With countless travel destinations expanding the globe, it’s important to consider when the best time of the year is to visit the places on your bucket list. A great book by Joseph Rosendo called Where To Go When (you can purchase the book via this link) lays out the best places to go during each month of the year based on weather, high/low tourist traffic, seasonal festivals, and travel costs. The last thing you want during a trip in the Caribbean is to be stuck in your hotel during a rainstorm when you expected to be laying out on the beach!
Resendo’s book provides dozens of travel options for each month of the year and I’ve selected three for each month to highlight. Feel free to order his book if you’re interested in learning more – there are simply too many good tips to squeeze in here!
I will be splitting up the year into four separate posts in a “Where To Go And When” series, based on the four North American seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. I realize the seasons are different depending on where you are around the world, but categorized the year this way for the sake of organization. Here are some of the best places to go during the months of September, October and November!
Munich, Germany. Munich is home to Germany’s famed Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival. It’s a full 16 days of partying, celebrating, folk dancing, and beer drinking. Try to get there early if you can – the beer tents get full pretty quickly and you may not be let in once they hit full capacity. When you’re not at the festival, Munich is a super interesting city to explore – check out the medieval downtown area, City Hall, the Liebfrauenkirche, or one of the many art galleries.
Beijing, China. Beijing is a hub for Chinese culture and full of life with its bustling neighborhoods, numerous restaurants and cafes, parks, landmarks, ancient imperial palaces and temples. Additionally, the Great Wall of China is not far away. Stop by Tian’an Men Square, the largest open public space in the world, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, the Lama Temple, and the shopping street of Wanfujing.
Santorini, Greece. Santorini is a scenic paradise. Built on an ancient volcano, the famous white buildings of Santorini are a visionary contrast to the deep blue ocean that surrounds it. There are several ancient sites around the island to check out like Thira or Akrotiri. Take a sunset cruise around the caldera to soak in the mesmerizing view. Swim in the hot springs, go wine-tasting, scuba diving, kayaking or horseback riding.
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is one of the most cultural and diverse cities in South America. It has great museums, shops, parks, nightlife, restaurants, music and overall atmosphere. Be sure to visit Plaza de Mayo to breathe in some of the city’s history, shop along Calle Florida, stop by La Recoleta Cemetery to see beautifully elaborate graves, a few art museums, and the barrio of San Telmo for the antiques market and street tango performances.
California Coast, USA. The California Coast is jam-packed with things to see and do. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway between Monterey and Santa Barbara for gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Visit San Francisco and its array of famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, head down to Monterey to see a dense forest of pine groves, check out Big Sur and catch some waves if you’re a surfer, stop by Santa Barbara for lunch by the beach, and finish your trip in Los Angeles – heart of the entertainment industry.
Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA. Kaua’i is undoubtedly a tropical paradise. The island boasts a wide range of exotic birds, lush forests, colorful flowers, golden beaches, and steep mountains make it the most beautiful in Hawaii. Take advantage of this pretty place by hiking the Waimea Canyon or Kalalau Trail, surfing on Po’ipu beach, visiting the Spouting Horn (a natural sea water geyser), and swim in the Hanalei Bay. Tunnel’s Beach also offers amazing snorkeling.
Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo expertly combines the ancient and modern worlds. One side of it reflects the fast-paced, crowded, brightly-lit and tech-obsessed present time, while at the same time encompassing beautiful cobblestone streets and historic shinto temples. The Roppongi Hills complex is a new “lifestyle” development in the city, consisting of trendy shops, galleries, restaurants and sculptures that completely reflects modern Tokyo. Visit Meiji-jingu shrine and Tokyo’s historic geisha district for a glimpse of the city’s past, and the Tsukiji fish market, Studio Ghibli (Japan’s leading manga animation studio) and the Ginza Kabuki Theater for popular tourist destinations of today. Don’t forget to check out Mount Fuji, of course!
Venice, Italy. Venice is one of a kind. Built on water, it is one of the most distinctive and romantic cities in the world. Aside from all its physical beauty, Venice has also attracted some of the most talented and creative artists, musicians, poets and filmmakers throughout the centuries, making it an iconic place in our social history. See the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Square, take a through the canals on a gondola, visit the Basilica di San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge/market, and spend some time just wandering around the many shops and cafes.
Rajasthan, India. Rajasthan is India’s largest state, stretching across the west side of the country and bordering Pakistan. There’s plenty to see and do in this region to fully experience Indian culture. The best way to travel through this state is by train, which allows you to see the amazing scenery – lush fields, tropical forests, rocky landscapes, and the dry sands of the Thar Desert. Visit the “Pink City” of Jaipur and see its many forts and palaces, Jodhpur to see the Mahrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhavan Palace, Sawai Madhopur to see Ranthambhore National Park (to spot tigers), the lakeside city of Udaipur, and finally Bharatpur to marvel at the Taj Mahal.