Bauhaus: modern dreams, the best places round the world

Bauhaus: modern dreams, the best places round the world

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Bauhaus architecture, characterised by its form-follows-function principles, celebrates 100 years in 2019. Daniel Pembrey rounds up the best Bauhaus cities in Germany and beyond

The Bauhaus school of design turns 100 in 2019. The style, recognisable for its flat roofs, white or glass-skinned walls and boldly modern details, has influenced skyscrapers, typefaces and most things in between.

Celebrations will happen around the world, but especially in Germany, where the school’s original brilliance was short-lived. Founded in Weimar in 1919, the school was deemed un-German by the Nazis and shut down in 1933. The diaspora of the émigré “Bauhausler” simply hastened the spread of the school’s influence – to some fascinating, far-flung places including Tel Aviv and Chicago.

Here are the best places around the world to see the Bauhaus style ahead of its centenary next year.

Berlin, Germany

Soho House Berlin: the ideal base to explore Bauhaus Berlin (Soho House Berlin)

Soho House enlivens a monumental 1920s Bauhaus building in Berlin’s Mitte district that reflects the city’s turbulent past. Once a Jewish-owned department store, it became the Hitler Youth HQ, later an East German government archive repository. It’s a good base to explore the Bauhaus-related events planned in the capital throughout 2019 (doubles from €296/£263).

“We devised an events programme to meet the needs of everyone – from those who know very little about the Bauhaus right through to subject matter experts,” says Annemarie Jaeggi, director of the Bauhaus-Archiv. Pick up a Berlin Welcome Card, covering public transport across the city.

Dessau, Germany

Bauhaus studio building Dessau, Germany

In its 1925-32 heyday, the Bauhaus was based in Dessau, an industrial region considered to be the Silicon Valley of its time, less than two hours’ drive from Berlin. Stay in hall-of-residence-style digs at the Bauhaus studio building and imagine the experience of the celebrated student body there (doubles from €60). Don’t overlook the nearby Masters’ Houses where school leaders and legends including Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy lived among pine trees. Twenty minutes’ stroll from there is Carl Fieger’s beautifully curved Kornhaus café, on the bank of the Elbe, where you can enjoy tea and torte.

Weimar, Germany

Hotel Elephant Weimar (René-T. Kusche)

Weimar is an ancient but vibrant student city two hours’ drive from Dessau. Its Hotel Elephant was recently renovated and features a delightful lichtsaal or “light hall”, with art covering its walls. A short walk takes you to the university buildings where the founding Bauhausler unified the art and craft schools (previously entirely separate disciplines). The Hotel Elephant has a suite named after Lyonel Feininger, the painter who designed the first manifesto cover depicting a cathedral as a crystalline symbol (Feininger’s suite from €560, B&B; other rooms from €150).

Usedom, Baltic Sea

Wasserschloss Mellenthin, one of Lyonel Feininger’s subjects (Wasserschloss Mellenthin)

There are many other Bauhaus locations in Germany to choose from – for example, the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, or the Fagus Factory in Lower Saxony.

For a different experience, head north to the island of Usedom (three hours’ drive from Berlin) on the Baltic Sea. This is where early Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger holidayed, painted and cycled. You can stay at the charming Wasserschloss Mellenthin (doubles from €100), one of his subjects. Enjoy its brewery, and bike the Feininger Cycle Trail running beside it. The nearby village of Benz has a rustic church that Feininger also painted. The Kunstkabinett gallery there specialises in Feininger’s work. You’ll soon see why he fell in love with the area.

Brno, Czech Republic

Villa Tugendhat (David Zidlicky)

The Bauhaus’s influence was soon felt abroad. Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the school, was asked by the Tugendhat family of Brno to design a house on a plot of land overlooking this ancient capital city of Moravia.

Mies created the first steel-framed building of its kind – a masterclass in the flow of space between internal and external zones. The house inspired Simon Mawer’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Glass Room, now being made into a film with Czech director Julius Sevcik. The Tugendhats enjoyed the villa for just seven years before they had to flee the Nazis in 1938. Book ahead.

London, UK

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Isokon Gallery London, UK

You don’t have to look far in London to find Bauhaus gems. An English Heritage plaque outside the ocean liner-like Isokon Flats in north London, shows that artists Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Breuer relocated there during the 1930s. It now houses the Isokon Gallery with a permanent exhibition about the building plus a shop. Elsewhere in the capital, Tate Britain and the William Morris Gallery will stage Bauhaus centenary events.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv (Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv)

The Bauhaus diaspora adapted the school’s style to new environments, but in Tel Aviv, émigré Bauhausler found a location where white, flat-roofed buildings and balconies or external walkways were better suited than in Germany given the heat and light. More than 4,000 such buildings were constructed here by 1940, many in the central White City, an Unesco world heritage site. The Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv offers walking tours and, from January, centenary events.

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Farnsworth House, USA

Several US cities lay claim to exemplary Bauhaus (influenced) architecture. Chicago is where Mies van der Rohe taught for the latter part of his career at the Illinois Institute of Technology, designing his signature statement towers such as 860-880 Lake Shore Drive plus some exquisite private residences: the Farnsworth House, 60 miles southwest of the city, open April-November, is well worth the drive.

Thanks to: Daniel Pembrey


25 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in May

Anyone looking for an affordable destination with very good weather during the month of May will be happy to know that the list of possibilities is long. There are fascinating cities in most regions of the world that are worth a look, as well as many affordable beach areas for those looking to relax in the sun. Many people are just interested in where is it hot in May, and the list below will answer that question as well.

The list below is broken down by region to help you narrow the choices of holiday destinations in May more efficiently, and there are also links to pages with information about the cheapest beach destinations in the Caribbean and in Europe, which both are loaded with bargains this time of year. Of course for each city mentioned there are plenty of smaller cities nearby that are usually even cheaper, so hopefully this gives you some ideas.

For each destination you’ll notice that we include prices for 3-star and 4-star hotels during the month. These prices are the lowest rates we could find for well-reviewed and well-located hotels in those areas, including all taxes and fees. You’ll notice that in resort areas there is often a huge difference between 3-star and 4-star hotels, while in cities the difference in price is usually small.

These are cheap destinations, just to be clear

If you have an unlimited budget then you have an amazing number of choices with great weather in May including Paris, New York, and Tokyo, but this list is created for people looking to get value for money. Depending on where you are starting it might cost quite a bit to get to some of these cities, however costs will be relatively low once you arrive.

The Americas

Stretching from Canada down to Patagonia, the weather in many of the cheaper parts of the Americas is not ideal in the month of May, especially with the rainy season starting up in most of Central America, but there are still plenty of choices.

The Caribbean

MontegoBayFor those looking just to relax in the sun, May is the perfect month to head to the Caribbean because high season is over but the weather is still dry and perfect. Better still, prices at many of the resorts come down dramatically from their highs of earlier in the season. Independent and cultural travelers can do it cheaply by booking a hotel and exploring, but honestly the best deals are at the all-inclusive resorts.


Cancun, Mexico

  • May avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • May avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

May is an excellent month to visit Cancun or the lovely town of Playa del Carmen a bit to its south, because the crowds are thin and room rates are low in spite of the perfect weather. Starting a bit after Easter, room rates at even the best hotels here go down, so the value is fantastic.

You might get a brief flash of rain or two on a visit to Cancun in the month of May, but it rarely lasts more than 30 minutes or so, and it can be refreshing. Otherwise, you’ll be spending most of your time on or near the beach with ocean breezes, or in the air-conditioned hotel or restaurants, so you’ll be quite comfortable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

If you are looking for an all-inclusive hotel stay then Punta Cana should be the first place you consider. The lovely white beach is lined with European-owned hotels that offer amazing deals along with high quality, and May is one of the cheapest months of the year. In other words, the room rates will be so low it might look like a mistake, yet the deals are real.

Punta Cana has a fairly new airport and new roads, so it’s all very civilized and efficient, unlike many other places in the Caribbean. This is also one of the Caribbean’s busiest airports, so you can get direct cheap flights in from all major cities in North America and many in Europe.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$166 per night for two people

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • May avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

May in Montego Bay is definitely a warm month, but it’s also dry and generally pleasant. This is the place to come if you want an all-inclusive hotel or other large beach hotel that is close to the US and everyone speaks English. The town itself isn’t much to talk about, so it’s best to come here to stay at one of the large stand-alone hotels.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes away from Montego Bay Airport, and both provide different experiences. Ocho Rios is another area with large hotels and some interesting attractions (most notably a waterfall), while Negril is the old-school beach area with small hotels and bars and interesting local culture.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • May avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 68°F/21°C
  • May avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

If you are living in the eastern half of the US or Canada, or in Europe, the above Caribbean destinations are probably your best bet. But if you are living in the western half of the US or Canada, you should probably be focusing on Puerto Vallarta instead. Unlike some of the other above, Puerto Vallarta is a historic town with a lovely central district as well as all types of resort hotels up and down the beach.

Flights into Puerto Vallarta are typically fairly cheap even in high season. As you can see by the room rates mentioned just below, the hotel scene in PV runs quite a range. You can get a nice 3-star hotel a few blocks from the beach for almost nothing, but the 4-star chain resorts along the beach are not quite as cheap. Still, everything here is good value for most visitors, and it feels far more authentic than Cancun or Punta Cana. When June rolls in so does the rainy season, so plan your trip for May to be safe.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

New Orleans, USA

  • May avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • May avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg precip: 4.6″/11.5cm

New Orleans can get famously muggy and sticky during the peak of summer, so May is a perfect time to visit. Days will be warm and it cools off enough each evening to balance things out comfortably, while still being pleasant for the nightlife scene outdoors. Among the best places to visit in May, New Orleans is our only recommendation in the United States, so it’ll be the cheapest option for many readers.

May is part of high season for hotel prices, but generally New Orleans is a relative bargain in the United States, with hostels and budget rooms being cheaper than in most major cities, and excellent food and drinks being quite affordable if you look around a bit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$155 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$156 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • May avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • May avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Mexico City’s climate isn’t nearly as hot as most people would guess, due mostly to its elevation. The peak months for heat are April and May, but even these are quite reasonable most of the time, and the proper rainy season doesn’t begin until June. In other words, if you are looking for the hottest places in May, then Mexico City isn’t one of them.

Prices for hotels and hostels are quite cheap by most standards, and flights tend to be extremely affordable from America as well, especially compared to flights to Europe. Those looking for stylish hotels and restaurants will find an abundance of them in the city’s fashionable center, though knowing some Spanish will certainly help.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people

San Pedro/Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • May avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10cm

The rainy season doesactually begin in Belize in May, but usually late in the month, and even then it’s usually only a few short afternoon cloud bursts each week. Otherwise the temperatures tend to be consistently pleasant, though a bit humid. Most of the Spring Break crowd is long gone by this time so you’ll have most of the restaurants to yourself, but the diving trips still go on.

If San Pedro on Ambergris Caye seems too expensive for you then you can stay on nearby Caye Caulker instead, or in the area with the best beaches in Belize on the Placencia Peninsula. Compared to similar resorts in the region the prices are very reasonable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$134 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg precip: 2.8″/7cm

With its location just inside the Tropical belt, the weather in Rio de Janeiro tends to be warm all year long, even during their “winter.” The rainy months are from December through April, so May is a perfect time for a visit. The beaches are packed with locals most of the year, including in May, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for “people watching” while you enjoy the otherwise gorgeous scenery.

The Brazilian currency has come way back down in 2015, so visits in 2016 will be far cheaper than in recent years. As of a few years ago this had become quite a pricey place, but now you’ll find that it’s a very interesting travel bargain, not to mention one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 3.8″/9.5cm

The temperatures in Cartagena are basically the same every day of the year, which means warm days and also warm tropical nights. Rain does pick up toward the end of May, but as usual, it tends to come down in short bursts, so it’s unlikely to ruin your holiday. If you are staying in the gorgeous historical walled city then it’s easy to find shelter quickly if needed, and the same is true for those staying along the beach area just to the west of the Old City.

Cartagena is still a great value for tourists, and hotels have their low-season prices on until July, so it’s an excellent choice if you can find an affordable flight. The whole country is seeing a resurgence in interest from travelers now that it’s been declared safe in nearly all areas, so it seems that prices might rise in the coming years. This city is one of the best cheap places to travel anytime of year, and May is one of the better months.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people

Lima, Peru

  • May avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though winter is just around the corner in Peru in May, Lima is a coastal city with mild temperatures all year, and there’s barely any rain recorded in the city during this time of year. The seaside suburb of Miraflores is where many tourists choose to stay, as it’s ideal for an outdoor lifestyle when the weather is still nice.

This is a very modern city with an interesting colonial past and architecture, and it’s a good bargain for most people. Those interested in going on to Cusco for Machu Picchu will find nights cooler there, but it’s still the end of the high season before the rains come.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Europe

Only the southernmost edges of Europe really enjoy what you’d call “good” weather in May, but still this is an excellent month for cultural tourists before the summer crowds swoop in.

Since most of Europe doesn’t fit the typical definition of “cheap,” you’ve only got a few entries on this list. However, several of Europe’s cheapest beach areas are worth considering in May because it’s already warm enough yet off season prices are still in effect.

Special 2017 Europe update for Americans

With the exchange rate between the US Dollar and Euro looking extremely good for Americans in 2017, and low fuel prices helping keep airfares lower than they’ve been in years, nearly all of Europe is a bargain for those holding US Dollars.

Athens, Greece

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

While Athens is definitely not as cheap as it used to be, it does have great weather in May, and it’s nicer than many people remember it from the old days. There’s almost no rain as well, so it’s an excellent time to explore the city before heading off to one or more of the Aegean islands for an early holiday if you can manage it.

Prices for hotels tend to be much cheaper in May before jumping up substantially in June. Hostels are good bargains all year round in Athens, but still many people find this to be a city that wears on them after only 3 or 4 days, so it’s fantastic that the islands are so easy to reach.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

Naples, Italy

  • May avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • May avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

It may not actually be beach weather in Naples in May, but it’s very pleasant, much nicer than the travel peak of July and August. As probably the cheapest major tourist city in Italy, it’s still a bit on the expensive side for some people, though hotels in particular do offer some really good deals during the fringe season like this, while hostels are less of a bargain. By the way, Naples has a deserved reputation for being a bit “gritty” so most people prefer staying in the lovely city of Sorrento just a bit to its south. It’s a little more expensive than Naples, but FAR more pleasant, and it’s also still very close to Pompeii as well as the Amalfi Coast.

May is also a good time to visit Sicily or one of the other nearby islands since they tend to be even cheaper and the weather is ideal before summer as well. The cities in the northern parts of the country can be chaotically crowded during summer, so even though they aren’t very warm yet, this is still a good time to visit as long as you are in the area.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$103 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 56°F/13°C
  • May avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Curiously, Lisbon is a bit warmer in May than Barcelona and Madrid, and it’s also a bit cheaper as well. High season for hotels in Lisbon doesn’t begin until June, as you’d expect, so this is an ideal time to come appreciate this underrated city’s charms.

The Algarve area along the southern coast of Portugal is even nicer, and a great bargain for early-season visitors. Prices at hotels and resort apartments are often very low, even along the beaches, so if you’ve got the time off this is one not to miss.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$122 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

The month of May is an ideal time for a holiday in Turkey if you can manage it. Istanbul itself still tends to be a bit cool, but the resort towns on the Mediterranean such as Antalya, and those along the Aegean like Bodrum, are nice and warm. The summer crowds are still not in affect so hotel prices are reasonable throughout the country.

Istanbul is an excellent bargain for the hostel set, with dorm beds at very enticing prices. Food and drinks had become somewhat expensive here in 2013 and 2014, but the Turkish Lira has continued to drop into early 2016, so the value is big here once again. Hotels are just a bit expensive still, but once you arrive you’ll find that most things feel like great deals.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • May avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • May avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Tenerife is the main English-speaking island in the Canaries, which are just off Africa’s northern coast, and these prices and weather are similar in all of them. The weather here is almost the same the whole year round, so it’s most popular from December to April when Europe itself is cold or frozen. In other words, May is the start of the low season here, even though the climate is perfect.

It should be easy to find a flight to Tenerife in the month of May at a good price, and the better hotels will also be offering promotional deals. It’s not quite warm enough to spend a lot of time on the sand, but it’s still incredibly nice and consistent here, not to mention quite affordable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$67 per night for two people

Africa

Northern Africa gets extremely hot in mid summer, so May is a great choice in that region. South Africa does get a bit cool this month, so it’s not quite ideal.

Cairo, Egypt

  • May avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

May is the perfect time to visit anywhere in Egypt and specifically Cairo. The daytime temperatures do get up there, but it’s bone dry and the evenings cool off nicely anyway. The main attractions, like the Great Pyramids of Giza, tend to have reasonable crowds this time of year as well.

This city is very cheap by most standards, and things are even better in that the high-season for hotels ends in April, so you can get really good shoulder-season rates at many of the nicer 3-star and above places. Hopefully security in Egypt will improve enough to visit soon.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • May average high: 93°F/34°C
  • May average low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

If you are looking for the cheapest beach destination with warm May weather and little to no chance of rain, then this is it. Sharm el-Sheikh may not be at the top of your list for 2016, although it’s been generally safe for over a decade and security here is tighter than ever.

With the challenges that Egypt has faced in recent years, this resort is ready to deal on hotel rooms and water activities. Those who are making the trip are rewarded with value that you can’t find anywhere else in the world for this quality and excellent climate.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people

Marrakech, Morocco

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Marrakech gets absolutely scorching during July and August, so May is the perfect time to visit with pleasant warm days and cool evenings still. Fez tends to be a bit cooler year round and a bit cheaper as well, so it’s another good option if you aren’t interested in seeing both on the same trip.

Generally Morocco tends to be quite cheap by most standards, with prices for most things usually about half what they’d be in Spain just to the north. Many people come over by ferry, but sadly plenty of them go no further than the entry point city of Tangier.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$38 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Asia

April and May are the hottest months in most of southern Asia, so many of the cheapest cities on earth are quite uncomfortable at this time of year. Heavy rains start in some areas as well, so the choices now are a bit on the narrow side. As a result, the list of places to visit in May in Asia is a bit shorter than you might expect.

Beijing, China

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

During the peak travel season in July and August, Beijing can get very steamy and quite wet, but during May the temperatures are very comfortable around the clock, and there’s almost no rain. The worst air pollution of summer is still several months off at this point as well, so those who might be sensitive to that should take that into account. Most foreigners will visit Beijing and elsewhere in China on a tour, which actually saves a lot of hassle and is usually even cheaper. The popular all-inclusive China tours from the United States are amazing value, but independent travelers will find this to be a very affordable city as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

Shanghai, China

  • May avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10.0cm

Being farther south, Shanghai gets even hotter during the peak of summer, so May really is an ideal time to visit. The rains really pick up starting in June as well, so even though May is part of the high season for hotels, it’s probably worth the extra bit of money.

Traveling cheap here can be a bit more challenging than in Beijing, but it can be done if you are well prepared. Cheap hotels and restaurants are a bit harder to find in some neighborhoods, so a good guidebook or online resource is key if you are trying to maximize your funds. At least English is more widely spoken in Shanghai so it’s easier to deal with than Beijing or other huge cities.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • May avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • May avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Being practically on the equator, the temperatures in Bali are steady all year long, with warm days and nearly-as-warm nights. The heavy rains fall between November and March, so May is a perfect time to come at the beginning of the nice season and before the summer crowds have arrived.

Hotels booked online are reasonable enough and reliable, but independent travelers looking for smaller places and even cheaper places once they arrive can still find excellent bargains. If done right, Bali is one of the best travel deals in the world. The scenery is amazing and the culture is unique. Traffic jams are recently taking their toll, however.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people

Pokhara, Nepal

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10.0cm

The trekking season in Nepal basically has four good months of weather, and fortunately May is one of them (along with April, October, and November). Rains do pick up at the end of the month, but generally conditions are very pleasant, even at altitude, and visibility is good.

Pokhara can get crowded during this time of year, but with a glut of new hotels being built you’ll still be able to find a great deal if you book in advance, or sometimes even if you just show up and shop around. Food and drinks are very cheap here all year round, so many people hang out between long treks into the nearby mountain ranges.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$17 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

Middle East

Obviously this is similar to north Africa, so May is a very good time to visit these desert regions.

Dubai, UAE

  • May avg high: 100°F/38°C
  • May avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.8cm

Dubai is extremely popular from December through April because of its warm and dry weather, but by the time May rolls in it can be a bit too hot for some people. The good news is that it’s a dry heat and most people don’t spend much time outdoors here during the day anyway, unless they are sitting on the beach. This is a city for shopping for many visitors, and the numerous shopping malls are all very well air-conditioned.

The hotel rates in May are excellent value because the season is mostly over, so you can get a large apartment suite in May for the same price as a smaller hotel room in January. The food here is good value all year long as long as you know where to look.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • May avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though the summers in Tel Aviv aren’t quite as scorching as you might think, it’s still nicer in May, with lovely days and warm nights. The high season for hotels typically begins in June, so you can get some very good deals this time of year, especially at the higher-end places.

Budget travelers might struggle a bit, especially if they like a few beers in the evenings. Tours are very popular and can be a very good deal, including some very nice hotels that would be more expensive if booked on your own.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$112 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

Amman, Jordan

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

With perfect weather and virtually no chance of rain, it’s no surprise that May in Amman is part of the high season for hotels, but fortunately things are still quite cheap by most international standards. Trips to Petra and Wadi Rum are the main reason to come here, but the city itself isn’t unpleasant on its own.

The low season begins in June, so good deals at the nicer places might be possible towards the end of May, and cheap food options are always available.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$41 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

26 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in June

If you have your summer vacation in June then you are in pretty good shape. Since most of Europe’s wealthier office workers have their holidays confined to July and August, those who are able to travel in June will find smaller crowds and better deals in most place. The best places to visit in June are spread all over the northern hemisphere, and many of them are cheap.

Planning in advance is still key, as demand from Americans and Canadians will book the best hotels at the best rates, but you do have more flexibility in June. We have listed 26 places around the world that all have fantastic June weather as well as reasonably priced accommodations once you arrive.

The Americas

In North America June is obviously the start of summer, but most of the north isn’t really cheap enough to make this list. In South America it’s winter in most places, so only the Tropical cities are worth a look for a good-weather bargain at this time of year. The hot countries in June are mostly in the north at this time of year.

The Caribbean

LaRomanaDRIf you are looking mainly to relax in the sun rather than explore a city then the Caribbean is ideal in the month of June. The weather is pretty much perfect even as hotels drop rates to low season prices. Mexico around Cancun is particularly cheap but Jamaica and the Dominican Republic also offer amazing prices. For those who want maximum value and especially people who like to drink by the pool or on the beach, the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean have astonishingly low prices in June.

Cancun, Mexico

  • June avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • June avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg precip: 5.4″/13.5cm

While June is one of the wetter months in the Cancun area, the rain almost never comes down for more than an hour or so at a time, and it tends to be refreshing when it does fall. Better still, the hotel prices are very low in June so you’ll be able to get amazing deals at even the nicest hotels in the area, with inexpensive flights as well.

If you are looking for a high-rise resort on a beach then you’ll definitely want to look along the main Hotel Zone in Cancun itself. But if you would prefer to stay in an actual town with dozens of nearby choices of local restaurants and bars, then you should head to Playa del Carmen or even the island of Cozumel just across the water. They will all be bargains in June, and the sea breezes will keep you cool during the times you aren’t in your air-conditioned hotel room.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$121 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.0cm

PuntaCanaDRJune is a warm month in Punta Cana, but it still gets almost no rain so you’ll be able to spend all day on those lovely white sandy beaches if you like. This is where you want to go if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean with great service at shockingly reasonable prices. In June you should find room rates that are so low they will look like mistakes, yet they are real, and the resorts here are all professionally run. Punta Cana was NOT affected by the 2017 hurricanes, so everything is operating as normal.

This area gets crowded with European visitors during July and August, and most of the resorts here are owned by Spanish (or at least European) hotel companies. So June is the perfect month for great weather and modest prices for an all-inclusive resort. The flights to the new and efficient airport here should be well priced this month as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • June avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

MontegoBayIf you don’t like the sound of Punta Cana then you might prefer to find a resort in Montego Bay, where pretty much everyone speaks English as a first language. The town itself is kind of a dud, so you are best off booking at one of the large self-contained resorts along the coast near town. The all-inclusives here are good deals, but there are other good options as well.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound ideal then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 1.5 hours away from Montego Bay Airport. Ocho Rios has a similar strip of large resorts along its coast, with some interesting nearby sights and attractions. Negril, on the other hand, is best for smaller beach hotels along 7-Mile Beach, where there are many small restaurants and bars to choose from nearby each property. This is where you go to find the old-school super chilled out Jamaica.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • June avg precip: 5.3″/13.3cm

Here’s another one that does get a bit of rain during June, but its altitude keeps temperatures in Mexico City much lower than most people would guess for this time of year. People who might not be able to afford a trip to Europe should consider this as an interesting alternative. Flights from the US and Canada tend to be cheap, the city center area is very nice in many places, and prices are very low compared to almost anywhere else. This is a very underrated destination that is far safer than many cities in the US, and the mild June weather is a perfect reason to visit. In other words, Mexico City is not one of the hottest place in June, but it’s pleasantly mild and much nicer than you might expect.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • June avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • June avg precip: 4.2″/10.5cm

It’s true that it can be a bit rainy in Cartagena in June, but it’s the tropical type of rain that comes and goes quickly, so it’s unlikely to become a problem for most people. Hotels in this beach town are still in their off-season prices as well, as the summer demand doesn’t really pick up until July. The winter is probably the best time to visit, but it’s really quite nice all year round, and still very cheap as well. If you like culture, history, and gorgeous Colonial architecture you’ll want to stay in the walled city area. But if you mainly want to relax on the beach you’ll want to stay in the Bocagrande area just to the west of the walled city.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$107 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • June avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • June avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Rio de Janeiro is just barely inside the Tropics, so it’s pretty much the South American equivalent of Miami. This means that its summer (December through February) can be steamy and a bit wet, but it’s nearly perfect during the rest of the year. The Brazilian currency has come way down in recent years so it’s a true bargain now, and it’s a stunningly beautiful setting as well. The low prices here won’t last forever and the setting is among the most beautiful in the world.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

Europe

When June rolls in it’s still quite cold in the north of Europe, and incredibly expensive as well. The best vacations in June are therefore toward the south in Europe. June is actually a perfect month to get some sun because peak season doesn’t start until July and yet the weather is perfect already.

Krakow, Poland

  • June avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • June avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • June avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

It’s hard to emphasize enough what a bargain Krakow is compared to most of the rest of Europe. June has very nice weather, though you’ll still need a jacket for the evenings. The draw here is the lovely town center with its historic cathedrals and castles, plus a huge array of hostels and budget hotels that make shopping around very easy. This is the new hot destination for British stag and hen parties, and one look at the beer prices makes it easy to see why.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$118 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • June avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Many parts of Europe become stifling in July and August, and some of them have little air conditioning to help deal with it. This makes a place like Budapest ideal during June, when daytime temperatures are still warm but not steamy. Prices here are easing up in recent years, but still this is a classic and beautiful European city that remains a fantastic bargain for most people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • June avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

Official part of Spain, Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands and located just off the northern coast of Africa. It has a stable climate that has pleasant temperatures pretty much all year long, and June is the first month that you should be able to get as much beach time as you like in.

The island fills up more in July and August when more Europeans have their month-long holidays, so if you can come in June you’ll be dodging some of the crowds and you should also be able to get a better rate on a hotel and a flight. There aren’t many cultural sights here, but it’s a great place to relax without breaking the bank. If you don’t speak much Spanish, then you’ll want to head to the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas, which are always packed with Brits and Swedes.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$65 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • June avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • June avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

June is still going to be extremely crowded in Istanbul, but it’ll be far more tolerable than July or August, so this is a good time to come. Prices have been heading up here lately, especially for hotels and hostels, so finding bargains is much more challenging than it was just a few years back. Still, this is a fascinating and photogenic city with plenty to offer the budget traveler, so it might be wise to schedule a trip soon, before prices rise much more. The rest of Turkey is generally quite a bit cheaper, thankfully.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people

Prague, Czech Republic

  • June avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • June avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • June avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

Speaking of prices going up, Prague has been raising things and having its currency head north at the same time, so this is nowhere near the bargain that it famously was a decade or so ago. June is an ideal time to come, weather-wise, since many cheaper places have no air-con. Crowds seem to be perpetually crazy here so the key is to try to take side streets and minimize your time in the main squares. It does get worse in July and August, so June is a good compromise with nice weather.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people

Antalya, Turkey

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Due to a limited number of actual hostels in Antalya, it’s not a classic backpacker destination. In reality, you can get a private room at a nice 2-star hotel in the historic center for sometimes less than a dorm bed. This city is a fantastic bargain, and the weather in June is wonderful, at least until the end when the July heat starts kicking in a bit early. The entire Mediterranean coast of Turkey is the place to be this time of year, just before it fills up during its two hottest months. It’s not technically in Europe, but it very much feels like it is.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • June avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

The temperatures in Lisbon during June are pretty much perfect for climbing up and down its seven hills without making a mess of yourself. It’s hard to make a case for flying a long way to visit Portugal alone, although there’s actually plenty to see and do, plus the wonderful Algarve region in the south, so this is usually an add-on to some trips of Spain. If you are on the fence, definitely take the leap and you won’t regret it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$122 per night for two people

Athens, Greece

  • June avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1cm

The end of June can begin to get sweltering, and you probably don’t even want to think about coming during July or August, so this would be a good one about now, especially as a 3-day stop on the way to a Greek Island for the balance of a trip. This isn’t exactly a cheap city, but it’s very much worth seeing at least once in your life, with some of the world’s finest sights. It’s also much less untidy than it was before the Olympics, so its former reputation no longer really fits.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$141 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • June avg high: 80°F/26°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.2cm

SplitWhile Dubrovnik is the more famous destination on Croatia’s coast, it’s also too expensive to make this list now. Split, on the other hand, is still quite a bargain and it’s actually more interesting, and a nicer place to visit. Dubrovnik is completely packed with tourists, especially in summer, but Split is a similar-looking real city filled mostly with locals. It’s also easier to reach, as well as the transit hub to the nearby islands off Croatia. The area does get crowded in summer, but not quite so bad until July and August when all the Germans and northern Europeans move in for a month at a time.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$145 per night for two people

Madrid, Spain

  • June avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

As the prices rise the further down this list we go in Europe, Madrid is another that’s not terribly cheap by most standards, but compared to most of the rest of Europe it’s very good value, and June is pretty much the perfect time to visit. Days get warm this month, but still rarely that insane type of oppressive heat that can feel even worse in this mostly-concrete city. With no sea breeze to help out you may feel a bit uncomfortable during the middle of the day, but since everything is closed it’s a good time to take a nap back in your room anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$116 per night for two people

Barcelona, Spain

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

The daytime temperatures in June for Barcelona are still very reasonable, and the ocean breezes can actually make it feel cool in the mornings and evenings. As a beach city this place does stay very busy all summer long, so June is a nice compromise before things get too crazy. It’s another that may not be super cheap, but it’s very reasonable compared to the rest of Western Europe, and definitely worth a visit at least once in your life for the unusual architecture alone.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$149 per night for two people

Africa

June is obviously winter in South Africa, and it’s blazing hot in most of the middle of the continent and over in Egypt, so you don’t have many great choices this month here.

Fez, Morocco

  • June avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • June avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Much like nearby Marrakech, Fez sounds to many people like a place that would be in the heart of a forbidding desert, but Morocco is just south of Spain, and the Atlas Mountains keep most of the heat on the other side, so this country is fairly pleasant even in June. Most visits tend to come as part of a trip to Spain, and those who make it past the hard-to-recommend border city of Tangier will find a fascinating culture and very appealing prices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people

Asia

The cheap destinations in Southeast Asia will be celebrating the start of the drenching rainy season in June, so it’s not really an ideal time to visit if you have a choice. Still, there are some good options to consider.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

The exception to the Southeast Asia rainy season pattern, this beach town on Vietnam’s southern coast avoids nearly all the wet during summer, so it’s especially appealing for Australians and such who are escaping their own winter down under. This is not Vietnam’s best cultural experience, but the beaches are very nice, the nightlife is surprisingly good, and it’s extremely cheap once you get there.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • June avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • June avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Bali is near the equator so temperatures are similar all year long, but fortunately June is not part of the rainy season so this is one of the best times of the year to go. Rain never seems to be too far away, but of course the island is well adapted to the quick downfalls, so things get right back to normal again. Those who only research on big travel sites might think Bali is very expensive for hotels, but there are still many cheap and cheerful guesthouses in all the main tourist areas, so just showing up might save you quite a bit compared to reserving online in advance. Those looking for the best beaches in June will find many good candidates here in Bali as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people

Beijing, China

  • June avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Beijing can get really sweltering, steamy, and smoggy during summer, but June is a decent compromise before things start getting too bad. Of course this is one of the world’s most important cities, past and present, and it’s loaded with interesting things to see and do. Hotels and food are very good bargains here, and things are even cheaper in pretty much all of China, so this is a good time for a tour of multiple cities if you can pull it off. Most tours also include Shanghai, and Xi’an, but Guilin is an even better stop for most people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • June avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • June avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • June avg precip: 4.9″/12.3cm

Another city very close to the equator, Kuala Lumpur is hot every day of the year. And while there will be some noticeable rain during June, this is actually the driest month on average. An impressive and modern city, KL is built to drain off the wet stuff very fast, so it rarely impacts a visit. It’s not as cheap as the rest of Southeast Asia, but when you get to Kuala Lumpur you realize why, as things are much nicer than they are in most of the region, and more cosmopolitan as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$29 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$43 per night for two people

Middle East

A bit surprisingly, much of the Middle East still has very reasonable temperatures in June.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • June average high: 99°F/37°C
  • June average low: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

SharmelSheikhThis Red Sea resort in Egypt has been one of the most affordable sunshine destinations in the world in recent years, and a recent incident will probably keep it on the very-cheap list for some time to come. Needless to say, this area has been safe for years and it will be considered safe again, so anyone who doesn’t get intimidated easily should consider a visit. The resort prices here are amazing, even more so lately, and the June weather is pretty much perfect for those who like it warm and dry.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$15 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$27 per night for two people

Amman, Jordan

  • June avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Quite cheap by international standards, Amman is usually used mostly as a launching point for trips to Wadi Rum and Petra nearby, but the city itself does impress many visitors. The weather in June is still quite nice, at least in the first half of the month, and the threat of rain is literally zero. It might not be worth flying a long distance just to visit Jordan, but this region is quite worth a visit so connecting a few nearby countries is worth a look.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

Beirut, Lebanon

  • June avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Similar to Amman, Beirut is actually quite pleasant during June with no rainfall at all. Prices here aren’t as low as they are in Jordan, but this city has plenty to see that might make it worthwhile on a visit to the region. There has been a long history of turmoil here and that has certainly hampered tourism. Nearly everyone who actually makes the trip seems to find it fulfilling, so it’s a good choice for the bold among us.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • June avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • June avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Carrying on with the theme of places that aren’t as hot in June as you might expect them to be, Tel Aviv has its nice beaches to keep things even nicer than the inland cities as well. This is not a particularly cheap city compared to most on this list, but June is one of the best weather months here, again with no rain at all, so if you are thinking about an Israel trip you might as well do it this time of year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$145 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$146 per night for two people

20 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in August

We continue with this year-long series of articles highlighting cheap cities that have great weather during a particular month, this time for August. If you are a global weather-watcher you might already know that August weather tends to be nearly identical from the previous month, so you’ll also notice quite a few similarities with our list of cheap cities with great July weather.

So not only is the weather in these two months similar, but it’s a similar predicament for budget travelers in that Europeans (even more so than Americans) tend to cram a huge amount of vacation time into the height of summer. This means that any city with a beach that is in or near Europe will have its highest prices of the year during August. There are a few cities on the list below that aren’t nearly as crowded in summer, so let’s have a look, shall we?

The Americas

During August many Americans and Canadians are on vacations, but the numbers tend to tail off in the second half of the month in this region. Still, all the cheaper cities in these two countries have high prices during summer anyway, so it’s a good time to go a bit further afield.

The Caribbean

CancunWhile it’s true that August is officially part of the wet season in most of the Caribbean, most islands actually only get a bit of rain this month and some get almost none. In spite of this, room rates at resorts in Mexico and on the islands are crazy low, with the best deals being at the all-inclusives. In addition to Mexico you’ll find that Jamaica and Dominican Republic have the best deals this month.


Cancun, Mexico

  • August avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • August avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • August avg precip: 4.3″/10.8cm

Most people forget about tropical destinations like Cancun when it’s warm all over the Northern Hemisphere, which is exactly why it can be great value this time of year. You can be sure that it will be hot every day and warm every evening in August, but you’ll also have sea breezes along the beaches and strong air-con in all hotel rooms, so it’s far more pleasant than you might imagine.

You’ll be seeing an influx of European tourists in August who know that Cancun offers good deals this time of year, but it’s still much slower than it is in the winter months, and this huge area is built with enough hotels for peak season. The Cancun Airport has cheap direct flights from all over, and the airport also serves Playa del Carmen and the nearby island of Cozumel just to the south. All-inclusive resorts can also be great value in August.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • August avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • August avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

Out on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, you’ll find its most popular resort area with some of the island’s best sandy beaches. It’s going to be warm every day and every night in August, but it’s also generally dry, and most guests rarely spend much time out of the cooling sea breezes.

The best news is that Punta Cana can be very cheap in August, even for many of the higher-end resorts and the all-inclusives. They build enough of them so that they are mostly full in January, which means that they have to fiercely compete in low season months like this. There are great water sports opportunities as well, although you won’t be seeing much in the way of authentic culture in a resort compound like this.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$150 per night for two people

 

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  • August avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • August avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • August avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

Ocho Rios is the next resort area east of Montego Bay, and visitors to both will fly into the busy Montego Bay Airport. Ocho Rios (and the rest of Jamaica) has a similar climate to Punta Cana in August, in that it’s guaranteed to be very warm but most people spend most of their time on the beach or by the pool anyway.

And again, the hotel deals in the resort area of Jamaica are quite amazing in August when many people incorrectly assume it’s way too hot. Even the all-inclusive resorts here pull out the stops with deals that sometimes look like misprints because rates are so low. If you want to tour museums and cathedrals, go elsewhere, but if you want to relax on the beach with great food and cheap drinks, it’s hard to beat Ocho Rios this time of year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$247 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • August avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • August avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • August avg precip: 6.7″/16.8cm

You might get a bit of rain in Mexico City in August, but there are so many great indoor activities here that it’s easy to work around it. Best of all, Mexico City has pleasant and moderate temperatures all summer while most of the rest of the region is blazing hot. This huge city is far more interesting and far less dangerous than most people realize, with excellent food, culture, and historic sights in abundance.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

Quito, Ecuador

  • August avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • August avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • August avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Quito is at such altitude and so near the equator that the temperatures are almost exactly the same every day of the year. And while it’s hard to call these days “great” in the traditional sense, at least August (along with July) is the driest time of year so there’s little chance of getting caught in a storm.

If Quito were easier to reach it would be far more popular, but as it is this is not a city that people arrive in accidentally. This helps contribute to the fact that things are extremely cheap by international standards, so it’s not a bad place to just hang around in if you can manage it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$85 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • August avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • August avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • August avg precip: 4.7″/11.8cm

Another city with a climate that barely changes from one part of the year to another, Cartagena can be counted on for warm and muggy days and warm and muggy nights pretty much any time. August is technically within the rainy season as well, but it’s tropical rain that never lasts long.

This city also has an advantage of offering long stretches of very nice beaches near the center, plus a charming Colonial walled city in the middle of it all. With both options available it’s easy to take advantage of the sunny days on the beach and still get a bit of culture in when it’s cloudy and looks like rain is on the way. Once you get here, you’ll find that hotels, restaurants, and attractions are excellent value.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$99 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • August avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • August avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • August avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Just as we said for July, this ties for the nicest two-month stretch of the year in a city where it’s always pretty damn nice outside. Being barely in the tropics but in the Southern Hemisphere, Rio de Janeiro is plenty warm this month but never scorching. This is also the driest time of year, so humidity is down a bit and you won’t have to worry about afternoon rainstorms.

Booking a trip to Rio can be a bit tricky though, so it’s worth doing some research. This is a sprawling metro area with a bunch of amazing (and famous) beaches that are quite a distance from the city center. If you are coming to hit the sand it’s worth paying a bit more for a nearby location.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$92 per night for two people

Europe

As mentioned on top, August in Europe is like shopping malls just before Christmas. There’s plenty of great weather in the north, but extremely high prices to go along with it, so we are staying in the south for the most part.

Even though August is peak season for sunshine holidays, you can still find cheap Europe beach destinations if that’s your goal.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • August avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • August avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

August is a very popular month in Tenerife, which is the largest of the Canary Islands, but it’s still quite a bargain by international standards. You’ll find the southern resort areas packed with Brits, Germans, and Swedes, sunning themselves and enjoying cheap beer and food at the hundreds of outdoor restaurants. Non-Spanish speakers will have the easiest time in the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • August avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • August avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

Even though August is one of the wetter months in Krakow, the precipitation totals are still quite low on average so it’s no reason to stay away. The crowds of partying Europeans might actually be a reason to postpone your visit until September or later if possible, so prepare for crowds and queues if you do come in summer.

Krakow is easily one of the best bargains in Europe, with accommodation, attraction, food, and drink prices being near the bottom of the pack for the continent, in spite of the charming city center and welcome reception visitors receive. The city is also very popular among stag and hen parties lately, so if you are a light sleeper it might be worth staying a bit outside of the center.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$66 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$82 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • August avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • August avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • August avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest isn’t as cheap as it used to be not long ago, but it’s still one of the best bargains in Europe. During August you can expect warm sunny days and reasonably cool nights, though if you get unlucky you might be there for a few scorching days. The bigger problem will be the crowds, as this city is anything but a secret among the budget travel set.

Prices for hotels do tend to be at their highest during August, but hostel prices tend to stay steady through the middle of the year so it might be worth trying to book a private room in a hostel if you can do so early enough. It’s still much cheaper in Budapest than any large city to its west.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$107 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • August avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Istanbul might feel like it would be absolutely scorching all summer long, but in reality it’s quite reasonable, with a few steamy periods mixed in each month. Crowds in August might be overwhelming, however, as this is yet another large city that other Europeans flock to rather than away from during the peak season.

Hotel prices in particular might be shockingly high during August, and hostel prices are unusually high during summer as well, so Istanbul might not look like much of a bargain at all anymore. The good news is that there are plenty of cheap attractions and local food options, so once you pay for a room the worst is over.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

Prague, Czech Republic

  • August avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • August avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • August avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Unfortunately, Prague is similar to Budapest and Istanbul (mentioned above) in that it tends to be very crowded all year long, and absolutely packed to the brim in August itself. There’s some strange condition where the main attractions are clustered along one main route that actually makes Prague feel like there are a million visitors there even during the shoulder season.

Hotels in Prague do charge quite a bit in August, but hostels can be good bargains still, especially the ones a bit away from the tourist zone. Booking well in advance is wise for August. At least you’ll have the cheap and excellent beer waiting for you through the frustrations.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • August avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • August avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

Being on the coast like it is, Lisbon has pretty much perfect weather all summer. The cool breezes come in to make even the warmer days feel quite nice, so it’s far more pleasant than Madrid this time of year. There’s also virtually no rain in Lisbon during the summer so you can confidently leave your umbrella at home.

Lisbon is not nearly as cheap as most of the European cities listed above, but it’s quite a bargain considering how proper and organized things are. You’ll struggle to find cheap food options so it might be worth considering staying in one of the city’s excellent hostels and cooking a bit on your own if you are a cheapskate.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • August avg high: 85°F/30°C
  • August avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • August avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Actually, Dubrovnik used to be on this list, but we replaced it with its neighbor, Split, because this city is similar in most ways except much cheaper and easier to reach. August will be crowded in this whole region, though Split is a relative bargain. The city is gorgeous, historic, and fascinating, and there are great beaches nearby and on the islands just a short ferry ride away. As in all of Croatia, apartments are more plentiful and better value than hotels.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$161 per night for two people

Barcelona, Spain

  • August avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 67°F/19°C
  • August avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Barcelona is one of the world’s great summer party cities, and that means it’s extremely crowded in August, with peak season hotel rates to contend with as well. At least the weather is nicer than in Madrid, since Barcelona is coastal and even has a few beaches near the city center.

Booking as early as possible is your best bet for a city like this. Even the hostels will be jammed during August so arriving with no reservations and going door to door could be problematic and exhausting. At least food and drink prices are reasonable, even in summer, so once you have a bed sorted out it’s easy to keep your budget down otherwise.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$141 per night for two people

Africa

We only cover a handful of cities in Africa, and none of those could make this list for August. It’s still too cold down in South Africa, and it’s blazing hot in Morocco and Egypt. Check back in September for some possibilities here.

Asia

Asia is usually the king of cheap destinations with great weather for most of the year, but August is still in the middle of the rainy season for most of the tropical cities, as well as for Beijing and Hong Kong. Those who like to take their chances could actually have a great and cheap trip by going almost anywhere in Southeast Asia. It’s a bit cooler than in April and May, and most of the rainfall comes suddenly, plus it’s usually easy to get out of the way.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • August avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • August avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

Pretty much all of Southeast Asia has its monsoon season during August, with Nha Trang on Vietnam’s southern coast being one notable exception. Here the rainy months are in autumn so you be basking in the sunshine on the huge beaches here all August. The night time temperatures don’t give you much of a break in summer though, so make sure you book a place with aircon.

Nha Trang is very popular with Australians and some others from around Asia, as it provides a rare sunny beach this time of year in the region. It’s incredibly cheap and quite tourist friendly, but the cultural offerings in the town are relatively weak so it’s hard to justify coming in from a very long distance just to sit on its beaches.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$34 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • August avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Being just below the equator, August is technically a winter month in Bali, but of course there is no winter, and this is the single nicest month of the year here. The high temperatures are at their lowest, though it’s always balmy, and there’s virtually no rain this time of year as well. It never gets cold at night though, so you can leave the sweater or jacket at home.

Things are really crowded in Bali these days, and those who book in advance online might find that hotel prices seem to be much higher than they expected. It’s true that a huge number of fancier hotels have opened up, but there are still plenty of cheap guesthouses all over that cost very little. And this month you can probably skip the air-con and save a bit more. Food and drinks are very cheap as long as you avoid the fancy hotels as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • August avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • August avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

Another city very near the equator, it’s hot in Kuala Lumpur every day of the year, but it’s also very worth visiting if you are in the region, and August is one of the better months. There’s less rain during summer than the rest of the year, and it tends to come in those tropical bursts so it won’t ruin your whole day.

This is a very modern and urban city with many shopping malls and great restaurants, so even when it does rain you might not even notice it. The public transportation system here is top notch and cheap as well, so this is an easy and cheap city to visit any time of the year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$27 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$43 per night for two people

Middle East

Much of the Middle East is crazy hot during August, and even those places can get crowded this month, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Beirut, Lebanon

  • August avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • August avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

It’s not an obvious destination in summer, but you could make a case for Beirut quite easily. This city has warm days and nights, though almost never scorching like some of its neighbors. There are also beaches in the city so there are chances to escape the heat if you get unlucky and turn up during a very warm spell.

One of the better features for Beirut is that it’s among the cheapest cities in the Middle East, with even alcohol not being insanely expensive as it is in so many other nearby cities. If you follow the locals you can eat hearty and authentic meals at low prices, but even the touristy places are quite reasonable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • August avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • August avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Tel Aviv is another big city with really nice beaches near the center, but this one is quite a bit more expensive. It’s reasonably priced compared to summer resort cities in Europe, but August is definitely the peak season so finding a cheap place to stay might be challenging. Book as early as possible for best results.

At least food here is quite cheap as long as you eat at the same casual places that the locals flock to all day and all night. Drinks do tend to be very expensive here, so Tel Aviv is not an ideal place for cheapskate drunks.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$136 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

25 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in September

Having wrapped up the articles for cheap cities with great July weather and cheap cities with great August weather, it’s nice to arrive in a month where better bargains are available in places with manageable crowds. The savvy budget traveler skips the summer months to take advantage of better weather and lower prices at the best holiday destinations in September.

Europe in particular really opens up with some great deals in cities that actually have their best weather of the year at the end of summer. Airfares get lower and hotels and hostels get cheaper and easier to find, so this is really perfect if you’ve got the time off.

On the other hand, there are fewer good destinations in the Americas this time of year, and Southeast Asia, which is normally the budget traveler’s Mecca, is at the peak of a harsh rainy season this month.

The Americas

While more cheap destinations have better weather in September on a global scale, the Americas are still in an in-between phase, with chilly temperatures in most of South America, and the rainy season in full effect in Central America.

The Caribbean

SamanaDRNot many people consider the Caribbean in September because it’s the heart of the tropical storm season in the region, but many savvy travelers go anyway, taking advantage of rock-bottom prices and lovely weather. The truth is that parts of the Caribbean rarely get storms and the whole area is dry most of the time. The risks are extremely low and the prices are too so those who plan trips this month can get much more luxury than at any other time of year.


Cancun, Mexico

  • September avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • September avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • September avg precip: 8.9″/22.3cm

While it’s true that September is one of the more active months for potential hurricanes in Cancun, they’ve only hit the area about once every 10 years, and only one of those in the last 40 years was in September. In other words, the chance of being effected are extremely slim, and the resort and airfare discounts are HUGE.

Most likely you’ll get a handful of quick downpours each week, and you can get 4-star beach hotels for well under US$100 per night for two people. Even all-inclusive resorts only cost a bit more. It’s not for everyone, but savvy travelers flock to these sorts of places when the general public massively overestimate the potential risks.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • September avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • September avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • September avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

If Cancun isn’t your cup of tea, then Montego Bay just might be. On the northern coast of Jamaica, it tends to have a limited exposure to any possible hurricanes, and they only get near the place on average every 11 years. In most years, they don’t even get much rain in September, much less a tropical storm.

But because so many members of the public overestimate the risks, resort prices hit their rock-bottom levels this time of year. You can get a room in a luxury all-inclusive resort for under US$200 per night for two people, and airfares tend to be cheap as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$86 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

  • September avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • September avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • September avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

While it’s still technically the rainy season in most of the Caribbean, Puerto Plata rarely sees much moisture in September. This beach area along the Dominican Republic’s northern coast will be quite warm all month but it won’t be unbearable, especially since you’ll be spending most of your time on or near the beach, or in your air conditioned hotel room.

This is low season in Puerto Plata so the room rates at the resorts can be shockingly low. The normal hotels offer good value but it’s really the all-inclusive resorts that offer deals that seem like mistakes when you look at the listings. If your main goal is just to relax in the sunshine and perhaps eat and drink all you want, Puerto Plata should be high on your list in September.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • September avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • September avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • September avg precip: 5.7″/14.3cm

If you are tired of the scorching summer weather, Mexico City is an excellent option to consider because its altitude keeps the temperatures mild. There could be a bit of rain to contend with, but it’s very unlikely to be problematic. Mexico City has a wide variety of museums and other indoor attractions, so even if it does rain you’ll have endless choices.

It’s also important to note that Mexico City if FAR nicer than you probably think it is, with a large, safe, and friendly city center that is one of the most impressive in North America. Better still, it’s quite inexpensive, even at 3-star and 4-star hotels. Speaking Spanish at least a bit is helpful, but not really necessary.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • September avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • September avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • September avg precip: 5.2″/13.0cm

If you are looking for a bargain destination that will be warm but not scorching in September, think about Cartagena. Cultural visitors will want to stay in the gorgeous walled colonial city to enjoy excellent restaurants and nightlife at surprisingly affordable prices. Sunshine tourists will probably want to stay near the beach, in the newer part of town, just beyond the walled city.

Colombia is now a very hot destination for international travelers, partly due to the fact that the country now has a reputation as being safe and friendly after years of trouble. Even so, the trouble was never in Cartagena, as this has always been a tourist area first and foremost.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$76 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$82 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • September avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • September avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • September avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

September is yet another excellent month in Rio de Janeiro, still a few months before the rainy season kicks in that is also accompanied by the hotter summer temperatures. Every day in September should be pleasantly warm and every night should be cool enough to be enjoyable as well.

Another key detail here is that this is part of the low season for hotels, so you should be able to get some of the nicer places overlooking Copacabana or Ipanema beaches for surprisingly good rates. Overall Brazil has gotten to be a bit on the expensive side due to its rising currency, but it’s still a great bargain compared to Europe or North America.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

New Orleans, USA

  • September avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • September avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • September avg precip: 5.6″/14cm

Especially during the second half of September, New Orleans starts getting over the muggy summer sizzle, with temperatures becoming quite nice most of the time. There’s definitely the threat of a bit of rainfall, but that’s actually true in every month of the year in New Orleans.

Compared to nearly every other major American tourist city, New Orleans remains a bargain. Hotels usually have lower prices through summer, and that includes September at many places, so this is an ideal month to take advantage of lower prices and some rather nice weather at the same time. This city is easily one of the finest in North America for new visitors with an amazing mix of culture, food, and interesting architecture. The fact that it’s also relatively cheap is just a bonus.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$137 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$154 per night for two people

Europe

September might be the best month of the year to visit Europe for the budget traveler. Most of the cheaper cities in the south have great weather, and crowds have already thinned out from the August peaks.

If you are more interested in an all-inclusive resort, you won’t believe some of the bargains available in Turkey, Greece, and Egypt.

Sofia, Bulgaria

  • September avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • September avg low: 51°F/11°C
  • September avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Europe’s cheapest tourist city does start to get cool at night toward the end of September, but at least the crowds thin out a bit at the same time, making this an ideal time to come. Hotels still are in high-season mode through the month, though prices are generally so cheap compared to anywhere else in Europe that it’s barely worth worrying about.

Sofia is becoming a favorite among low-budget backpackers who are looking for a place to slow down for a while. The hostel beds are also shockingly cheap here, even compared to other cheap cities on this same list. It can’t stay this affordable forever, so don’t wait too long if you are a cheapskate who likes to brag about being places before the masses come.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • September avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • September avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • September avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

It might be a bit of a stretch to say that Krakow has “great weather” in September, especially in the second half of the month, but we’ll keep it on the list one last time because it’s still very pleasant this time of year, and crowds are much more reasonable after the August rush as well.

Krakow is a long way from any coast so it has a good 5 to 6 months of frigid weather each year, making a visit during the warmer months pretty much mandatory. This continues to be one of the cheapest and most charming cities in all of Europe, becoming very popular with stag parties and such as well, so if you are in the area it would be wise to plan at least a short stay.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$76 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • September avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • September avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • September avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

September is the perfect month to visit Budapest since days are almost all warm but never out of control, and it’s one of the drier months as well. This city continues to get more popular and more expensive each year, so avoiding the July and August crush is ideal if at all possible.

Availability at hotels can still be tight, so it’s best to book in advance if you can, but at least you know you’ll be able to find something decent and in your price range if you just show up in September. This is another of Europe’s best travel bargains for the budget traveler, and by October it cools off quite a bit, so now is the time to go.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • September avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • September avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • September avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Combining the massive crowds of August with the muggy days, a visit to Istanbul during the peak months might not be wise, but during September things get quite a bit better. Days are warm but rarely too hot, and there’s still not much rain to worry about. Better yet, the insane summer crowds definitely start to ease up a bit, making shopping and sightseeing much more pleasurable.

Istanbul had certainly gotten much more expensive in recent years, but the weakened Turkish Lira has more than made up for it so it’s relatively cheap again. Bargains are still possible, but definitely more hidden than before, with hotels in particular being weirdly expensive most of the year. Book well in advance to find the better accommodation deals.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

Antalya, Turkey

  • September avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • September avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • September avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The beginning of September can still be a bit scorching in Antalya, but by the middle of the month it’s usually wonderful and still perfectly sunny. The beach resorts outside of the city are much cheaper and less crowded after the August crush, so those looking for an all-inclusive package holiday will find excellent value this month.

The city of Antalya itself has only a few hostels and none are as cheap as they probably should be, so the city comes up as a bit pricey on the Backpacker Index, but the cheap hotels through the historic city center more than make up for it. This city is an excellent bargain for those looking for sunny weather on the Mediterranean, and cheap flights are usually easy to find as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people

Prague, Czech Republic

  • September avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • September avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • September avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Another city where “great weather” might be a stretch during September, Prague is so unbelievably crowded during the warmer months that it’s far better to pack a light jacket and come after summer than deal with the herds. The first half of September is actually quite nice, with very little rainfall, so it’s the perfect time of year to visit unless you like to bundle up during the day.

The secret of Prague’s charms hasn’t been a secret for over a decade now, and prices keep rising to meet the increased demand. Yet, it’s still quite cheap compared to other European cities that aren’t half as lovely or charming. Hotels in particular can be expensive so it’s best to book early to lock in something in a good neighborhood if you can.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • September avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

September is the perfect month to visit Lisbon, with warm days, pleasant evenings, and still almost no rainfall. The crowds of summer have eased off as well, so sightseeing becomes far more pleasant as temperatures cool off as well. Starting in October the risk of wet weather increases a bit, although honestly Lisbon has perhaps the finest year-round climate in all of Europe, so there’s really no bad time to go.

Hotel prices are still near their peak during September in Lisbon, so this is a perfect time and place to consider a hostel, even a private room in a hostel. There’s an unusual hostel culture in this city that has somehow spawned several of the world’s highest rated backpacker places, so there’s no better place to give it a try yourself.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$93 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$132 per night for two people

Athens, Greece

  • September avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • September avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The peak of summer can be brutal in Athens, so a trip in September makes a lot of sense, even though the city will still be crowded and hotels are still charging their peak rates. The weather in September, especially the second half, is very pleasant day and night, and crowds have thinned out at least a bit after August.

Since Athens can be visited effectively in only a few days, many people choose to spend the balance of their trip out of one of the islands. The weather at the popular islands will be perfect in September as well, with crowds and hotel prices well off their peaks, so a combination trip like this is strongly advised, and ferries are easy to reach from the heart of Athens.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

Madrid, Spain

  • September avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • September avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

With a location in the center of Spain, Madrid can get insanely hot during the peak of summer, so September is when tourists begin arriving en masse again. The weather this month is nearly perfect, with warm days, pleasant nights, and virtually no rainfall to worry about. By the end of the month things begin cooling off a bit, so the perfect season doesn’t last long in autumn.

Interestingly, Madrid is one of the few cities where hotel prices actually fall in July and August, and start rising again in September, so booking early is recommended if you want a good bargain at a well located place. Hostels here can be great value, though some can be a bit shabby so it’s best to research before booking.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$129 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$135 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • September avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • September avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • September avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

While Croatia is generally pretty good value, we had to replace Dubrovnik on this list with Split, because Dubrovnik is now almost as expensive (and crowded) as Italy, especially when cruise ships are in town. Fortunately, Split is very similar, actually a bit older, much easier to reach for most people, and much cheaper.

Split is one of Europe’s best destinations to combine culture with a comfortable beach stay. The historic city center is gorgeous and interesting, yet there are good beaches just on the edge of town, as well as on some of the nearby islands. Pretty much everyone who visits Split and Dubrovnik agrees that Split is the better of the two, although Dubrovnik is certainly nice and worth a quick look if you can manage it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$124 per night for two people

Barcelona, Spain

  • September avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 62°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Barcelona is a city that really fills up during the peak summer months, so a trip in September is a much better idea if you have the time off. It’s still plenty warm enough both day and night, although rainfall does become a bit of an issue so it’s not all good news. The beaches should still be crowded through most of the month as well, and the parties never seem to stop.

This city is relatively expensive compared to most on this list, so the backpacker crowd really has to plan ahead in order to keep within their budgets. Fortunately, the main sights are mostly free or cheap, so it’s mainly a matter of finding a well located hotel or hostel and booking early.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$151 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • September avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • September avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • September avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

If you are looking for a place to relax in the sun, rather than shuffle through museums and city squares, Tenerife is a great choice. This is the largest of the Canary Islands, and the one most popular with English-speaking visitors. The weather is pretty much dry and perfect all through September, with every single day warm enough to sit in the sun until the sun sets.

You might take a day to see the volcano or do another day trip or two, but nearly everyone here just comes to sit in the sun during the day. You’ll find large groups of British, Swedish, and German visitors, primarily in the cluster of resort towns in the southwest of Tenerife. Los Cristianos is the most interesting town, but Playa de las Americas is more modern with larger hotels to choose from.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

Africa

Most of the African cities that we cover are either too hot or still too cold at this time of year, with one exception. But we only cover a few countries so this list is very incomplete.

Fez, Morocco

  • September avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • September avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

While nearby Marrakech, remains quite hot through the whole month, Fez is usually quite nice in September. If you are coming from any great distance you’ll want to visit both anyway, or you could spend some time on one of Morocco’s newer beach resort areas instead.

Really, Fez and Marrakech are quite similar so it’s probably best to just spend more time in one and skip the other, and since Fez has nicer weather it should be an easy choice. September is still part of low season for hotels as well, so you’ll often find very good value at some of the normally pricey places in the New City area.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$30 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people

Asia

September is not an ideal time in most of Asia, with the peak of the rainy season in Southeast Asia and India, making visiting most of the cheaper cities not recommended. There are a few good ones that have nice weather in September though.

Pokhara, Nepal

  • September avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • September avg precip: 7.4″/18.5cm

While the first part of September can still be rainy and steamy in Pokhara, the last half of the month might be one of the best times of the year to come to this trekking paradise. There are generally only 4 good months in Pokhara, but the latter part of September is similar to October, so it’s a bit of a bonus with smaller crowds and lower prices.

There are so many hotels in this city that finding one even during peak season isn’t difficult, so if you come in the shoulder season like this you’ll have your pick of places at low prices. Food and drinks are quite cheap year round, so this is a nice place to just hang around if you’ve got time in your schedule.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$21 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • September avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • September avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • September avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

September is yet another fabulous month in Bali for the weather, with warm temperatures that never really get out of hand, though it certainly will feel humid when you first arrive. Many Australians fill Bali up during July and August, but those crowds ease off a bit this month, making it a bit easier to get around.

Hotels start dropping their rates around the middle of the month, so some great bargains are possible even though the climate is still ideal. Look for bargains at some of the fancier places in September and you might find that they are cheaper than some of the lower-rated places nearby.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people

Beijing, China

  • September avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • September avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • September avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Strangely enough, Beijing gets very hot, very rainy, and very polluted during the heart of summer, so September is an ideal time to visit to keep away from all of those things. Days are warm, nights are pleasant, and there’s very little rainfall to deal with.

Beijing is very affordable, even though it’s among the more expensive large cities in this part of Asia. Hotels tend to be of higher standards than you get in Southeast Asia, and street food is available at extremely reasonable prices. Many arrive on package tours of China, and getting a visa on your own isn’t always easy, but independent travelers can find excellent value here.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

Middle East

Much of the Middle East is still hot during September, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Amman, Jordan

  • September avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • September avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • September avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

July and August can be blazing hot in Jordan, but by early September things have cooled down to a very reasonable level, especially at night. Better still, there’s pretty much zero chance of rainfall this time of year so you can safely leave the umbrella at home.

Even though Amman is generally only used as a staging area for further trips to Wadi Rum and Petra, it remains one of the better bargains in the Middle East for the budget traveler. Hotel prices are very reasonable, especially through the 3-star range, although September starts the beginning of high season so it’s best to book well ahead.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$41 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

Beirut, Lebanon

  • September avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • September avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • September avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though this is the final month of high season for Beirut hotels, this is still a fairly reasonable destination for budget travelers when compared to Europe or the Americas. The weather will be warm around the clock still in September, but at least the days are rarely sizzling.

Hotels in general seem to be surprisingly expensive in Beirut any time of the year, so finding a good one well in advance is probably the way to go, or risk having to pay a very high price for a sub-standard place at the last minute. At least food is available cheaply if you eat what the locals eat, and it’s very filling as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people

20 indispensable tips for the solo traveller

Planning on hitting the road alone? Don’t miss our 20 tips for the solo traveller

Travelling by yourself is becoming increasingly popular. While the idea might remain scary to some, the number of solo travellers is on the up. Low-cost travel has of course played its part, and for every one that comes back from a solo adventure, at least one other is inspired to do the same.

If you’re a solo traveller – seasoned or novice – check out our 20 tips on how to travel alone. Some might seem obvious, some might seem scary, and some might just make your toes curl, but trust us: they’re all worth thinking about.

1. Get out of your comfort zone

Travelling solo gives you the opportunity to do what you want, when you want it. But make sure you don’t fall into the comfort trap. Know your strengths, go at your own pace – but challenge yourself! No matter if it’s talking to strangers or switching off that GPS for a day – do something that makes you think “Eeeek!”

2. Eat like a local

Tuck in!
Tuck in!

Food is such an integral part of travel. From tiny street stalls to market grub, get out and see what the locals are eating. If it’s not a good idea for foreigners to take a bite, there’s a good chance you’ll be told, but the likelihood is that you’re in for a treat. So when you’re out there, take the plunge and eat something you don’t recognise.

3. Couch surf

It’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking to meet locals or for a free place to stay, you can’t go wrong with couch surfing. The rise of sofa-loaning means that it’s far safer than it sounds. You don’t have to do it for the whole trip if you’re unsure about it. Give it a go. If it works do it again. If not, hey, you’ve already done number 1 on this list!

4. Learn a bit of the lingo

You don’t need to learn complicated sentences, but a few words can go far. Please, thank you, yes, no, the name of the country you’re from – they can all help, and if your accent isn’t up to scratch, then it’ll only make people smile.

5. Make the most out of local contacts

Meet up with friends of friends and milk them for all they’re worth. Local knowledge is like gold dust to the solo traveller. It’s very easy to go along with the crowds when you travel alone, but if you know someone who knows the back alleys and the side streets – you’ll come home with some special stories.

6. Listen to your gut

Whatever it is, it's probably not worth it.
Whatever it is, it’s probably not worth it.

Trust your instincts! If you think that alley looks a bit off, don’t go down it. If that person seems a bit shifty, make your excuses. If that bridge looks a bit wobbly, don’t cross it. Travelling alone is no time to be a hero.

7. Lie a little

Not everyone needs to know you’re travelling solo. Tell people you’re meeting your friends/husband/wife if in doubt. In some countries, it can help to have a fake wedding ring you can slip on if you feel the need.

8. Eat alone and sit at the bar

Eating alone can be a great icebreaker. Sit at the bar – if there is one – and get chatting to the staff, or your neighbours. If you don’t make new friends, you can at the very least get some local insight.

9. Pack wisely

No matter if you’ll be staying in the same place for weeks, or if you’ll be moving around constantly – don’t over pack. It’s an obvious tip, but one that really matters when you’re alone. Last thing you need is to drag a huge suitcase around with you – even if it is just from car to motel and back again.

10. Go on organised tours

"That bit's really old."
“That bit’s really old.”

Once in a while organised tours are just the ticket. If you’re pressed for time or just want to see local sights with an expert, there’s no shame. They give you the chance to meet other travellers, get information you probably won’t have heard otherwise, and have some time off being the organiser.

11. Buy a local SIM card

If you’re travelling for a while, it’s wise to invest in a local SIM card. Pop it in, give your new number to the people that need it, and get going. If you’re hoping to keep social media updated while you’re away – they’re essential!

12. Download useful apps

There are some amazing apps out there for travelling. From translator apps to local emergency phone numbers, you shouldn’t leave home without having a good look.

13. Talk to people

At the market, at the hotel, in the restaurant, at the shops, in the taxi – just jump in. It might seem weird at first, but you never know what you might learn, or who you might meet.

14. Double your documents

Boring but important. Take a photo or a scan of all your documents; email them both to someone you can trust, and yourself. If something goes missing, you’ve got a backup.

15. Be safe

But does his mother know where he is?
But does his mother know where he is?

So important – if not for your safety, for the peace of mind of loved ones. Text someone back home every time you leave and arrive somewhere, and be sure that someone you trust has your complete itinerary. If you’re going out hiking, kayaking or doing something else by yourself while away, let someone – your hotel/motel/campsite – know.

16. Get insured

It doesn’t cost much for peace of mind. You never, ever know what might happen, from airline bankruptcies to accidents you didn’t see coming, you’ll kick yourself if you’re not insured.

17. Buy your own GPS

If you’re hiring a car, be sure to check out how much the GPS costs at the hire company – and then check out how much one costs to buy. If you’re planning on driving for more than a week, it could well be cheaper to buy your own and take it with you.

18. Something to read

You will have time to read. Whether it’s after a long day on the road, a hard day of chilling on the beach, or an active day out meeting new people, there’s nothing like kicking back with a good book. An e-reader is crucial if you’re going to be bringing more than one book. The space saved in packing alone makes them worth it.

19. Get off the beaten path

"Where I'm going, I don't need roads."
“Where I’m going, I don’t need roads.”

Don’t always follow the crowds. Sure, a guided tour or the fastest route every now and then is a must, but when you can, take the road less travelled.

20. Be respectful

No matter where you’re going in the world, make sure you’re down with the local customs and dos and don’ts. While some slips will be forgiven, there are some things that you just shouldn’t do. It won’t take long to find out the dos and don’ts, so make sure you’re clued up, and put on your polite hat.


6 Best Shopping Cities in the World

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Category : Shopping , World

While traveling, most tourists love to go and check out the shops and stores that the city they are visiting has to offer. So get your credit card ready, because here are the 6 best shopping cities!

1. Milan: 

Home to many of fashion’s biggest names such as Versace, Armani, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana, this beautiful city is full of glamorous people and shops. One of the best shopping experiences can be found at Quadrilatero della Moda (rectangle of gold), which many people in the fashion industry consider the world’s most important fashion district. The streets are lined with boutiques and jewelers, great for window shopping if you’re not looking to spend too much money. That being said, you should definitely check out Il Salvagente (“the lifesaver”), Milan’s most famous outlet. This outlet contains three floors of discounted goods, all organized by color and size!

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2. Dubai: 

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall. With more than 1,200 retail outlets, 160 food and beverage outlets, and even an indoor ski resort, Dubai will keep you busy shopping for days! Not to mention theme parks, a waterfall, Olympic-sized ice rink, and an aquarium! The Dubai Mall also hosts the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February, with fireworks, bargains, and discounts on electronics and clothing.

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3. London: 

Oxford Street is London’s most popular shopping destination, with one and a half miles of shops and well-known brands. You can also head to North London’s Camden Market, where you’ll find everything from emerging designers to vintage fashion and antiques! While shopping in London, it’s necessary to check out the department store Liberty. Liberty has a Tudor-style exterior and fireplaces, and you can find just about anything you desire inside!

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4. Paris: 

From flea markets to high-end designers, Paris is full of shopping opportunities. This beautiful city’s most famous shopping street is Champs-Elysees. Filled with haute couture and high-end luxurious shops like Louis Vuitton, you’ll be in awe at how much money you can spend here.

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5. Tokyo: 

The neighborhood Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most famous shopping districts. Department stores, shopping malls, and skyscrapers will surround you as you walk around the city. Much of Tokyo’s shopping is also surprisingly affordable, which is a plus!

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6. New York: 

Last but not least, the Big Apple is a prime city for some of the best shopping you will ever do. With so much style and diversity, you can find nearly anything in NYC. The city is famous for its shopping on 5th Avenue. With higher stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman and more affordable stores like H&M, Forever 21 and so much more, there’s something for everyone in Manhattan.

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TOP 10 Places to visit in 2018

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Category : Europe , World

It’s never too early to start planning a holiday. Whether you’re daydreaming about the next beach to sunbathe on or where to take the family, the perfect destination is just a flight away.

We’ve rounded up a list of the hottest places to visit in 2018, from our classic favourites to new and emerging destinations. Which one takes your fancy?

 

TENERIFE, SPAIN

View of Playa de Las Teresitas, Sant Andres and Santa Cruz de Tenerife at dusk..

We’re certain you’ll love a holiday to Tenerife, especially if you want the chance to experience beautiful beaches, clear seas and restaurants.

At Travel Republic, we have more than 400 hotels in Tenerife for you to choose from. And when you combine this with one of the cheap flights we have on offer, you’ll be able to create your perfect holiday, whatever your budget.

With Tenerife’s reputation for offering a lot for less, this holiday destination is great value for money.

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

A popular tourist destination since the 1970s, Punta Cana is a region within the Dominican Republic. It borders both the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans and can experience windy spells on its Atlantic coasts. For historic reasons it is a cultural mix of European, African and native Tao Indian influences. It’s a place full of art, and you’ll find Caribbean art pieces on almost every wall.

KERALA, INDIA

Kerala backwaters tourism travel in canoe. Kerala, India

Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.

FLORIDA, USA

Low angle tropical plants with a welcome sign to hot weather

Florida is one of the world’s best-equipped and best-value holiday destinations for families. It has beautiful beaches, state-of-the-art theme parks and as much shopping and nightlife as you need.

Lots of holidaymakers opt to combine a trip to Orlando – home of the Universal and Walt Disney resorts – with a few days of beach bliss on the Gulf Coast or the Keys, the chain of islands that runs off the southern tip of Florida almost as far as Cuba.

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Beautiful summer super wide-angle aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with harbor and skyline mountains and scenery beyond the city, seen from the observation tower of hallgrimskirkja church with blue sky in sunny day.

Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.

KHAO LAK & PHANG NGA, THAILAND

Lonely Swing, Khao Lak, Thailand

Khao Lak is a series of villages, now tourist-oriented, mainly in the Takua Pa District and partly in the Thai Mueang District of Phang Nga Province, Thailand. The name “Khao Lak” literally means “Lak mountain”.

Phang-Nga is a province in southern Thailand, bordering the Andaman Sea on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. Phang-Nga Bay, in southern Ao Phang-Nga National Park, is distinguished by its tall limestone rock-like islets. One of the islets, Khao Phing Kan, is known for a 20m-tall rock called Ko Tapu, or James Bond Island, which is featured in the film “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Beautiful view of the historic city of Salzburg with Festung Hohensalzburg in winter, Salzburger Land, Austria.

Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.

CALIFORNIA, USA

Vintage Beverly Hills captivating Palm Trees

Spanning the glittering, albeit faded, glamour of Hollywood to the overwhelming natural beauty of Redwood and Yosemite national parks, California encompasses a magnificent variety of tourist attractions, not to mention its enviable set of palm-fringed, wind-swept golden beaches. If you’re lucky enough to have time on your hands, you can have a good go at covering the highlights: LA, San Francisco, San Diego and Santa Monica are a good place to start.

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

The famous Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is a major city along Montevideo Bay. It revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. This plaza leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and neoclassical performance hall Solís Theatre. Mercado del Puerto is an old port market filled with many steakhouses.

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

amazing cable bridge over the tropical rainforest island landscape in langkawi, malaysia.

Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you’re intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, nature lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.


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