The best places to travel to in summer 2017
Warning: sunny weather ahead.
There's no denying that summer is the hottest travel season in the year for Aussies. Not only is it when the big school holiday break occurs, it's also filled with bright, clear days across the country and there's more than a few public holidays to cash in on like Christmas and Australia Day.
Whether you'd prefer to discover the land down under, explore nations elsewhere or even escape the heat, there are more than a few top places to travel this summer.
The best places to travel in summer
1. Best for a beachy keen: Thai islands
Blessed with a seemingly endless array of soft sandy beaches and blue waters, the Thai islands are like paradise on Earth.
With so many budget airlines such as Jetstar and AirAsia landing on their shores, prices can still be affordable travelling during the Christmas holidays, especially when you catch them during sale periods.
The wet season ends in December in the country's west making destinations like Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga ideal for that sunshine break.
What's on: Phukethon (8-10 December), andPhuket King's Cup Regatta (3-9 December).
2. Best to complete that bucket list: Finnish Lapland
Lapland becomes a mecca for light chasers in the northern hemisphere's winter with punters scoring the skies searching for those elusive northern lights.
On top of the opportunity to see the lights, Lapland offers unique activities such as staying in a glass igloo, reindeer and husky rides and a visit to Santa's home.
For an alternative location to see the lights, try Iceland or Canada.
What's on: Arctic Market (15-17 December), New Year's Eve parties (31 December), Christmas concerts (throughout December), Arctic Lapland Rally (25-27 January) and PoroCup 2018 reindeer race (24-25 December).
3. Best for the adventurous: Cambodia
For somewhere a tad left of centre, Cambodia blends clear skies, cool weathers and low humidity between November and February.
The downside is this is peak season for travellers to the country. The upside is that Cambodia is still coming to its own gathering tourists and hasn't gotten too touristic yet.
Keep the holiday on budget by avoiding Christmas dates and settling in for sun, exploration and adventure in January and February instead.
What's on: Angkor City Night Music Run (31 December) and Victory Day (7 January).
4. Best for the snow bunny: Japan
While we're relishing in a brilliant splay of sunshine, the other half of the world dresses itself in the white hues of snow.
From Europe to Canada, there's no shortage of powder dusted resorts to snowboard or ski across. Though for somewhere closer to home, you can't go past Japan.
Home to some of the best snow in the world with a season that runs long from December to April.
What's on: Sapporo Snow Festival (5-12 February), Yomiuri Land Jewellumination (12 October - 18 February), Wakakusa Yamayaki (27 January), Toka Ebisu Festival (9-11 January), Dondo Yaki (8 January), Setsubun (3 February), Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (9-18 January) and Asahikawa Winter Festival (7-12 February).
5. Best for the local break: Tasmania
For a blissfully short, family holiday that's not too cold and not too warm, make yours a hop and skip to Tasmania.
With a climate that's colder than most of the rest of Australia, summer is rarely a melt-worthy affair in Tasmania with temperatures averaging 23°C throughout the summer months.
What's on: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (26 December - 1 January), Taste of Tasmania (28 December - 3 January), Falls Music and Arts Festival (29 December - 1 January), Hobart International Tennis (7-13 January), MONO FOMA (12-22 January), Festival of King Island (26-28 January) and Festivale (2-4 February).