WHEN TO GO WHERE IS SOMETHING A GOOD TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW. FOR INSTANCE, SHOULD YOU BOOK A CARIBBEAN CRUISE IN SEPTEMBER OR MAKE THE LONG JOURNEY TO AUSTRALIA IN JULY?
The answer to both of these examples is a no. When to go where in the Caribbean is strongly controlled by the Atlantic hurricane season. Here in the Western Hemisphere the hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November. There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity.
As for taking the adventure of a lifetime to Australia you should understand that since the country is in the southern hemisphere their seasons are opposite of ours. So if you want to visit Oz during their summer you need to go during our winter months.
LETS BREAK DOWN THE WHEN TO GO WHERE TRAVEL GUIDE INTO MONTHS – I FIND THAT IS EASIER TO DECIDE ON WHEN FIRST AND THEN A WHERE.
- January – Northern Africa. The Christmas travel crowds are gone and the weather is warm.
- March – Brazil (post-Carnival), Hawaii, or India, between local holidays.
- April – Western Europe. Rome, Barcelona, Paris, and London will still be cool and you’ll have your chance of rain, for sure, but the crowds are thin and prices go way down. Holland is full of flowers. Also, Australia. April is early autumn in Australia and temperatures are dropping. You’ll also get there before the crowds rise.
- May – Japan. Hit Japan after the Cherry Blossom festivals are over for a break in prices.
- June – Baja. Prices and temperatures are mild, between the Spring Break rush and the summer heat.
- July – Northern Caribbean. (But avoid hurricane areas.)
- September – South Africa. It’s fall in the U.S. but early spring in South Africa. Prices are low on game drives and animals are easier to spot since many trees still don’t have their leaves.
- October – Southern Europe. The weather has turned chilly up north, but around the Mediterranean, you’ll usually still find warm temperatures… with thinner crowds and good travel deals.
- November – Caribbean and South Pacific. Christmas is high season in these warm destinations. Try to get your beach time in before the rush.
- December – Costa Rica. The Rainy Season is subsiding, but the tourists haven’t flocked in, yet.