Best vacation destinations for Americans during COVID-19: Updated

With most of the world's borders being shut tight since March of 2020, you can forgive many of us for being desparate to plan a vacation other than a weekend road trip. Nearly all summer trips to Europe in 2020 had to be cancelled and at this point we are still unsure that a summer 2021 trip will be possible. Is there any good news for those Americans (and Canadians) wanting to plan an international trip in the coming late autumn and winter? The answer is YES, and things are much better than you would probably guess.

As the temperatures drop in the northern areas we naturally want to head south for sunny beaches, and the great news is that almost ALL of our favorite destinations are actually open and welcoming American and Canadian visitors. Mexico and the Dominican Republic are among the most popular and easiest destinations to visit, but also quite a few other Caribbean islands and even some Pacific islands including Bora Bora are ready to be booked. Click to read more

8 Best Asia destinations in August of 2021

Finding a good place to visit in Asia in August is challenging, in spite of the fact that it's such an enormous continent. Almost all of the best tourist destinations are along the coasts, and especially close to the equator, and almost all of them are very wet in August. There are a few great exceptions, which are listed below.

In a very few cases a destination will have its best weather in August or at least this time of year, but in most cases it's just a matter of that it's always hot in that place, and August isn't really any worse than the rest of the year. The larger cities are also usually easy to visit because you'll be spending much of your time indoors in the air conditioning anyway. Click to read more

22 Best Europe destinations in August for 2021

You might expect that every city in Europe is overrun by tourists in August, but that's not actually true. Many of Europe's cities are very crowded in August, but some others, including Paris, are actually somewhat empty because so many locals and businesses are out of town and closed.

Below is our list of the 22 best places to consider for a Europe trip in the month of August. You can expect pleasant weather in almost all of them, as well as sizable crowds in most. If this is your first trip to Europe then it would be a shame to skip a city like London or Paris just because of other tourists. You'll also find some lesser known cities on the list, and hopefully you can put together a great Europe itinerary of your own. Generally speaking it's better to avoid Europe's beaches in August because nearly all of them are at maximum crowds and prices this month. Click to read more

20 Cheap destinations in 2021 with great weather in August

If you're looking for cheap places to visit in August with hot weather, then you need to consider the Caribbean, Brazil, Spain, Lisbon and Kuala Lumpur. In this post, we discuss 20 of the cheapest countries to visit in August with the best weather.

We continue with this year-long series of articles highlighting cheap cities that have great weather during a particular month, this time for August. If you are a global weather-watcher you might already know that August weather tends to be nearly identical from the previous month, so you'll also notice quite a few similarities with our list of cheap cities with great July weather.

So not only is the weather in these two months similar, but it's a similar predicament for budget travelers in that Europeans (even more so than Americans) tend to cram a huge amount of vacation time into the height of summer. This means that any city with a beach that is in or near Europe will have its highest prices of the year during August. There are a few cities on the list below that aren't nearly as crowded in summer, so let's have a look, shall we?

Looking to avoid the heat? Check out our best cool destinations to escape the heat

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21 Cheap destinations for 2021 with great weather in July

Finding the best places to go in July seems like it would be an easy task since almost everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere has its warmest and driest weather of the year this month. But it's actually not quite that easy, especially if you are looking for cheap destinations that also have good weather. Many of the most interesting cities in Asia are actually too hot in July, and many of the most interesting cities in Europe are too crowded and/or too expensive this month. But there is good news.

The list below contains 21 destinations that have lovely weather and are relatively cheap once you get there. You'll find some interesting choices in the Caribbean, which some people assume is too hot or rainy in July, as well as great picks in Europe and Asia for cities that are cheap year round and have clear and dry weather in July. Click to read more

9 Best Asia destinations in July of 2021

July is the trickiest month to visit Asia because it's one of the wettest months in most of the Tropical destinations, and the hottest (and often rainiest) month in most of the northern destinations. The good news is that there are still at least 9 good choices, and a few of them may surprise you.

In a few cases you might still be getting a quick rainfall a few days a week, but it's almost always over within 30 minutes and then things feel even nicer for a couple hours after that. There are even a few very cheap places on the list below, as well as a couple of traditionally expensive ones. Click to read more

22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2021

Finding a great destination in Europe in the month of July is quite easy, so narrowing down your choices is really the tricky part. This is the single most crowded month in most of Europe's most touristy cities, although July (and August) can be less crowded than you might expect in the largest business cities such as Milan and Paris.

Those with a Europe trip to plan for July should even consider the Nordic countries because this is part of the short time of year that they have decent weather and the long daylight hours can make up for the high prices. Here are our best 22 suggestions for where to go in Europe in the month of July. Click to read more

20 Best Europe destinations in June for 2021

The month of June is obviously very popular for Europe trips, and the weather is nearly perfect on the whole continent. You can even visit some of the more popular beach destinations without being overwhelmed by the local Europeans who book everything during July and August. June is actually one of the busiest months in cities like Paris and Rome, but still not so busy that you should avoid them.

Below we list the 20 best destinations in Europe for a June visit, along with reasons why each one is a top pick this month. Many of them are also close enough together that you can easily string them together into a little Europe tour of your own. Train rides of up to about 5 hours are generally wonderful and very scenic, not to mention faster than flying as well. Click to read more

12 Best Asia destinations in June of 2021

Most of us from North America or Europe could easily assume that June is a perfect weather month for just about anywhere in Asia, but that is far from the truth. June is part of the rainy season in much of the Tropics, so figuring out where you should go this month could be tricky.

The good news is that the rainy season doesn't start until later in the year in some of the best Asia destinations. The hottest month is actually in April in the warmer areas closer to the equator, and by the time June rolls in you start to get afternoon cloud covers that make it cooler and nicer. Read below for the 12 best places for a trip to Asia in June. Click to read more

26 Cheap destinations for 2021 with great weather in June

If you have your summer vacation in June then you are in pretty good shape. Since most of Europe's wealthier office workers have their holidays confined to July and August, those who are able to travel in June will find smaller crowds and better deals in most places. The best places to visit in June are spread all over the northern hemisphere, and many of them are cheap.

Planning in advance is still key, as demand from Americans and Canadians will book the best hotels at the best rates, but you do have more flexibility in June. We have listed 26 places around the world that all have fantastic June weather as well as reasonably priced accommodations once you arrive. Click to read more