Picking between the best August holiday destinations really might be difficult to do this year. From tropical Queensland, to chilly Iceland and everything in between, August is the perfect time to explore what the world has to offer! Pack your bags and set off on an adventure that is perfect for this time of year!
Some of the best places to visit in August in the world are incredibly affordable, suitable for both families and couples, and have fantastic weather.
You’re spoilt for choice at this time of year – should you grab your hiking boots and traverse the Lake District? Or road trip the ancient Silk Road Route through the mountains of Central Asia? How about discovering the captivating culture of Romania?
Bristol – Wanderer of the World
When other cities heat up and call for beach days, picnics and sunbathing, Bristol in England does something a little more unique.
It holds an annual ‘International Balloon Fiesta’, Europe’s largest meeting of hot air balloons, seeing over 100 balloons take to the skies over the city.
Usually held during the first week of August, the balloon fiesta is great fun for kids and adults alike. Not only can you do a bit of balloon spotting, but you can also get involved with live music, delicious street food and funfair rides… all for FREE!
Although the fiesta is Bristol’s biggest draw in August, this shouldn’t be all you come for. Bristol truly comes to life during the summer months with lots of free music festivals, food events and other celebrations.
Now… how much should I bet that Bristol just appeared on your travel wish list?
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Romania – Moto Roaming
Whilst a conventional European summer trip conjures up images of visitors flocking to soak up the Mediterranean Sea delights, perhaps I could entice you towards a Balkan country; little known and not on the traditional tourist itinerary – for now!
Romania, in the east of Europe’s community, is richly diverse and whilst still speckled in communistic mystery, offers a treasure trove of cultural and natural surprises. Romania in August – why not?
Deviate from the summer norm. Come to a place where you share your experiences with only the birdlife of the Danube Delta or pilgrims visiting the Painted Monasteries of Moldavia.
Or perhaps you could rub shoulders with the farmers who still harvest their summer haystacks by hand in Maramures.
For an adrenalin rush, drive the infamous twists of the Transfagarasan Pass or better still, the TransAlpine Route. Indulge in Vlad the Impaler’s merciless reign across Transylvania or soak up the atmospheric history of Sibiu and Sighisoara.
Zarnesti’s Bear Sanctuary, that has saved countless animals from touristic torture may tug at your heart-strings whilst you wonder at the ostentatiousness of Bucharest’s People’s Palace.
Romania, a land of intrigue that will appease your curiosity for culture and extraordinary natural beauty.
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Port Douglas – Our 3 Kids v The World
One of the best things about living in Australia is you can always escape the cold, I’m from Melbourne so August is a pretty uneventful time of year, grey, cloudy and wet generally.
However, the top end of Australia is beautiful this time of year. One of my favourite place to visit is Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Forest. Port Douglas is easily accessible by flying into Cairns and then travelling by road for an hour north. It is full of beautiful resorts and with palm trees swaying in the wind, it’s an ideal location for a holiday.
Port Douglas is the perfect place to visit the Great Barrier Reef or just relax and sit around the resort pool. There are a number of great restaurants in Port Douglas and the main street can cater for all budgets when dining out.
Cape Tribulation is a short drive past Port Douglas were you can experience a rainforest thousands of years old. It has it all, sun, fun, ocean, forest and if you’re game, take a tour to see some of our huge saltwater crocodiles.
Iceland – The World Pursuit
Europe in general is great to visit if you’re looking for a top August holiday destination, however it can get very hot on the main continent. That’s why I prefer travelling to Iceland during the summer month.
August is the warmest time of the year to travel the Arctic circle with summer temperatures in Iceland averaging around 15°C. In August the sun rising between 5am-6am and sets around 10 so you still get long days with the ability to sleep in darkness.
August is a great time to experience the best of Iceland. The land will be green and lush, the sun is out, and popular tours are running. It’s also a great time if you want to go on a hiking and camping adventure as the climate is ideal.
While the weather may be ideal it’s also the most popular time to visit Iceland so try to make your plans early as things book up.
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Ubud – Simpler and Smarter
August is the perfect time to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world – Ubud.
Ubud is located about an hour from the popular coastline of Bali but it is a whole different world. It’s much more peaceful than the crazy areas of Kuta and surrounds and it’s in a beautiful setting with rice terraces and lots of greenery.
It’s a great place to go hiking to enjoy nature and watching local life, but the town of Ubud itself is also lovely with many delicious restaurants, bars, small shops and cultural performances. Many restaurants cater to clean eating and vegans and it’s a great place to go just for the food.
August is one of the best times to visit Ubud thanks to the fact that it is the dry season. Temperatures are a bit cooler and there is less rain. It is a popular time to visit so make sure you book ahead.
Jeju Island, South Korea – Be Marie Korea
Jeju Island in the biggest island of South Korea, located off the south coast of the peninsula. The volcanic Island is accessible by plane from mainland Korea and from other Asian countries or by boat from Busan.
What draws people to Jeju are the stunning beaches, elaborate hiking trails and the delicious food. Sea food and black pork are a must try when on the island.
The black pigs are natives to the island and taste different from mainstream pigs. The pork is smoked over burning hay, which gives the meat juice a unique flavor and makes the meat a bit chewier than regular pork.
Jeju Island has two main cities, one located in the north and one in the south, which are a 1 hour bus ride away from each other. For first timers in Jeju it is recommended to stay in Jeju city and discover the island from there.
You can visit Jeju all year around, but best time to visit is during the summer months. During July and August the temperatures are just under 30°C but the wind makes it much cooler.
The Lake District, England – 2 Traveling Texans
England’s Lake District is one of the best places to visit in August because of the stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere. The weather will be ideal for exploring the area either on boat or by foot. In addition to being a National Park, the Lake District has been recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can take a boat tour with Windermere Lake Cruises. The water is calm and the scenery is picturesque. We took the boat from Bowness to Ambleside, do some exploring, then returned back to Bowness. If you prefer you can also rent a self-drive or rowboat to explore the lake on your own.
There are countless hikes that you can do in the Lake District. We did the Stock Ghyll with the Sweden High Bridge extension which is about 5 ½ miles long. It starts in Ambleside and you see the Stock Ghyll waterfalls and amazing views of Lake Windermere. It was not a difficult hike but it was so scenic.
Whether you decide to go boating, do some hiking, or just explore the pretty towns, I am sure you will love the Lake District as much as I do.
Pamir Highway, Tajikistan – Against The Compass
At 4,600 meters above sea level, the Pamir Highway is one of the world’s greatest road trips.
Unofficially linking Kyrgyzstan with Afghanistan but, officially, going from Dushanbe, in Tajikistan, to Osh, in Kyrgyzstan, for 1,250 kilometers, the Pamir Road goes through the third mountain range in the world, the Pamirs, a massive range composed of several 6,000 and 7,000-meter peaks.
From the green plains of southern Kyrgyzstan to the arid Tajikistan landscape and the 300 kilometers of road that follow the Panj river, from where you can see Afghan villages and even wave at the many Afghans, this ancient Silk Road route, which even Marco Polo himself had crossed, should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Because of the high altitude, August would be the ideal month to travel the Pamir Highway, when day temperatures are mild, nights aren’t cold at all and, basically, the different homestays and other accommodation options are open.
Have you planned a trip to any of these top August holiday destinations? Or is there somewhere else amazing to visit in August? Let us know in the comments below!