A seasonal guide on where best to travel when

A seasonal guide on where best to travel when

Planning your next holiday can take a lot of time, with so much of the world to see. To help you discover destinations to visit, we’ve put together a guide on where best to travel, based on the seasons;

January to March

Start the year with a domestic holiday to breathtaking Tasmania. Known as the Apple Isle, (due to once being one of the world’s major apple growers,) Tasmania abounds with rewarding hikes, spectacular scenery and an award-winning dining scene. Be mesmerised by views over Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, hike around the Dove Lake Circuit in Cradle Mountain-lake St. Clair National Park, whilst keeping your eyes open for the shy platypus or Tasmanian Devil and learn all about the convict history at Port Arthur.

For history buffs then Egypt and Jordan are perfect to visit during January to March. Warm days and cool nights, provide the right climate to explore ancient temples and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Cruise the Nile River, visit the Valley of the Kings and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Petra and the Treasury.
Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

April to June

The beginning of April marks the start of Europe’s river cruising season. This is the time to head to Europe for cooler temperatures and blooming floral displays particularly in Amsterdam. From mid-April, pay a visit to the renowned Keukenhof Gardens where more than 7 million flowering tulips are in bloom with stunning colourful displays. Spring also brings ideal temperatures for guided hikes to historic castles, cycling tours following the river and strolls through the picturesque vineyards.

For wildlife lovers, Canada is also a fabulous destination to travel to at this time of year with bears emerging from hibernation and the chance to spot brown and black bears with their cubs. You might also see elk, the elusive moose, bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Snow is starting to melt and icy lakes are beginning to crack and thaw, revealing their vibrant aqua blue and turquoise coloured pristine waters. Witness the stunning lakes in Banff National Park with Lake Louise one of the most popular for very good reason. You can wake up to views of the beautiful lake when you stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in its gorgeous lake view rooms.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

July to September

If you love warmer temperatures then Europe’s summer is a great time to visit. You can enjoy long, hot sunny days while people watching over a latte in quaint cafes, and also explore the numerous festivals happening at this time of the year. From Salzburg’s Festival to France’s Bastille Day celebrations, Europe is abuzz with activity besides its iconic sights and picturesque landscape.

Time your visit to Canada in July for the Calgary Stampede, dubbed as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, before embarking on a mesmerising train journey through Canada’s Rocky Mountains via the iconic Rocky Mountaineer over two days from Jasper to Vancouver.

For a wildlife encounter like no other head towards the Masai Mara in Africa between July and September for the Great Migration. Witness the sight of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope galloping across the plains to make the dangerous Mara River crossing where hungry crocodiles lie in wait.
Ride the Rocky Mountaineer train, Canada

October to December

If you’re planning a holiday towards the end of the year, then there’s plenty of destinations to enjoy. Head to Japan in October for its spectacular red leaf season, known as koyo or momiji. Admire the blazing red leaves of the Japanese maples and chow down on some udon noodles and fresh sushi or teppanyaki as you venture from the dazzling lights of Tokyo to the ancient capital of Kyoto. October to November is also one of the best times for clear views of Mount Fuji. 
Eastern Canada is also a popular choice for leaf peeping, with dazzling displays of crimson red and golden yellow leaves as the aspens reveal their autumnal foliage to all who venture beneath. 

Of course, Europe is a must from late November to December for its magical Christmas Markets. Enjoy a festive river cruise through Europe and stop by the wooden stalls in Nuremberg, Cologne and Vienna for handmade gifts, baubles, and artisan goods for loved ones back home. If you’re lucky you may even enjoy a white Christmas with a sprinkling of snow.

For a holiday slightly closer to home, then a Mekong river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia is equally worth considering. Visit ancient temples, be blessed by monks and tantalise your tastebuds with an abundance of Vietnamese and Cambodian delicacies. And if you’re brave enough you could even try tarantula! If time allows, spend a few extra nights in Ho Chi Minh City before or after your cruise to really soak up the historic sights with highlights including the Opera House, City Hall and the Reunification Palace, the city’s most iconic building.
Explore Vienna's Christmas markets

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