THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN THE WORLD
WHERE TO GO NEXT
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FINDING THE BEST PLACES
TO VISIT IN THE WORLD
Are you looking for the world's best holiday destinations?
The best places to visit in the world to get off the beaten track and find some unusual flavours and history?
Maybe you're about to plan your trip. Maybe you're dreaming in an armchair, or the crook of an early morning commute from a stranger's armpit on your phone.
Or maybe, like, me you're in love with all things UNESCO?
Whichever it is, let's help you explore the world.
We love to travel the world and bring you useful, funny, inspirational and uplifting stories from around the world. But we know some regions better than others.
Here are the places we've been many, many times. Lived in, worked in, seen all the seasons or spent a considerable amount of time with other people who lived there.
WHERE TO GO WHEN
We write travel guides based on when you are able to travel rather than only where you want to go. Because we understand there isn't always a choice. Not to worry, the world is a great big place and here's what you can do with it...
The best places to visit in January
For a spot of year round sunshine, try the Caribbean or the Middle East.
The best places to visit in February
Embrace the cold and the sight of the sun by travelling to the Arctic Circle to stay in an ice hotel or hitting the European and North American ski slopes.
The best places to visit in March
Catch the last of the ski season in Europe or else enjoy some off peak art in Italian hotspots like Venice and Florence.
The best places to visit in April
Make sure to head to Seville to catch Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril.
The best places to visit in May
May is a wonderful time to start visiting Southern Europe before the skies become too hot or everyone leaves for the August shutdown.
The best places to visit in June
Zanzibar and New York City are just two extremes open for travel at this time of the year. And literature lovers should make their way to Dublin for Bloomsday.
The best places to visit in July
July marks the month for Canada, with the first of the month marking Canada Day. It's a summer of festivals and the great outdoors.
The best places to visit in August
August marks your best shot at Britain as the rugged Pembrokeshire coastline warms up and the Royal Parks of London spill with summery good cheer.
Surprise beach spots in Europe, like Scheveningen in The Hague, also make sense.
The best places to visit in September
September's a dream month for much of Europe, as the crowds melt, the kids go back to school but the days are still long, the air fresh. Much of China and Japan is readily accessible and the oppressive levels of heat in the Middle East begin to wilt down to more bearable levels.
The best places to visit in October
The best places to visit in November
November is a great time to visit the UNESCO side of Tenerife with warm days and evenings to match both beach and culture activities. It's also good for Yangon and Myanmar as well as Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah in the Middle East.
The best places to visit in December
Tis the season for Christmas markets, not to mention the start of the ski season in Europe. In the southern hemispheres, this marks one of the few times you can access Patagonia and it's just fun in the sun in Australia and South Africa.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Once you've decided where to go and what you want to do there, it's time to plan your trip. Here are some articles from me to help you do just that. I've also gathered together my favourite companies into a handy travel resource list for you here.
Europe IN FOCUS
I neglected Europe in my travel youth. I sought difference, far shores, wild volcanoes, new flavours and exciting customs. It took until my 30s when I lived in France and then Spain to realise that Europe has more than I can hope to explore in a lifetime. Including wild volcanoes, new flavours and exciting customs.
And, yes, the north, west, east divides aren't perfect. But they're a start!