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Best places in the world to travel to in August 2024

Sad that summer is ending? Come on! August is an excellent time for beach relaxation before going back to school for children and work for parents. And if the kids have flown the nest and you’re retired, it’s a great time to bid farewell to summer in a memorable way. But choose your destination carefully – the weather may be tricky this time of year. Let’s look at different countries with various weather conditions to give everyone a unique and comfortable experience.

The best destinations to travel to in August

  • Bulgaria
  • The Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Sweden
  • United States

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Bulgaria – Travel to a beauty of the Black Sea

Many travelers know Bulgaria for its reasonable prices and excellent service. That’s why almost every list of summer destinations includes Bulgaria, and ours is no exception. Ancient cities and the mild Black Sea make this destination worth visiting for all kinds of travelers – from beginners to experienced globetrotters. Whether traveling on a shoestring or the big bucks, you’re in for a wonderful vacation!

Area: 110,994 km2 Language: Bulgarian Capital city: Sofia
Population: 6.8 million Local Currency: Bulgarian lev Time zone: GMT+2

Best vacation spots in Bulgaria

Let’s see what beautiful places are in the charming country of Bulgaria.

Crowds of tourists are seldom seen in Kavarna

The gorgeous town of Kavarna is home to beautiful sandy beaches, quiet bays, and very few crowds, which will appeal to you. The town wonderfully combines one- and two-story houses with beautiful courtyards and contemporary architecture featuring quiet narrow streets with wide boulevards. These traces of the past merge seamlessly with symbols of the modern world. You might also enjoy a trip to historical Cape Kaliakra with its breathtaking natural scenery and medieval architecture – just 16 km northeast of Kavarna.

Topola – Escape the bustling cities for a while

Located in one of the most picturesque corners of the northern coast of Bulgaria, Topola is different from your typical tourist destination. No crowds of tourists like you’d see in Golden Sands. No noisy parties like those heard in Sunny Beach. Nor will you find yourself surrounded by children as you would in Albena. Topola, surrounded by mountains and flowering meadows, is a place where you can dedicate your vacation to just yourself. Depending on your budget, you can stay in the village itself or a super-comfortable Topola Skies complex nearby. Whatever you choose, the stunning landscapes will be yours to enjoy.

Visit Sofia, one of the world’s capitals of mineral water

It’s impossible to mention all the curious facts about Sofia in one paragraph, but here are a few. Bulgaria (the capital in particular) ranks second in the world in the number of thermal mineral springs. Sofia has eight types of mineral water. How about a prison – currently in use – in the city center? According to local legend, the primary builder stole so much money during the building process that he himself was given a room there following its completion!

Average monthly temperatures in Sofia, Bulgaria

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The Netherlands – Visit the country of flowers and freedom

The Netherlands is a fabulous country of flowering fields, windmills, and alluring canals. Every year, millions of people come to dive into Amsterdam’s lively nightlife. Undoubtedly, the capital of Holland is a must-see. But when you travel in August, the weather here is so enticing that it would be plain wrong to bypass a few summer gems.

Area: 41,543 km2 Language: Dutch Capital city: Amsterdam
Population: 17.5 million Local Currency: euro Time zone: GMT+1

Best vacation spots in the Netherlands

These iconic destinations in the Netherlands are perfect for visiting in August.

Rotterdam – For lovers of architecture

Known as one of Europe’s main port cities, Rotterdam is an exciting place to visit in August. You should check out the Kinderdijk Windmills – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and the famous cubic houses. Take a stroll along the old Rotterdam harbor. History buffs should not miss the famous Maritime Museum, where much of Holland’s colonial past awaits your discovery.

Visit the heart of the beau monde of Holland in Scheveningen

All Dutch people will tell you that the district of Scheveningen in the western environs of The Hague is the best place for a beach holiday. And it’s true! An extended sandy beach stretches for 3 kilometers, in combination with vibrant nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and casinos. You might hear that this destination is mostly for golden youth and representatives of the local beau monde.

Zandvoort – Relax by the coast

Zandvoort is an interesting alternative to the hype of Scheveningen. Located in the vicinity of Amsterdam, this town is quiet and peaceful. There are lots of ways to relax here. Spend your time kitesurfing, windsurfing, or horseback riding along the shore. Visitors who dare can visit the nudist beach and feel at one with the sea – lather on the sunblock first!

See the magic of Amsterdam?

It seems like wherever you go in Amsterdam, you’ll find beauty. Dozens of enchanting canals and over 600 bridges create a delightful picture and definition of life in this city. Visit informative museums and old churches or smoke marijuana at the coffee shop (it’s legal), or walk through the city’s infamous Red Light District.

Average monthly temperatures in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Ireland – Where people hang out at pubs from dusk ’til dawn

Ireland has long been known as a fabulous holiday destination with its green landscapes, well-crafted beers, and epic history. This is the rare case when advertising photos from tourist catalogs can’t come close to matching the splendor of the actual destination. Come to Ireland to experience cozy cities and ancient castles, the incredible power of the Atlantic, and some of the friendliest people on the planet.

Area: 84,421 km2 Language: English Capital city: Dublin
Population: 5 million Local Currency: euro Time zone: GMT+0

Best vacation spots in Ireland

Magnificent Ireland welcomes you to visit its top destinations.

Visit the city founded by Vikings, Limerick

Come to the most picturesque province of Munster and stay in the city of Limerick near the rocky coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy this city’s special medieval charm, massive fortifications, and vibrant nightlife. Discos, stand-up comedy, and poetry evenings are regular offerings in local clubs and bars. Taking photos of King John’s Castle on the banks of the Shannon River and St. John’s Catholic Cathedral is a must.

Check out the beautiful Killarney

The city of Killarney first engaged in tourism as a money-maker in the 18th century, when the rest of Ireland was unaware of such a possibility. Neo-Gothic architecture, the hiking trails of the Killarney National Park, and its incredible Torc Waterfall are all not to be missed! When you’re in Killarney, sample delicious seafood dishes in local restaurants and visit music pubs that feature the region’s Irish trad music. For the best views of the Atlantic coastline, set off on a trip around the Ring of Kerry. You won’tbe disappointed.

Dublin – A mecca for party lovers and a magnificent, mythical destination

If the first word that enters your mind when you hear “Dublin” is Guinness, you’re on the right track. But this city is much more than its famed stout. Take in the fabulous details around you! The history of pubs and their decor deserves special attention, especially in the Temple Bar area with its narrow walkways. And a visit to the National Leprechaun Museum is a must. First, you’ll have a traditional tour with a human or audio guide through the halls. Then a miracle begins – an optical illusion opens the ancient Giant’s Road to visitors, where you feel like a dwarf in a room with massive furniture and chance your arm to try to climb on giant sofas and armchairs.

Average monthly temperatures in Dublin, Ireland

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Sweden – Visit marvelous Scandinavia and leave the scorching heat behind

Some travelers mistakenly think of Sweden as a “winter fairy tale.” But this beautiful country is an excellent destination in any season. For anyone who can’t tolerate extreme heat, Sweden’s weather in August offers comfortable summer holidays that won’t slow them down!

Area: 528,447 km2 Language: Swedish Capital city: Stockholm
Population: 10.4 million Local Currency: Swedish krona Time zone: GMT+1

Best vacation spots in Sweden

Here are some of Sweden’s best destinations for an amazing holiday in August.

Malmö – Travel to Sweden’s top seaside city

Malmö is famed for its amazing landscapes and Ribersborg, the city’s remarkable beach. This sandy, grassy zone is 3 kilometers long and has infrastructure for every taste. There’s a separate area for nudists, a swimming complex with saunas, and piers for those who like to swim in deeper waters. Taking a walk around the Old Town area is ideal after you’ve indulged in the Swedish cuisine in one of the city’s many restaurants.

Höga Kusten – Heaven for adventure seekers

Höga Kusten is breathtaking! Come to admire forested hills, cliffs, and countless islands that rise from underwater. More-daring travelers seek adventure here, from mountain hiking to rock climbing and rafting on lakes and fjords. Höga Kusten is the homeland of the strangest Swedish delicacy – surströmming, lightly salted fermented sea herring. And sampling this traditional cuisine may call for more courage than rock climbing!

Stockholm – The capital city of the Scandinavian fairy tale

Once in Stockholm, walking around Gamla stan will give you a feel for this country’s greatness – see the Royal Palace, Armory, and Treasury. To capture all of this city’s charm and enchantment from a higher vantage point, go to the Ericsson Ball observation deck. Young people who want to hang out will find many nightclubs in the Swedish capital. Travelers with kids will make great memories at Gröna Lund amusement park.

Average monthly temperatures in Stockholm, Sweeden

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The US West Coast – A fantastic mix of grand cities

The US in August is just about perfect, especially on the West Coast! You’ll find a great mix of fascinating cities. Who hasn’t dreamed of seeing Hollywood and traversing its Walk of Fame? Or visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios Theme Park?

Area: 9,834,000 km2 Language: English Capital city: Washington
Population: 331.9 million Local Currency: American dollar Time zone: UTC -7 – UTC-8

San Diego – Admire the Pacific as you wake up

San Diego has gained popularity thanks to its magnificent beaches, well-developed resort infrastructure, and – last but not least – amusement parks for children. Walk through Old Town, turn into the lively Gaslamp Quarter with many buildings from the early 20th century, and pop into a few local bars. Getting back to kids, they and their parents will adore the local zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, and Legoland (no matter how old you are)!

Los Angeles – See where your favorite movies were made

Stretching along the coast, Los Angeles is an endless series of beaches, noisy bars, restaurants, and outrageous clubs known for their crazy parties. Head to Beverly Hills and “shop ’til you drop” in many luxurious boutiques. Or visit the Walk of Fame, which keeps alive memories of many famous and successful personalities of American cinema. And, of course, you must not skip Malibu – a piece of paradise with its white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Pacific that attract thousands of water sports enthusiasts.

San Francisco – Experience serene America here

Unlike many of the US’s West Coast cities, San Francisco exudes a calm, relaxed, and artistic vibe. To soak up the atmosphere of this famous city, walk along the Embarcadero, stop at one of the sidewalk eateries, and get a takeaway Dungeness crab sandwich. Visit the cutest entertainment on Pier 39 – a sea lion rookery! And don’t pass up the chance to visit Japantown! You read that right – it’s not the typical Chinatown in many big American cities. This area is home to migrants from Japan. The local Nijiya Market offers fabulous, unique delicacies to broaden your palate.

Honolulu – Feel the Hawaiian vibe

For an August beach holiday, Honolulu is the perfect destination. Diving and surfing are just some of the many things you can do there. If water activities aren’t your thing, you can weave fragrant flower wreaths called leis, learn to hula with the locals, and even get a tattoo to remember this island of delights.

Average monthly temperatures in Los Angeles, California, USA

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Frequently asked questions

What is the no. 1 most visited country in the world?

France is the most visited country in the world. Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, it has gotten hard to compare the popularity of countries due to severe travel restrictions. Nevertheless, in 2018 and 2019, France welcomed 90 million guests from all over the world.

What to pack when traveling?

Earplugs can help when you travel in a noisy vehicle or stay at a hotel in the city center. Plug adapters allow you to charge your phone when sockets differ from your home country. Remember sunglasses and sunscreen even if you are. traveling to cloudy places like Stockholm or London. A corkscrew may come in handy for a glass of wine in the evening.

What is the best way to pack your luggage?

We recommend the Tetris method: fill every inch of space (shoes should be stuffed with socks and put together, heel-to-toe, at the bottom of the suitcase). Roll clothes instead of folding them. It helps save a bit of space and avoid wrinkles. Also, keep liquids within easy reach: Airport luggage control sometimes asks you to pull out all liquids when going through security.

How to plan a vacation?

Start by allocating your budget and decide where and when to go. Then, find a suitable flight and accommodation. Remember to exchange money in advance if needed. Prepare medical insurance and make copies of your documents. Of course, plan some things you’d like to do. (Stories from kiwi.com might help you come up with vacation ideas.) And finally, pack your suitcase and go!

Where are the best places to surf?
  • Gold Coast, Australia—Straddie, Snapper (Superbank) for adrenaline surfing.
  • North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii — Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline for skilled surfers, and Sunset Beach on the North Shore for beginners.
  • Bukit Peninsula, Bali, Indonesia — Padang Right for beginners, and Uluwatu or Padang Padang Left for experts.
Where are the best places to scuba dive?
  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia — The world’s longest reef has all the tropical sea life and coral you could imagine.
  • Ko Tao, Thailand — magnificent underwater life and is a cheap place to visit.
  • Sinai Peninsula, Egypt — Here, you will see not only the sea life but also a large shipwreck of a British vessel, SS Thistlegorm, that was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941. Feel as if you were investigating a great mystery with this sunken craft.