The best places to travel to in summer 2018-2019

Posted: 18 November 2018 12:21 pm

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.

Discover the land down under or explore nations elsewhere. We don't judge. Whichever you'd prefer though we know 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: Phuket King's Cup Regatta (1-8 December 2018), The Bay Regatta (31 January - 4 February) and Chinese New Year (5 February).

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2. Best to complete that bucket list: Maldives

Maldives is the kind of place you always look at with blue dreamy eyes but then reconsider because the price is way too high.

The good news is that that's not true. With airlines like AirAsia and Scoot flying onto the island getting to paradise won't kill your bank account. And if you're smart about where you stay, you can score rooms for under $80 per night during summer.

What's on: Nothing but you and some well-deserved time on the beach.

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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).

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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 (31 January - 12 February), Yomiuri Land Jewellumination (11 October - 17 February), Wakakusa Yamayaki (27 January), Toka Ebisu Festival (early-mid Jan), Dondo Yaki (7 January), Setsubun (3 February), Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (8-17 February) and Asahikawa Winter Festival (6-11 February).

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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.

And with frequent flights on budget airlines like Jetstar to Hobart and Launceston from the mainland, you can keep that holiday break or family getaway right on budget.

What's on: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (26 December - 1 January), Taste of Tasmania (28 December - 3 January), Falls Music and Arts Festival (28 December - 6 January), Hobart International Tennis (5-12 January), MONA FOMA (13-20 January), Festival of King Island (1-2 February) and Festivale (1-3 February).

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