27 Cheap destinations for 2017 with great weather in June

Since June is an extremely popular month for vacations in the US and Canada, it can make for some interesting situations since nearly all Europeans wait until July and August for a long summer retreat. This means that many places have excellent weather and yet are not nearly as crowded as they’ll be the following month.

This also means that hotel prices are often lower, and planes are cheaper and less crowded, so a June trip can be the best of all worlds if you’ve got the time off. We’ve listed 27 cities from all over the world, so hopefully one or more are within your reach.

With each city you’ll notice a Backpacker Index price, which is calculated for typical backpacker expenses in over 130 cities around the world. You’ll probably end up spending more each day, but it’s still a quick way to compare which cities are much cheaper than others.

The Americas

In North America June is obviously the start of summer, but most of the north isn’t really cheap enough to make this list. In South America it’s winter in most places, so only the Tropical cities are worth a look for a good-weather bargain at this time of year.

The Caribbean

LaRomanaDRIf you are looking mainly to relax in the sun rather than explore a city then the Caribbean is ideal in the month of June. The weather is pretty much perfect even as hotels drop rates to low season prices. Mexico around Cancun is particularly cheap but Jamaica and the Dominican Republic also offer amazing prices. For those who want maximum value and especially people who like to drink by the pool or on the beach, the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean have astonishingly low prices in June.

Cancun, Mexico

  • June avg high: 91F/33C
  • June avg low: 77F/25C
  • June avg precip: 5.4″/13.5cm

While June is one of the wetter months in the Cancun area, the rain almost never comes down for more than an hour or so at a time, and it tends to be refreshing when it does fall. Better still, the hotel prices are very low in June so you’ll be able to get amazing deals at even the nicest hotels in the area, with inexpensive flights as well.

If you are looking for a high-rise resort on a beach then you’ll definitely want to look along the main Hotel Zone in Cancun itself. But if you would prefer to stay in an actual town with dozens of nearby choices of local restaurants and bars, then you should head to Playa del Carmen or even the island of Cozumel just across the water. They will all be bargains in June, and the sea breezes will keep you cool during the times you aren’t in your air-conditioned hotel room.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • June avg high: 89F/32C
  • June avg low: 77F/25C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.0cm

PuntaCanaDRJune is a warm month in Punta Cana, but it still gets almost no rain so you’ll be able to spend all day on those lovely white sandy beaches if you like. This is where you want to go if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean with great service at shockingly reasonable prices. In June you should find room rates that are so low they will look like mistakes, yet they are real, and the resorts here are all professionally run.

This area gets crowded with European visitors during July and August, and most of the resorts here are owned by Spanish (or at least European) hotel companies. So June is the perfect month for great weather and modest prices for an all-inclusive resort. The flights to the new and efficient airport here should be well priced this month as well.

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • June avg high: 90F/32C
  • June avg low: 76F/24C
  • June avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

MontegoBayIf you don’t like the sound of Punta Cana then you might prefer to find a resort in Montego Bay, where pretty much everyone speaks English as a first language. The town itself is kind of a dud, so you are best off booking at one of the large self-contained resorts along the coast near town. The all-inclusives here are good deals, but there are other good options as well.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound ideal then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 1.5 hours away from Montego Bay Airport. Ocho Rios has a similar strip of large resorts along its coast, with some interesting nearby sights and attractions. Negril, on the other hand, is best for smaller beach hotels along 7-Mile Beach, where there are many small restaurants and bars to choose from nearby each property. This is where you go to find the old-school super chilled out Jamaica.

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • June avg high: 76F/24C
  • June avg low: 54F/12C
  • June avg precip: 5.3″/13.3cm

Here’s another one that does get a bit of rain during June, but its altitude keeps temperatures in Mexico City much lower than most people would guess for this time of year. People who might not be able to afford a trip to Europe should consider this as an interesting alternative. Flights from the US and Canada tend to be cheap, the city center area is very nice in many places, and prices are very low compared to almost anywhere else. This is a very underrated destination that is far safer than many cities in the US, and the mild June weather is a perfect reason to visit.

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • June avg high: 87F/31C
  • June avg low: 79F/26C
  • June avg precip: 4.2″/10.5cm

It’s true that it can be a bit rainy in Cartagena in June, but it’s the tropical type of rain that comes and goes quickly, so it’s unlikely to become a problem for most people. Hotels in this beach town are still in their off-season prices as well, as the summer demand doesn’t really pick up until July. The winter is probably the best time to visit, but it’s really quite nice all year round, and still very cheap as well. If you like culture, history, and gorgeous Colonial architecture you’ll want to stay in the walled city area. But if you mainly want to relax on the beach you’ll want to stay in the Bocagrande area just to the west of the walled city.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • June avg high: 81F/27C
  • June avg low: 64F/18C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Rio de Janeiro is just barely inside the Tropics, so it’s pretty much the South American equivalent of Miami. This means that its summer (December through February) can be steamy and a bit wet, but it’s nearly perfect during the rest of the year. The Brazilian currency has come way down in recent years so it’s a true bargain now, and it’s a stunningly beautiful setting as well. The low prices here won’t last forever and the setting is among the most beautiful in the world.

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When June rolls in it’s still quite cold in the north of Europe, and incredibly expensive as well. The bargains with good weather are therefore toward the south this month. June is actually a perfect month to get some sun because peak season doesn’t start until July and yet the weather is perfect already. Check our list of Europe’s least expensive beach destinations for some options.

Sofia, Bulgaria

  • June avg high: 74F/23C
  • June avg low: 54F/12C
  • June avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Travelers looking for places to relax for a while and keep their expenses low on a European trip can’t do much better than Sofia in June. The weather is pleasant day and night, and rain isn’t much of a problem. As a tourist destination this city still has some work to do to convince most people that it’s worth the trek, but the low, low prices are a good start so people are starting to take notice.

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Krakow, Poland

  • June avg high: 72F/22C
  • June avg low: 57F/14C
  • June avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

It’s hard to emphasize enough what a bargain Krakow is compared to most of the rest of Europe. June has very nice weather, though you’ll still need a jacket for the evenings. The draw here is the lovely town center with its historic cathedrals and castles, plus a huge array of hostels and budget hotels that make shopping around very easy. This is the new hot destination for British stag and hen parties, and one look at the beer prices makes it easy to see why.

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Budapest, Hungary

  • June avg high: 76F/24C
  • June avg low: 57F/14C
  • June avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Many parts of Europe become stifling in July and August, and some of them have little air conditioning to help deal with it. This makes a place like Budapest ideal during June, when daytime temperatures are still warm but not steamy. Prices here are easing up in recent years, but still this is a classic and beautiful European city that remains a fantastic bargain for most people.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • June avg high: 78F/26C
  • June avg low: 66F/19C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

Official part of Spain, Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands and located just off the northern coast of Africa. It has a stable climate that has pleasant temperatures pretty much all year long, and June is the first month that you should be able to get as much beach time as you like in.

The island fills up more in July and August when more Europeans have their month-long holidays, so if you can come in June you’ll be dodging some of the crowds and you should also be able to get a better rate on a hotel and a flight. There aren’t many cultural sights here, but it’s a great place to relax without breaking the bank. If you don’t speak much Spanish, then you’ll want to head to the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas, which are always packed with Brits and Swedes.

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • June avg high: 79F/26C
  • June avg low: 61F/16C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

June is still going to be extremely crowded in Istanbul, but it’ll be far more tolerable than July or August, so this is a good time to come. Prices have been heading up here lately, especially for hotels and hostels, so finding bargains is much more challenging than it was just a few years back. Still, this is a fascinating and photogenic city with plenty to offer the budget traveler, so it might be wise to schedule a trip soon, before prices rise much more. The rest of Turkey is generally quite a bit cheaper, thankfully.

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Prague, Czech Republic

  • June avg high: 72F/22C
  • June avg low: 54F/12C
  • June avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

Speaking of prices going up, Prague has been raising things and having its currency head north at the same time, so this is nowhere near the bargain that it famously was a decade or so ago. June is an ideal time to come, weather-wise, since many cheaper places have no air-con. Crowds seem to be perpetually crazy here so the key is to try to take side streets and minimize your time in the main squares. It does get worse in July and August, so June is a good compromise with nice weather.

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Antalya, Turkey

  • June avg high: 89F/32C
  • June avg low: 66F/19C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Due to a limited number of actual hostels in Antalya, it’s not a classic backpacker destination. In reality, you can get a private room at a nice 2-star hotel in the historic center for sometimes less than a dorm bed. This city is a fantastic bargain, and the weather in June is wonderful, at least until the end when the July heat starts kicking in a bit early. The entire Mediterranean coast of Turkey is the place to be this time of year, just before it fills up during its two hottest months. It’s not technically in Europe, but it very much feels like it is.

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • June avg high: 77F/25C
  • June avg low: 61F/16C
  • June avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

The temperatures in Lisbon during June are pretty much perfect for climbing up and down its seven hills without making a mess of yourself. It’s hard to make a case for flying a long way to visit Portugal alone, although there’s actually plenty to see and do, plus the wonderful Algarve region in the south, so this is usually an add-on to some trips of Spain. If you are on the fence, definitely take the leap and you won’t regret it.

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Athens, Greece

  • June avg high: 88F/31C
  • June avg low: 65F/18C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1cm

The end of June can begin to get sweltering, and you probably don’t even want to think about coming during July or August, so this would be a good one about now, especially as a 3-day stop on the way to a Greek Island for the balance of a trip. This isn’t exactly a cheap city, but it’s very much worth seeing at least once in your life, with some of the world’s finest sights. It’s also much less untidy than it was before the Olympics, so its former reputation no longer really fits.

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Split, Croatia

  • June avg high: 80F/26C
  • June avg low: 66F/21C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.2cm

SplitWhile Dubrovnik is the more famous destination on Croatia’s coast, it’s also too expensive to make this list now. Split, on the other hand, is still quite a bargain and it’s actually more interesting, and a nicer place to visit. Dubrovnik is completely packed with tourists, especially in summer, but Split is a similar-looking real city filled mostly with locals. It’s also easier to reach, as well as the transit hub to the nearby islands off Croatia. The area does get crowded in summer, but not quite so bad until July and August when all the Germans and northern Europeans move in for a month at a time.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$40.56

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Madrid, Spain

  • June avg high: 80F/27C
  • June avg low: 59F/15C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

As the prices rise the further down this list we go in Europe, Madrid is another that’s not terribly cheap by most standards, but compared to most of the rest of Europe it’s very good value, and June is pretty much the perfect time to visit. Days get warm this month, but still rarely that insane type of oppressive heat that can feel even worse in this mostly-concrete city. With no sea breeze to help out you may feel a bit uncomfortable during the middle of the day, but since everything is closed it’s a good time to take a nap back in your room anyway.

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Barcelona, Spain

  • June avg high: 76F/24C
  • June avg low: 60F/16C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

The daytime temperatures in June for Barcelona are still very reasonable, and the ocean breezes can actually make it feel cool in the mornings and evenings. As a beach city this place does stay very busy all summer long, so June is a nice compromise before things get too crazy. It’s another that may not be super cheap, but it’s very reasonable compared to the rest of Western Europe, and definitely worth a visit at least once in your life for the unusual architecture alone.

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June is obviously winter in South Africa, and it’s blazing hot in most of the middle of the continent and over in Egypt, so you don’t have many great choices this month here.

Fez, Morocco

  • June avg high: 82F/28C
  • June avg low: 59F/15C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Much like nearby Marrakech, Fez sounds to many people like a place that would be in the heart of a forbidding desert, but Morocco is just south of Spain, and the Atlas Mountains keep most of the heat on the other side, so this country is fairly pleasant even in June. Most visits tend to come as part of a trip to Spain, and those who make it past the hard-to-recommend border city of Tangier will find a fascinating culture and very appealing prices.

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The cheap destinations in Southeast Asia will be celebrating the start of the drenching rainy season in June, so it’s not really an ideal time to visit if you have a choice. Still, there are some good options to consider.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • June avg high: 89F/32C
  • June avg low: 80F/27C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

The exception to the Southeast Asia rainy season pattern, this beach town on Vietnam’s southern coast avoids nearly all the wet during summer, so it’s especially appealing for Australians and such who are escaping their own winter down under. This is not Vietnam’s best cultural experience, but the beaches are very nice, the nightlife is surprisingly good, and it’s extremely cheap once you get there.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$19.28

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • June avg high: 85F/29C
  • June avg low: 77F/25C
  • June avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Bali is near the equator so temperatures are similar all year long, but fortunately June is not part of the rainy season so this is one of the best times of the year to go. Rain never seems to be too far away, but of course the island is well adapted to the quick downfalls, so things get right back to normal again. Those who only research on big travel sites might think Bali is very expensive for hotels, but there are still many cheap and cheerful guesthouses in all the main tourist areas, so just showing up might save you quite a bit compared to reserving online in advance.

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Beijing, China

  • June avg high: 86F/30C
  • June avg low: 66F/19C
  • June avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Beijing can get really sweltering, steamy, and smoggy during summer, but June is a decent compromise before things start getting too bad. Of course this is one of the world’s most important cities, past and present, and it’s loaded with interesting things to see and do. Hotels and food are very good bargains here, and things are even cheaper in pretty much all of China, so this is a good time for a tour of multiple cities if you can pull it off.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • June avg high: 91F/33C
  • June avg low: 75F/24C
  • June avg precip: 4.9″/12.3cm

Another city very close to the equator, Kuala Lumpur is hot every day of the year. And while there will be some noticeable rain during June, this is actually the driest month on average. An impressive and modern city, KL is built to drain off the wet stuff very fast, so it rarely impacts a visit. It’s not as cheap as the rest of Southeast Asia, but when you get to Kuala Lumpur you realize why, as things are much nicer than they are in most of the region, and more cosmopolitan as well.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$33.84

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Middle East

A bit surprisingly, much of the Middle East still has very reasonable temperatures in June.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • June average high: 99°F/37°C
  • June average low: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

SharmelSheikhThis Red Sea resort in Egypt has been one of the most affordable sunshine destinations in the world in recent years, and a recent incident will probably keep it on the very-cheap list for some time to come. Needless to say, this area has been safe for years and it will be considered safe again, so anyone who doesn’t get intimidated easily should consider a visit. The resort prices here are amazing, even more so lately, and the June weather is pretty much perfect for those who like it warm and dry.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people

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Amman, Jordan

  • June avg high: 87F/31C
  • June avg low: 64F/18C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Quite cheap by international standards, Amman is usually used mostly as a launching point for trips to Wadi Rum and Petra nearby, but the city itself does impress many visitors. The weather in June is still quite nice, at least in the first half of the month, and the threat of rain is literally zero. It might not be worth flying a long distance just to visit Jordan, but this region is quite worth a visit so connecting a few nearby countries is worth a look.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$34.21

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Beirut, Lebanon

  • June avg high: 80F/27C
  • June avg low: 69F/21C
  • June avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Similar to Amman, Beirut is actually quite pleasant during June with no rainfall at all. Prices here aren’t as low as they are in Jordan, but this city has plenty to see that might make it worthwhile on a visit to the region. There has been a long history of turmoil here and that has certainly hampered tourism. Nearly everyone who actually makes the trip seems to find it fulfilling, so it’s a good choice for the bold among us.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$39.42

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Tel Aviv, Israel

  • June avg high: 82F/28C
  • June avg low: 69F/21C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Carrying on with the theme of places that aren’t as hot in June as you might expect them to be, Tel Aviv has its nice beaches to keep things even nicer than the inland cities as well. This is not a particularly cheap city compared to most on this list, but June is one of the best weather months here, again with no rain at all, so if you are thinking about an Israel trip you might as well do it this time of year.

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122 Responses to “27 Cheap destinations for 2017 with great weather in June”

Darshan Singh says:

A great Website…but if you offer also offer to convert the interest in to a Trip…by suggesting some lucrative options….Wow!

alaka says:

June end is off season visit and plan holiday outside India. Please suggest good international destination close to India for (25 to 29 June 2014 for 6 Adults )



    That’s a short amount of time for an international trip, so it’s probably best to not go too far. I’d suggest Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the area around it if you are looking for a city, and Bali, Indonesia if you would prefer beaches and nature. Or of course you could go to Dubai if you don’t mind the (dry) heat. -Roger

Ravi says:

Pl suggest good and cost effective international destinations for 9/10 days beginning say 20th June



    I might have more suggestions than those on this list, but I’d really need to know your starting point. They aren’t too cost effective if they are cheap only after a US$2,000 flight to get there. -Roger

Safiya says:

Actually, there are more countries in Africa that should be visited during the summer time because that’s when their “cold season” happens. So instead of blazing hot the weather is just perfect for the most part. This applies to Eastern African countries. I would highly recommend traveling there.

vidya says:

informative website…so here i”am asking for a desperate solution for my problem…i want to travel in the month of june with 4kids..so looking at a kids friendly place where we can have a lot of fun but also a bit easy on the pockets,please help me find a destination!



    I’ll try to help but I’d need to know your starting point and an idea of your budget for flying somewhere and how much you could spend on a hotel or apartment. -Roger

Julie says:

Starting off in California and need a 7 day anywhere in Europe for 1500 ish lol any suggestions for June-July and love the beach or a cool city that’s not too crowded?



    I assume you mean a 7-day budget of US$1,500 per person for a flight and hotels leaving from California and going to Europe? That will be cutting it close because the flight itself will be around US$1,000 or more. All European beaches are packed in July, so you’d want to go in June if you want to go to a beach. I’d say your best bet would be to fly to Lisbon, which is a cool city that isn’t very crowded, and it’s one of Europe’s best bargains. You can spend a few days in the city and then a few more days down on one of the beaches in the southern region known as “The Algarve.” Faro is the biggest city and transport hub in the Algarve, but it’s a big area and you should be able to find a nice hotel at a good price somewhere in that area. I hope this helps, and if not feel free to give us more info so I can try again. -Roger

Manisha says:

me and my husband would like to go to a 4 to 5 day international trip in and around 20th June to celebrate our wedding anniversary….i would like to know some good peaceful destination with friendly weather (neither too hot and neither too cold)…budget not too very tight and cant spend like a king too…plz suggest



    Any recommendations I would make would be much better if I knew your approximate starting point. In 4 or 5 days you probably don’t want to fly halfway around the world, even if it’s a cheap and perfect place once you arrive. If you are in the United States then Mexico or the Caribbean are the obvious top choices for a shorter trip like that. If you let me know your starting city and maybe a bit more about the sort of place you’d prefer, I’ll take a shot at helping. -Roger

Nidhi says:

Hi. I m lookin for an international trip around 20 June for 5 to 10 days, starting from new Delhi, India, budget not more than 60000 Indian rupees perhead. Have been to kaula lampur and Singapore already. Want more of adventure filled activities n sightseeing than shopping in trip. Will dubai be too hot to enjoy? Can u suggest me any other place



    Okay, so 60,000 Indian Rupees is about US$1,000. And you’ll probably have to spend about half of that on airfare alone, so you’ll need to find a fairly cheap destination if you want to stay from 5 to 10 days.

    Dubai will be hotter than Delhi, but also less humid in June. So you might find the weather to be okay, but it’s still more of a shopping destination than an adventure destination. Dubai has “adventures” such as dune bashing (jeep tour over sand dunes) and even that indoor ski slope in a mall, but all of those are very expensive.

    I think you’d be best off going somewhere in Thailand on your budget. You could fly to Bangkok and then take another cheap flight to Phuket or Koh Samui or another island from there on Air Asia. You could even spend a day or two in Bangkok, which is an incredible place to see (much more so than Kuala Lumpur). And once on one of the islands you’ll have the chance to rent scooters or Jet Skis or even go zip-lining or that sort of thing. Phuket in particular has a great variety of outdoor and adventure activities, and they tend to be fairly cheap by international standards. If this is a family trip then avoid the Patong Beach area in Phuket because it has a very “adult” focus, and it’s too crowded anyway.

    From Delhi you might also be aware of the wonders of nearby Nepal. If you wanted to do hiking and that sort of thing, you could fly to Pokhara as a base, and you’ll have many outdoor options there. Pokhara is also very cheap once you get there, although I think June is the beginning of one of the rainy seasons, so the end of the month could be quite wet there, unfortunately.

    I hope this helps, and feel free to follow up if you have other questions. -Roger

jasmeet says:

Need a destination to go in june nearby. My kids r 13 n 6yrs. Need an entertaining place for them



    I’d be happy to try to give you a few kid-friendly suggestions, but I’d need to know your starting point and general budget. My first suggestion would be to look at the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, or Mexico at some beach resorts. Many are family friendly with Kids Clubs and activities all day, not to mention swimming pools and water sports you could all do together. Prices in June are very low and the weather is still pretty much perfect. Best of luck. -Roger

Kim says:

My fiance and I are looking for a place to go for our honeymoon at the end of June and looking for good weather, fun things to do, nice beach and resort. We only have 5 days so would like to stay within a reasonable budget perhaps less than $2K and would be flying out of Massachusetts. We looked into Cancun and read that June is the start of rainy season. Is that true? Any suggestions would be great!



    Yes, June is more or less the start of the “rainy season” in Cancun and most of the Caribbean, but that’s only about 5 inches per month, on average, which is only a bit more than Boston gets in an average June. September and October are the wettest months in the Cancun area, and I really wouldn’t worry about the rain any other month. In fact, I’m going to Cancun myself in late June or July this year.

    The other thing to be aware of is that the rain you get in the Tropics tends to be a 30-minute downpour either in the morning or late afternoon, about 10 days per month. You can see it coming and take cover if needed, and then shortly after it stops the sun comes out again. Often you can spectacular sunsets right after late-afternoon downpours, so it can sort of be worth it.

    The other affordable option would be the Dominican Republic. The most popular resort area is Punta Cana, which only averages about 4 inches of rain each June, and it’s the same pattern where it almost never lasts long. Still, your cheapest flights and best resort values will be in Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya area (which are all in Greater Cancun). Have a great trip. -Roger

ravi says:

Hi Roger,

We are planning our honeymoon in June .. Around 20th starting from Hyderabad, India
Budget is around 2000$ to 2500$ per head
We are not looking for beaches or places that are too cold and would like to avoid crowds if possible. Please suggest.



    This sounds like an interesting challenge and I’ll be happy to try to help. Your budget sounds like it should be enough to even go to Europe, but that depends on the number of days you want to spend. In other words, for 7 days you could go to Italy or Spain or a few other nice countries, but if that budget needs to last for 2 weeks then it would be very challenging.

    Another challenge is that most popular destinations are quite crowded in June (and more crowded in July and August), so if you would prefer to avoid crowds (which is understandable), then it might also mean going to a less-obvious place. And of course, most of the popular destinations in Asia tend to be beaches or crowded cities, so it might be hard to avoid both of those. You could go to any combination of Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, and Luang Prabang and it would be affordable without huge crowds or cold weather.

    If you are looking for a “first class” honeymoon with great hotels, restaurants, and shopping, you might consider Dubai. Flights to Dubai (and Abu Dhabi) tend to be quite cheap, and hotels that time of year can be quite affordable considering how nice they are. There are beaches, but in June it’s the off season there because it’s so hot, although maybe still more pleasant than Hyderabad because it will be much less humid. I prefer Abu Dhabi of the two, but there are fewer affordable hotels there, and Dubai is MUCH larger with more things to do.

    With a bit more information, I’ll be happy to give other suggestions. Congratulations and best of luck with it all. -Roger

      Ravi says:

      Thanks for the detailed response Roger.
      We have maximum of 7 days to spend. I was considering Europe, but heard it might be too crowded and expensive.
      Also, I wanted to avoid the package tour kind of thing since it would be too hectic. Maybe just one or two cities that we could explore at our own pace. Thanks again!!

Mohammed says:

Hi, I am planning a short vacation with family ( 2 + 3 kids) for 7 days between 11th Jun and 31st July ’15. My starting point is Muscat, Oman (resident) and looking a nearby destination of anywhere Asia but not India (being an Indian visited most of the places, also Dubai visited many a times. Budget is very much flexible having plans for first International trip. More likely looking a destination where my kids can enjoy. Your earliest suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks



    It sounds to me like you are looking for a place with family-oriented resorts in Asia. You could go to, say, Bangkok and Siem Reap, which are both wonderful places that are very interesting, but it feels more like you are trying to find a place where the kids would have their own activities rather than seeing cities or learning about ancient civilizations.

    With this in mind I’ll recommend the islands of Thailand as my top pick, but you could also consider Bali or Boracay Island, Philippines. All of those places have an abundance of reliable and well organized beach resorts that have Kids Clubs (for the younger ones) and plenty of options of water sports and activities for the older ones. Here are a few more details about each of them just in case you aren’t yet too familiar…

    On Phuket Island there is a very crowded beach city filled with shopping and nightlife called Patong Beach. As long as you avoid that, you will have about a dozen other beach areas that are mostly family oriented and far less crowded. My favorites are Karon Beach and Kata Beach, which are both just south of Patong, but there are many others with great and reasonably priced resorts that cater to families. It can be a bit rainy in June, but it’s usually just quick downpours followed by more sun.

    In Bali, June and July are drier months and high season (mostly filled with Australians), and there the “party town” to avoid is Kuta Beach. Just north of that is Legian and Seminyak, which continue the same beach but with far fewer backpackers and raucous bars. Sanur Beach is more family oriented, as is the southern resort area called Nusa Dua (for higher budgets).

    Boracay Island is a bit harder to reach, but it’s incredibly nice once you are there, and there are no party cities to avoid (although there are plenty of bars along the beach). On Boracay you have the long and wonderful White Beach along the west coast, which is lined with hotels, restaurants, and shops, but they are all connected by a sand pathway rather than a road, so it has more of an authentic tropical feel to it. There are many family-oriented resorts with pools, but also boat trips for snorkeling adventures and exploring nearby uninhabited islands and much more. On the east coast of the island, which is only about a 10-minute walk from the west coast, the winds are always blowing so it’s a major capital of windsurfing and similar water sports that might appeal to older kids.

    I think any of these could be a good choice as long as you book a hotel that offers a “Kids Club” and maybe a swimming pool. It’s not so much that your kids will always want to spend time at the Kids Club, but rather that if they offer one it means that they cater to families rather than just romantic couples or singles or party people and whatnot.

    Hopefully this is helpful, but if you had something else in mind please let me know and I’ll take another crack at it. Have a great trip. -Roger

Nitin Ahuja says:


I and my wife are looking out for some cheap and good destination to go in june.
Planning for a 4-5 day trip in budget of $1000-1500 per person.
Can you please suggest something?

Thanks for the help



    I’d be happy to help but I’d really need to know your starting point and if you prefer beaches or cities or scenery or whatever else. Your budget could afford somewhere quite nice in most corners of the world, but I don’t want to recommend you flying halfway around the globe for a 4-day trip. Give me a bit more to go on and I’ll come back with some specific suggestions. -Roger

Jocelyn says:

I will be graduating in May 2016 and would like to take my wonderful, supportive husband somewhere fun and romantic. We would fly out of either Kansas City, MO or St. Louis, MO. We would probably only have 5-7 days and funds are relatively limited ($1500-2000/person). We do not necessarily need a beach but it wouldn’t be awful either.
Thanks for the help!



    Your budget for a week should give you many great choices within pretty easy reach of Missouri. One easy suggestion would be New Orleans, although I’m guessing that you would prefer to leave the country and see something a bit exotic. Since you don’t really have enough time to fly across an ocean, I have two recommendations that come to mind in Central America.

    One would be Belize and the other is Costa Rica. Both are quite tourist friendly because Belize is (more or less) an English speaking country, and Costa Rica has a huge tourism economy. Both have great beaches and also romantic resorts and many interesting activities. In Belize your best choice would either be the island of Ambergris Caye if you mainly wanted to relax, or the Placencia Peninsula if you wanted to relax AND have easier access to some jungle sites and amazing ruins. Ambergris Caye is more built up and easier to reach, but Placencia actually has nicer beaches and will feel more secluded.

    In Costa Rica there are great resort areas along the Pacific coast in the north, close to the airport in Liberia. And there are more local and traditional resort towns farther south, such as Jaco Beach. In either case you can take a day tour and go ziplining or a jungle tour or about a hundred other things. The Tamarindo area in the north is probably best for a romantic trip, while Jaco is more for adventure.

    Hopefully one of those sounds at least a bit interesting. If not let me know and I’ll take another shot at it. -Roger

Sarah says:

Hi! My friend and I (both in our 20s) will be doing some traveling from Los Angeles in June. We are are hoping to be gone for about 2 months and are on a budget. Safety is a concern (as we are both female). Any specific suggestions?



    I grew up in the Los Angeles area as well, and that makes Asia faster and easier to reach, obviously. Regarding the safety issue, I understand, though you’ll probably want to do additional reading from female frequent travelers. There aren’t any places that I’d recommend where female travelers are “unsafe,” but there may be some places where female travelers will get more attention and possibly harassment from locals. All of the female travelers that I speak to say that they don’t let things like that stop them from visiting places, though I think they also tend to work on strategies that make things easier.

    For a 2-month trip you could literally go anywhere in the world without worry about how long it takes to get there and come back. Since you want to do a long and slow trip, and that this article is about “cheap” destinations, I’ll throw out your main choices.

    You could go to Southeast Asia, probably starting in Bangkok, and seeing more of Thailand plus some Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and perhaps Malaysia and Singapore. Except for Singapore, those are all cheap places with decent weather in June and July (except for a cloudburst here or there). You could also get a cheap flight from Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur to Bali for a week or so.

    You could head to Europe and stay mostly in the cheaper areas in the south and center. If you check our Backpacker Index for Europe you’ll see that it takes about US$80 per day to visit cities like Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam, but closer to US$40 per day to visit places like Budapest, Krakow, and Prague.

    Another option would be Latin America. You could fly into Belize or Costa Rica and tour Central America for a couple weeks, and then fly down to Peru, Chile, Argentina, and/or Brazil. Or you could skip Central America. June and July are winter months in the Southern Hemisphere, but still the weather in places like Buenos Aires, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro is still pretty good, and there are fewer tourists to deal with.

    I’d say those are the best choices that are cheap and fairly easy. Other parts of the world, such as India, are also cheap but more challenging for a newer traveler. And again, all of the places that I mentioned will be packed with unaccompanied female travelers in your age group, so as long as you do your research you should be fine.

    I’m hoping this helps. If you are able to narrow down the type of trip you are most interested in, I’ll be happy to offer more specific advice. -Roger

Pili says:

Hello, My husband and I are planning to take a trip in June for our birthdays (first or second week of June), 5 to 7 days, we live in Ft Lauderdale, FL and our budget is about $1,000 per head, definitely prefer to leave the country for our trip, we prefer a place where it will not be rainy, beach is good but not our top option



    This is tough to make suggestions without knowing more about your preferences. Last June I went from Miami to Mexico City and loved it, partly because it was warm but not scorching like in Miami. Mexico City is also a world class city for sightseeing and culture, and it’s at least as safe as US cities (unlike some Mexican border cities). It’s also a great bargain for Americans.

    With the Canadian dollar so low these days you might enjoy a trip to Montreal or Toronto. You’ll get warm and dry weather and it should be well within your budget. If you have other preferences let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

Amy says:

Hello, my husband and I plan to take an anniversary trip the last week in June. We live rural Iowa and are open to both domestic and international travel. Neither of us have traveled much and would like to make the most of our time and money. We have up to 7 days and would like to spend no more than $5000. It would be great to take advantage of low exchange rates, but that is not necessary. The must haves on our list include: nice weather, good food, great views, and fun/different things to see and do. A beach would be neat to see, but we aren’t beach bums and don’t need a party scene to have fun. We appreciate your input!



    On your budget you’ve got loads of great options and I recommend leaving the US if you can. The exchange rate with Canada is amazing right now so you could really live it up in Montreal and Quebec City or Toronto or Vancouver and Vancouver Island. I can help more with specifics if that sounds interesting.

    You can even afford Europe on that budget in 7 days, especially with the strong US dollar now, which might even strengthen by June. I’d say the easiest and best choices would be to fly to London and spend 3 or 4 days there. After that you can either take a train up to Edinburgh to experience a bit of Scotland, or a train over to Paris for 3 days there before flying home. Again, if that sounds interesting I can help a bit more with some specifics.

    A final suggestion that may also sound interesting would be to fly to Ireland and spend a day or two in Dublin (it’s not worth more time than that) and the rest of the week driving around seeing the amazing countryside of Ireland and some small towns. It’s quite easy to do and the days in June are extremely long so you can see a lot in a short time. Let me know if any of those sound good and I can try to help more. -Roger

      Amy says:

      Thank you for your input! What suggestions would you have for Vancouver and Vancouver Island at the end of June? Thanks again for your great advice! Amy



        Sorry for the delay in responding. I’m in Hong Kong right now and pretty busy. The two main places to focus on are, of course, Vancouver itself, and the town of Victoria on Vancouver Island. If you rent a car you can drive yourself, and both are very different and very worthwhile. There are also the mountain resorts and national parks nearby, which should be very enjoyable with those very-long days in June. I hope this helps a bit. -Roger

Logan says:

Roger mate, you’re doing a stella job. My inquiry is this, I m living in NZ I have about 10 grand and was looking to spend 3-4 weeks backpacking around India in June as this is our winter and they only time I can get a solid break from work. I’ve come to realise that it’s the rainy season and don’t really want to spend 3 weeks inside. Any tips on other destinations where I can get off the beaten track, immerse myself in local culture with having to pack too much. I’ve done mainland Europe a few years back so I want to try something new. Cheers mate



    As far as I’m aware, there are only a few small parts of India (and Asia in general) where June rainfall is problematic. For example, the monsoon season in Mumbai starts in mid June (give or take a bit) and I’d avoid that for sure, but in Delhi and most of the rest of the country it’s not a really wet month. I think it’s mostly the west coast that you’d want to avoid, and there are plenty of amazing places elsewhere in India. On the other hand, June is extremely hot in other parts of India, so you might want to save it for another trip.

    If you haven’t done southeast Asia then I think that is your best bet. While it’s true that June is the start of the “rainy season” there, I’ve spent a couple Junes in that area and I can assure you that it’s a more typical tropical rainfall pattern. In other words, it will be sunny in the morning and then a bit cloudy in the afternoon, followed by maybe 15 minutes of hard rainfall, and then it clears up. And it might only do that 3 or 4 days per week, along with maybe an overnight storm or two.

    Also, April is actually the hottest month in most of SE Asia, so June is actually a bit nicer as long as you can find a bit of shelter a few times per week. Personally, I’d rather go back in June than in April. In 3 or 4 weeks you can hit most of the highlights, even including 7 to 10 days in Vietnam. For better or worse, there are plenty of other travelers in that area in June, but if you want to avoid most of them you can by simply choosing more obscure destinations within the region.

    As an alternative you could do Bali and some other nearby places. June is actually part of the “dry” and pleasant season in that area. I’ve only done Bali myself (and I’ll be there again in a week for a month-long stay), but there is also Lombok and interesting places on Java, just to name a couple.

    Hopefully this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions I might answer. -Roger

nishant n. says:

Hi Roger,
I have gone through your awesome suggestions and hence I too am interested to know the following. My starting point will be Mumbai and would like to select an international destination to visit in May last week to first week of June. total of 5 to 6 nights trip. Need a place with beautiful landscapes, some adventures, beaches and moderate crowd. Budget would be $1000.Thanks.


    Nishant n,

    Starting from Mumbai you’ll need to go south or east in order to find something like you describe on your budget. Sri Lanka would actually fit what you are looking for, and be inexpensive and quick to reach, but I have a feeling you are looking for something a bit different. In case Sri Lanka does interest you, you’ll want to skip through Colombo quickly and get to the interior in towns like Kandy, or along the southern beaches.

    But really I think you want to go to Southeast Asia, probably starting in Bangkok. It’s a huge city that isn’t as crowded as Mumbai, but it’s still pretty crowded so you’d probably only spend a day or so there. Or you could go straight from the airport to the beach town of Pattaya. Or you could fly to one of the islands such as Ko Samui or even Phuket. The landscapes on those islands aren’t too beautiful, but they are quite nice if you want to spend time on or near a beach.

    You have two other good options after landing in Bangkok. One is to take a train or flight to Chiang Mai, which is cooler and cheaper than Bangkok, and it’s known for excellent trekking and other outdoor adventures. But it doesn’t have a beach. The other great option would be to take a bus or flight to Siem Reap for a few days in town seeing the Angkor Wat temples. I’ve been all over India and it’s filled with impressive temples and sights, but Angkor Wat is in another league and it’s something everyone should see once. There’s no beach, but the town of Siem Reap is really fun and a great and cheap place to hang out. The beach town of Sihanoukville in Cambodia is another option, although it’s not as easy to reach as the others.

    Late May and early June are technically the beginning of the rainy season in that area, but it’s normal tropical rain and not the monsoons that you get in Mumbai. In other words, on several days a week you will see clouds rolling in in the afternoon and then maybe 15 minutes of heavy rain, and then it clears up again. It’s actually cooler than in April, and the rains are easy to avoid because they come and go so fast. I’ve spent a few Junes in this area and it’s actually a great time to visit.

    If you want to go just to one place for the whole 5 or 6 nights, I think I’d recommend Ko Samui or the nearby island of Ko Pha-ngan. They are both quite lovely with great beaches and enough adventures to keep you busy for a week. Let me know if you had something else in mind and I’ll try again. -Roger

Greg says:

Hi Roger,
I appreciate your input. My wife and I are celebrating our 30th, oldest graduates college, middle child graduates high school, with a 13 year old. Plan to travel with my parents, both in 80’s but fairly active. June trip; looking for 7-10 days with a balance of activities. Ideally $1000-1300 per, flying out of Milw (or Chicago poss.) Thanks



    I’ll be happy to try to help, though you haven’t really narrowed down your main preferences much. On the budget you mention it would be tough to get to Europe and really enjoy it because the airfare would probably cost at least US$800 per person. With just a bit more of a budget you could do a really nice multi-generational trip to Ireland. Flights into Dublin and Shannon are pretty reasonable, and hotels & guesthouses should be affordable enough. With a group like you have you could spend maybe 2 days in Dublin (it’s not worth staying longer because the rest of the country is more interesting) and spend the rest of the time driving a minivan through some small towns and to castles and such. You could even rent homes or Airbnb places for the whole group and come in on a pretty good budget. Ireland in June is glorious and it would be interesting for everyone, not to mention fairly easy.

    Another option that would be cheaper would be to do Montreal and Quebec City for 3 or 4 days each. As I’ve mentioned recently on here, the Canadian dollar is so low right now that the whole country is quite a bargain. Those two cities are both beautiful and quite interesting, although you could also do Vancouver and Victoria (on Vancouver Island).

    Let me know if either of those sound interesting, and I can add more details. Or if you had something else in mind, let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

Meg says:

I’m looking to travel end of June/beginning of July and all these places sound like good ideas until you factor in the $1500++ just for one rt flight. I really want to do a beach destination for around 9/10 days, I looked into the Balkin coast but flights and accommodations in Croatia and Greece are so expensive. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear back!!



    I’ll be happy to give you some custom recommendations, but I’ll need to know your starting point first so I can factor in the airfare. These articles are read by people all over the world so I can’t sort them out by airfare from the US or any other place. And by the way, there are some cheaper beaches in Europe for accommodation, although they aren’t all sandy-beach paradises near the top of the list. -Roger

PL says:

Hi Roger. You are doing a helluva job here with your advise. Let me too try and benefit from it. Me and my wife wish to take a 7-8 nights vacation this June. Budget shall be $2000-2500 (cumulative) and New Delhi, India shall be our starting point. We do not want beach and adventure holidays. Don’t mind semi-crowded places. Any suggestions? Also, if we want to visit Dubai, what exactly do we do there apart from Desert Safari and Al-burj? This, of course, is apart from any other destination that you can suggest. Looking forward to it. Thanks.



    Thank you. And interestingly enough, I was in Dubai when you sent this, and I just arrived in Malta last night after 4 days in the UAE. It actually could be a very good option for you, although Dubai is a bit unusual in that there isn’t a long list of famous attractions. That could be nice because it allows you to just relax and shop and try different restaurants and such, rather than race from one place to the next.

    The Desert Safari is really fun, and this was my first time in Burj Khalifa, which was better than I expected. You can go see Burj al Arab on its beach, although it’s not close to anything else aside from the Wild Wadi water park. The Dubai Museum is interesting and well done, but only for maybe two hours tops. Weirdly enough, I enjoy walking through the huge malls, and the Dubai Mall in particular has several attractions like a huge aquarium. It’s just a very pleasant and good-value city, although in June of course it will be very hot. The good news is that most of your time would be spent indoors anyway, as it’s very well set up for the heat, with air conditioned walkways in many places. You can also spend a couple days in nearby Abu Dhabi, which is similar in some ways but different in others. The new temple there is stunning. And there is an oasis town called Al Ain not far away, and that’s also worth part of a day.

    If you aren’t keen on Dubai after reading this, you could also head somewhere like Chiang Mai in Thailand or Luang Prabang in Laos. Let me know what you are thinking and if you want more suggestions let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

Kay says:

Hi Roger, also looking for suggestions for a 2 week trip in the end of may-june. starting from NYC to anywhere in europe. with possibly a stopover in iceland. not really interested in big city vibes, more relaxing/scenic. beaches are nice. and we really like food. our budget is hopefully <$2000.



    I’m assuming that you mean your budget per person is hopefully under US$2,000, and I’m assuming that you want that to include the airfare. If so you’ll definitely have to go to one of the more affordable areas in Europe, which I imagine is why you are asking in the first place.

    First off, I strongly encourage you to do the Iceland stopover if you can. I have a whole separate article that discusses the wonders of Iceland and how to visit on a budget. If you can afford it, I’d recommend staying 8 days with 1 of those days in Reykjavik and the other 7 days in a rental car doing the Ring Road. It’ll probably be your favorite trip of your life if you are like me and most other visitors. However, when you include the rental car, a couple will need at least US$200 per day to do it comfortably (Rather than sleeping in a tent the whole time).

    If you don’t want to spend 7 or 8 days there, then 3 would be good as it would allow you to see the main sights along the southern coast. I’ll be happy to help you plan that more if you like.

    As for beach or nature destinations in Europe itself, you are going at a great time because most places don’t get too crowded until the middle of June, yet the weather is nice in late May. One possibility is to fly into Lisbon, which is a very nice and surprisingly affordable city for a couple days, and then take a train down to the Algarve, which is what they call their southern coast. The area around Faro is quite nice, fairly cheap, and mellow.

    Other options would be the southern coast of Spain, although it’s not culturally very interesting, or even Spain’s islands of Ibiza, Mallorca, or even Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

    Beyond that, and keeping it affordable, you might enjoy the coast of Croatia around the city of Split. The city is very nice and affordable, and after a couple days there you could take a ferry to one of the nearby islands or a bus to one of the smaller beach areas to the north or south. You’d also want to do a trip to the amazing Plitvice Falls National Park, which isn’t too far away.

    The last good cheaper option in Europe would be the Greek islands. Santorini is probably the best first choice, and it has some interesting sights, although most people (northern Europeans) just go there to relax on the beach during the day and drink at night.

    I’m actually in Malta as I type this, and it’s another one to consider. There aren’t many sandy beaches here, but it’s otherwise a really beautiful and relaxing island in the Mediterranean with a great mix of visitors and English as one of the official languages (so it’s stress free).

    Let me know if any of these sounds interesting and I’ll be happy to offer more details. If you had something else in mind, let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

Nikhil says:

Planning for a solo travel in 1st week of june. Can u suggest me few places which can be cheap and also provide me a awesome experience.thanks.



    I’ll be happy to try to help, but I’d really need an idea of your budget, your starting point, and hopefully some clue as to if you are looking for a beach or a city or nature or whatever else you are hoping for. -Roger

Pompa says:

I live in the SF bay area. Would like to go somewhere in June for 7-10 days. Four adults; My husband and two adult boys. Budget $1500 per person. Please suggest some places to go.

I wouldn’t mind going to Greece, If that would be reasonable.




    Airfare from SFO to Europe in June will start at around US$1,000 per person. You might find a fare to Ireland for closer to US$800, but almost anywhere else is going to be US$1,000 or above. And the minimum per day budget for any of the popular destinations in Europe is going to be close to US$100 per person. You could visit a place like Krakow or Budapest for closer to US$60 per day, but once you factor in the train tickets between cities, it still gets expensive.

    For 7 days in Greece you’d probably need about US$2,000 per person. If you want more information on that, let me know.

    Closer to home, you could have a great time in British Columbia on that budget, especially since the Canadian dollar is still fairly weak. Vancouver and Victoria are really lovely in June.

    You could also either do Mexico or somewhere in Central America on that budget. Costa Rica is the easiest country to visit in that area. Hopefully this helps a bit. Let me know if I can help further. -Roger

Rick says:

Want to get away for the first couple weeks of June. I’m flying from Seattle and the gal I’m meeting is flying from Brisbane Australia. Had planned on Thailand with time in Bangkok maybe a trip to Singapore, some elephants and some island time. The weather really makes me nervous. From seattle….don’t want rain. Now changing my mind to Maui. Any thoughts? Of course don’t want to break the bank.

Also mapped out a Switzerland then Italy trip. Europe makes me a little nervous right now and stupid long flight from Brisbane.



    Yes, finding a destination that is a reasonable distance from both Seattle and Brisbane is tricky. Hawaii is an obvious choice, as you say, because it (along with Tahiti, Fiji etc) is the only place that you could both reach within 7 or 8 hours. I was just in Maui a few months ago and it is wonderful, but even modest hotel rooms or apartment rentals will start at around US$150 per night, and US$200 is probably more realistic for a place that would suit a couple in a desirable location. So if you can afford that, then Hawaii is ideal.

    As for Europe, that’s where I am now (in Malta right now, going to Barcelona tomorrow) and I’m not worried at all about anything going on here. However, the flights for both of you would obviously be really long, and most things here are fairly expensive as well.

    I actually think the SE Asia idea is a good one, assuming you are hoping to keep costs at a modest rate. I’ve spent a lot of time (well over a year) in that area, including living in Bangkok for 3 months including June, and the weather isn’t a big problem. It’s true that it’s the beginning of the rainy season, but it’s also a bit cooler than the scorching month of April. Also, the “rain” in SE Asia (and the Tropics generally) is the exact opposite of Seattle style. What happens is, about 15 to 20 days a month, it’ll be sunny in the morning and a bit cloudy in the early afternoon. Then about 3pm the clouds get dark and the skies open up for 15 or 20 minutes. About an hour later it’s mostly clear again, although sometimes there is a bit of localized flooding. The point is, the rain in that area comes in short bursts (sometimes overnight), and it’s easy to take shelter from it for the short time it lasts. It’s kind of fun, actually. The same is true in the islands of Thailand, where you can be on the beach and eventually you notice the clouds are getting dark. Once the first drop lands, everyone heads inside for a bit, and then usually back out again when it clears up. You might get unlucky and get a day or two when it rains for a few hours at a time, but that’s rare. So if you want an interesting place where it’s warm and prices are reasonable, I’d do Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, or even Vietnam. In fact, the beach area of Nha Trang gets almost no rain in June. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Marina k says:

Can you please recommend a destination for a solo female traveler in her 30s? Looking to get away in mid June for up to 9 days, starting from NYC. Willing to splurge a bit. Ideal for me would be a mix of beach time and sightseeing so perhaps 2 cities. Many thanks



    The first thing that comes to mind is Mexico, and I did a solo trip exactly like this last June, for exactly 9 days believe it or not. First fly to Mexico City, which has surprisingly mild and nice weather in June. It’s really a safe and wealthy city in the main business and tourist area, which is huge. There are pyramids and other archaeological sights near the city, and many really cool sights in the heart of the city. I spent 3 nights there and could have stayed longer. I speak very little Spanish, which was a bit challenging, so if you speak more than a little you’ll have an easier time.

    From Mexico City I flew to Cancun on a cheap flight and spent 3 nights in the main hotel district in Cancun. It’s quite nice, if a bit generic, but it’s fun and the beaches are excellent. Then I took a bus down to Playa del Carmen for 3 nights, and I loved it there. Unlike Cancun, which is mainly just a strip of big hotels and condos, Playa del Carmen is a small (tourist-oriented) city with hundreds of bars and restaurants and whatnot. There are also the Tulum ruins nearby, and Chichen Itza is also a very popular day trip. The island of Cozumel is a short ferry ride away.

    So again, this is just my first thought, but I’d do 3 or 4 days in Mexico City, and then fly to Cancun for the rest of the time. Personally, for a single traveler, I think Playa del Carmen is much more interesting and social, so that’s where I’ll go next time. You can obviously fly home directly from Cancun and the flights will all be pretty cheap.

    If not that, then you might consider Costa Rica. It’s got nice beaches on both coasts, and excellent adventure and nature sights in between. The capital, San Jose, is a bit of a dud though, so I wouldn’t recommend it. The volcano area is nice though, and the beaches on both coasts are very different.

    I’m actually in Tenerife in the Canary Islands right now, and I just toured through the Costa del Sol and other places in Spain. You could fly to Barcelona and spend 3 nights there, then take a train to Madrid for 3 nights, and then another train down to the Costa del Sol for 3 more nights in the busy beach town of Torremolinos. It’s all good value in general, and better this year due to the USD being strong against the Euro.

    Another similar option would be to fly to Lisbon, which is also wonderful and surprisingly affordable, and then after 3 or 4 days you can take a train down to Faro, which is in the beach area called the Algarve. My favorite town there is called Tavira, but it’s one of many.

    Those are a few ideas to consider. Let me know if I’m even close and I’ll be happy to try again or provide more details. -Roger

Saksham says:

A weeks international trip to escape the heat of Delhi, India with my family not too expensive as well. Any suggestions?



    This is a tricky one because obviously in June the entire Northern Hemisphere is going to be hot. Most places won’t be quite as hot as Delhi, but they still might not be cool enough to make it worth the trouble. I’ll try a few suggestions and you can tell me if anything sounds interesting.

    As you certainly know, when you get into the mountains of Nepal it is cooler, and the resort town of Pokhara is very cheap as well. That is definitely your cheapest cooler place that isn’t far away.

    Bali is just in the southern hemisphere and June is one of the cooler months there. It’s worth a look.

    If you really want pleasant temperatures near you in June then the only ones I can think of will be in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, and Da Lat in Vietnam. Both are tourist-friendly hill towns that I like a lot, with pleasant temperatures every day of the year, along with some rain at times.

    Let me know if any of those are anything like you were thinking about. If not, give me some more information and I’ll try again. -Roger

Mia says:

Can you please recommend a place for a 5-7 day trip for a couple with two adult children starting from Central Europe in the first 2 weeks of June? Languages are not much of a problem, have traveled around quite a lot, love culture, history, art, but not shopping. Would prefer nice weather, not cold rain and wind ( that alone keeps me from going to Northern Europe). Scenery important, beach a plus but not necessary, budget is flexible. We are not for luxury, but willing to splurge on a unique experience for culture connoisseurs. Obviously, a shorter distance would let us see more, so up to a 5 hr flight, or a day drive is our limit. Thanks!



    Without a more specific location than Central Europe, it’s hard for me to know what might be within driving range. So I’ll assume that you are going to fly, and a 5-hour range gives you many good choices.

    The first thing that comes to mind would be Portugal. You can get a cheap flight into Lisbon, which is an excellent and scenic cultural destination with great June weather and surprisingly low prices. You could spend 3 or 4 nights there, and then take a train down to the Algarve area around Faro for some beach time. There are some lovely towns down there such as Tavira that are near the beach but are not the cheesy mass-market resorts like you get in Spain and much of Greece. Or instead of the Algarve you could spend 2 or 3 days in Porto, which is also historic and quite different from Lisbon.

    Another interesting option (just guessing since I don’t know where you’ve been) would be Morocco, which is also cheap and has very nice weather in June. I think the cheapest flights are into Casablanca, but it’s not a good tourist city (in spite of the famous name and its size) so it’s best to hop right on a train for Fes or Marrakech. There are also expeditions to the Atlas mountains to consider. If you haven’t been there yet you’ll love it as a cultural destination, and it’s quite well organized and safe as well, which you can’t really say about most of its neighbors.

    The last great option that I can think of would be Croatia. You can get reasonable flights into Split, and it’s a wonderful cultural destination on its own. In my opinion, it’s just as interesting and photogenic as Dubrovnik, and it’s much cheaper, easier to reach, and not packed with tourists like Dubrovnik. After a few days there you could take a ferry to one of the nearby islands, or rent a car and drive to the amazing Plitvice Falls National Park for 2 days or so. Rental cars in Croatia are pretty reasonable, and accommodation in the country is mostly offered in apartments rather than hotels. In early June you could get a pretty good deal on apartments with enough beds for all of you, wherever you go in Croatia.

    Hopefully this helps. As always, let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Adite says:

Hi Roger,

Amazing work there! I followed your suggestion the previous time and went to Dubai for my vacation in Jan this year, this time I wanted to know your ideas for a fun filled holiday with my husband with nice weather for 4-5 days near India. Budget about 1000$ Per person. We been to Seychelles, Dubai, Kerela and Goa since last Feb. But we still love the beaches. Bali or Singapore was what was on our mind as it is incredibly hot here in Delhi. Thanks in advance.



    Staying near India in June and staying on a reasonable budget, you don’t have a huge range of choices. Bali would be very nice and June is one of the cooler months there, although one of the busier months as well. I recently spent another month there and I can give you more information if you need it. It’s possible to stay there on a moderate budget, and the beaches are fantastic for the most part.

    Singapore is very nice, but it’s also very expensive and it’s mostly just a big city so it’s not a good beach destination. You could potentially go to a place like Malacca in Malaysia, which isn’t far north of Singapore and it has beaches.

    Another obvious possibility would be Sri Lanka. The beaches along the southern coast are great, and you could get a cheap flight either into Colombo or the new airport. Unsurprisingly, it’s quite like India in many ways, but it’s quite different in other ways. I think that would be my top recommendation for you, partly because Bali is quite a bit farther and it’s so crowded these days. Sri Lanka’s tourist infrastructure feels like it’s still being built, so it’s not nearly as crowded.

    The other main option to consider would be an island in Thailand such as Ko Samui or Ko Phi Phi or even Phuket. Those are gorgeous places with excellent beaches and many resorts to choose from.

    Let me know if any of those appeal to you and I might be able to provide more information. -Roger

      Adite says:

      Thank you so much for such an informative reply. Will let you know what we finalize. It was such a help. Thanks again. Great work there and really impressive stuff out here. Keep it up!

Lillian says:

Hi Roger, am a Ugandan and looking for the best destination for family (2+1)for a small vacation in preferably Europe. The option would be Asia
I would like a place where one can do good shopping with favorable weather. Kindly give two options for us.
The budget is USD.1500 per head excluding flight costs.



    The weather all over Europe will be really nice in June, and the shopping is quite good in all larger cities and many smaller ones. I guess it depends on the kind of shopping you want. If you are after brand-name clothing and that sort of thing, the same chains are found in pretty much every city, with fairly similar prices throughout Europe.

    You don’t mention how long your trip is supposed to be for the US$1,500 per person. If it’s 7 days, then you could go almost anywhere. If it’s 21 days, you’d want to pick some of the cheaper cities. If you provide more information I’ll happily suggest some custom ideas.

    But to start, I think the best places for a first trip to Europe are the classics, notably London, Paris, and/or the Big 3 in Italy, which are Rome, Florence, and Venice. All of those are exceptional and quite easy for first-time visitors. It’s probably best to choose at least one or two of those, and use those as your main anchors for the trip. If you have more time, you can take a train to another city or two or three.

    Again, I’m happy to help with custom suggestions if you tell me more about your time frame and preferences. -Roger

      Lillian says:

      Thanks for the response Roger. I really appreciate your feedback

      Hi Roger, am a Ugandan and looking for the best destination for family (2+1)for a small vacation in preferably Europe. The option would be Asia
      I would like a place where one can do good shopping with favorable weather. Kindly give two options for us.
      The budget is USD.1500 per head excluding flight costs. We are looking at spending there 7 days.
      We are meant to set off on 19th June and return 26th June.

      I would also like your view of Thailand. Is it a place to go to end of June

      Looking forward to a pleasant holiday



        I’ll give you a few ideas, but I’m still a bit unsure what kind of shopping you hope to do. The big department stores can be found in every larger city in Europe, and prices won’t be too different among them. It’s the same story for electronics or other name-brand items. For trendy clothes or antiques, some cities are much better than others, though I’m not a big expert on either of those things.

        With a budget of US$3,000 for 7 days and nights in Europe for a couple and a child, you can afford to go anywhere and have quite a nice time. With that in mind, the two top choices would have to be Paris and London, as each has plenty to keep you busy for at least a week, including some really good day trips. Those would also probably be the two places where you’d find other people from Uganda, in case that matters to you.

        Another great option would be Barcelona, which you could combine with a visit to Madrid or perhaps Valencia. You could spend 4 days in Barcelona and the other 3 in the other city, and have an excellent time.

        One more obvious and highly recommended option would be Rome for 3 or 4 days and then the rest of the week in Florence and Venice or in Sorrento and Naples. I wouldn’t recommend spending a full 7 days in Rome because it’s a bit chaotic and stressful, so not very relaxing for a holiday (although the sights are among the world’s greats).

        Bangkok could be a good choice as well. It will be hot and fairly humid in June, but it’s not too bad because the quick rainstorms and occasional clouds cool it off a bit. Bangkok is one of the world’s great shopping cities as well, with a huge number of modern shopping malls all clustered together in the Siam Square area and along Sukhumvit Road. You could spend 3 or 4 nights in Bangkok, and then go to nearby Pattaya Beach for the other 3 or 4 nights. Or you could take a short and cheap flight to Ko Samui or Phuket.

        Kuala Lumpur is another excellent city for shopping malls, but otherwise it’s not as interesting as Bangkok, and it’s a bit more expensive.

        Let me know if any of these ideas sound good, and I’ll provide more information if you’d like. -Roger

          Lillian says:

          Thanks Roger. This is very helpful
          The shopping will be mainly clothing and a few electronics

Denise says:

Hi Roger,
Love your site, really excellent, intelligent and detailed information. Makes me want to be a backpacker again! However, I am at a different life stage now and am looking for a good destination for mid – late June, for around 12 days, leaving from the Bay Area. We have 2 teenage girls who would like to use their learned Spanish. Have looked at Troncones private rental combined with a few culture days in Mexico City, as well as an all in in Ixtapa, again combined with Mexico City. Also considering the area around Cancun so that we could go to chichen itza and other sites. Am open to any other suggestions. Our budget is around $6,000

PS Could go higher on the budget if needed!



    Thank you for the very nice words. I think your plan sounds very good as it is. Unfortunately I’m not sure how much help I can offer because I have only been to Mexico City and most of Mexico’s beach resorts as an adult, so I can’t give much advice outside of those.

    What I can say is that Mexico City is an excellent choice and it will be very good Spanish immersion because almost no one speaks English there (except for at high-end restaurants and hotels). I speak very little Spanish and I loved it there. I’d think that about 4 days would be enough time to see all the main highlights.

    On that same trip, I visited Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel, and by far my favorite of those was Playa del Carmen. Cancun has the best beaches of the three, but it’s essentially a long strip of tall hotels and time-share buildings where most of them are only close to a few things except at the very corner of the Hotel Zone. Playa del Carmen is a fairly large and tourist-friendly city with hundreds of restaurants and hotels to choose from, all within walking distance of each other. It’s a real town with things in all price ranges, and plenty of things to do.

    Cozumel, as you may know, is a small island across from Playa del Carmen that is also nice, but I preferred Playa del Carmen because it had so many more choices. Cancun and Playa del Carmen both offer Chichen Itza day trips, and the Tulum ruins are very close to Playa itself. So I can’t help much with other areas, but I can highly recommend those. Have a great trip. -Roger

      Denise says:

      Many thanks for your suggestions Roger.
      We have actually decided to combine Mexico City with Puerta Vallerta this time, and will plan on going to Playa del Carmen and Merida and some of the major Mayan and Aztec sites on another trip. Keep up the good work!

Ramesh says:

Hi Roger, Me and my wife are planning for an anniversary holiday from Bangalore. it will be between 27th may to 4 June(flexible) Our budget is $3000 USD / 2 lac INR (Air ticket,stay,shopping,sightseeing,fun). i want to go to Italy and other places surrounding it or Bali,Maldives,Mauritius have been to Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia. Plan is to cut the cost on travel and stay. but i am confused with location and i dont like to go on package.is it difficult to go to Italy on our own ? Can you advise me on the itinerary for this location so that i dont miss anything when i am there.Also need to get visa in next 20 days is it possible. Please help.



    I just checked on airfare costs on flights from Bangalore to Rome and I was shocked that you can do that round-trip for US$645 per person with a quick change of planes in Delhi on Air India. I was expecting to see fares twice that expensive. As a result, I think your budget will work well enough to visit Italy since that seems to be your first choice.

    With US$1,300 going to airfare for two, it would leave US$1,700 for 7 or 8 days on the ground. Hotels in Italy go the whole range, with double rooms in the tourist cities starting at around US$60 per night for poorly located places, or about US$100 per night for a double room with a decent location. Most hotels are more expensive than that, but you can find something decent in that range if you need to.

    Italy has a “Big 3” for first-time visitors and that is Rome, Florence, and Venice. They are the Big 3 for a reason and I’d highly recommend focusing on those cities for the best first visit. Spend your first 3 days in Rome and then take a train to Florence for 3 more days. Then wake up early and take the 2-hour train ride to Venice and stay there for about 24 hours. Then you can take a train back to Rome for your flight home, perhaps staying in Rome one last night.

    That is the classic Italy visit and it’s filled with all the best highlights. I explain more details and how to do it in this post about the best Italy and France itinerary for first-time visitors.

    That obviously would be a culture and history filled trip. If you wanted to go to the Maldives, it would be simply to relax in similar heat to where you live, although with sea breezes. I haven’t been to Mauritius but I’ve heard it’s similar. Bali has plenty of interesting culture to go along with its relaxing beaches, but I feel that it’s too overbuilt these days to recommend and that there are better options nearby.

    In other words, if you want to do Italy, you have enough money to do it as long as you shop carefully for hotels and buy those train tickets online as soon as possible from trenitalia.com. But if you are more in the mood to go somewhere that is very hot and mainly just relax, then you can afford one of the others.

    Oh, and yes, you can definitely do that Italy trip without a package by planning it on your own. Italy is filled with tourists, most of whom speak little or no Italian, and so nearly everyone you encounter will speak at least enough English to help you. And all of the important signs (airports, train stations, museums etc) are in Italian AND English. I’m writing this from Tenerife in Spain right now, and I barely speak any Spanish, yet it’s quite easy to do what I want and enjoy the place. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be happy to help. -Roger

YohanJohn says:

Hi Roger,
My wife and I (am close to 60)are thinking of firming up (by Wed 11th May ) with Cox & Kings for 7 night ex Mumbai 25th June, covering Paris Chamonix Brussels,, Amsterdam, , Cologne,Heidelberg, Rhineland, Black Forest, Drubba,Lucerne, Zurich.
Will cost us about 3000 US (airfare, visas,accommodation and food) excluding only personal expenses I think.
Our priorities a laid back holiday in comfy accommodation and good weather (not wet, not cold, not hot)and not too crowded (!),. Are there any other similar places where we could get more for the money etc.



    Just so I’m clear, this itinerary you mentioned is for a 7-day bus tour of Europe? In 7 nights, it would mean spending most of that time on the bus, and only a few hours in each destination. If that IS what we are talking about, then there is nothing laid back about it. Even if that was a 14-day itinerary, it’s still a LOT of moving around on a short visit. I think you can do much better by booking yourself and choosing only a few cities so you spend more time enjoying them and less time traveling between them.

    As an example, have a look at the answer I just gave (hopefully right above this one) for someone wanting to visit Italy from India on the same budget in the same month. I’d recommend doing something more like that, choosing whatever nearby cities that interest you most.

    The June weather in most of Europe tends to be warm and rarely scorching and rarely wet, but you will get large crowds in all of the big cities. However, as someone who has spent 4 months in India myself over two trips, I can assure you that you won’t see any crowds resembling the city crowds in India. Europe’s busiest cities will feel empty by comparison, so I don’t think you should avoid them necessarily.

    Let me know what you think about this and I’ll be happy to offer more specific advice if you like. But also please keep in mind that you really want to spend 3 nights in each of the larger cities you visit, or perhaps 2 nights in smaller cities. If you go faster than that, you end up spending half of your holiday in trains and in train stations. -Roger

      YohanJohn says:

      Roger (Roger that ! and pardon the fun pun) I am just so glad that I seemed to be getting timely advice, so very glad.
      I did see the advice you gave Mr. R. and that seems good.
      We would prefer that all the formalities etc. are taken care of (as they would be through this agency). Maybe we could ask them for a package that covers a lesser number of places. (We did a 5 day 4 night trip to Dubai and were quite happy that it was a good hotel, did a creek cruise, some dune bashing, took in some of the sights with a friend/Burj/Dubai Mall etc,avoided a city tour, played some tennis at the Hotel, no shopping, ate at a couple of nice places french and another local; and we were happy !!
      \So how would you advise somebody like us (apart from letting us out to pasture !!).
      For the price we are paying, a) which places should we shortlist b) how many days c) should we consider increasing the number of days (for the same price/lesser number of places. Should we shift locations and consider London and thereabouts.?
      I think this agency will do a personalized tour instead of a group tour.
      Please try and empathize, maybe you will understand better than I have expressed it. Do advise.
      Thanks and best wishes



        Sorry to keep you waiting, but I generally try to answer all questions and comments within 24 hours, 7 days a week. But especially on weekends I usually only do this once per day. I hope you understand.

        I understand your travel preferences more now, and I think your own idea of a cruise is the perfect solution. Even if a tour company makes all the arrangements and bookings for a multi-city trip, it still means that you have to be on a tight schedule and that you spend a LOT of time in transit. In my opinion, on a 3-week trip it’s fine to visit 6 or 7 cities because you still have at least two full days in each place. But to see that many cities on an 8 to 10-day trip would mean that you literally would spend half of your daylight hours on trains.

        Obviously, a cruise would be the perfect compromise for you because a cruise makes it easy to visit one city per day, while the guests are comfortable and only have to unpack and repack once. On one hand, a cruise typically gives you 8 to 12 hours in each city, and that is only enough time for a superficial look at a city like Rome or Barcelona. But on the other hand, if you were considering a land tour that only gave you one day in each city, then a cruise is going to be far more enjoyable and far less stressful.

        So my recommendation is to do the cruise and choose an itinerary that sounds most interesting to you. If you don’t do a cruise, then I’d recommend staying 2 or 3 nights in a smaller number of cities, and getting around by train. Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

YohanJohn says:

Have you given up ?
Would a Cruise be right for us. Say 7 to 10 nights, Italy etc.?
Around 1500 US per head ?

Kevin says:

Hi Roger
Planning for trip the last week of June 7-9 days for 2 single looking to golf and some nightlife. Starting point is Toronto. budget $2500-$3000 per person where would you recommend?



    On that budget you can go almost anywhere, as long as your green fees don’t get out of control. When you want to combine a good selection of golf courses and also nightlife, the first two places that come to mind are Oahu and Cancun.

    You can get a nice hotel in Waikiki Beach for around US$200 per night and up, and rent a car for at least part of your stay to get to the many nearby golf courses. There are loads of bars and restaurants throughout that area. I’d say that nightlife is best suited to people over 30 years old, and it’s an interesting and international crowd.

    Cancun has several huge mega-clubs where you pay like US$50 for entrance and then you can drink all you want for free once inside. Those are obviously more suited to those in their 20s. The clubs are all located near the corner of the hotel zone, so if that interests you it’s best to book a hotel within walking distance of that. The hotel zone is otherwise about a 15-kilometer strip of hotels and timeshare buildings, and most of them are spread out, so only about 10 of them are within walking distance of clubs and bars and restaurants and such.

    Kind of a combination of the above would be Playa del Carmen, which is a lovely town about an hour south of Cancun airport by taxi or shuttle. It’s still close to a handful of very nice golf courses, and the town is filled with bars and clubs of all sorts, appealing to any age range. Unlike the Cancun area, Playa del Carmen is a complete town where every hotel is within walking distance of 100+ bars and restaurants. That’s probably the option I’d suggest if I was going on this trip.

    Hopefully this helps. If you were thinking about going somewhere farther or more exotic, let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

      ke says:

      I was thinking going somewhere farther or more exotic.



        Okay then, let’s see…The challenging thing here is that golf and nightlife are already kind of a rare combination, unless you want to go to Las Vegas, which wouldn’t be a good idea in June anyway. Then to add in “exotic” (for a North American) gets a bit trickier.

        One thing that comes to mind is Scotland. Edinburgh is a wonderful city with great nightlife, and it’s within an hour by train (or rental car) from dozens of world-class golf courses, including the cluster of courses at St. Andrews. You could stay in Edinburgh and maybe hit a couple famous links courses during the days, and then head up to Inverness for a few more days for a look at the Scottish Highlands and maybe another round or two up there.

        If you want farther and even more exotic than that, you could head to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. They have quite a few golf courses within easy reach of the city, and also great nightlife. KL is actually my favorite city in Asia because it has so much to offer and it’s fairly easy to handle for an English speaker.

        There are some nice golf courses near Antalya in Turkey, which is another really nice (and very affordable) city with decent nightlife.

        Dubai is another interesting option with good golf courses and great nightlife (although alcohol is quite expensive there). It will obviously be hot in June, though not very humid.

        Let me know if any of those ideas sound interesting, and I’ll be happy to provide more information if you like. -Roger

          Kevin says:

          Thanks Roger. if we skip the Golf where would you recommend?



          If you are mainly looking for a place that has good nightlife and is at least somewhat exotic for someone from Toronto, it’s a long list. If you wouldn’t mind, could you give me a few more things you are hoping to find? Beaches, great value, interesting architecture, famous sights, mild summer weather, blazing heat, attractive locals and fellow tourists? I’m happy to keep trying if you give me a few more clues. -Roger

          Kevin says:

          Roger we are in are early 30’s we are looking for some sights some attractive locals and fellow tourists. decent night life. don’t want to lie on a beach all day. Would like to do a cruise but not sure if we will find any other singles to hang out at night



          Okay then, I’ll take a few more stabs at this and if anything sounds interesting I can add more information. Speaking of cruises, some lines are better than others for singles and younger people, so that might be a really good idea if you find the right one. I did a cruise as a solo traveler on Norwegian last year from Miami and I really loved it. Most passengers were couples or families, of course, but there were actually many other singles and I met people every day. It’s also great value in general.

          If you are open to Europe and want to see some interesting places, I highly recommend Prague and/or Berlin. They are 4 hours and 28 minutes apart by train, so you could easily spend 3 or 4 days in each. Both are very exciting cities with excellent nightlife and social opportunities, and both are places where you can basically speak English all the time and you’ll be understood. Prague is known for its impressive architecture, while Berlin is filled with expats from all over so you never know who you will meet next. Both are fairly affordable and easily among the most “fun” cities in Europe.

          Another pair to consider would be Barcelona and Ibiza. Barcelona is a gorgeous city with famous architecture and nightlife, while Ibiza is obviously the party capital of Europe all summer. There are ferries between the two, but also cheap flights. Barcelona can be a bit challenging if you don’t speak Spanish, while Ibiza is mainly English-speaking tourists, so it should be easy.

          The last one I can think of off the top of my head is San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s got a great mix of beaches, culture, and nightlife in the newer areas, and Old San Juan is a gorgeous Colonial city that is filled with great restaurants and interesting nightlife. You could rent an apartment in either area and take a cheap bus or taxi to go between them, or rent a car and explore other parts of the island.

          Let me know if any of those sound interesting and I’ll be happy to add more info if needed. -Roger

          Kevin says:

          Thanks so much for the info. I’m doing Europe in August. so it will be a cruise

Rod says:

Hi Roger
Planning for trip the last week of June or first week of
July for 2 single guys looking to site see and some nightlife.don’t want a beach vacation. leaving from Ottawa. budget $2500-$3000. Where would you recommend?



    This sounds similar to a series of questions I recently answered for a guy named Kevin. Scroll up a bit and have a look at the responses I gave him because it’s the same advice I’d give you, at least to start with. If you have any specific questions about any of it, let me know and I’ll take a shot at them. -Roger

Sunny says:

Hi Roger,

Really impressed by the suggestions made by you in this forum for travel. I am also seeking for some guidance for my honeymoon . I am looking for a 6N/7D trip. Where I can spend a day on the beach, may have good night life,Beautiful cities and sites ,great architecture, may be a day on the cruise. Scenic ,fun places. Places not much hot. Temp in the earLy 20’S. Some where in Europe preferably. We will be starting from Mumbai. The total budget is 3000 USD (Including everything) total for the two of us. Planning in July.



    If you want to find a Europe destination with cool (25C or below) temperatures in July, then you’ll either need to go to the north of the continent, or high in elevation. However, as long as you avoid the southern (Mediterranean) countries, then the daytime temperatures should be pleasant, and at night even more so. Everywhere in Europe will feel nice compared to Mumbai that time of year. 🙂

    And if you avoid the hot, southern European countries, it will be hard to find a beach and a cruise. This is challenging. Trying to balance out all of the things on your wish list, I’ve come up with 3 suggestions that should all come close and be affordable.

    Barcelona arguably has Europe’s most distinct architecture, excellent nightlife, nice beaches, and plenty of things to see and do for 6 days. Days will be around 30C or maybe higher, but since it’s on the coast there is often a nice breeze. There are plenty of good day trips available, and you could even take a high-speed train to Madrid or nearby Valencia for a couple days, as both of those are very different from Barcelona.

    Lisbon, Portugal has most of the same features, though its architecture is more classical than experimental like Barcelona’s. Lisbon is also a bit cheaper and it’s great value once you get there. There are no great beaches nearby, but you can take a train down to the southern coast to an area known as the Algarve (around Faro), which is a very nice beach resort area.

    Split, Croatia is the last one that I’ll recommend, which is even a bit cheaper than Lisbon. It’s gorgeous with fantastic architecture and very good nightlife. There are also beaches just a bit away from the historic city center, and nearby islands with great beaches that are good for day trips or for a couple of days.

    I think Barcelona is the most impressive and memorable of the three, but I think you’d be happy and impressed with any of them. If you would like more information on any of them, let me know. Congrats and best of luck with all of it. -Roger

Bridget says:

Hello Roger! Departing Melbourne, Australia in early June & looking for a warm destination or destinations to stay for approx. 1 month? Beach, relaxation, pool – 2 adults & 3 childrean aged 5, 7 & 8. Thanks in advance 🙂



    I’ll be happy to send along some suggestions, but I could use a few more hints first. From Oz it’s obviously far faster and cheaper to head to Asia, like Bali or one or more of the Thai islands, but those may not be ideal for younger children. If you were thinking more about Europe or nearby, I will have some suggestions, but it will be helpful to know if you are mainly looking for an easy and friendly place for the family to relax and swim, or if you also want to be near attractions and shopping and culture and so forth?

    For a month and with children I assume you’ll want to stay in an apartment rather than in a hotel, right? That is becoming easier every year. In fact, I’m currently typing this from Tenerife in the Canary Islands, which has exactly what you are looking for, and not much more.

    How cost sensitive are you? For example, for what you are looking for it’s hard to beat Hawaii in June, and it’s not too far from you, but it is kind of expensive compared to Europe and far more expensive than Asia. So please give me a few more things to go by on your wish list, and I’ll happily make some suggestions. -Roger

Gigi says:

Hi, My husband and I would like to take a vacation June 9 through June 14th to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary, but we’really looking to stay in a budget of $1,500 or less. We are leaving from South Florida (Palm Beach, Broward / Miami). Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.



    On your budget you will need to stay within a couple thousand miles, which is probably best for only 5 days anyway. It’s hard for me to confidently recommend anything without knowing more about whether you want a beach (I doubt it if you live in south Florida) or a city.

    Off the top of my head I can highly recommend Mexico City. I lived in Miami all of last year and I went to Mexico City in June, partly because of the moderate temperatures. It’s a very nice city with an endless supply of things to see and do, and the whole huge central area is at least as safe as Miami or Miami Beach. It helps if you speak some Spanish, but I really don’t and I got on fine.

    If that doesn’t sound good you should consider Canada. The exchange rate is still very good for Americans so you can live it up a bit. Montreal is the most interesting city up there and the one I’d recommend first. But Toronto is very nice as well.

    If none of these ideas works for you, let me know with more information and I’ll try again. -Roger

Pramod Mohan says:

Hi Roger,

We are Indians residing in Dubai. Looking at a week trip during last week of June for a family of 2 adults & 2 kids – 11 & 16 yrs. We want to narrow down on 1-2 places that we can cover in 5-7 days. Want to avoid the hot & rainy places. Flights are OK as wife works with Airlines. Budget around 1000 uSD per person. Have already been to Rome-Florence-Venice, Jakarta, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Istanbul etc. Definitely want to do a different set of cities this time. had in mind – Austria-Germany-netherlands/ hungary OR spain for the bull run & tomatino etc. I also liked your suggestion of Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia as my son is a big Real Madrid fan. Also thought of South Africa / China / Orlando as options. Looking forward to your thoughts & recommendations. – Pramod



    It sounds like you are already very well traveled, so this is a bit challenging. In 5 to 7 days I’d recommend exactly two cities, assuming you want some culture rather than just relaxing.

    Spain is notoriously hot all summer, though not as hot as Dubai, so if that is a factor then I’d probably head north of there. If you do want to visit Spain I’d highly recommend dividing your time between Barcelona and Madrid, and taking the high-speed train between them. They are both very large and interesting cities that are quite different from one another. Valencia is quite nice, but you can save it for a future trip. I don’t know much about those festivals, aside from seeing them on TV, so I can’t be of much help.

    Since there are so many great places in Europe that you’ve yet to visit, and it’s closer than most of the others on your list, I’d choose from European city pairs. Here are some pairs in the areas you mentioned that would complement each other well on a 2-city trip:

    Vienna and Salzburg, both great and very different from each other.
    Berlin and Munich
    Munich and Salzburg
    Amsterdam and Paris
    Berlin and Prague
    Vienna and Budapest (although they are somewhat similar)

    I’d say that you’d do very well with any of those pairs, and all should be within your budget. Amsterdam and Paris are the most expensive option, but both are also in my personal Top 5 great European cities, so they could be worth it.

    Let me know if you have any questions about any of these, and have a great trip with whatever you decide. -Roger

Swetha says:

Hi… We lookin for a holiday by June 15 th.. Can u suggest us a good place considering our 1.5 yr son… We are actually thinking of Sweden Denmark n Finland.. Is it the right place …??



    Nearly all of Europe is well suited to traveling with young children, as nearly everything is accessible for strollers and such. So it all depends on where you want to go. Sweden and Denmark are both lovely, and Stockholm and Copenhagen are two of Europe’s prettiest cities. They are both quite expensive, however.

    I can’t really recommend Finland unless there is something specific you want to see there. Helsinki is quite dull compared to the others, and there isn’t much else to see in the country. It’s also quite expensive.

    If you give me more hints as to what sort of thing you are looking for, I might have more suggestions. -Roger

Dan P says:

My girlfriend and I are looking to travel to Costa Rica mid to late June. It will be ten days and we plan on doing Puerto Viejo, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio. Our concern is the weather. Based on your knowledge, is the rain completely miserable? Or is it scattered showers? We would like to enjoy a little bit of sun while we’re there. Thanks!


    Dan P,

    It’s true that June is one of the wetter months in Costa Rica, but like most of the Tropics, the rain tends to come all at once, and usually in the afternoon. So on the beaches it will typically be sunny in the morning, start to get a bit cloudy in the early afternoon, and then the skies will be gray at 3pm. Then it dumps down a bunch of rain for 20 or 30 minutes, and the clouds start moving out again. That might happen 20 days in June, and also some rain overnight. Along the coasts it’s very rare for a whole day to be rainy, and it’s almost never drizzly.

    How, Arenal has its own climate, and it can be rainy for days at a time, and foggy as well. In that case you might just check the forecast and then head there when it looks like it’s going to be clear. Personally, I enjoy traveling in that sort of season because crowds are thinner, hotels are cheaper, and the rain is surprisingly easy to avoid. Have a great trip. -Roger

      Dan P says:

      Hi Roger,

      Thank you for a really quick response. Just for research sake, would the weather in the Cancun and Belize area be comparable? Or less rainy?

Birin says:

Hi Roger
I am planning Europe trip for 21 days starting July 1st travelling with my wife, 2 kids (13 and 9) and two small suitcases.
Entry port will be Frankfurt and exit from Brussels.
We are planning to keep it budget trip.
This will be our repeat trip to europe. Already visited Munich, Paris, Venice, Madrid, luzern and other adjoining swiss cities and brief visit to Amsterdam city.
Our rough itinerary plan is Frankfurt > Berlin > Amsterdam/ Rotterdam, Paris > Brussels

Could you please suggest a family friendly cheap itinerary.
How many days I should keep for each destination with the suggestion of nearest attractions.
We are planning to travel mostly by train with a provision of renting a car in case of requirement.

Sushant says:

Hi James,

I am unable to decide to choose between Bali and Thailand. My wife choice is shopping n adventure with natural flora little bit. Singapore I been so nothing much to do.We are planning for June end or july so please elaborate where to go for Thailand 5 nights or Bali or any suggstive place.
Budget is max Rs 70000 it’s a short tour.
Read ur suggestions found really helpful.
Please advice thanks.



    I’ll try to help. Bali isn’t a very good shopping destination really, mostly because the stores are almost all quite small and spread out. There are hundreds or thousands of little “designer clothes” shops from major brands spread along the tourist streets, but they are so spread out that it’s very inefficient for a real shopper. And worse, walking along those busy streets in Bali is quite unpleasant, as you have to frequently walk into the street around motorbikes and such.

    Bangkok, on the other hand, has about 20 modern (and air-conditioned) shopping malls all bunched together in a fairly posh part of town around Siam Square. It’s FAR more pleasant and I’d imagine that prices are at least as good. There are also large malls in Phuket (in Patong Beach) and in Chiang Mai as well, but Bangkok is the king. By the way, Kuala Lumpur also has many nice malls in one area, and it’s an easier city to visit because almost everyone speaks English.

    As for adventure and flora, Bali is quite good for that, but I’d still recommend Thailand. It’s just much easier to move around quickly, and far more modern. So I’d recommend Thailand (or Malaysia). You could start in Bangkok and spend 2 or 3 nights there, and then take a cheap flight to Phuket or Kho Samui (or one of the other islands) for some nature and relaxation for the other 2 or 3 nights.

    Or you could just go to Phuket for the whole 5 nights, which would obviously be a bit easier, although Bangkok really is an amazing city so missing it would be a shame. The one tricky thing about Phuket is that 90% of the shopping and nightlife and other tourist-oriented things are in the town of Patong Beach, but mostly because of that, it’s not very relaxing. A big part of the center of Patong Beach is dedicated to “adult” nightlife, and there are massage places all over town with fairly aggressive employees out front trying to get business. The massage people are family-friendly and harmless, but still a bit annoying after a while.

    So if you stay in Phuket you might be better off staying in a nearby town such as Kata Beach or Karon Beach, and then take a taxi into Patong on days you want to shop and whatnot.

    Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

Jason says:

Hi Roger, great recomendations. I am flexible and have off now until June 19th and am looking for a last minute international trip leaving from SFO. My budget is about 2k and I am looking for outdoor adventure nature and culture. Do you have any places you would recommend for an active guy in his 30’s?



    For nature and outdoor adventure near SFO, I’d think about Whistler, British Colombia first, especially as the Canadian dollar is relatively weak to the US dollar these days.

    If you are thinking more about the Tropics than the mountains, you should look into Costa Rica. It’s the tail end of the “dry” season now, so crowds are down a bit, but the weather will still be fine, even if you have to dodge a quick rain shower or two each week in the afternoons. Costa Rica practically invented the whole zip-lining and canopy tour thing, and that’s just one of about 20 different adventure-oriented activities you can do there. Costa Rica is also reasonably cheap, although it has higher standards of safety and organization compared to its neighbors. In other words, Belize and Nicaragua offer those things a bit cheaper, but they have been known to cut some corners.

    Actually, Belize could be another interesting choice depending on what you want to do, and it’s easier for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish because English is (more or less) one of its official languages. There should be plenty of other people in their 30s, and more than a few other singles, at all of these places in June.

    Hopefully one or more of those sound interesting. If you need more details, let me know. Or if I was totally off, let me know with some more details and I’ll try again. -Roger

      Jason says:

      Thanks Roger! Thanks for the recos. I ruled out Canada because with this much time off I want to take advantage of that and travel a bit further. As for Costa Rica you nailed it however I was there already and it was exactly what I was looking for. There is too much out there to explore in the world to do the same place at this point. What are your thoughts on Bali? I see in you article you recommend it, it seems cheap once you get there and they do speak English I believe. Have you been and do you think it provides a decent amount of adventure like hiking, motorbiking, snorkeling and etc… ? Thanks again for your input. It is very helpful and can’t believe you are responding to everyone so quick.

      Oh I forgot to mention Belize looks amazing and a great suggestion. Do you think it is too close to the rain season there though? I think it starts in June. Thoughts?



        My first trip to Bali was in 1998 and for many years I told people it was my favorite destination on earth. I recently visited for the third time, spending a full month there, and I like it much less now. Pretty much all of the popular areas are over developed in a sloppy way, so traffic is horrible and it’s just not all that nice anymore. It’s still a great surfing destination, and the Kuta Beach area is really fun if you want to party with boisterous Australian people, but it’s not really much of an adventure destination really. Actually, there are some still-wonderful areas in the north of the island (around Lovina), and on the Gili islands and nearby Lombok, but I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble.

        For what you have in mind I’d instead recommend Thailand. It’s the most popular destination in that area for a reason, as it’s fairly well organized and very tourist-friendly. Unless you’ve been there before, I’d recommend spending at least a few days in Bangkok (the Khosan Road area is incredibly fun, and cheap, in spite of all the complaints), and then fly down to one of the islands. Ko Samui is probably your best choice, but you could also look at Ko Pha Ngan and/or Ko Phi Phi. They are all beautiful and should have good crowds in your age group. I wouldn’t recommend Phuket, as it’s far better suited to families, shopping addicts, and stag parties.

        As for Belize, the rain starts coming more heavily in the second half of June, although with this year’s El Nino, weather has been weird almost everywhere so it’s hard to say. At this point you are probably near enough to just look at the month-view forecast to see what it looks like. If you go I’d recommend spending at least some of your time (if not all of it) on the main islands of Caye Ambergris or Caye Caulker. Let me know if you have any more questions. I enjoy trying to help people plan trips like this, so it’s nice to actually get something worthwhile out of decades on the road. -Roger

scope says:

Hi Roger, you are a good man for answering all these questions! I’ve been wanting to tour Switzerland and/or Bavaria for a long time, and this summer I’m going to make it happen. I love outdoor hiking, scenery, photography, etc. and I think the Alps are so incredible! I probably only have about 10 days, and I’m a grad student without a lot of money, so I can’t afford lots of expensive hotel stays (but I hear Switzerland can be pricey). Do you have any recommendations as to which cities to visit in late June? Right now I’m hoping to see Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Montreaux, and maybe Fussen and/or Konstanz Germany. Possible? Other recommendations? Thank you!



    First off, please have a look at my article on where to go in Switzerland. It will answer many of your questions, and it’s easy to scan to find what you are looking for.

    Also, I give you some worthwhile choices in my article on where to go in Germany, which includes Fussen.

    Those aside, Switzerland can be shockingly expensive, but you should go anyway because there is no other place in the world like it and its views of the Alps are among the world’s greatest sights. Focus more on Interlaken and Lucerne, and of the cities Bern is the only one that really has a payoff that is worth the costs. Zurich is nice, and spending a day and night there wouldn’t be a terrible idea, but it’s ridiculously expensive and hard for backpacker budgets.

    Montreaux is a nice-looking lake town in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, but again I’d focus more on the outdoor sights and less on the cities to keep your budget in line. There are nearby cities in France that are at least as interesting, at half the price.

    Book at least a couple nights at the Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald for the most amazing scenery in a tiny mountain town that you won’t believe still exists (and is easy to reach).

    So again, Switzerland is expensive, but I don’t hear many people regretting the splurge because its in a class of its own, at least as far as scenery is concerned. I’m happy to give you more specific recommendations after you’ve gone through those articles if you still have questions. You’ll also find a lot of extra info in the comments of that Switzerland article as well, because I get these questions a lot. -Roger

      Scope says:

      Roger, you are amazing! Thank you so much, your recommendations are exactly what I’ve been looking for!!

Praps says:

Hi Roger, am impressed the way you have a solution / recommendation in most of cases.
I am planning to go on a 7 night tour along with my wife and 7 year old kid. Would like to keep it leisurely and relaxing and avoid hectic planning. However, some fun and entertainment required for the kid. Preference is sea beaches, good city architecture, and interesting monuments. Was exploring Europe.
Time of visit – last week of June .. for 7 nights
Budget – around 1500 USD per head
You may provide options like – city pairs in Europe, or even places in Caribbean, Singapore, etc … higher the options along with pros and cons, better it is



    I’ll try my best on this. For a 7-day trip I won’t recommend anywhere in Asia because it pretty much takes a full day each way in transit, not to mention the jet-lag you’d struggle with.

    I’ll assume you are in the US or Canada, and if so the best place that hits your whole checklist is San Juan, Puerto Rico. You can rent an apartment for a week in one of the more modern neighborhoods such as El Condado, and you’d be walking distance to some of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean, and a short bus or taxi ride from Old San Juan. The historic part of San Juan is simply gorgeous and loaded with great restaurants and attractions. There are also the two colonial forts and quite a few other things to see nearby. Then you could rent a car (cheap and easy because it’s part of the US) for a few days and do some trips to elsewhere on the island, including the nearby rain forest.

    The whole thing would be fairly stress free and surprisingly inexpensive, partly because June isn’t one of the busier months there. And unlike many other Spanish-language destinations, Puerto Rico (at least in and around San Juan) is quite easy to get by on English only if you have to.

    If you wanted something a bit more exotic you could try Cartagena, Colombia, which is cheaper and also very interesting. But its walled Old City isn’t as nice as San Juan, and the beaches aren’t quite as nice either.

    If you wanted to go to Europe the first option that comes to mind is Portugal. You could spend 3 or 4 days in the wonderful and beautiful city of Lisbon, and the remaining days down along the southern beach in the area known as the Algarve (near Faro). You could travel by train and then get around by taxi or bus once you got down to the coast.

    Aside from that, it’s hard to recommend Europe for what you have in mind. Spain has some very nice beaches, but almost all of them are in areas where northern Europeans come to reach places that feel more like home than like Spain. The one exception is the city of Malaga, which is quite nice and does have good beaches. But I don’t think it’s worth crossing the Atlantic just to go to Malaga. Believe it or not, most of Europe’s beaches are terrible and/or overcrowded, at least compared to US and Caribbean beaches.

    These recommendations are mainly keyed on the fact that you started your list with “leisurely and relaxing” and that you’ll have a 7-year-old in tow. Seriously think about San Juan, and I’ll be happy to give you more info if you like. If none of these sound interesting, give me more preferences and I’ll try again. -Roger

Leticia Perez says:

Taking a trip May 29 for 2-3 weeks. Want good weather and combo culture, maybe a few days of beach. Thinking of Bali. Where do you recommend we go? This will be our first time there. We are Mexican, pretty spiritual and very open. Curious and love variety, fun and maybe some water activity. We do love beauty and nature (and to snorkel or just enjoying what is easy to get to. Should be stay in Bali or go into another country?

Forgot to say, we are 50, young hearts, and live in bay Area, California. Not rich. Have access to Sheraton hotel discounts (husband works for Starwood company of hotel). Had considered Japan and Bali but it looks like we should save japan for a Sept./Oct trip.???



    Bali could be a good choice for this trip, especially as you say you are spiritual. As you probably know, the spiritual side of Bali is fascinating and perhaps its most unique feature. No other popular Asian destination shares its spirituality nearly as much, although Thailand and Laos are others to consider.

    As of a few years ago I would tell people that Bali was my favorite holiday destination in the world, and then I spent a full month there earlier this year. It’s still very nice in many places, but it’s also crowded and overbuilt in the most popular areas so choosing where you stay and where you go is critical. I’d avoid spending more than a day or two in the Kuta-Legion-Seminyak beach area, which is by far the most popular. It’s worth seeing, but just don’t linger there. You could spend a week or more in the Ubud area a bit up in the hills. It’s also fairly crowded, but not nearly as much as those beach areas.

    The next time I go to Bali I will base myself in the Lovina area, which is a beach that is still pleasant, beautiful, and uncrowded like Bali used to be all over as of 20 years ago. It takes a couple hours to get there from the airport, which is exactly what it’s not overrun yet. There are also some other nice beaches to consider, as long as you aren’t too close to that main Kuta area I mentioned. With that advice I think you could find something really nice, and for a decent price.

    And really, Thailand is better organized and it also has a lot going for it. You could spend a few days in Bangkok and then move on to one of the islands for the remainder of the stay. Let me know if this helps and if you have any other questions, and I’ll be happy to try to answer them.

    Japan does get really hot in summer so an autumn trip might be better. And of course Japan is MUCH more expensive than Bali, so it’s a whole other type of experience. -Roger

      Saquib says:

      Hello Roger,
      I’m planning a trip somewhere in Jun-Jul 2017 with a max. budget of $2500 (incl. airfare and lodging). The dilemma is I am confused whether to go the USA (CALIFORNIA to be more precise) where a friend stays, so would be saving on the lodging expenses or to go 2-3 European countries (which countries is undecided yet.
      I plan to have an approximately 2 weeks stay wherever i go.
      Kindly advise on the same.



        It’s hard for me to give you much advice on this without knowing your starting point. Airfare in summer could be at least half of your US$2,500 budget, depending on where you are.

        All of that aside, if you’ve not yet been to California and you have a free place to stay there, I think it would be a great idea, and easily within your budget as long as the flight wasn’t more than US$1,200 or so. I grew up in California and I find it a frustrating place to live, but there is no doubt that there is a huge list of interesting attractions and sights, many of which are free or very cheap.

        If you let me know your starting point and also which European countries interest you most, I might be able to offer more insight. -Roger

Becky says:

Hi Roger,

My boyfriend and I are looking to travel somewhere around mid-June for about two weeks. We are based in Phoenix so could probably make it to LAX fairly easily. We’d like to go somewhere international, and would love a mix of adventure/culture and relaxation. We went to Costa Rica last year and loved it, and would love to explore another part of the world. Budget is around $3,000 per person. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly welcomed!!




    Since you’ve got two weeks and you want to explore another part of the world, I think it’s the perfect time to visit Asia. April is actually the hottest month in Thailand and elsewhere in southeast Asia, so by June it’s cooling down a bit, partly because of a cloud cover and occasional quick rain storms.

    So my top recommendation would be to fly to Bangkok and spend a few days there, and then head to Siem Reap to visit the amazing Angkor Wat temples and just hang out in the very cool town. Then you could head to one of the islands of Thailand for the last 4 or 5 days. It’s quite easy, and also cheap once you get there.

    The other recommendation would be to fly to Bali, which has its best weather in June. You could spend at least a few days in Ubud and also at least a few days in Lovina along the northern coast. As long as you don’t spend too much time in the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area (the popular beach area that is overcrowded), you’ll love Bali and it’s also quite cheap. Even including airfare, your budget would allow you to have a great time.

    Of course the other option to consider would be Europe. Your budget would be enough for cities like London, Paris, and Rome as long as you plan well, or you could splurge in cities like Prague, Budapest, or Krakow. Let me know if any of these appeal to you and I’ll give you more details if you like. -Roger

Amanda says:

Hi Roger,
I’d love your advice on some destinations where I can take my blended family of eight for my 50th in June 2017. We live in Perth, Western Australia and so we’re used to travelling long distances but Northern hemisphere might be too far. Initially I thought skiing in Japan but there’s no snow then. Can you think of something amazing that kids from 25 to 11 would enjoy and that’s not going to break the bank?
Many thanks, Amanda
P.S. We just returned from Bali last week. It’s cheaper for people from Perth to fly to Bali than travel anywhere else in Australia. First world problem I know.



    I’ve met many people from Perth in Bali, so it makes sense that it’s cheaper to holiday there than, say, the Gold Coast.

    If you would rather not go much into the northern hemisphere, then you’ll either get cooler temperatures in the southern hemisphere, or blazing heat in or near the tropics. The first place that comes to mind is Boracay Island in the Philippines, which is a bit north of Bali, so in the northern hemisphere. It does get cloudbursts in June, but they usually only last 30 minutes or so. It’s a wonderful little island that is sort of like Bali was maybe 25 years ago, except smaller. They have water sports and activities for the younger ones, including wind surfing on the beach on the less popular eastern side of the island, which is a 10-minute walk from White Beach on the west side.

    Cape Town is affordable with plenty to do, but it’s a bit chilly in June, of course. You could also head to one of the islands in Thailand, such as Ko Samui or even Phuket, but of which are loaded with things to do and are affordable. Again though, it’s the start of the wet season so you will get some quick downpours. The rain in Thailand can be relentless in September and October, though in June it’s still easy to work around.

    I wish I had some better suggestions, but I’m not sure there are any places close enough to Perth with decent weather and prices in June. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger


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