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Luxury Travel Tips: Where to Go, And When


Want to avoid the rainy season and get some sun? Make sure you’re missing the crowds or long queues? Or even aiming to go off-season to take advantage of lower prices, cooler weather or the school holidays influx. Check out my ultimate guide of where to go, and when.

January – Australia 

I think we’re all in agreement that January is a pretty miserable time of the year in the UK; cold weather and post-Christmas blues! For sunnier climes, Australia is the perfect place to visit at this time of year. Perhaps get there in time to celebrate New Year with an epic party and watching the fireworks erupt over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House?

After time in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, take the chance to explore the East Coast and visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. I would especially recommend a sunny stay on Hamilton Island, in gorgeous luxury lodge, qualia.
Other top choices for January: Thailand, Kenya, Caribbean

February – Paris 

Ok, the phrase ‘Paris is always a good idea’ has become a little overused, but when better to go than February? Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a loved one in the world’s most romantic city is surely the best idea! It may be a little chilly but head to the bar at Four Seasons Hotel George V to snuggle up or pop to Le Meurice for afternoon tea


I’ve got lots of recommendation on my blog for hotels and restaurants in Paris so please do check them out, also my guide to the top places to see the Eiffel Tower will get you in the mood for romance!

Other top choices for February: The Philippines, South Africa, Venice, Zanzibar

March – South Africa 

South Africa is not only one of my favourite destinations of all time but the country also experiences great weather all year round. In fact many areas boast
over 300 days of sunshine! Not only is the weather great, there are so many diverse activities to enjoy. I would recommend taking in shopping, history and culture in Cape Town.

Food and wine in the Cape Winelands.

Experiencing the beauty of the Garden Route.
And finally going on Safari in Kruger Park and Sabi Sands.
Mr S and I visited South Africa in March and it’s a good time for great weather both in Cape Town and on safari. For me the climate was total perfection without being overly hot so you can still enjoy walking around the waterfront.

Other top choices for March: Japan, Bali, Rome, Kenya

April – Japan

April is cherry blossom season in Japan and you’ll be able to admire the beautiful pink blooms at their best in the parks and city. Mr S and I went in May so we just missed the beautiful and transient season known as Sakura.

At this time the climate is mild and not too hot and sticky like other Asian countries can be so it’s easy to explore the shops of Tokyo, the temples of Kyoto and the animated streets of Osaka too.

Other top choices for April: Miami, Florence, Thailand for Thai New Year, New York.

May – Florence and Tuscany 

May is the perfect time to take a short-haul break from the UK, Europe is warming up but it’s not sweltering hot or over crowded with tourists. The first time we visited Florence it was for our mini-moon in May and we stayed up in the hills at Il Salviatino where the gardens were in full bloom with beautiful pink flowers. The weather was perfectly warm and the streets and main historical sites of interest weren’t packed. It was literally the perfect May mini-break.
And with the weather that beautiful, I’d recommend a trip to Chianti and spending some time in some beautiful vineyards and sampling delicious wine!
A word of warning though, I would avoid Rome at this time of year if Italy is in your sights. We visited in May for our wedding anniversary and it was boiling hot in the city and there were massive queues everywhere. If you are keen to go to Rome at this time, do your research and buy queues jumps for the major attractions such as The Vatican.

Other top choices for May: South Africa, Japan, Venice

June – South of France

June is such a great time to go away, just before the school holidays so prices aren’t at their highest but the weather is still great in Europe. It’s also the time to make the most of fantastic seasonal produce, gorgeous landscapes and plenty of good wine. With its gorgeous Mediterranean climate, it’s the ideal opportunity to head to Cannes whilst still beating the crowds.

With party season just beginning you’ll be able to pick up some gorgeous new clothes whilst strolling along La Croisette and taking in lunch at Baoli Beach Club
Other top choices for June: Provence, Spain, London

July – Lake Geneva Region

July is a tough one, prices soar, the weather is stifling and places are crowded. That being said I’ve chosen the Lake Geneva Region for my top choice in July as when I visited last year, the weather was stunning and it wasn’t overly crowded. You can enjoy the gorgeous architecture and cafes of Lausanne and an ice cream right on the shore of Lake Geneva
Nearby Lavaux is perfect for a day trip for its beautiful terraces of vineyards and an opportunity to sample Swiss wine. `
Other top choices for July: Bali, Cornwall, Kenya

August – UK

With many European destinations shutting down for August, it’s the perfect time to stay in the UK. If you stick to London you can take advantage of the opportunity to go for picnics in the park, enjoy roof top bars or beautiful terraces. But my advice would be to head to the coast and spend some time in Cornwall enjoying sunshine and sea breezes
Otherwise head to Jersey and enjoy some beautiful beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants and local wines. 
Other top choices for August: Zanzibar, Bali, Tahiti

September – California 

California can be a good choice all year round but be aware that the climate changes depending on the region. Don’t make the mistake I did when visiting San Francisco (it’s California, its hot right?) actually the city has a microclimate and when we there it was chilly and foggy, whereas we had beautiful sunshine in Napa which is an hour north. Avoid July to August in San Francisco as smog levels are high, as are hotel rates!
The southern regions of the state such a Los Angeles and Santa Barbara are warmer and more consistent. September is a great time to visit both but make sure you pack accordingly!

I highly recommend doing a road trip and driving the famous Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to LA (and beyond if you have the time) and then hopping on a plane to Las Vegas!

Other top choices for September: Venice, New York, South of France.

October – Kenya 

The great migration takes place from approximately July to October in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Known as one of nature’s greatest spectacles the river crossing of millions of wildebeests, zebra and gazelles is apparently a sight not to be missed! 
Unfortunately, though we saw animals lining up at the Mara river we didn’t actually see the crossing, hopefully you’ll have more luck than me!
Other top choices for October: Rome, Japan, Zanzibar

November – Thailand

If you’re looking for winter sun, Thailand is the ideal choice for November. It’s actually slightly cooler and there’s less chance of rain at this time. Focus on the West Coast and places like Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi as islands on the East such as Ko Samui and Ko Tao may still be prone to rain at this time
It’s also a great time to visit Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand as it’s officially winter and a little cooler, but be sure to wrap up in the evenings.
A word of warning though October – April is peak season and can be very crowded at the main places of interest.

Other top choices for November: Bali, Australia, Hong Kong, Miami

December – Germany

December 2016 was my first time visiting Germany, but I’ve now vowed to return every year to go to the Christmas markets. There was nothing more festive than walking around the markets with a glass of mulled wine in hand and the smell of chestnuts in the air! 
Other top choices for December: Caribbean, South Africa, Singapore

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I hope this post has helped you choose where to go, when!

  • Epic, epic post – and strangely enough I have a little jaunt to Paris planned in February…

  • I’ve been thinking of a little plan for May and hadn’t actually considered Italy.. Tuscany sounds perfect, wine & cheese for the adults and sunshine for the bubs… We’re off to India in December and that’s another good place to hit in our winter!

    • I much prefer Italy outside peak season. I’ve never been to India so let me know how it goes!

  • So much travel inspiration! I had a little plan for the year all mapped out in my head but may be reconsidering now… I’m gutted that we’ll miss the Sakura season too as we are hoping to get to Japan in June/July!

    • To be fair it may be a blessing in disguise as I’ve heard all the main sites are super crowded during Sakura.

  • Some great 2017 travel inspo!! We visited Parid for Valentines Day a couple of years ago and loved it. We also went to Rome in May last year and it was sweltering…35C which was just too uncomfortable! I definitely want to visit Japan at some point and your posts have sold me on South Africa ?

    • The first time I went to Rome it was October and that was much more enjoyable. Oh, you will love South Africa, it’s the best!

  • Now I need to win a lottery to follow this plan and travel to it all!

    • Ha! Maybe a less ambitious version would work?

      • Nano B

        I think your list makes a wonderful 3-4 year plan, somewhere new every season each year.

  • I second the comment below: this is some great travel inspo! x

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    Truly amazing post Angie! This definitely helps, as often people are like where can I go during X month? Now I can direct them to your post!

    A x

    • Ah! I really hope that it’s helpful to anyone that you direct over here!

  • I agree completely with your ideas for May and June:)

  • Gary J Berry

    Loved this post and great to see the good old UK is included! Gary x

  • What a great list this is for year-round luxury travels!

  • December for India, you’ll need to keep exploring to keep adding more options! SA is great in March/April, I couldn’t agree more! And Miami in April was perfect!

    • Yes!! I only included places I’ve been to so there’s nothing in South America or India. But one day there will be!! I went to Miami in November last time, such a good all round destination.

  • Great tips! I would love to visit California in September and great to see the gorgeous Delaire Graff included. Oh I am missing South Africa!

    • I’ve been missing it for two years now! I’m dreaming of going back.

  • We’ve just booked flights to Thailand in November for our honeymoon – cannot wait!
    This post is giving me seriously itchy feet! Looking forward to reading about your travels this year 🙂

  • I may need some more of your tips for the south of France – I’ve been meaning to go for years but not sure where exactly to start! 😀

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

  • The French Riviera IS stunning late June! And the weather is absolutely fab! =)

  • Morgan Gifford

    I love this! The South of France is beautiful. Your photos are just incredible and I just want to hop on a plane and travel now!
    The Messy Bun Mama

    • Thanks Morgan! I’m writing this while at my desk in freezing cold London, so I do too!

  • Such a useful post Angie! Totally agree on Rome in May, absolute nightmare with the queues. And obvs Australia in January is the best 😉 it’s gonna be 37 degrees here tomorrow!

    C x

    • EEEkkK! I’m so jealous!! Have an amazing time and send us all a picture from the beach!

  • Ahh this is SO handy Angie!! God I’ve got so many of these places on my list haha ?

    Little Miss Katy

  • Awww I absolutely LOVED this Angie, and seeing so many cute pics of you and Mr S – still desperate to go to south Africa! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • I’m LOVING this list, even if I tend to go during shoulder seasons/really random times depending on my mood – it’s so much fun to think of the year as a calendar with lots of little slots to be filled by travel destinations! x

    What’s In My Handbag: Gucci Lilith – Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • I actually recommend random times, it money saving, crowd avoiding and not hellishly hot.

  • Amazing list! I’d love to tick all of these off in a year *dreams* might have to refer back to it when it comes to honeymoon planning eek! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • These are all just fabulous destinations! I can definitely do Australia this time of year! Beautiful photos! xo

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Love love love this post! South Africa is definitely on the list for next year – depending on work it might have to be Feb, do you think that would work, too?

    • It would definitely work in February, I think it might be more busy but the weather would be amazing!

  • Miu

    I love the idea for this post! It’s so interesting to see when something great happens where in the world.

  • Freaky! I was just writing a very similar post 😉 I have never been to Japan or South Africa, both TOP of my wishlist 😀 x

    http://clutchandcarryon.com/top-10-travel-experiences-2016/

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