Where to Travel on Vacation in August 2023
Where to go on vacation in August
August is peak vacation season, with the Northern Hemisphere enjoying their summer break. If you're looking for good weather and plenty of history then Europe is a brilliant option. Turkey, Greece and Croatia are particularly good if you fancy a beach break or a cruise.
For wildlife enthusiasts, you're pretty much guaranteed superb safari opportunities across Africa. And if natural wonders are more your thing, it's a good month for visiting Victoria and Iguazu Falls.
Stargazers will want to head to Jordan to make the most of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower, whilst in Sri Lanka the elephant migration to Minneriya National Park continues.
To help decide where to go in August 2023, here are our recommended destinations and experiences.
Best Festivals and Events in August
Every month of the year holds its own unique offering of special events and festivals. August is no exception, with festivals and events popping up left, right, and centre. If you're trying to decide where to go in August, then why not time your trip with one of these amazing annual events?
Where? Buenos Aires, Argentina
The seductive capital of Argentina plays host to the biggest tango festival in the world every August. That should come as little surprise considering Buenos Aires gave birth to the highly sensual dance that captivates audiences all over the world. Over the course of two weeks various performances and competitions are held in venues across the city, and there are also plenty of opportunities for beginners to have a go in class.
Obon Lantern Festival
The Buddhist-Confucian festival of Obon is a time for Japanese families to pay their respect to their ancestors. The graves and tombs of deceased relatives are cleaned and food offerings are made. In order to guide spirits on their journeys, lanterns are hung outside of homes and floated down rivers. For visitors a highlight of the festival is the colourful dances and parades held in cities and towns across Japan. It falls in mid-August.
Indian Independence Day
Ever since India gained independence from Great Britain in 1947, the 15th August has been celebrated across the country. Now a celebration of all things India, the country comes alive to celebrate. Parades and ceremonies run throughout the country and many Indians decorate their clothing, cars and household accessories with the national flag. Expect sizzling temperatures as this is peak Indian summer but be rewarded with a country that comes to life.
Best Beach Destinations in August
It's still summer and peak holiday season in the Northern Hemisphere, with much of Europe blessed with good weather and schools on holiday. This means the Mediterranean and Croatia's Adriatic coast are the best choices for a beach holiday. Southeast Asia is still caught in the wet season, with rainfall and winds picking up across Central America, specifically the Caribbean coast. Temperatures are unbearable across the Middle East and north Africa, but countries along the equator are still a good bet with a climate that varies little during the year.
Zanzibar's proximity to the equator means it experiences a largely consistent climate throughout the year, with short wet periods. It's nice and dry in August, however, with fine days of clear blue skies perfect for the beach. This is a particularly good time for scuba diving in the waters surrounding Zanzibar, especially off the north coast.
August is peak season in Borneo and for a few good reasons. Firstly, this month brings the ideal weather conditions for a beach holiday at Sipadan, Lankayan and Selingan with dry, sunny days. Secondly, it's the season for turtle hatching so you can combine your downtime with a spot of wildlife watching. Book early to nab your choice of accommodation.
It's the height of the holiday season in Turkey and the beach resorts are incredibly popular. Temperatures are peaking at this time of year and it's a good time to simply relax along the coast with something of a breeze. With so many fascinating ancient ruins, Turkey's beaches can easily be combined with sightseeing.
Whether you prefer to stick to the coast along the mainland or take to the seas for the chance to explore a number of different islands, Croatia is a brilliant beach destination in August. Like Turkey, it's prime holiday season so prices are at their highest and availability at its lowest - so get in early and secure your island-hopping August holiday in Croatia.
Best Wildlife Destinations in August
It's winter in southern Africa which means it's dry and sunny - perfect for safari. The Great Wildebeest Migration is in full swing so East Africa is also a great option, with a more consistent climate during the year typical of equatorial conditions. Here's our selection of some of the best wildlife destinations around the world in August.
At any time of year there's at least one species of turtle nesting on the shores of Costa Rica. In August you will find green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. On the Pacific Coast there will also be Olive Ridley turtles nesting around the Nicoya Peninsula. It's the wet season though so expect daily rains.
By August the larger herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle have all reached the plains of the Masai Mara. This is one of the busiest months of activity at the Mara River, when thousands of animals attempt to cross the waters, braving vertigo-inducing banks and ferocious crocodiles primed for their next meal. The Masai Mara and anywhere along the Mara River are ideal spots for watching this incredible annual spectacle.
August means the winter dry season in southern Africa, which makes it the optimum time to head to the national parks of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia on a safari adventure. Vegetation is sparse after months without rains, making wildlife more easily seen and with more and more water sources drying up, animals congregate at the few remaining watering holes.
At the heart of the Minneriya National Park in northern Sri Lanka sits an ancient tank, which serves as an important water source for Sri Lanka's elephant population when the rest of the region dries up. Every year between July and October hundreds of elephants migrate here to feed on the lush grasses and drink from the reservoir, making August the perfect time to see them in the wild.
If you're still struggling to decide where to travel in August, then check out our selection of recommended tours for the month, from cosmic marvels in the desert to cultural cities and rural countryside.