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Best Destinations to Visit by The Month

Your Next Travel Destination by Month

Picking a place to go on holiday is not an easy feat, there are so many wonderful destinations making the decision rather difficult. Below are the best destinations to visit by month – whether you’re in the mood to soak up some sun or stroll through a winter wonderland; this is the solution to all your decision making ails.


Sun: There is no better place to warm up in the dead of winter than in Tulum, Mexico. Warm and exuberant, this destination is sure to kill your winter blues. Ring in the New Year with a party on the beach and recover with some yoga under the trees. Tulum is full of activities from snorkeling in the cenotes, exploring the Tulum Ruins and you can even get a once-in-a-lifetime experience by swimming with the majestic (and harmless) whale sharks! Whether you want relaxation or adventure, Tulum is where it’s at. P.S don’t forget to see a shaman while you’re there… New year, new you – right?

Snow: Ring in the New Year in Iceland and replace the fireworks with northern lights! January is perfect for Aurora hunting but be forewarned – the nights are cold! However, it is said that the Aurora is more likely to appear on colder nights so it is absolutely worth it, just bundle up! Besides the northern lights, Iceland‘s landscape is like no other, you’ll feel like you’re on a different planet.

Photo by Erinn Wolfe, CT Article

Exotic terrain in Iceland. (Photo by Erinn Wolfe)


Sun: Costa Rica. Little rain during the month of February renders it the perfect time for some eco-tourism. There is a multitude of eco-friendly hotels scattered throughout – whether it’s a relaxing beach vacation, a jungle adventure, or both, Costa Rica has something for everyone.

Snow: Paris, France. There’s something romantic about Paris during the colder months and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it just adds to the magic. Spend the chilly days exploring Paris’ intellectual history by café hopping in the Latin Quarter or St-Germain-des-Pres – don’t miss out on Café de Flore located on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoit. It was once a hub for writers and philosophers; you can channel Simone de Beauvoir while warming up with your café allongé.

Not to mention that it is also low season – bonus!

Nika Hedrick, Paris, France

Romantic architecture in Paris.


Sun: With crowds a plenty at most beach destinations for spring break, escape to St. Barth’s. This tiny French island in the Caribbean is a hidden paradise that offers everything you want from an island getaway sans the exorbitant amount of tourists.

Snow: Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a world-renowned and prestigious ski destination; it’s even considered one of the best in the world. By March, the weather is warming up but there is still enough snow to hit the slopes. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort hosts March Madness which consists of live music, and a multitude of events so the fun never stops! The warmer weather also brings out the wildlife so be sure to visit Yellowstone National Park!

Nika Hedrick, Jackson Hole Wyoming

Top of the mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


Sun: Visit Phuket, Thailand for the annual water festival, Songkran. What was once a sprinkling of water to cleanse oneself for the new year (Thai New Year is at this time) has turn into an all out water fight throughout the whole city. Kids and adults alike equip themselves with water guns and ride in the back of pick-up trucks to drive all over the island – be aware that no one is at mercy and you WILL get soaked.

Nika Hedrick Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival, Thai New Year.

Snow: If winter is your season and you’re feeling despondent that it’s now spring, head to Chamonix in France. Spring skiing can be tough to find, but April is often the snowiest month, bringing in fresh powder to the French Alps. Mont Blanc serves as the backdrop to a picturesque winter playground – In April!


Sun: The weather is great in New York City during the month of May with temperatures at about 70 degrees. Spring is in full swing and the flowers are in bloom – best of all, you’ll beat the summer rush (and heat). See a show; catch the Empire State Building’s birthday, and more. The city is becoming more and more cycle-friendly – to get around, consider renting a bike.

Snow: Interlaken, Switzerland remains a crisp 60 degrees or below even with the impending summer ahead. Nestled between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and overlooked by mountains of Eiger, Jungfrau and Eiger, Interlaken is the destination for outdoor lovers. Multiple excursions begin here from hiking trails to historic paddle steamer ships. The aesthetic is quintessential Switzerland and you’ll feel like you’re in a real life postcard.

Brooke Stafford, College Tourist

College Tourist’s Brooke Stafford adventuring in Interlaken.


Sun: Fall in love with Bali this summer. The tropical weather and laid-back atmosphere will make you want to stay forever. There is no shortage of sunlight and blue skies around this time enhancing Bali’s magical appeal – plus, there is something for all types of travelers! You can bike through rice paddies, explore the monkey jungle in Ubud and surf or get a massage at Katu Beach. Bali is Paradise.

Snow: If you’re still on the quest for powder in June, try Tres Valles in Chile. Tres Valles, like its namesake, is comprised of three resorts; Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado. The closest to the airport is Valle Nevado, where there is always plenty of sunshine, La Parva is the steepest of the three and El Colorado is the local favorite.


Sun: July is the perfect time for a road trip down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to visit Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach and Monterey Bay. The Pacific Ocean keeps the weather around a comfortable 70 degrees, even in the middle of summer. There are multitudes of activities ranging from scenic spas in Big Sur to horseback riding in Carmel, and golfing in Pebble Beach to Kayaking with sea otters in Monterey Bay – it’ll be one of the best trips of your life.

Photo by Nika Hedrick, Big Sur

View from the Pacific Coast Highway.

Snow: Head down under to Australia’s Perisher and Thredbo in the southern hemisphere where it’s winter and the snowfall is HEAVY for fresh powder. Perisher is made up of four interconnected ski resorts comprising of shorter runs. Thredbo has longer runs but it is lower on the mountains so warmer days can get a little sloshy… but you’re skiing… in July.


Sun: It’s peak season in the Galapagos Islands and for good reason. Shifting ocean currents bring in nutrients to conjure a feeding frenzy! Time to get that scuba certification you’ve been wanting and head to the Galapagos to get a close encounter with the local wildlife – the biodiversity here is unlike anywhere else in the world, you’ll get a chance to catch a glimpse of sea lions and their pups, whales, iguanas, the iconic giant tortoises, penguins and more!

Nika Hedrick Galapagos, Iguana

Marine Iguana in the Galapagos.

Snow: South Africa. Yes, you read correctly, Tiffendell is the only ski resort in South Africa on the slopes of Drakensberg Mountains. Tiffendell is small, but exotic – if you get tired of skiing, travel down the mountain and go on a safari!


Sun: Zimbabwe in September can get hot but it is prime time for game viewing as all the wildlife migrates toward the diminishing water sources. September is also the best time to visit Victoria Falls while the water is mid-to-low so the spray won’t block the view and since it’s dry season, you’ll be less likely to run into those pesky mosquitoes.

Jessica Melinger, Zimbabwe Elephants

Elephants cooling off in Zimbabwe. (Photo by Jessica Mellinger)

Snow: Head to South America for peak skiing season in Las Lenas, Argentina. Keep in mind that the slopes here tricky with only a few marked for beginners.


Sun: There’s never a bad time to visit New Orleans but October does provide some solace from its trademark humidity and heat, plus this vibrant city comes alive with excitement for fall festivities are in full swing. You can take a stroll through the cobble stone streets, listen to jazz, enjoy beignets at Café Du Monde or opt for the party scene on Bourbon Street!

Catlin Miller, New Orleans.

New Orleans, photo by Catlin Miller.

Snow: Loveland, Colorado is home to one of the first ski resorts to open in the state. It also has one of the longest ski seasons in the region, which makes it a great place to enjoy some October snow.


Sun: Although it’s November, the weather is warm in Essaouira, a sleepy Moroccan fishing town. Gallop on the beach with Arabian horses, stroll down on a camel, surf, wind-surf, dune buggy, there are many adventures to be had here in this relatively unknown part of Morocco. Get excited if you’re a Game of Thrones fan – Essaouira is Astapor, home of Daenerys Targaryen!

Nika Hedrick, Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador.

Snow: November is a bit early for most snowy locals, but Mammoth Mountain, California, is ready for visitors. With 400 inches of annual snowfall, be sure to hit the slopes and other snow-related activities, but don’t miss out on the gorgeous views in Yosemite National Park – which is just a few miles north.


Sun: Go on a sailing expedition through the British Virgin Islands where the sun and rum punches are always a plenty. Snorkel, dive, fish, swim or just soak up the sun – always colorful and lively, the BVI’s will not disappoint. Be sure to book ahead, December is high season.

Catlin Miller, BVI

Typical day in the British Virgin Islands. Photo by Catlin Miller.

Snow: Prague comes alive in the winter; it’s almost as if the architecture was made for this season. Stroll through charming Christmas markets and enjoy the holiday festivals, in addition to the city’s usual historic sites. Winter in Prague also means that you’ll avoid the crowds of tourists that tend to appear in the summertime.

Destinations to visit By The Month

Nika Hedrick

Fashion Institute of Technology | 4 stories

Nika is an Advertising and Marketing Communications major with a minor in Art History. Her love of travel goes back to the roots of her upbringing on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand where she went to an international school. Beyond travel her numerous passions include food, art, photography, reading, writing and NYC, where she currently resides.

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