The summertime is when most people take their vacations, and
year after year, the most popular destinations get packed with holidaymakers
looking for their own personal slice of sunshine or a spot on a sandy beach.
But, are the most popular places to go in summer actually the best to visit
during the hottest season? Crowds, inflated prices and unbearable heat often
plague destinations that are perennially popular. So, where should you avoid in
When people think of a sunny destination in the USA, their
minds often go to Florida. Sandy beaches and the southernmost tip of the
continental USA mean that folk from colder climes often travel en masse to the
Sunshine State during the summer months, but should they? Humidity in Florida
during the summer reaches near unbearable levels, and add to that beaches that
are packed with not only North American, but also European holidaymakers, and
you’d be wise to give Florida a miss during the summer months. Head there in
spring or autumn, when the weather is still glorious but the crowds are
Paris in summertime can be, to be quite frank, an absolute
nightmare. The city can get alarmingly hot, with temperatures teetering towards
the top of the mercury. Add to this tons of people flocking in from across the
world to this legendary city, and you have a situation that you’d be wise to
avoid. Thanks to the increased number of tourists in the summer, the streets
become packed with scammers (gypsy women pretending to be deaf and working for
charities) and aggressive touts flogging shoddy merchandise. Paris is best
enjoyed in spring or autumn, or even winter - just not summer, when it all gets
If you are planning on heading to Melbourne in the summer
months, you’d be wise to remember that it’s winter at that time in the Southern
Hemisphere. The hippest Australian city, Melbourne in winter becomes windy,
rainy, and chilly - a far cry from the usual image of a sun-drenched city with
lively street side cafes. Save Melbourne for the winter months, by which point
the city will be enjoying its summertime, and you can enjoy a dosage of
If you head to Dubai in summer, expect to spend a lot of
time in malls. Beautiful, luxurious, air-conditioned malls, but malls
nonetheless. If your aim is to enjoy a holiday consisting of nothing more than
retail therapy, then this should be fine. Otherwise, you might want to
reconsider visiting a part of the world where temperatures can easily reach up
to 120 degrees Fehrenheit in the summer months.
Just like most of the east coast, D.C. becomes too much in
the summertime, as people wipe sweat off their brows as the city succumbs to
some intense humidity. Walking around the National Mall in the summer is not
recommended, and what is usually a beautiful stroll around some of America’s
grandest monuments can become a real slog thanks to the moisture hanging in the
air. Try and time your visit to coincide with the springtime blooming of the
cherry blossoms, which is when the city is at its most beautiful.
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Tom has always had the travel bug and, after quitting his call centre job in the UK, he packed up and moved to South Korea to teach English for almost four years. Since moving on from South Korea, he's been travelling the world and loves exploring city streets, trying delicious new food, meeting great people and taking way too many selfies with his phone, although he'll disagree with you on that last point. Read about Tom's adventures on his blog, Waegook Tom, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
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