Where should you go in April or September? When is the rainy season and should it prevent you from visiting, what will be the weather like in a particular season? People ask me these questions very often and I hope this article will inspire you to plan your next vacation according to this list!
1. January – Palau
Actually, the weather is very much the same all year long in Palau. It’s always around 30°C and the water is around the same temperature. Although the tourism season is from October 15 th til April 1st and the prices might be a little higher, this will also allow you to agree on tours more easily, as there will be more people interested in going.
Palau offers a true glimpse in the life of the Pacific islands culture and history, as well as diving opportunities as nowhere else!
2. February – United Arab Emirates
February is a good month to visit Dubai, especially if you are not a big fan of extreme heat. You might get a few days of 30°C, but also cooler days to enjoy walks in the city and seeing the sights. Water temperature can be expected to be around 20-22°C, so if you prefer a bit warmer weather, you can visit in March.
The best months for visiting UAE are from late autumn til spring, as the rest of the time it is very hot here. I visited Dubai in January and the trip was a really nice one!
3.March – USA
My dream is to visit the West coast in the spring, during the desert bloom time. Depending on the weather conditions in winter (how warm and rainy it has been), the spring can bring wonderful surprise in the shape of beautiful flowers where usually it is dry. The average desert blooming schedule can be found on the internet.
March is by far not the only month to visit the USA! The West Coast is especially good from September til June, I have visited it in January and February. East Coast welcomes visitors in the summer, in spring and autumn Florida is a good destination, and if you plan your trip well, the hurricane season will not be an issue!
The big cities can be visited during any time, I have been to New York in every one of the four seasons and it has been magnificent!
4.April – Israel, Spain and Paris
The end of April will bring wonderful weather in Israel, but be sure to check when the Easter celebrations take place, I would recommend to avoid it during this time of the month due to the crowds. Some day I definitely want to visit Eilat for diving!
Barcelona is absolutely lovely in spring and you can taste some fresh fruit too!
I just returned from a week in spring’s paradise in Paris and it definitely is the best time for a visit!
5. May – Cuba or Italy
Although May marks the beginning of the rainy season in Cuba and higher air temperatures that most people are used to, I visited Cuba in May and I have the best memories of it!
May is the month when crabs migrate, so at the beginning of the month you can see the large ones going to the sea and later the little ones heading inland. May is the season when you can begin to taste the sweet mangoes!
May is roughly the last moment you can see Amalfi Coast in Italy without insane crowds! The beginning of the month is best, as this destination is popular whenever it is warm, so the sooner you come, the better!
6. June – Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is an excellent destination for a long weekend, like we did once.
When we visited in May, the weather was very unpredictable, so June should be a little better and the nature will be still as green!
7. July – Maldives
July is considered to be the rainy season, but this is exactly the time I would recommend for a visit! The bright sun and a few tropical downpours made it even more beautiful.
Seeing the rain even makes for a more diverse impression of the place. Maldives can be visited all year long, as weather conditions are very much the same warm, wonderful days. The only consideration is price – around New Year it can become very expensive.
8. August – Baltic states – Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
When people ask me what is the best time to visit the Baltics, I always recommend July or August!
August is the month when Southern Europe can get more expensive, crowded, as everyone has a vacation, and too hot as well.
Don’t forget about the Estonian islands Hiiumaa and Saaremaa! Hiiumaa is famous for it’s beautiful biking paths, and Saaremaa has one of the most unusual hikes in the Baltics that takes you through 5 km of shallow water to the island of Vilsandi!
9.September – Greece or Scotland
The amount of tourists subsides in September and it is much easier to enjoy the sights, it also might not be as hot as in August.
Though weather can be unpredictable, September in Scotland can be a chance to avoid the crowds, especially in such popular places as Isle of Skye! Even if it rains a couple of days, it still is a good idea to see the rugged landscapes and unusual views!
10.October – Seychelles or South Korea
Same is Maldives, Seychelles can be visited all year long, as it is always nice there. Springs tend to be more windy, so divers are recommended to visit in autumn.
Not only we went diving and went for walks in the famous park where Coco de Mer grows, but also got married on Silhouette island and enjoyed our honeymoon on La Digue island next to the most beautiful beach in the world, Anse Source d’Argent!
Did you know South Korea is one of the most beautiful countries for foliage colors? The mountains and the valleys offer exquisite views, and the Jeju island still is very warm this time of the year!
11.November – India or Denmark
India is another destination usually not recommended for the summer months due to the heat.
Late autumn, winter and spring are considerably better. We visited India in September when in the mountains, Darjeeling, the monsoon season had not yet finished.
November marks the clearest skies there for mountain top sights – you can see Everest and Kanchenjunga! It definitely will be much, much colder, so pack some layers of warm clothing.
Copenhagen in November is the perfect weekend getaway! The Christmas markets open mid month, and the beautiful city lights are on to give you the real Christmas feeling! Tivoli is beautiful this time of the year!
12. December – China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
When I first visited China in December, I thought that there will be nothing from Christmas decorations, but I was wrong!
There were even special markets in Guangzhou where you could by small trinkets for Christmas.
Recently visiting Taiwan I thought that it also would be good for a December visit, as it should be around 20°C during the day and some warmer clothing needed for the night time.
If you would like some more ideas on what to see this year, check out my blog posts about top destinations I have visited in the recent years!
*updated January 2018.