Summer is undoubtedly a popular period for Americans to travel. With kids out of school and agency environments a little more relax, it seems only natural to use your vacation days and get out of town.
But the big question is: Where should you go? Plainly, the possibilities are endless, but there are also certain places you might not want to visit between June and August. Most major European metropolis, for example, are overwhelmingly crowded in the summer, and many establishments shut down in August as locals leave town. And traveling in parts of Asia can be less than ideal, thanks to very high temperatures and humidity levels.
HuffPost asked some traveling experts for recommendations of where not to go in the summer — and when they would suggest visiting those places instead.
“Summer is the high season for the French capital, with expensive hotel rooms, tons of sightseers and ridiculously long lines to museums. March and October are better days to go. The weather may be a bit colder but the lines are much shorter! If you’re looking for old-world European glamour, art and culture in the summer, go to Vienna instead. Bonus: You can take a tram to the many wineries that surround the city.” — Jessica van Dop, travel media specialist and blogger at The Dining Traveler
“I lived in Thailand for two years, and from May/ June to October, the climate would change drastically. It would rain every day for hours to the point that flooding pictures would be seen all over my Facebook. The islands — Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao and Phuket — are very popular traveling destinations, and they receive the worst rain during those months. I had a lot of family members and pals try to visit me during American summer, and I invested a lot of those visits apologizing for the climate because it affected our programmes. A great time to visit Thailand is November to February. It is known to be their wintertime and high season for travelers. It has perfect beach climate and lots of open activities to do on the sea. Nonetheless, I have also been Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia during those rainy season months and the rainwater didn’t consequence or interrupt any of my plans.” — Tosin Idowu, educator and traveling vlogger
“If you’re traveling with kids and want a peaceful beach, the south of Ibiza is not a great choice. I would recommend going in May or September. You’ll have lovely climate and the beaches to yourself.” — Laura Hall, director of communications at Kid& Coe, a family-friendly vacation rental service
“Visiting much of Africa will result in similar weather year-round if you stay close to the equator, but if you are thinking of visiting southern Africa, recollect they have opposite seasons, so our wintertime is their summertime. You do not want to explore Cape Town wearing a parka, so save a visit to southern Africa for December to March, their summer.” — Jessica Nabongo, the founding fathers of store travelling organization Jet Black and travel blogger at The Catch Me If You Can
“Venice, Italy gets very, really busy. Any hour after September, it’s a lot less crowded and you’ll have the canals to yourself” — Hall
And Pretty Much The Rest Of Italy
“Ferragosto( which comes from’ Celebrations of Emperor Augustus’) is the Italian holiday on Aug. 15 of each year, coinciding with the Assumption of Mary, a Roman Catholic holiday. Many families and businesses close up shop and brain to the mountains or beaches for fun and summer hot aid. You’ll find several restaurants shut, even in big cities like Rome . … August greets flaming hot temperatures throughout Italy. If you are sensitive to the heat, “its not” an ideal time to go. I would recommend May or October, which are filled with great springtime and harvest festivals, milder temperatures and less tourists. December and January are recommended for those who prefer colder temperatures and Christmas markets. February is great for’ Carnival Collectors, ’ since many carnival galas are held in cities and villages throughout the boot.” — Lisa Vogele, a traveling consultant, author and blogger
“Tempting as it may sound to lay eyes on the Taj Mahal over your summertime vacation, resist the exhort! Summer in India, which lasts from April until June, can see scorching temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius( 104 degrees Fahrenheit) — not the best weather for jostling with hundreds of other tourists as touts try to part you and your money. After June, the monsoon season begins, raining until September or so. Though a little bit cooler than summer, torrential downpours and sticky humidity aren’t the best ingredients for an idyllic summer vacation. Instead of sweating it out at the Taj in summer, schedule your Indian adventure in October or November. An detonation of greenery follows the monsoon, and temperatures will drop back down to a balmy 25 to 30 degrees Celsius( 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit ). The Taj Mahal is beautiful all year-round, but you’ll appreciate it much more if you don’t have to wipe a cascade of sweat from your eyes to see it.” — Alex Reynolds, travelling blogger at Lost With Purpose
“If you’re craving a bit of beach time, Miami may come on top of your list. Nonetheless, the hot balmy climate may not be as fun, even the sea is lukewarm in the summer months! Instead go to Puerto Rico. The island necessity guests more than ever after suffered by Hurricane Maria. You have gorgeous beaches with a nice Caribbean breeze. If you’re more of a mountain person, psyche to the center of the island and investigate the many local hiking roads, with a panorama of the ocean.” — van Dop
“If you’re planning a summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland, make sure you go prepared. The Scottish midge season is at its elevation in July and August, so you’ll need to keep scalp covered and wear insect repellant to avoid being bitten. Or, alternatively, you could visit in September or October, when the changing coloring of the trees adds to the beauty of the backdrop, and the midges are not so vicious.” — Sally Akins, travel and food blogger
“Andalucia’s charm is well-known all over “the worlds”. Passionate flamenco dancings, mouth-watering tapas and warm sunny periods — those are the main factors that attract people to visit Seville, the seductive capital of Andalucia. Moreover, Seville strikes with jaw-dropping architecture, a result of the Moorish influence of the states of the region, and a pure Spanish heart. Not to mention those lovely orange trees on the street. Nonetheless, in order to enjoy your Andalucian fairy tale, do not go there in summer. In July and August, the temperature hits 104 degrees Fahrenheit and might induce serious health repercussions. Instead, visit Seville in spring or autumn for the best experience.” — Evelina Radoycheva, traveling blogger at Little Big Traveler
“I have always found that tourist-filled Martha’s Vineyard is much, much better in September. The sea is warmer! That’s true for Nantucket and the Cape. These periods the closing-up date is always Columbus Day in early October, when a final mini-surge of guests is guaranteed.” — Max Hartshorne, editor of the travel website GoNOMAD.com
South, Southeast and East Asia
“South, Southeast and East Asia should definitely be off your list for summer unless you are a glutton for temperatures that reach above 100 degrees, coupled with humidity of above 80 percent. The best time to visit these regions are early autumn and late spring.” — Nabongo
“It gets very hot and very busy. Visit in spring or autumn for sunny days but cooler nights — and a little bit of elbow room in the bazaars to yourself.” — Hall
“Amsterdam is another overcrowded European city during the summer months. The locals( I have a lot of friends in Amsterdam) to continue efforts to escape the madness that the summer brings. If you still want the Dutch experience, stay in Rotterdam. This modem Dutch city is the perfect place for the lovers of modern architectural with masterpieces such as the Markthal and Erasmus Bridge.” — van Dop
“Far enough away from Cancun to forget about the multitudes of sightseers, Tulum exemplifies a back-to-basics ethos, with a real’ no shoes , no problem’ various kinds of vibe. There’s a lot to love about this little piece of paradise. From the perfection of the pristine beaches to the hotels, eateries and saloons, everything in Tulum emits a certain boho-rustic( yet incredibly chic) vibe, which defines the culture of this beautifully free-spirited community. All of this being said, Tulum is best enjoyed from October to February, just when you’re up to your knees in snowfall and in need of a little vitamin D. We suggest avoiding a visit during the summer months when the hot can( at times) become unbearable and the tropical climate is most unpredictable.” — Molly McCorkle, senior editor of AHotelLife.com
Quotes have been gently edited.