27 Cheap destinations for 2016 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.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.97

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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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65 Responses to “27 Cheap destinations for 2016 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

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

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


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