Where to go on holiday in August

This is peak holiday season in most destinations, so any trip you take at this time will need to be booked well in advance. Be prepared for higher prices and bigger crowds.
  • Borneo can be visited year-round - but this is the driest season, so the best time for visiting the rainforest and Mt Kinabalu.

  • This is a great time to embark on an Arctic expedition cruise - but they're very popular at this time so book well in advance.

  • South Africa and Namibia are very dry so wildlife will congregate around waterholes - this is the best time for safaris in Kruger and Etosha, but be sure to pack warm layers as it can get very cold at night - and book well in advance. Botswana is also fantastic for wildlife viewing as the Okavango Delta is at its fullest.

  • This is the peak time to see the Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania, including the famous Mara River crossing - book well in advance!

  • There's virtually 24-hour daylight in Iceland - and migrating whales can be seen in the surrounding waters. Warmer weather also means great conditions for hiking. But be sure to pack mosquito repellent!

  • Insider tip!

    If you still like the idea of summer in Spain, but without the sun-scorched crowds of the Med, consider heading north to the Picos de Europa. You can trek through incredible mountain landscapes, cooled by the altitude, but still be just a short hop from a (relatively quiet) Atlantic beach at the end of the day.

Picos de Europa

Where NOT to go on holiday in August

  • This is the monsoon season across mainland Southeast Asia, southern India and Nepal, causing travel disruption in most of the region - though you'll get some cheap deals.

  • It's cool and wet in South Africa's Western Cape

  • Morocco is just too hot to travel inland or for activities such as hiking, cycling and desert camping.

  • Southern Brazil will be very cold - but other regions are dry and pleasantly warm.

  • Much of southern Patagonia becomes inaccessible, as well as being freeing cold with few daylight hours.

  • Cuba is very wet, hot and humid - with the southeast being the worst affected. And as it's the school holidays - you could still find yourself paying high prices.

  • Unless you are tied to travelling in the school holidays, avoid the Galapagos Islands as they will be busy, prices will rise and boats and flights will fill up well in advance.

  • Don't plan a last minute trip to Peru if you want to do the Inca Trail - this is peak season so permits will have sold out months in advance!

  • Soaring temperatures and prices can make travelling in midsummer unpleasant in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Portugal and Spain - especially if you're planning an activity break. In some regions, such as Italy and Croatia, as well as crowded beaches and hotels, you'll find thousands of passengers disembarking daily from cruise ships - making for a less than relaxing holiday.

  • Typhoons hit Japan.

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