Don’t leave it too late to get your mid-year trip sorted! If you’ve been searching for summer holiday ideas, Jacada Travel has put together this list of five destinations that will cater to everyone’s interests, from action-packed adventures to lazy beach days and cultural experiences.
#1. The Great Migration in Africa
July marks the start of the great migration in Kenya and Tanzania, when 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras follow the rains through the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. From mid-July, the chances are good to see the huge herds from the northern Serengeti gathering at the Mara River to cross over to the Maasai Mara. If you’re travelling to Africa for the first time, South Africa is a great destination for a safari, visits to wineries, and enjoying the vibrant city life of Cape Town.
#2. An Escape in Indonesia
Since the middle of the year is also the middle of the dry season in Java, it’s the perfect time to hike the country’s famous volcanoes. Lose yourself in the ethereal magic of the region’s beautiful Hindu temples and watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Bromo, before relaxing with a few nights by the beach in Bali.
#3. Culture & Cuisine in Vietnam
For those who love Vietnamese cuisine, the charming towns of Hoi An and Hue are not to be missed. August is a perfect time to explore the cuisine, culture and history of this fascinating part of Vietnam under sunny skies; join a Jacada tour to discover delicious local food and feast on eclectic architecture.
#4. Getting Active in Magical Slovenia
Get off the beaten track and head into the great outdoors in one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, Slovenia, where the summer weather lends itself perfectly to hiking, or a road trip over the Vrši Pass, with scenery reminiscent of The Sound of Music. Other outdoor activities include farm visits for horse riding and private kayaking. Where else can you start the day with breakfast in the Italian-style main square of a coastal city like Piran, and finish watching the sun set over the mountains from the balcony of an alpine chalet?
#5. A Wildlife Paradise in Ecuador
The city of Quito celebrates the Festival of Lights in August, with stunning light images projected onto the city’s buildings in the Old Town. And not far to the northwest, high up in the mountains where the weather is milder, lies a cloud forest, filled with colourful hummingbirds. Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands, of course, which is top of the list for many nature lovers. Blessed with an abundance of unique marine wildlife and land animals, it’s a place where you can easily get up-close with giant turtles, marine iguanas, penguins, sharks and rays.
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This article first appeared in the February/March 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.