Family holidays in Europe are probably highest on the agenda here, and with good reason. The warm waters of the Med are an easy hop away, and while everyone seems to have had the same idea, we at Original Travel know the very best family (and bank balance) friendly places to stay. For a different take on the beachfront family holiday, we recommend the inlets and islands of the beautiful West Coast of Sweden.

And last but not least, those of you looking to avoid children at all costs should consider the extremely long flight(s) to Fiji and Polynesia which will probably put families off and guarantee relative peace and quiet.

Elsewhere, the Northern Hemisphere's summer months are an ideal time to be in the Andean countries of South America; the skies are blue, sun shines and nights are refreshingly cool. August is very busy at Machu Picchu and in Peru in general, so head instead for neighbouring Ecuador and visit the highlands north of Quito, with their indigenous markets and colonial haciendas.

Sleeping Iguana
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Britain at its best, except through a car window in a 10-mile motorway traffic jam. No traffic jams in the Galapagos, though.

Will, Original Traveller

Our favourites for August

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

A long way to go, but well worth the journey.

Australasia & the Pacific Islands
Gothenburg and the West Coast

Gothenburg and the West Coast

Gothenburg, Sweden's charming second city, is the gateway to the beautiful west coast archipelago of some 8,000 islands.

Gothenburg and the West Coast
A Sally Lightfoot Crab

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country

Ecuador & the Galapagos
Sacred Valley Pathways

Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

The highlight of many visits to Peru, Machu Picchu combines easily with Cusco and the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Tropical beach in Fiji

Fiji

Good things come to those who wait, or at least to those who are prepared to travel to the other side of the globe.

Fiji
Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Few, if any, destinations have had as significant an impact on the Western psyche and vocabulary as the Peloponnese peninsula in south-western Greece.

Peloponnese
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

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