Vacation Places Guides July – August 2017
July – August are the busiest holiday months in the Northern Hemisphere but also not the perfect time to travel worldwide, with tropical monsoon rains in parts of Asia, stormy weather in much of the Caribbean, excessive heat in north Africa and the Middle East and winter chills in the Southern Hemisphere, so choose your vacation places with care!
Fashionable Seminyak beach in July 2016, near Kuta, Bali.
Bali island in Indonesia is the lowest cost major beach holiday destination outside Europe. The island hosts plenty of excellent beaches along with a selection of brilliant temples and a fascinating culture, though heavy traffic is an ever-present downside. July-August is the dry season in Bali so there is little rain and low humidity unlike much of the rest of Asia. Temperatures range from 23C (73F) – 33C (91F).
Low cost vacation places in 2017
Mexico’s currency is suffering from Trump nerves, it’s easy to reach and sunny though hot and humid during these months so plenty of bargain vacations can be found. For example Mexico’s Maya Riviera beaches such as Cancun – with incredible Maya sites are only a couple of hours away – and Cabo San Lucas on the Baja peninsula.
The consensus on interesting Europe vacation destinations that are good value in 2017 and perfect in the summer months is that it includes Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Budapest (Hungary), Prague (Czech Republic).
London’s accommodation is expensive but there are a huge number of world-class free activities available, such as sensational museums, art galleries and car-free city walks. Moreover these months get a very good chance of warm, sunny weather. The Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival (i.e. the wacky one) take place in that gorgeous Scottish city August 4-28.
Outside Europe, decent weather during July – August and always good value is Bali island (Indonesia: the best beach and trekking season is the dry months from April – October). Another regular in the low cost holiday listings is South Africa, especially based in Cape Town, where it’s winter and cool, but not cold unless you’re on top of Table Mountain or trying to swim without a wetsuit. Otherwise finding a place that is cheap and blessed with good weather…good luck!
The Americas July – August 2017
US July – August
And the big wheel keeps on turning at the Burning Man Festival, Nevada, US. This gloriously ridiculous event on the salt pan of the Black Rock desert is the best liberal-arts-wacko festival we’ve ever experienced. It happens this year 2017 from August 27-September 4.
Beach vacations get steamy in southern USA at this time, especially in Florida where temperatures in the 90’s (32C+) are not unusual and come bundled with sticky air (95% humidity) and unrefreshingly warm seas. This includes America’s favourite theme parks in Orlando in case you were thinking it was sufficiently north to be cooler. Not! In addition hurricanes or at least severe storms are not unusual.
Further up the east coast and over on the west coast there should be excellent beach weather. Los Angeles’ Venice Beach should be clocking up highs of about 82F (28C) with almost no chance of rain. Check America’s best beaches for more information.
Hawaii temperatures can reach 80-90F (upper 20’s C) but this is not peak season for surf or prices so it’s a pretty good time to see what it’s all about with the family.
This is also a terrific time to take a road trip around America’s awesome canyons and national parks, especially the Grand Circle canyons near Las Vegas for incredible rock formations and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (mostly) for volcanoes and wildlife.
Summertime is also a terrific time to experience some of America’s great festivals such as the Calgary Stampede in Canada 7-16 July, Cheyenne Frontier Days (rodeo+music) in Wyoming USA 21-30 July, Hog Heaven at Sturgis’ massive bike jamboree in South Dakota July 30 – August 15.
Caribbean Vacation Places July – August
Weather in much of the Caribbean these months is likely to be stormy or at least cloudy, with beaches strewn with seaweed and flotsam. But a handful of budget islands in the far southwest near Venezuela continue to get fine tho’ hot weather thru August. These are mainly ABC – the Dutch Antilles of Aruba, Bonaire (speciality: scuba diving) and Curaçao.
Bermuda’s not in the Caribbean, it’s about 1,000 miles off the Florida coast in the Atlantic. The best time to visit the island is from June to October when the pink-sand beaches sprawl in temperatures of about 30C, with long daylight hours, low rainfall and warm seas around 25C.
Mexico’s currency has fallen in value, it’s easy to reach and sunny though hot and humid during the summer so plenty of bargain vacations can be found on Mexico’s Maya Riviera beaches such as Cancun – with incredible Maya sites are only a couple of hours away – and Cabo San Lucas.
Canada, July – August
Canada’s main vacation places
Whistler in summer, mountain biking, Canada
Canada’s currency is not too high and they have no problems with terrorism so this could be another good year for Canadian tourism.
Summertime is the best season and some of the best attractions are:
Best summer festival: Calgary Stampede, Alberta.
Best beaches: New Brunswick (Atlantic Provinces) and Vancouver (British Columbia).
Best wildlife: Quebec province.
Latin America July – August
A Capybara photographed in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands by Berrucomons.
This is the world’s biggest rat (about the size of a Labrador dog), but actually a nice cuddly creature and not at all scary. It’ll swim away from you as fast as it can!
Other South American countries can get very cold since this period is, of course, mid-winter. Peru, for example, is very chilly in high tourist places and the Inca Trail may be blocked by snow on high passes.