Chasing the sun: how to have an endless summer

By David Alonso

Say goodbye to the winter blues and live a summertime madness!

Summer is coming to an end, but you’re not ready to say goodbye to those late sunsets, the picnics in the park and those cool summer outfits you have been waiting all year to wear. Don’t worry! We have the solution for you: travel. If you want to enjoy the summer a little longer, or even all year long, all you have to do is travel around the world chasing the sun, discovering new places at their best!

Some might say “good things don’t last forever,” but if you follow our advice you could enjoy a never ending summer – and you won’t have to worry about being cold ever again. Sound good? Keep reading to discover our 12 recommendations of where and when to go, one for every month.

1. January: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Average temperature: 25,1 °C

The neighbourhood of Boca is famous for its colourful houses
The neighbourhood of Boca is famous for its colourful houses

Kick-off the year in Buenos Aires, where January is one of the warmest months of the year. The capital of Argentina combines a European vibe with traditional Latin flavour, and offers a lot of things to do. Enjoy the street art in Boca, visit the Casa Rosada, try all kinds of sweets with ‘dulce de leche,’ go to a tango show – or even take a few tango lessons yourself!

Looking to add another country to your list? Then book a ferry to Montevideo, the capital of neighbouring Uruguay. The trip takes 2 hours and 15 minutes and it’s available from only 38 USD each way.

2. February: Medellín, Colombia

Average temperature: 24 °C

Medellin is a vibrant city surrounded by mountains.
Medellin is a vibrant city surrounded by mountains.

Medellín is warm all year around, but February is one of the least rainy months, which means the weather is perfect for exploring the colourful neighbourhoods of the city. Get loads of cool Instagram pictures around the city and take your time wandering around and discovering how this Colombian metropolis has reinvented itself over the last few years.

Fancy a dose of nature? Then head to the Arví Park, a huge nature preserve that is very easy to reach from Downtown Medellín. This impressive park has ample opportunities for trekking, cycling and several other adventure sports.

3. March: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Average temperature: 26,6 °C

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro - do we need to say anything else?
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro – do we need to say anything else?

Rio de Janeiro in March can only mean one thing: carnival. This world-famous event always takes place between February and March. In 2019, the celebrations officially go from March 2nd to 9th – and you shouldn’t miss them! Secure your tickets to the Sambadrome and get ready to enjoy one of the craziest street parties on the planet!

If you are planning to have an endless summer, surely you’ll want to spend a lot of time at the beach. In Rio, you can sunbathe at two of the most popular beaches in the world: Copacabana and Ipanema.

4. April: Miami, USA

Average temperature: 25 °C

Relax in Miami Beach and get ready to party all night!
Relax in Miami Beach and get ready to party all night!

With average temperatures of 24 °C throughout the year, we could say that in Miami it’s always summer. One of the best months to visit is May, right before it gets too warm and too crowded. Enjoy the colourful street art in the neighbourhood of Wynwood, roller skate along the promenade and get ready to enjoy some real party nights!

If you are looking for a day trip to get away from the city, we recommend you surround yourself with nature at the Everglades National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see some rare species, such as the manatee or the Florida panther.

5. May: Dakar, Senegal

Average temperature: 24 °C

Discover the hospitality of Dakar and sail along the coast!
Discover the hospitality of Dakar and sail along the coast!

Do you want to enjoy pleasant temperatures, catch some waves in some of the world’s best surfing spots and get a taste of African culture? Then Dakar is where you should go in May. The capital of Senegal was one of our Top 10 places to go in 2018, and there are many reasons for that.

Enjoy the lively streets, explore the colourful markets, relax by the beach and take a couple of day trips to explore the islands and the natural parks that surround the city.

6. June: Sicily, Italy

Average temperature: 29 °C

The white cliff of Scala dei Turchi is picture perfect.
The white cliff of Scala dei Turchi is picture perfect.

At first sight, Sicily might seem like a small island – but it has plenty of things to offer! If you want to discover all the best spots on this Mediterranean island, you should plan for at least two weeks. Sicily is incredibly popular among tourists, especially Italians, but if you go at the beginning of the month you will be able to enjoy much of the island without the large crowds.

Fly to Catania or Palermo and then rent a car to be able to explore the island at your own pace. Some things you can’t miss: a hike up the volcano Etna, sunset by the white rocks of Scala dei Turchi, and the Ancient Greek temples of Agrigento or the Amphitheater of Taormina. Also, make sure you try the traditional cannoli and all of the different flavours of granita!


7. July: Marseille, France

Average temperature: 24,5 °C

Swim in the blue waters that give name to the Côte d'Azur.
Swim in the blue waters that give name to the Côte d’Azur.

Marseille is a city on the rise and a perfect place to enjoy the French Riviera if you are looking for an alternative to the fancier (and more expensive) destinations such as St. Tropez or Cannes. Walk around the colourful La Panier neighbourhood, discover the small artisan shops as you hike up the cobbled streets and don’t forget to try the bouillabaisse in one of the many restaurants along the coast line.

Among the many pebbled beaches, Pointe Rouge stands out for its fine sand, making it the perfect place to lie down and relax in the sun. The beach is located south of the city, away from the center, but it’s easy to reach by bus or by car. During the high season there is a boat that leaves from the Old Port of Marseille directly to Pointe Rouge.

8. August: Greek Islands, Greece

Average temperature: 28,4 °C

Discover the wonderful Melissani Lake in Kefalonia.
Discover the wonderful Melissani Lake in Kefalonia.

August is the month when most people go on holidays, so you should be patient and prepare for crowds almost everywhere. If you want to enjoy a combination of amazing weather, breathtaking landscapes and centuries of history in a laid-back Mediterranean style, head to the Greek islands!

Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Lefkada… there are plenty of choices. If you’re finding it hard to choose one, just go island hopping! To have a more peaceful experience, avoid the main tourist spots and discover the best unknown Greek islands (as recommended in our recentarticle).


9. September: Bali, Indonesia

Average temperature: 27,8 °C

Catch an awesome sunset over the Tanah Lot Temple
Catch an awesome sunset over the Tanah Lot Temple

One of the top places to visit this summer was Denpasar, the capital of Bali. This tropical paradise has all the element of the classic image that comes to mind if we think about a dream summer holiday.

As tempting as it might sound to spend your entire holiday sipping cocktails by the pool or relaxing by the beach, we recommend that you get out and explore more. Instead, take some time to discover the local cuisine and go on a few excursions to discover natural wonders, such as the Beratan Lake, the canyon of Sukawati or the Guyangan waterfall.

10. October: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Average temperature: 27,5 °C

Enjoy the beaches of Sri Lanka and much more!
Enjoy the beaches of Sri Lanka and much more!

Another of our Top places to visit in 2018 was Colombo. Apart from the warm climate, this is a city on the rise, and also the perfect place to kick-off your Sri Lankan adventure. Get ready to relax on incredible beaches, discover a rich culture, join in traditional festivals and explore lush nature. If you need a reason to visit Sri Lanka, here are 12 different ideas to help convince you.

11. November: Bangkok, Thailand

Average temperature: 27,8 °C

What's better than a market? A floating market!
What’s better than a market? A floating market!

Temperatures in Bangkok are usually very high, with averages between 25 and 30 °C all year round. However, you should pay attention to avoid the rainy season, which goes from May to October and can have up to 18 days of rain a month – not exactly what you’re looking for if you want to continue an endless summer!

November is one of the best times to go since the rain is over, the landscapes shine in bright colours and high season hasn’t started yet. Moreover, November is when you can enjoy the Loy Krathong, the Thai Festival of Lights. Read more about this and 12 more reasons to visit Bangkok.

12. December: Honolulu, USA

Average temperature: 24 °C

Summer and Hawaii, a perfect match!
Summer and Hawaii, a perfect match!

If you close your eyes and imagine yourself living the most characteristic summer holiday, you will probably picture yourself lying on a hammock under a coconut tree in Hawaii. Well, why not make this dream come true? The warm temperatures in Honolulu make it the perfect destination to forget about the winter and live in a summer wonderland.

Enjoy the sun, sand and sea in Waikiki Beach, and dare to catch some waves on top of a surfboard! Visit Pearl Harbor for a little bit of history, enjoy the nature of Oahu island, practise all kinds of water sports and swim with dolphins. If you are planning to spend New Year’s eve in Honolulu, don’t miss out on the spectacular fireworks show that will happen just in front of Waikiki Beach.

 

Ready to forget about the winter and start chasing the sun around the world? Then head over to KAYAK to find the best prices for your flights and accommodation!

Note: These rates are based on the most recent data pulled from KAYAK.co.uk, the cheapest prices are always displayed first, regardless of specific dates mentioned. The prices are quoted in GBP. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy, are per night and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.

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