If you’re planning a trip this summer, we’ve got some great ideas for the best places to travel in June and July. From a foodie staycation in England, to soaking up the midnight sun in Scandinavia, there really is something here for everyone…
Dates to be aware of:
In 2019, most school’s summer holidays start on the 24th July, so travel prices are likely to go up around this time until the first week of September.
Best for: Summer Food Festivals
June and July is food festival season in the UK, making this the perfect time to get out and explore a little more of the country.
You might uncover a hidden gem, or see a whole new side to a destination you know and love! From the Seafood Festival in Dorset, to the Isle of Wight’s Garlic Festival or the popular Foodies Festival that pops up across the UK… there are dozens of incredible culinary events to explore up and down the British Isles. Check out our list of the best food festivals in England to get you started.
Best for: Sunshine
June and July have the highest hours of sunshine in Corsica, making this the perfect time to visit this Mediterranean island.
This French-owned, mountainous island is perfect if you want a mixture of relaxation and action. There’s hiking, biking, golf, and water sports if you feel like being active. Secluded rocky coves and peaceful hillside villages can be found here, if you prefer to unwind when you’re away. Being less famous than other Mediterranean islands gives Corsica an advantage; it’s quieter and feels a little more ‘off the beaten path’ than the better known tourist hotspots in the Med.
Best for: Mountains and Music
Throughout July, the region of Trentino in Italy plays host to The Sound of the Dolomites, an open-air classical music festival held in (and on) the mountains. Watch world-renowned musicians play live, amongst some of the most breathtaking landscapes imaginable.
Between concerts, Trentino in summer is perfect for walkers of all abilities. With easy hikes between strategically placed mountain treks, you can enjoy a more active holiday and make the most of a truly spectacular setting.
Best for: Adventure
The Amazon’s dry season starts in June, making summer the perfect time to book a far-flung adventure to Peru. This is also considered the best time of year to visit Machu Picchu; the mountains are lush and green after the rainy season, the weather is sunny but not too hot, and the light is perfect.
Don’t miss a trip to the fascinating, chaotic capital of Lima, too. The city was labelled as one of the top foodie destinations in the world last year, when three of its restaurants appeared on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, with two in the top ten!
Best for: Midnight Sun
While the South of Europe in summer can be too hot for some, Scandinavian countries are lovely at this time of year. Throughout June and July, the sun barely sets. In fact, above the Artic Circle it doesn’t set at all, meaning long, light evenings that are the perfect respite from the region’s dark winters.
Midsummer Eve (24 June 2019) is seen as a big deal in both Norway and Sweden, with lots of traditional celebrations, including dancing round the midsummer pole. Over in Finland, the Midnight Sun Film Festival (12 – 16 June 2019) in Sodankylä shows films around the clock without a break, thanks to the 24/7 daylight!
Best for: Music and Culture
The Fourth of July holiday is one of the most expensive times to travel in the USA, but it’s also one of the most festive and exciting. Nashville, Tennessee hosts one of the biggest celebrations in the country. Not only are there all the fireworks, hotdogs, and red-white-and-blue trimmings that you’d expect from the Fourth of July, but the city hosts a huge festival featuring country music, family fun, and plenty of great food.
In June, Tennessee also hosts the Bonnaroo music and arts festival (13–16 June 2019), which will appeal to a younger audience.
July sees the popular Nashville Jazz Festival (19 – 20 July 2019) take over the state capital. Tennessee is famous for its contributions to the Country, Jazz, and Blues scenes – not to mention its links with the legendary Elvis Presley. It’s a must-visit for music lovers.
Best for: Quiet time in the Caribbean
Many may think summer in the Caribbean is a no-go, but Curaçao sits just outside the hurricane belt and actually enjoys a relatively dry summer. With most people avoiding Caribbean travel at this time of year, June and July can be quieter and cheaper months to explore the pretty, cultural island of Curaçao.
With expansive coral reefs, pastel-painted colonial Dutch architecture, and brilliant turquoise waters, Curaçao is a colourful explosion. The island is also home to idyllic white-sand beaches and lush greenery that you’d expect from a Caribbean escape. Perfect if you want to get away from everyday life and relax.