Holidays 2013 - best time to visit
The weather, seasons, public holidays, or key events can determine the best time of the year to visit a particular destination for holidays 2013. Picking the right time of the year to go on holiday can determine whether you enjoy sunshine on your beach escape, or choose the right month to make the most of the seasonal sales. Below is a guide to the best destinations to visit month by month.
Best places to holiday in January 2013
New York is a popular city escape for a stylish New Year Eve's celebration, and a post-Christmas shopping spree. Renowned for its January sales, shopaholics flock to the Big Apple to take advantage of the retail delights of Bloomingdales and Fifth Avenue.
The Maldives is the place to head to for winter sun in January, with an average daily temperature of 30 degrees and a dry climate.
Best places to holiday in February 2013
Take a trip to Rio de Janeiro and experience the magical and electrifying atmosphere of the Rio Festival. Take part in the world's biggest street party and enjoy the colourful parades, music and dancing.
With Valentine's Day - February is the month of romance, and there is nowhere better to head for than the city of romance itself – Paris. Stroll hand-in-hand along the River Seine, or share a moment to remember at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Best places to holiday in March 2013
March is the ideal time to visit Barbados and most of the Caribbean, outside of the hurricane season, when the weather is at its warmest and humidity at its lowest.
Canada is a popular winter wonderland, for those especially with a passion for winter sports. Whistler is one of the most prestigious ski resorts, boasting stunning scenery and a varied piste for all ski abilities.
Best places to holiday in April 2013
Mid-April is a great shoulder season to visit Sydney, reaping the warm temperatures of Australia's late summer season, yet benefiting from the lower seasonal prices out of the high season.
Florida benefits from a pleasant year-round climate, and in April the spring temperature averages a lovely 26 degrees. Treat the kids to a trip in the Easter holidays to see some of their favourite Disney Characters.
Best places to holiday in May 2013
Safari in South Africa is at its best during the dry winter months, from May to August. Parkland vegetation is at its thinnest, and the grass is lower, so viewing wildlife is less obstructed.
Hong Kong is a fascinating city to visit all-year-round; however a visit in May presents the annual Dragon Boat Race - a traditional event held in recognition of the death of the regional Emperor of Chek Chue.
Best places to holiday in June 2013
Peru's dry season runs from June through September, and many seize this opportunity to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu due to the clear skies and low humidity.
Barcelona celebrates the start of summer towards the end of June with lively festivals and firework displays. The weather is pleasant enough to explore the bustling city in comfort, and warm enough to relax on the city beaches.
Best places to holiday in July 2013
Las Vegas is the perfect gateway to the Grand Canyon. During the summer months of June through August, temperatures are hot and the days are long leaving plenty of time to explore this natural wonder. Las Vegas' glamorous hotel pool facilities are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scorching summer heat.
The Algarve is an ideal beach escape for July, just a short flight from the UK and boasting hot Mediterranean temperatures. With apartments and all-inclusive hotels, the Algarve is a hassle-free holiday destination for families.
Best places to holiday in August 2013
New Zealand's August climate and mountain terrain makes it a winter playground for ski enthusiasts. Queenstown offers 5 main ski areas, all within easy reach from the city.
August 9th marks Singapore's National Day, with the city becoming a vibrant mass of patriotic celebrations. For visitors, it is a great time to enjoy the various parades, acrobatics and firework displays.
Best places to holiday in September 2013
Bali's tropical climate is consistently warm all-year-round at approx 30 degrees. September has the one of the lowest months of rain fall and reduced humidity.
September is one of the best times to explore Beijing with temperatures cooler than the sweltering summer. With fewer tourists, little rainfall, and temperatures in the low to mid 20's, it is a pleasure to discover this fascinating city.
Best places to holiday in October 2013
St Lucia is a wonderful all-year-round destination, and boasts an average October temperature of 28 degrees. Admire the magnificent pitons and lush mountain scenery, crystal clear waters and friendly local people.
Marrakech is the perfect winter sun escape from the UK with temperatures averaging 25 – 30 degrees.
Best places to holiday in November 2013
Dubai's averages a comfortable 25 degrees in November making it a popular winter sun escape from the UK. Summer temperatures can soar to over 40 degrees so November welcomes cooler and less humid conditions to visit.
November is considered the high season to visit Thailand when the weather is at its best. The humidity is low which is ideal when exploring the bustling, and often hot and sticky, Bangkok. Long days and clear weather equals ideal conditions for island-hopping.
Best places to holiday in December 2013
A trip to Amsterdam provides plenty of festive cheer to get you in the mood for Christmas. In December this fascinating city sparkles with festive lights and Christmas markets for souvenir shopping. With its crisp winter weather and frozen canals, the city is a pretty sight in December.
Early to mid-December is the shoulder season in Cancun, where visitors benefit from the warm high season temperatures, but just miss the increased high season rates. A popular sunshine escape, Cancun averages around a lovely 25 degrees.