You might think it was all about Europe in July, and while the continent is glorious at this time of year, this is also prime time further afield in such diverse gems as the Galapagos and Ladakh.

The Galapagos experiences the Humboldt Current which brings cold water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds and makes for great - if chilly - diving. Across on the subcontinent, while the southern states swelter in the monsoon, the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh benefits from elevation, and is one of the best places to see the Tibetan lifestyle that it is sadly being eroded in Chinese Tibet.

Back in Europe (keep up), the Palio, one of Europe's most spectacular pageants, takes place on the 2nd July in the Piazza del Campo in Siena. After a procession little changed since the Middle Ages, riders representing the contrada or city wards race bareback on specially bred horses around the square three times, with the race normally over in a few short - but thoroughly memorable - minutes. Finally, Borneo and Indonesia are ideal holidays in July as well.

July is a lovely month in the UK. And the Seychelles, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania…

Ra, Original Traveller

Our favourites for July

Canada

Canada

The world’s second largest country, Canada’s star attraction is its sheer vastness – this place is the very definition of the ‘great outdoors’.

Canada
A beautiful Monastery in Ladakh

Ladakh

Ladakh contains one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies left on earth.

Ladakh
A Sally Lightfoot Crab

Galapagos Archipelago

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos; quite simply, it is like nowhere else on earth.

Galapagos Archipelago
Clifftop coastline

The Algarve

For those wanting to stay poolside, the Algarve that we know and love couldn’t be more perfect, but for those looking for something a bit different, there are a couple of undiscovered spots to be found off the beaten track.

The Algarve
Lavender Fields

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Brigitte Bardot first popularised the bikini on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, and close by but a world away, Van Gogh and Cézanne drew inspiration from the landscapes of Provence inland.

Provence & the Cote D'Azur
Puglia

Puglia

Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, is a destination apart, both culturally and geographically.

Puglia
Birds of the Seychelles

Seychelles

An ideal choice for anybody looking for lower-key beach time than is provided by the glitzier Maldives or Mauritius.

Seychelles
Lioness standing

Botswana

Botswana is a perfect destination for those in search of a real African adventure.

Botswana
Elephants on a Tanzania Safari

Tanzania

Three times the size of France, Tanzania is blessed with a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems and on the vast stage of the Serengeti's short grass plains, the greatest animal migration on earth plays out each year.

Tanzania
African necklaces

Kenya

The best 'bush and beach' destination in the world? In our humble opinion - without question.

Kenya
Infant Orangutan

Borneo

One of the most alluring destinations in the Far East, the island of Borneo offers an unparalleled diversity of activities and cultures, and is a destination in its own right, even when not combined with mainland Malaysia.

Borneo
Indonesia

Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago consists of a sprawling chain of tropical volcanic islands comprising one of the most diverse and exotic nations on Earth.

Indonesia

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