Whether you want to experience the magic of faraway places or enjoy encounters closer to home, we’ve picked some of the world’s best places to travel to throughout the year.
The perfect month for enjoying winter sports in Norway or walking amongst fairy-tale Bavarian castles in the German Alps. But if you’re looking for warmth rather than snow, more tropical adventures can be found in Trinidad and Tobago or Costa Rica when the sun shines and places of interest are teeming with birds, butterflies and other brilliantly coloured creatures.
This is one of the best times of year to head across the northern hemisphere, where the first signs of spring are starting to make an appearance. Short haul, the coastline, fishing villages and countryside of Tavira on the Eastern Algarve, are beginning to burst into life after a sleepy winter. Sri Lanka is a great destination all year round but February is one of the driest months which make it perfect for exploring outdoors. Also the wildlife is abundant in the National Parks and you may even get to spot a leopard or sloth bears.
The warm sunny days and dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands are best experienced in early spring. With ancient lava fields, spectacular sandy beaches and sleepy fishing villages, these islands crammed full of natural riches and wildlife, have it all. Go off the beaten track in Cuba to seek out the unexpected, walk amidst mountains and coffee, tobacco and pineapple plantations and fully immerse yourself in the magic of a colonial past.
With the sea as your constant companion, roam through carpets of vibrant wild flowers and discover ancient sites keeping silent watch over the surrounding landscape. April is the perfect time to see one of the best spring flower displays in the world in the Greek Peloponnese.
The French Rivera’s sparkling sun blessed days are perfect for exploring the stunning gardens of the Cote d’Azur, meandering through the narrow winding streets of Nice’s Old Town and relaxing beside the beautiful azure sea.
Visit the Serengeti in June and you’ll see the largest migration of mammals anywhere on earth. In the desert you can witness wildebeest, antelope and zebra on mass as they are stalked by lions and cheetahs.
For another force of nature, head to the top of the world for a Nordic nirvana in Iceland. Walk through rocky lava fields, past active volcanoes and rushing rivers. Feel the spray from powerful waterfalls and walk through surprisingly verdant mountain highlands. Relax in a hot spring or delight in bubbling mud pools and unpredictable geysers.
Namibia starts to cool down in August and the landscape dries out which means the animals come out in force seeking their next watering hole, perfect for when you track them with your camera across the cracked arid plains. Flanked by the rolling sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert and the icy, thundering waves of the Atlantic Sea, the scenic and arid landscape is both dramatic and extreme.
In Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands you’ll get to see an abundance of wildlife such as sea turtles, land iguanas and a plentiful array of birdlife.
For the ultimate winter escape venture to New York and spend Thanksgiving exploring glittering Times Square, shop on glamorous Fifth Avenue. Add in Downtown, Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, the art deco Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, spectacular bridges, museums, theatres and concert halls and some classic New York cuisine and you’ll certainly have an action packed and exciting week!
A Christmas spent in Hong Kong with the twinkling skyscrapers, scenic Outlying Islands and miles of unspoilt hill country to explore will leave you full of festive spirit!