Yes, Travel bug is a thing!
If you decided to click on my post it’s probably because, like me, you caught the travel bug. Taking time off work can be tricky for some, but what is even trickier is picking the right time to visit the places on your bucket list.
I gave up on resolutions a few years ago as I fail miserably to keep them. Every day is a good day to start something new. So instead, I daydream a little and plan my year in travels.
January – Sri Lanka
To be fair, there’s no bad time of year to visit Sri Lanka. The west, with its popular resorts, is hot and dry during our winter and the east, with its superb beaches, is nice during summer. If you want some winter sun this side of the world is your best option. This island has lovely beaches, charming hill stations, exhilarating wildlife, and UNESCO heritage monuments. All these places together make Sri Lanka a perfect winter escape.
Key attractions: Galle, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Mirissa, Yala National Park, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bentota, and Kandy
February – Vilnius, Lithuania
February may be chilly but it’s a great month to travel if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and make the most of low hotel prices. Vilnius, an affordable Baltic getaway, combines a medieval heart with an artsy bar and cafe culture. Cozy and cobble stoned, creatives will love the Street of Writers and the Užupis District.
March- London, England
The UK gets a lot of stick for its weather, but as a regular visitor, I can assure you that climate has changed. It rains less. I was there over Christmas and it only rained once during my two week visit. I normally spend my birthdays there too and last March it was sunny every day for 3 weeks. So sunny that I came back with a tan! London is full of things to see and do.
The start of Spring brings out the best of this city with new exhibitions opening weekly, days lasting longer and locals are friendlier
April – Havana, Cuba
I haven’t been here yet but its on my to do list. A number of people have told me that April is the best time to visit as the weather is much cooler but the days are just as long, Perfect, as Havana is definitely a walking city.
The prices also drop a little in April, so you avoid getting ripped off.
May – Tel Aviv, Israel
Suggesting this in May, even though I am planning a trip in March as they have a Jewish holiday of Purim which has become a major week-long celebration. This is a cross between Halloween and Mardi Gras. There are day and night festivals as well as parties in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. However, March is still rainy season and many people do not like to be on holiday when it is raining which is why I listed Tel Aviv under MAY. Does it make sense now?!
The weather is perfect, no crowds & it rarely rains. Try and experience an Israeli Independence Day and Memorial Day as these holidays are something to behold.
June – Stockholm, Sweden
I work with Swedes so this is a good insight from my friends at work. They all agree on mid-summer day being their favourite day of the year. Some prefer it over Christmas. The food alone is a good reason to celebrate with them on the longest and warmer day of the year.
The city blossoms and walking around it is an absolute pleasure. Stockholm is also great in winter but make sure you have saved a few extra euros as it is not a budget trip. Average does not exist in their vocab, everything is top notch including service. If you do not mind the cold, visit Stockholm again during the festive season. I struggled to decide under what month to list it but you will understand why June won if you carry on reading.
Make sure to learn about Viking history whilst you’re there. Then party like one!
July – Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa might be a little chilly at this time of year, but that’s nothing a jacket can’t fix. It doesn’t get that cold and to be honest because I come from a very warm country which is naturally a holiday destination, ill want to get away from it all. This is the least busy time of the year for Cape Town, meaning you will save a lot of money on accommodation and in return you will get to see one of the most beautiful places in the world peacefully.
HIghights: Table Mountain, Clifton Beach, Robben Island and Greenmarket Square.
August – Barcelona, Spain
August is the busiest time in any Mediterranean country hosting beautiful beach resorts. This city is phenomenal.
Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Las Rambla, La Boqueria. The list is endless. Make it your mission to explore all the Antoni Gaudi projects and to eat as much tapas as possible.
September – New York, USA
The weather starts to cool during September, residents return from their summer vacations, bringing new life & excitement to the city. New York is always a good idea, it is the city that never sleeps after all.
The best NYC events in September include everything from early fall celebrations to incredible art and cultural events. Planning is essential for this trip. Check out events calendar for September as a guide to schedule all the happenings. Labor Day, the West Indian Day Parade and NYC street fairs, Sure, summer will be nearly over, but the weather is usually still warm which is an advantage before the cold front sweeps in later in the year.
October – Ibiza, Spain
I’m a biased, this will always be my second home. I love the closing parties and it is the time when music lovers gather up to close the best clubs in the world. The beaches are cleaner and the temperatures are still high. Locals are happier as their 6 month break will be about to start and the energies on the island feel nicer. I will always be connected to this island, its my happy place where I am In touch with creative people, new music, beautiful sunsets and my favourite beaches around the globe.
Then after the closing parties, head to Amsterdam where the fun continues at the music conference
November – Berlin, Germany
I LOVE THIS CITY & its humble residents. Creativity in the city does not miss and it is perfect for vegetarians like me. The choice of healthy outlets is very vast and super cheap! We also enjoyed a nice meal at Soho Berlin followed by an afternoon at their Spa.
As the season changes, so do the types of events. I had gone to see Madonna in concert and the weather was still pretty mild. The Christmas festivities kick off so the kid inside me got excited. I am also a techno lover and this city hosts the best clubs. My favourite is obviously Berghain on Sunday morning. Their door policy is very strict. Not everyone is allowed in which adds up to the excitement before you go. Once in, you will get lost and forget the time….. Naturally I made it it!
No mobiles are allowed, everyone is there for the love of music and liberation.
December – Copenhagen, Denmark
Officially the happiest city on earth, Copenhagen boasts a total of 15 Michelin restaurants.
Tivoli will suck you in! It is the world’s second-oldest amusement park and a much-loved attraction for all ages. These gardens have a lake and during Christmas it turns into a walking winter wonderland.
One thing I loved was their tasteful Christmas Decorations which is true Scandic style. They prefer white lights on their Christmas trees, nothing is tacky or commercial.
Unlike Zurich & Prague which I visited this year, a white Christmas isn’t guaranteed, but snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures are a winter staple. You will need good boots, winter warmers and indulge in “gløgg” (mulled wine) and “julebryg” which is a specially brewed Yuletide beer.
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