Outdoor lovers will love the lush spots around the city especially Point Pelee National Park and the area around the southern shores of Lake Erie. The Windsor Sculptor is the second most stunning place in Windsor. It offers stunning views of the downtown and will surely make your day.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Windsor is between the months of February to May and September to November. If you don’t mind the dampness, then the months of June, July and August are perfect.
Situated on the northern shore of the Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife is the largest city with more than 200,000 inhabitants. It was a gold mining town that has evolved as a cultural, political and adventurous hub with fantastic access to boating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledging and more. Apart from outdoor activities, Yellowknife is home to thriving arts and culture scene, sophisticated culinary and the famous aurora borealis (sometimes referred to as polar lights or northern lights – a natural light spectacle in the Earth’s sky, primarily seen in the high-latitude regions). Shoppers will surely have a gala time in Yellowknife. Head to Northern Images and Down to Earth Gallery for handmade items, jewellery, hats, mitts and other items. No wonder it is a great city for walking and soaking up the surrounding.
Best time to visit: Yellowknife allow you to witness the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. With long and clear winter nights, mid-November to the beginning of April tend to be the best times of the year to visit for good viewing.
Things to do:
View the aurora at Aurora Village
Explore Cameron Falls Trail
Walk into Old Town
Spend a day at Frame Lake Trail
Enjoy Northern Arts And Cultural Centre
13 – Fredericton
If you’re more of a countryside person and wish to explore Canadian villages, Fredericton is New Brunswick’s capital city and the perfect place that is considered a huge village. A large piece of land that projects into St. John River is a beautiful and sociable city that has an interesting history, an array of attractions, recreational opportunities and wondrous architectural amazement. The city road will lure you to travel long and far. Just twenty minutes from the city, travellers can explore the Kings Landing Historical Settlement and marvel at the design of a few private homes and discover the Legislative Assembly Building. For those looking for more off-beat attractions, the Haunted Hike by the Calithumpians will lead visitors through a different, supernatural aspect of Fredericton.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit is from late July until mid-August. With so much to see and do in and around Fredericton, you may decide to extend your visit!
Things to do:
Visit Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Walk into Fredericton Botanic Garden
Unwind at Odell Park
Explore Lighthouse on the Green
Learn about Fredericton’s history
14 – Kamloops
With the confluence of North and South Thompson rivers and inhabitants like bears and cougars, Kamloops is a Canadian city in British Columbia with hiking trails, biking park, several ski runs and a platform for discovering the nearby wilderness spots such as Wells Gray Park and Nicola Valley. The lush town is famous for rainbow, trout fishing, modern activities, famous ranches, forest trekking and meandering around recreational lakes.
Best time to visit: Based on the tourism, the best time of year to visit Kamloops for warm-weather happenings is from mid-July to mid-August.
Things to do:
Discover Kamloops Heritage Railway
Explore Paul Lake Provincial Park
Relish breakfast at Hello Toast Cafe
Visit Kamloops Wildlife Park
Taste wine at Monte Creek Ranch Winery
15 – Nanaimo
You’ve not done Canada until and unless you’ve been smitten by Nanaimo. This city is a ferry port that lies on the eastern side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. If you’re wondering about the name – Nanaimo, it means ‘people of many names’. You’ll easily fall in love with its flourishing parks, charming scenery, mouth-watering eateries and amiable locals. It’s a city that caters to outdoor enthusiasts and adventure fanatics as well. There’s everything from trekking, hiking, sailing, paddling to scuba diving and bird-watching. One of the first things you would wish to do upon your arrival into town is digging into Nanaimo Bar. You bet, this is heaven! That’s not all, there are several petite cafes and open-air restaurants with Canada’s best munchies. If you are planning to explore a new town or see a different world, make Nanaimo your base for excursions around the wine country.
Best time to visit: Due to the rise in tourism, the best time of year to visit Nanaimo for warm-weather activities is from mid-July to late August.
Things to do:
Take a Whale Watching Tour
Stroll along the Harbourfront Walkway
Shop & Dine in Downtown Nanaimo
Snorkel with Seals
Snack along the Nanaimo Bar Trail
The most beautiful places in Canada are evidence that the country has a heart bigger than its size when it comes to appeasing the wanderlust of every traveller on the blue planet.
Calling California by different nicknames is not that difficult. The sheer glamour and the infrastructure will give you enough words to frame scores of nicknames that can perk up anyone. Whether you call it ‘nature’s greatest temple’ or ‘a playground of cars and coastlines’, the diversity of the Golden State will spellbind you time and time again. First timers visiting this enthralling state could start from the bottom and work their way to the top – the zoo in San Diego, shopping zones in Los Angeles, drive down the Big Sur, soak up appealing sights of Carmel and Solvang, Sacramento, Napa Valley and on and on and on…if you wish to skip Disney and the beaches, you can, you will not miss out anything as there are other umpteen things to see, do, explore and experience in California. Among 482 cities in California alone, take a walk to discover the things to do in California’s top cities…maybe a 20. Let’s begin with the capital – Sacraaaamento!
1 – Say ‘Hi’ to the animals in Sacramento
Sacramento Zoo or Saczoo might seem to be like any normal zoo, but the history of this zoo is mind-blowing. From a tiny zoo in the park (4.2 acres) with 40 collected animals including monkeys, raccoons, birds and deer, it grew to be an impressive place of fascination with more than 500 animals (14.3 acres) from all over the globe including rare African and South American species such as fennec foxes, aardvarks, fruit bats, Wolf’s guenon, red-billed hornbill, and crested guineafowl. The Sacramento zoo also educates on conservation and recreation. It’s an amazing place for children, where they can watch and interact with the animals.
With 1001 things to do in Los Angeles alone, this glitzy city can leave you awestruck. Los Angeles is world-famous as the entertainment capital of the world. Out of the several classic attractions, the Universal Studio is a world in itself. Beginners and returning visitors will surely have the ultimate experience at the Universal Studio tour – the original illustrious attraction of Los Angeles. With Jimmy Fallon’s baritone-voiced narration, visitors will have a gala time exploring what all goes behind in making a Hollywood movie. The highlights include King Kong 360 3D and one of the largest 3D experience. Beware: your kids might not even want to leave the place.
In a metropolis like San Diego, which has transcendent beaches, bewitching cultural wonders, flourishing culinary scene and everything else an elite city could offer, trying to choose one can be confounding. Whether you want to explore Balboa Park, walk around Gaslamp Quarter, spend an evening at La Jolla, explore Little Italy, laze on the Pacific Beach or elsewhere, there’s more to one can think or imagine. If you talk to any San Diego local, Balboa Park is the talk of the town. It has 16 museums, performing arts centre, outdoor places, kid’s playground, Japanese friendship garden, golf lawn, tennis court, bowling and biking trails. No wonder, it’s a scene from a fairy tale!
4 – Mix among Nature and City Life at San Francisco
San Francisco needs no introduction. This world-class city stretches only 7 miles but it is packed with abundant outdoor activities – from food tours, museums, water & amusement parks, cable car rides to key buildings and structures. Among all the iconic structures and attractions, the Golden Gate Bridge & the Park, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf are the key attractions. Food lovers can grab a bite at the Ferry Building Marketplace or relish street food at Castro. If you wish to see the mountainous life and city life together, San Francisco is the perfect getaway. The Twin Parks offers the best hiking and climbing trails for nature lovers with captivating views of the city below.
Business or leisure? You will find endless things to do in your spare time. Spend an afternoon at the Children’s Discovery Museum and at the legendary San Jose Museum. The famous Silicon Valley is another must-see attraction for you and your kids. Learn about the history and explore the Tech Museum of Innovation. Families can head towards the expansive Great America amusement park at Santa Clara. If hunger strikes, grab good meals at Santana Row. Shoppers can explore San Jose Farmers’ Markets, the luxurious Great Mall and branded Gilroy Outlets. Enjoy shop hopping at the enchanting Willow Glen shop and marvel at the antique treasures.
6 – Explore the heart of Yosemite National Park in Fresno
Located at the heart of San Joaquin Valley, on the edge of San Joaquin River, Fresno is the fifth largest city with several things to keep visitors entertained. Home to the Yosemite National Park, River Park shopping, underground gardens, the grand Fresno fair and more, the city of Fresno is no more underrated. With so much to see, do and explore, nothing beats the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site Yosemite National Park. Famous for stunning waterfalls, granite cliffs and over 700 miles of trails, this is the Eden of the modern world.
Oaklanders say – the worst thing in life is not to experience all the 40 things in Oakland city. And yes, it’s true to an extent. Oakland has a bucket list beginning from eating and sightseeing to several city tours and fests. If you are in the city for a good amount of days, there are several things you can do but if you’re just enjoying a city break there are a few must-try things that you should not miss – visit Children’s Fairyland with your family and let the kids enjoy to their best. Since the city sits beside Lake Merritt, you would not mind enjoying a gondola ride, would you? Nature lovers can head towards Merritt College parking and capture the stunning sunset. All you foodies Shan Dong Restaurant, Dorothy Everett, Jones BBQ are the place to resurrect your taste buds with a bowl of hand-pulled noodles and dig into some luscious ribs.
8 – Experience best Californian living in Long Beach
Perfect climate, enchanting local culture and an assortment of cuisine will grip your senses in Long Beach – there’s so much to do. Whether you’re alone or with your family explore the Aquarium of Pacific that features more than 12,000 animals and 500 species of marine life. Lingering around the ocean will give you a chance to spot whales. Get deep into the historical facts while exploring the Shoreline Village located along the striking harbour. Shopping is fun at Long Beach; locate your favourite dealer and retailer and fill your bags with your desired merchandise. If you’re after vintage items, the Retro Row is a must-visit. There are two famous museums – The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and the Long Beach Museum Art. Enjoy the displays and a delectable lunch at the waterfront restaurant.
Santa Cruz is specially made for nature lovers. Take in the views of the Pacific Ocean while driving down West Cliff Drive and Natural Bridges State Beach. Enjoy fun under the sun while shopping at iconic places such as the Santa Cruz Wharf and the Beach Broadway. For some respite from the sun, tourists can always jump on board the Roaring Camp Railroads for a ride through the woodlands.
Resting in the shades of the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs doesn’t believe in itineraries – don’t keep a list of to-do things while exploring Palm Springs. Here, ‘enjoyment’ is the keyword and remember to do more than just beach activities and sunbathing. The surrounding brownish mountains and deep gorges provide hikes and skiing. See more of nature at the Joshua Tree National Park – from Hidden Valley hikes to the Cholla Cactus Garden.
Burbank is home to several things related to entertainment but the city holds other surprises too. If you like the outdoors – the lakes and the sea and the effects of the Universal or Warner Bros Studios, Burbank is the best place for you. Take your kids to the USH or Universal Studios Hollywood and show them behind the scenes of a movie. Explore the world of Harry Potter, King Kong 3D, the World of Fast and Furious, and more.
Often referred to as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is extremely cool. Thanks to the stunning shores, nearby hills and the amazing weather, window shopping while sipping smoothies is fun but there’s more. This captivating Californian city has a wealth of things you can do – art, culture, nightlife, festivals and food. Begin with hiking at the Santa Ynez Mountains looking down at the city or soak up the sunset with the Santa Barbara Cruise. The views, the breeze and the booze will give you more for your money. Leave your camera and take your money – shopping is fun! Do not miss the boutiques of La Arcada and the grand products. Butterfly Beach is best for families and sunsets. Engage in a game of volleyball and ride the friendly waves.
Lush hills, flourishing vineyards, coastal trails and grand architecture are the crowning factors that make Sonoma an irresistible city. Top places include Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Cline Cellars and Ravenswood Winery. But newcomers with an image of a holiday destination will truly enjoy every bit with complete rest and relaxation. So where to start? At the Sonoma Plaza, of course! This historic spot is a must-do – more than 100 shops, scores of eateries, dining and spots where your kids can run around freely. Explore the Sonoma Coast State Park that seems to go on and on for nearly 20 miles along the majestic Pacific Ocean. Admire explored and unexplored beaches, prairies and craggy shorelines that sizzle in that area.
Have some fun things in mind? Look no further than Stockton. Well-known as one enlivening bundle of joy in the Mid Valley District, Stockton has several things to keep you on your toes. Whether you are here for a short time, just passing by or looking forward to great and grand holidays, it’s not hard to begin a tour. Indulge in a variety of amusing activities at the Oak Grove Park or spot different types of roses at the Victory Park. What better way to leisure out with your family than being in Pixie Woods? Combine fairytale moments with modern entertainment and spend a day with your family and loved ones.
15 – Travel back into time in Tuolumne
Tuolumne County is the entrance to the vast Yosemite and High Sierra explorations. Just 3 hours east of San Francisco Bay, Tuolumne is accessible throughout the year for all-season adventure and fun. Enjoy limitless outdoor recreation, shopping, historic tours, sightseeing, camping resorts and more. Tuolumne County is the superlative destination for families, couples and friends. From camping to full-service resorts, visitors will find lodging for every budget and taste.
16 – Cherish seaside moments at Santa Monica
A perfect beach town with abundant attractions – that’s what Santa Monica offers. With a laid-back appeal, this tiny Californian wonder balances coastal charm along with modern city sophistication. Perfect for beach and water activities, it attracts swimmers, surfers and divers. Whether you hire a bike or enjoy a ride on the biking trail, get your surfing board and spend your time at the sea, explore Santa Monica Pier and relish your favourite dish, take your kids to the Pier Aquarium, enjoy oceanfront stroll and other amazing things, you cannot get Santa Monica off your mind.
17 – Away from Concrete and Chaos in Malibu
Malibu offers coastal respite with a laid-back lifestyle but it’s much more than beach activities. Hop on a Wine Safari Tour Bus, explore the beauty of El Matador State Beach, hike uphill to admire the 150 foot tall Escondido waterfall and Solstice Canyon, relish great seafood, go shopping at the Malibu Country Mart and sip wine.
18 – Find Hidden Gems in Newport Beach
Newport is the hidden gem of the Californian coast with frequent celebrity visits – Paris Hilton, Kate Moss and the Kardashians. When winter leaves you cold and shivering, Newport Beach is the ultimate summer destination with endless things to enjoy – luxury shopping, spa treatments, golf and mingle into the affluent lifestyle. It’s a haven for outdoor activities – surfing, sailing, cycling and hiking. Create everlasting moments on the Californian beaches, awesome breathtaking cliffs, sunset cruises and more.
19 – Take a historic walk around Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is one of the most stunning spots in southern California with unlimited things on offer. From small churches, intricate bungalows, iconic towers, art and marine animals, this town will not allow you to get bored. A few major activities in Laguna Beach include a hike to the pirate tower, try out doing yoga on the water, enjoy snorkeling at Wood’s Cover, take a historic tour, and relish seafood next to the sea and other awe-inspiring activities.
20 – Enjoy Outdoor Haven in Irvine
Enjoy, explore and experience a plethora of outdoor activities in Irvine – right from the Giant Wheel to Splendid Jamboree, the Global Village Festival and others. Whether you’re alone or with your family, get a bird’s eye view of the city 400 feet above the ground, enjoy the 110-foot tall giant wheel, relish international flavours at Diamond Jamboree, explore Irvine Museum, enjoy yourself picking pumpkins, strawberries and melons at Tanaka Organic Farm. Believe me, you’ll be on your toes in Irvine.
Full of vibrant cities with great history, culture and beauty, Europe makes for a perfect summer destination. You will find stunning beaches, amazing landscapes and charming urban scenery here. It has so much to offer for a fantastic vacation. What’s more, is that Europe is easy to get around which is why European adventure is still a classic for summer travel. With so many good spots and so much to see, it can be hard to decide where to go in Europe. So we decided to make things easy for you. Here is the list of the top 20 places to go on holiday in summer in Europe that you must visit in the year 2020.
1. Crete, Greece
Crete is not only the largest island in Greece but also one of the cheapest places to visit in the summer in Europe for your vacation in 2020. With splendid beaches, dreamy villages, exquisite cuisine and a hundred years of history and culture, Crete is truly a feast for senses. Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, it is the birthplace of Minoans, the first advanced society on European soil who ruled some 4000 years ago. Take it all on your driving tour as you explore the longest gorge in Europe, see the cave where Zeus was born and cycle through the orchards on the Lasithi Plateau.
A place where east meets west, Istanbul is Turkey’s star city and a spectacular place for your summer vacation. Its strategic location attracted many armies and the city has been ruled by several empires. One will find several historical monuments and relics reminiscing the bygones. Spend your time in Istanbul by visiting its beautiful mosques and brilliant art museum. Explore the Grand Bazaar, take a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus and enjoy the authentic Turkish cuisine in one of the restaurants – Istanbul itinerary is sorted for you. The city has something for everyone, whether you are an art lover, an architecture enthusiast or a tourist looking for an escape.
Things to do: Sightseeing, Sunset Cruise, Shopping
Average Temperature (June to August): 26-28°C
Travel Tips: Dress modestly while visiting a mosque
With Stunning architecture, dramatic history, healing thermal baths and a lively nightlife, Budapest is a cosmopolitan city that attracts all kinds of travellers. It is one of the few cities in Europe where planning a trip won’t weigh heavy on the pockets. The 19th century was the golden age during which most parts of the city that you see today was built. Budapest is a food lover’s paradise, all thanks to its reputation as the food capital. Do not forget to get a taste of Hungarian food and an excellent choice of wines on your trip to Budapest.
Things to do: Club-hopping, Spa
Average Temperature (June to August): 18-19°C
Travel Tips: Pack a swimsuit, sample the local wine
4. Rhodes, Greece
The largest of the Dodecanese Islands and historically the most important, Rhodes is one of the loveliest Summer Holiday Destinations in Europe. It remains one of the most affordable places to visit in Greece. Whatever you are looking for, Rhodes has it all – a vast ancient history, beach-side resorts, buzzing nightlife and beautiful countryside. With plenty of cafes, clubs and restaurants, Mandraki is the cosmopolitan centre where tourists can discover the cuisine and nightlife of the island. Visit the Old Town of Rhodes if you want to explore the historical side of the place.
One of the world’s most romantic cities, Rome is a heady mix of ancient ruins, inspiring art and lively street life. There is so much to do in Rome and you’ll be able to explore it completely if you spend your entire summer here. Take a walk through the history of this ancient city as you explore its key roman sights such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Forum. Also, visit the Vatican City to admire the much-revered Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the summer sunshine in the many parks and gardens in the city – the landscaped grounds at Villa Borghese and the Botanical Gardens are some of the most popular gardens here.
Things to do: Sightseeing, Heritage Walk, Shopping
Once a Roman city, Florence is a haven for art lovers. With its stunning architecture and narrow cobbled streets, Florence is essentially a living gallery which is packed with art and architectural masterpieces at every turn. Little has changed in this small city located on the banks of the Arno River in northeastern Tuscany. A walk through its cobbled paths is a feast to the eyes with its elegant century-old palaces, medieval chapels, marble basilicas and world-class art museums. The entire city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Do not forget to visit the city museums to admire world-famous Renaissance paintings.
Things to do: Sightseeing, Shop for Souvenirs
Average Temperature (June to August): 28-32°C
Travel Tips: Get a Firenze card for free admission to museums, bus ride
A unique blend of imperial grandeur and spectacular modern architecture, Vienna is a fantastic European destination for the summer. Alongside the plush cafes and coffee-houses lies the imperial palaces and ornate streetscape of Vienna attracting tourists from all over the globe. You will find a variety of things to do in the summers. It is the perfect time for sightseeing and outdoor activities. You may also get a chance to attend the Donauinselfest, the largest open-air music festival in Europe. Get to see some of the priceless works by Old Masters, and antique treasures by visiting its Kunsthistorisches Museum located in one of the Habsburg’s most impressive Ringstrasse palaces.
Things to do: Sightseeing, Hiking
Average Temperature (June to August): 18-19°C
Travel Tips: Use public transport, tip your waiter
One of the most iconic Greek islands to visit, Santorini needs no introduction. It is instantly recognizable with its white-terraced houses and cave-like hotels overlooking the blue ocean. Probably, the most popular destination in Europe, it gets incredibly busy in summer so it is best to book your flights and hotel way ahead. With its pretty beaches, crumbly cliffs and beautiful sunsets, you will be captivated by its beauty and charisma. Do not forget to visit the coastal village of Perivolos where you will find the best stretch of sand, watersport opportunities and a host of beach bars.
Things to do: Water Sports, Club Hopping, Sunbathing
Located in the heart of the Bernese Alps and surrounded by pristine lakes, Interlaken is a paradise in Switzerland that truly captivates your senses. Also known as the adventure capital of Switzerland, it is a hotspot for adventure seekers and hikers. Offering numerous opportunities for rafting or canyoning, skydiving, or bungee jumping, it is a paradise for adrenaline junkies. Interlaken is also surrounded by prime hiking spots providing an ideal base to explore the Jungfrau region.
Things to do: Canyoning, White Water Rafting and Paragliding
Average Temperature (June to August): 22- 24°C
Travel Tips: Carry your hotel card for free travel on public transport
Amsterdam is absolutely gorgeous with its pretty canals, treasure-packed museums, cute flower-shops and ultra-niche restaurants. It is a haven for art lovers as you are likely to bump into a masterpiece within every mile as one explores the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and The Museum Het Rembrandthuis located few blocks away from each other. Enjoy a cruise around the canal as you get a glimpse of all that the city offers and having a cup of coffee in the canal-side cafes. The real Amsterdam lies in the smaller neighbourhood outside the city centre.
Things to do: Cruise, Museum-Visit
Average Temperature (June to August): 19- 22°C
Travel Tips: Get an I Amsterdam Card, avoid visiting in weekends
One of Italy’s most famous destinations and amongst the top places to go on holiday in summer in Europe, Venice is a poetry in itself with its historic buildings and gorgeous canals. It consists of a cluster of 117 small islands divided by canals and linked by bridges. Very few places have managed to stay to be such a stunning natural setting with untainted architectural heritage. With around 114 churches which are galleries in themselves and incredible museums, a visit to Venice is a dream come true for every art lover.
Lisbon attracts tourists with its laid-back charm. Perched atop seven hills, Lisbon looks straight out of picture postcards with its cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. Although the modern sleek buildings are slowly rising the village life still holds strong. On your trip to the city, explore the Fado clubs Bairro Alto and enjoy the view from the top of Santa Justa Elevator or just soak sun as you laze around the Cascais beaches, Lisbon is full of extraordinary opportunities for fun and relaxation.
Things to do: Go for a walking city tour, Wine-Tasting
With a vibrant cultural and design scene, and plenty of museums, galleries bars and restaurant to explore, Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a perfect destination to visit in Europe during summer. It is a great destination for travellers who are interested in exploring the wilderness and looking for adventure tours. Go on day-trips to discover the pristine beauty of Iceland’s landscape, and after a hard day of hiking, relax in one of its many hot springs.
Situated on the banks of the Rio Douro, Porto is a fascinating city in Portugal that boasts a vast history, wonderful tourist attractions and a lively nightlife. It offers a rewarding experience to travellers who wish to explore its narrow streets, majestic churches and cathedrals. It is famous for the production of Port wine, which is matured and stored in the vast cellars situated along the banks of the Douro River. On your trip to Porto, admire the contemporary architecture while enjoying a fine meal and a glass of wine on a roof-top restaurant.
Things to do: Discover local art in the art galleries and take a stroll in Serralves Park
Average Temperature (June to August): 23-26°C
Travel Tips: Get Porto card for unlimited access to public transport
A sun-soaked island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus will surprise you with its compelling beauty, culture and landscape. Located towards the East of Europe, you will be mesmerized by its white sandy beaches and turquoise seas which is the calling card of Cyprus and there is a beach for everyone. Steeped in myth and ancient riches, the Island is divided into two parts, the North and the South. Discover its past and the preserved architectural legacy in its Neolithic dwellings, Bronze Age tombs, Roman mosaics, mountaintop castles and Byzantine churches as you explore the different sides of the island. Popular holiday spots include Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol and Ayia Napa.
Portrayed vividly in operas and literature, Andalucia often acts as a synonym of Spain with its scent of orange blossom, flamenco and white-washed villages. Its cobbled streets, majestic cathedrals and buzzing tapas bar offer the true essence of Spain. There is no place like Andalucia, and the fascinating architecture and breathtaking natural setting is an ode to that. Part of the charm lies in its peculiar history with cross-fertilization of two ideologies, Islam and Christianity. Several ancient mosques transformed into churches and one would witness vast palaces replete with stucco work with hammams and teahouses evoking the Moorish lifestyle. Andalucia is a great place to explore capable of inspiring and overwhelming its visitors.
Things to do: Visit the Nerja Caves, Sightseeing
Average Temperature (June to August): 25-28°C
Travel Tips: Use public transport, most shops remain closed on Mondays
A lesser-known tourist destination in Europe, Albanian Coast was a revelation a decade ago that was waiting to be explored. Backpackers discovered this last piece of virgin Mediterranean island and flocked there to set up their campsites. You’ll find here fewer crowds and some of the prettiest beaches with crystal clear turquoise water. Ksamil, Borsh, Jala and Dhermi are some of the best spots on the Coast. It is also one of the cheapest countries to explore in Europe especially when it comes to transit and food costs.
Things to do: Hiking, Cable car to enjoy the view of Tirana
Average temperatures (June-August): Approx 22-25°C
Travel Tips: Carry hand gel and toilet paper while travelling around
18. Sardinia, Italy
An island off the west coast of mainland Italy, Sardinia is an independent region of the country. It has some of the dreamiest beaches and numerous cultural spots like historic structures, parks and churches. You will not only be mesmerized by its beauty but also the rich heritage and culture it showcases. Porto Giunco, Cala Mariolu and Spiaggia Tuerredda are the top beaches of Sardinia that you must visit on your trip to Sardinia. Spend your holiday relaxing on the scenic beaches and exploring the archaeological sites located within the island that predate Rome by thousands of years.
Things to do: Hiking, Sightseeing
Average temperatures (June-August): 21-25°C
Travel tips: Use public transport
19. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza needs no introduction. It is the party getaway that is perfect for relaxing and having a great time. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza has some of the best nightclubs in the world and a favourite destination amongst celebrities. With a great music and clubbing scene, the bars and clubs of Ibiza have become legendary. When not partying, one can enjoy the stunning beaches, explore the pristine landscapes or visit the historic town. Follow your wild party nights with therapeutic and relaxing days spent on the jaw-dropping beaches. Step off the beaten track and explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of Dalt Vila to get a glimpse of the island’s rich history and heritage.
Things to do: Club-Hopping, Watersports, Shopping
Average Temperature (June to August): 22-26°C
Travel Tips: Carry cash
20. Algarve, Portugal
Located in the south of Portugal, Algarve is one of the sunniest places in Europe making it the perfect destination for your summer vacation. With elevated cliffs and golden beaches, it attracts over 4 million visitors every year. It is a paradise for surfers and one of the best-golfing destinations in the world. Step off the beaten track as you go up the hilly hinterland to explore the historic castle-towns and the rolling countryside with its citrus orchards and white-washed villages. Spend some time while having fun in the water-parks and relaxing beside the pool.
Things to do: Beach Hopping, Golf
Average Temperature (June to August): 22-24°C
Travel Tips: Take public transport, Eat at local restaurants