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!
Low cost vacation places in 2018
Currently the cheapest long-haul tourist destinations worldwide, based on typical holiday spending are:
1: Tokyo, Japan
2: Cape Town, South Africa
3: Mombasa, Kenya
4: Colombo, Sri Lanka
5: Hoi An, Vietnam
6: Bali, Indonesia
7: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
8: Orlando, Florida, USA
9: Penang, Malaysia
10: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
US Vacation Places May – June 2018
And the big wheel keeps on turning at the Burning Man Festival in 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 2018 from August 26-September 3.
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 may be clocking up highs of about 82F (28C) with almost no chance of rain.
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 North America’s great festivals such as the Calgary Stampede in Canada 6-15 July; Cheyenne Frontier Days (rodeo+music) in Wyoming USA 20-29 July; Hog Heaven at Sturgis’ massive bike jamboree in South Dakota August 3 – 12.
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 2018
Western Brook Fjord in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada.
Canada’s main vacation places:
Canada tourism begins properly in May and runs thru September.
Best wildlife: Churchill (Manitoba), British Columbia, Alberta.
Best winter festival: Ottawa Winterlude, Ontario.
Best summer festival: Calgary Stampede, Alberta.
Best beaches: New Brunswick (Atlantic Provinces) and Vancouver (British Columbia).
Best cuisine: Quebec province.
Latin America Vacation Places, July – August 2018
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 at this time since this is mid-winter. Peru, for example, is very chilly in high tourist places and the Inca Trail may be blocked by snow on high passes.