As the weather starts to warm up and nature begins to stir with new life, the spring months are the ideal time for being out in the great outdoors. When it comes to choosing where to go in spring, look for places such as Japan, where the cherry blossoms start to bloom; Tuscany, where the rolling green vineyards start to flower; or Canada, where the vast landscapes full of wildlife are ripe for exploring. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy the cooler months of hot destinations such as South Africa or Australia as the sun-baked summer melts into autumn.
Whether you’re after lazy days exploring the Mediterranean with its guaranteed sunshine; want to experience the endless days of Scandinavia with its midnight sun; or enjoy the cooler months of Australia, when it comes to choosing where to go in summer, there are a wealth of options to suit every traveller. Make the most of the good weather in the Northern Hemisphere with a trip to Northern Europe, or venture further afield and experience the diverse landscapes of the USA and Canada. Summer is also the off-season for some destinations in the Caribbean and Asia (due to the risk of monsoons or hurricanes) but time it right, and you just might find the perfect balance of good value for money, fewer tourists and decent weather.
Autumn, when the summer’s sun gives way to cosy evenings spent indoors, is the month of change. Visit the USA to experience the iconic autumnal changing of the leaves; head to Europe for festivals and harvests galore; or enjoy a beach holiday in the Indian Ocean. No matter where you decide to go in autumn, you’ll still have plenty of options for outdoorsy adventure to look forward to, as well as some delicious seasonal produce and a wealth of beautiful landscapes.
From winter wonderlands across Europe and meeting Father Christmas in northern Scandinavia, to tropical, sunshine-filled getaways in the Southern Hemisphere to escape the cold, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go in the winter. Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are ripe for exploring (without the sticky heat of summer); as are Tanzania, Oman and Mexico for a beautiful balance of relaxation, winter sun and enjoying the great outdoors.