Your complete August Travel Guide

A train travelling through France, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc


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You’re hard pressed to find a bad time to visit Singapore. Because of its proximity to the equator you can rely on warm weather nearly year round. As August is one of Singapore’s driest months, that makes it the perfect time to explore Singapore’s street stalls. If you are a food lover then Singapore will be your mecca, allowing you to explore and eat to your heart’s content. Heading to a Hawker centre is a great way of supporting the locals and getting a real flavour for their food and culture. The Garden City is full of places to visit, from the Botanic Gardens or Gardens by the Bay, or the rainforests that surround the city. 

Stockholm, Sweden

People on benches in Stockholm Sweden

This beautiful country has a fantastic law called “allemansratt” meaning “The all man’s right”. This law means that all visitors and citizens have the right to Sweden’s nature. To swim in lakes, to camp in the wilderness or tan on the beaches. Of course there is still private land and you must show respect. You can’t just pitch a tent in someone’s garden and expect that to be ok, you must maintain a 70m buffer. But you can explore the national parks to your heart’s content. August is Sweden’s peak season and is full of adventure, you can wild camp, hike, learn to forage in nature. Or if the city appeals to you more than Stockholm is a beautiful city that offers so much to tourists who just want to slow down and relax.


A cultural ceremony in Tonga in Oceanian Polynesia

There’s always a good reason to visit Tonga, but between July and September this stunning country is visited by more than just tourists. In these months humpback whales migrate here from Antarctica to calve. Making it one of the few places in the world it’s possible to actually swim with these gentle giants. Make sure you research your tour guides beforehand to choose one that’s ethical. You can observe and swim with these creatures safely without disturbing the new families. Along with Humpback Whales you are likely to be joined by Mantarays, Dolphins and Sea Turtles so make sure you go with a fully charged action camera. If diving and swimming doesn’t appeal to you, you can always opt to explore the islands by kayak. Or for more land-based activities you can explore ancient monuments and the royal stone tombs of Mu’a.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A turtle swimming by some coral in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier agreed is 2300 km of Coral that’s on everyone’s bucket list. It doesn’t matter what type of traveller you are, budget backpackers, luxury lovers or even families, it’s a destination that everyone needs to see in their lifetime. This is a fantastic time to visit the Great Barrier Reef as sea turtles and manta rays peak between May and August. But the Great Barrier Reef is in peril, with climate change and pollution contributing to coral bleaching. 85% of visitors will see the Great Barrier Reef from either Cairns or the Whitsunday Islands which puts significant strain on those two areas. I myself saw the reef from Cairns as it’s the closest to the reef. To lessen the impact of your visit, make.sure you book a reputable tour, use reef-safe sunscreen and consider staying in one of Australia’s many beautiful eco-lodges.

Chamonix, France

A train travelling through France, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is the full name, but this region of France is often shortened to just Chamonix. This commune is on the borders of France, Switzerland and Italy, so essentially your getting three countries in one trip. All three of these countries have a reputation for fantastic food creating the perfect gastronomy trifecta. You can easily access any of the three countries to explore, keeping Chamonix as a home base. Chamonix is also at the base of Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in the alps making it one of Europe’s most popular ski resorts. Although the Ski season is earlier in the year running from mid-December to May, in August you can .  

Tasiilaq, East Greenland

the town of Tasiilaq in Greenland

Some areas of the world are going to be more difficult to explore than others. But the right time of the year can make a big difference. Greenland is largely uninhabited outside the Ammassalik region, making it the perfect place to relax with nature. If you stay in Tasiilaq you can explore excursions allowing you to hike across the tundra or even take to the skies in a helicopter. As the summer months start to melt the ice and open the coast, small excursion boats are able to weave their way out and explore. Despite its remoteness theres still an abundance of culture and nature. You can learn about the Inuit history and their way of life in Ittoqqortoormiit. Or see the animals that have called the frozen tundra their home, such as the musk ox, Arctic fox and seals. 

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