July is a great time to explore Europe, but if you’re looking for a tropical paradise, Asia has many options that are well worth packing your case for. On the African continent, Namibia offers wonderful wildlife and photographic opportunities, and southern Ethiopia will satisfy those who like to be ahead of the travel trends. For those craving a cooler climate, opt for the fascinating Arctic Circle, or indulge in a spot of skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand. Iceland also offers crisp air and long bright days that are perfect for hiking, horse riding, and just simply hanging out.
If you want to escape to a colder climate over the summer it doesn’t get much better than the Arctic Circle. Ideal for the more intrepid traveller, begin your adventure in Canada, Alaska, Norway, Russia, Greenland, Sweden or Finland, and journey north to discover this magical land of ice and polar bears.
With the largest freshwater wetlands in the whole of the Americas, Brazil’s Pantanal region is the best wildlife destination on the continent. Combine trekking and exploring with a few days in Rio or Sao Paolo, and round off your trip with beach and spa time (and a few cheeky cocktails) along the coast.
Machu Picchu may have put Peru on the map, but the country is home to endless captivating highlights, making it one of the most enthralling countries in South America. Take in the colourful carnival atmosphere of the Imperial City of Cusco, explore Lake Titica , the Amazon River, and hike through the Sacred Valley.
If you’re looking for fun, culture and breezy relaxation, you’ll find it in spiritual and stylish Bali. This chilled escape is especially good for families in July as it offers so much to do. Head for the south coast which is a surfer’s paradise alongside cool cafes, buzzy restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
For a destination with a difference, Ethiopia is a must for intrepid adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and history lovers. July is a key time for exploring the churches of Lalibela as well as searching for unique wildlife roaming the likes of the Bale Mountains - the home of the rare Ethiopian wolf.
From the red dunes of the Namib Desert to the wildlife in Etosha National Park, a visit to Namibia in July promises beauty and adventure. Photographers will love the vibrant dunes of Sossusvlei, escapists will be awed by the desolation of Skeleton Coast, and animal fans will enjoy looking for lions in Damaraland.
Barren and beautiful, Chile’s Atacama Desert offers 41,000 square miles of diverse terrain and is one of the world’s most surreal adventure destinations. See archaeological sites, search for pink flamingoes, float in salt lagoons, marvel at the Milky Way and go dune surfing while living it up in the lap of luxury.
For those who want to utilise their cold weather wardrobe, the skiing around Queenstown is fantastic during the month of July when the weather is dry. As well as a great snowfall, the atmosphere here is buzzy, the luxury lodges are warm and cosy, and there’s something to suit all levels and age groups.
As the former Royal capital of Vietnam, Hue is packed with history and charm. Couples and families can exlore Hue Citadel, stroll around the pretty pagodas and take a boat trip along the Perfume River. Include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An for the ultimate cultural getaway.
July is the brightest and most colourful season in Iceland, with long summer days and crisp air. Spend your time hiking the Icelandic Highlands, pool-hopping between natural hot springs, horse riding, and soaking up pink-to-gold sunsets. With solid infrastructure a road-trip is ideal, stopping off at luxury lodgings and farms as you go.