Best Places To Visit In August

Late summer in the northern hemisphere is one of the most popular times to travel with warm, balmy climates, lush greenery and the some of the best opportunities to spot wildlife. From cool, dry Kenya in the midst of a great migration to the bustling marine life of the Galápagos Islands… here are 15 of the best places to visit in August.

Kenya is known for its natural landscapes and cool dry climate at this time of year. August signals the start of the great migration which is sometimes better known as the eighth natural wonder of the world. Wander here and watch herds of wildebeest journey from the Serengeti to the Mara region.

Each year, tens of thousands of resilient humans take their bikes and head out to Black Rock City to live out a week of artistic self-expression! Approximately 70 000 people are expected to attend.

August is one of the best months to travel to the European capital as not only does it have some of the lowest hotel rates of the year but it’s also the best time for the city’s beloved International Beer Festival!

Galapagos Islands
August is peak season in the Galápagos with cool weather and a host of local wildlife. From Sperm whales off Isabella Island to sea lions around San Cristobal and giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, the Galápagos is a place for all marine lovers.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Each August, Edinburgh’s International Fringe festival sees performers from across the world visit this beautiful city. From music to comedy to theatre, there are tons of must-sees here!

Bologna is not as popular as other Italian cities during the summer months. Despite this, it has some of the best foods! From Parmigiano cheese to Lambrusco wine to cured sausages!

August is the perfect time to visit Geneva as the ten-day Fetes de Geneve festival happens. Be sure to stay for the fireworks extravaganza on August 12th where there is an hour-long display.

New Zealand
Visit New Zealand’s largest food festival, better known as Visa Wellington on a Plate, held at this time of the year. The festival runs for two weeks and includes a host of special food events dedicated to all kinds of deliciousness from around the globe.

Barbados is best known for the Caribbean Festival of Arts being held at this time of year. More than 23 Caribbean and Latin American countries come together here to showcase their unique culture, traditional cuisine, and national dishes from each region.

If you’re looking for a vacation filled with sun, sea and gorgeous beaches, then Portugal is the place to be! From relaxing beaches to cultural landmarks to beautiful towns and villages, this is a great destinations for a city break.

The French Riviera
Known as the playground of the rich and famous, the French Riviera holds some of the most glamorous cities in the world! From Nice to St Tropez to Cannes, expect luxury hotels, Michelin star restaurants and endless high shopping!

Corfu Island
Corfu Island is a beautiful island located just off the west coast of mainland Greece. This is the perfect destination for a summer vacation and is perfect for families!

Croatia is one of the more popular but smaller holiday destinations in Europe that is less busy that bigger cities of Spain, Italy and Greece. Visit here if you want a relaxing beach holiday and city break.

If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, peace, tranquillity and luxury then head to the Maldives. Consisting of a series of atolls and islands, this is perfect destination for feeling like you are a million miles away! Relax on white sandy beaches or head out for a swim in warm azure coloured waters.

The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast stretches down the south west of Italy and is known for being one of the most picturesque cliff top towns. Travel through the Amalfi Coast and stay a few days in Sorrento, Ravello and Positano!

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I'm Shalinee - a Geminian scientist who loves to travel, write, draw and eat chocolate. I've visited over twenty countries, published a Environmental Science encyclopaedia and somewhere along the way started a science communication company to help students and corporates translate that hard-to-read data generated in a lab. Other than that, I'm just searching for the magic still hidden in the world.

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