When to Travel
January is the perfect time to escape to wonderfully contrasting exotic climes, or to the mountains for a spot of skiing. The Alps and North America are well and truly open for business at this time of year. Often the snow is falling heavily in January and although it’s a little colder than later on in the ski season, it can be the perfect time to make fresh tracks in the powder. Find out more about our luxury ski holidays.
If it’s winter sun you’re after, the choice on offer is wide and varied. January is a great time to visit certain parts of Asia, including India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Malaysia and the Philippines; and if you go West the Caribbean, too. Or, if you’re interested in taking a safari, this is an optimum time to head to Kenya or Tanzania for big game viewing. Central America is spectacular in January, as well as Argentina further south. And that’s to name just a few of the places you could visit in January. This is just a selection of places to visit, so if you wish to go somewhere else we would be happy to help.
For those craving winter sun, there’s plenty on offer in February, as well as fabulous skiing in the Alps and North America. By now, the snow in the Alps and North American resorts is usually firmly established – perfect for skiing, especially for families wanting to take advantage at half term.
Celebrate Chinese New Year, southern China is best in February. Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia are all wonderful too, as well as South Africa, for a safari East Africa is great at this time – or for gorgeous beaches, Zanzibar is a good choice. In the west, there’s the Caribbean and parts of South America. Experience Brazil and the Rio Carnival – we can even arrange your the carnival tickets for you.
In the Alps, half term should now over for the French (which runs for the whole of February), so this is a great time to go skiing if you’re not travelling with children. The Caribbean is a delight, and the Maldives and Sri Lanka are in their prime season, as well as much of South East Asia, including Borneo, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Discover Japan’s cherry blossom season in all its glory – an omen for good fortune and an emblem for love. If you want to go on safari, Kenya and Tanzania are perfect for game viewing at this time, or if it’s culture and desert sands you’re after, try Omanor Egypt. You could visit the fascinating Galapagos islands, with some of the best in extraordinary wildlife.
Destinations perfect for travel in April … We have selected destinations that are perfect for travel in every month. From the glaciers and waterfalls of Argentina to the Alpine mountains of Europe, April is a great time to escape, with plenty on offer for every kind of traveller. Easter skiing is favoured by many, often bringing one last big snowfall and plenty of air-weather skiing, with longer days and quieter slopes to enjoy it. Find out more about our luxury ski holidays.For winter sun, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Fiji, are good choices, as well as parts of Central America and the Caribbean. Further south, Chile and Venezuela are full of potential adventures and exotic sights. In Thailand, New Year is celebrated from 13-15 April at the Songkran festival, in South East Asia, Indonesia’s blissful islands are waiting to be discovered.
Closer to home europe is warming up nicely at this time of year, opening up a wider world of short-haul travel for UK holidaymakers including our selection of luxury villas in the Med. There’s plenty more on offer beyond, too. Wherever you’re interested in going, we can help you make the most of the May bank holiday! South East Asia is beautiful at this time of year, as well as China and Japan are other exciting options and Australasia, or for African beaches and amazing blue waters, Mozambique is a good choice in May. Alternatively, try Mauritius and the OurSpace children’s club there.
If you’re a sailing fan, you could venture to Seychelles or as far as Tahiti – both destinations hold sailing regattas in May. It is a brilliant time to visit the Pantanal in Brazil. As the largest inland wetland on earth, it’s brimming with wildlife and lush vegetation. We can arrange for you can explore the area by boat, Jeep,horseback or on foot. These are just a few suggestions if you can’t find anything here please contact our travel experts who will be happy to help.
For families with pre-school children, June is the perfect time to escape to the Mediterranean. with villas for all budgets for families and couples alike. For romance, Italy is beautiful at this time of year, and the Greek islands are sublime without being too hot. if you want a little parties, but in June they celebrate Santo Antonio, starting with a costumed parade up to the city castle as a prequel to the most extravagant parties you’ll have ever experienced.
June is also good for all kinds of wonderful wildlife.
You could head to Western Australia for whale sharks, or Madagascar for its myriad of extraordinary species of animal and plant. Elsewhere in Africa, this is prime game viewing season in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. In Botswana the Okavango Delta is in full flood.Then there’s the exquisite islands of the South Pacific, the Caribbean and the adventure of Colombia and Peru, to name just a few exciting places.
South America, Peru is one of the places you could explore in July from the awe-inspiring lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, to the Colca Canyon and the Amazon rainforest. Or for another kind of jaw-dropping mountain scenery. If tropical desert islands are what you crave at this time of year, many parts of Southeast Asia are perfect in July, or, if you want natural spectacles, head to Africa.
The great migration is full flow, with wildebeest, zebras and Thomson’s gazelle making their annual arrival in the luscious grasslands of the Massai Mara in Kenya, where the big five have been waiting for months. In July, the Mediterranean is perhaps at its best, before parts become a little too hot for some in August. Couples can find romance in Italy’s cities, do a multicentre travelling from Rome to Venice via Florence by train and you can’t forget the endless beaches across the Mediterranean.The Himalaya in India is another great choice for further afield.
You could head to Cyprus or Spain, or to Rome which comes alive for 6 weeks of the summer, with memorable live music from opera to rock, open air film screens, hundreds of galleries and Cabaret festivals.For families going away in the summer holidays, our luxury villas in the Mediterranean offer the escape for all with your own private pool.
Further a-field, Australia has plenty to offer both families and couples, and Fiji and Tahiti in the South Pacific are just some of the places you can find desert island paradise at this time of year. Africa is in its game-viewing prime, and in Chile you can ski!
September is great time to go away, Kids have gone back to school with plenty on offer. For families with pre-school children, it’s the perfect time to take a late break, with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures.
If you want to head East instead, Dubai, Oman and Jordan are wonderful in September, and further still, Japan, China, Fiji and Tahiti are in their prime, too. As well as offering fabulous game viewing, Africa’s ocean waters are equally as enticing. This is the best of year to spot humpback whales in Tanzania, and to go diving in Mozambique. South America also has lots to offer with all kinds of adventures in Argentina.
In Mexico, thousands gather to celebrate the ‘descent of Kukulan’, an equinox that occurs in September, when the sun projects an undulating pattern of light on the northern stairway that links up with the massive stone carvings of snake heads at the base of the stairs, creating the spectacle of a serpent snaking down the structure.
From cruising down the Nile in Egypt, to eating sun-ripened mango in Rajasthan, to snorkeling in Mauritius, there’s a rich choice of things to do and places to see in October. Just as the trees in Japan produce spectacular blossom in March, now is the time to catch the multi-colored wash of Autumn leaves that reveals itself so exquisitely in this diverse country. You could head to North America – perhaps to Boston for the Fall foliage or Boston’s huge Columbus Day Parade – or Morocco to explore the souks and bazaars.
In East Africa the annual Great Migration is still taking place, and in Mozambique it’s a good time to spot humpback whales and go diving in the corals. The islands of the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific also lure many sun-seekers around this time. In Mexico, they’re celebrating the ‘Day of the Dead’ in remembrance of those living in a different world. This colorful festival takes place in late October and early November.
November is a fine time for an exotic escape. White sands, green peaks and emerald blue waters in Grenada. Surfing hot spots, windswept prairies and tabletop mountains along the Brazilian coast. Ruined palaces, South Africa is fantastic at this time of year and so too is Tanzania.
In India, the Ganga festival is taking place along the great river Ganges as the city of Varanasi pays tribute to the river that has been their lifeline for centuries. At full moon the locals decorate the banks with lamps and lanterns to welcome the gods to bathe Or you could head to Jordan or Oman for desert sands and colourful culture.
The Caribbean also beckons, and further south, Argentina comes alive with the polo finals. An itinerary here could include a stay in Patagonia, land of snowy peaks, turquoise lakes and amazing wildlife. November promises a wonderful safari in Africa
December finally brings the beginning of the ski season in Europe. And with fewer crowds and off-peak prices, it can be a great time to go skiing. Find out more about our group ski holidays. Alternatively, if you’re keen to get some winter sun before the festive season, or you fancy spending Christmas somewhere exotic, there’s a huge choice of destinations that are fabulous in December.
You could opt for hot, sailing in the Caribbean, plunging gorges and thick jungles in Mexico, or misty forests, white sand and deep azure lagoons in Thailand, plunging gorges and thick jungles in Mexico, or misty forests, winding rivers and majestic volcanoes in Costa Rica. North India is wonderful too, as are many parts of Australasia. Or, you could go in completely the opposite weather direction, to the ends of the earth and an ice-white oblivion that’s both spectacular and unique: Lapland in an glass igloo. Christmas and New Year could be unlike any you’ve experienced before!