The world is filled with so much wonders to explore! The only problem here is, we don’t have all the time in the world. It’s true, but it’s not necessarily sad!
Here’s a list of the best places to visit each month of the year. This way, you’ll be saving time by going the right places at the right time. Are you ready? Let’s get to it.
The beginning of the year is always an exciting time to start afresh for the new year.
Philippines is just the right place to celebrate! During the month of January, Philippines has multiple festivals you can take part and experience the culture.
One of the most popular festivals includes the authentic Ati-Atihan festival, also known as Feast of the Black Nazarene honoring Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) which includes tribal dancing and games.
On the third Sunday of January, The Sinulog-Santo Nino Festival which is an annual cultural and religious festival will be held in Cebu City. It is famous for its street parties on the night of the event.
At the end of the month, you can also visit Philippines’ most award-winning festival, Dinagyang Festival.
Have you ever seen pictures of the beautiful Northern Lights in Finland?
If you haven’t, you’re missing out one of life’s amazing wonders. And perhaps January is the time for you to visit.
In short, Finnish Lapland has 200 nights a year of Northern Lights, along with 6 national parks, and home to 200,000 reindeers. During the month of January, reindeers migration occurs as they travel through the frozen plains for as long as two months.
As it is still winter, you’ll also be able to try all winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, dog sledding, ice fishing, reindeer-pulled sleigh rides, and witnessing frost ‘flowers’.
In the month of February, Taiwan becomes festive as it showcases it’s biggest celebrations such as The Beehive Festival in Yanshui District where you get to witness soaring firecrackers being launched into the crowd.
How about something more serene like the Pingxi Sky festival? It’s notably the second biggest New Year celebration in the world. The highlight of it showcases millions of lit lanterns that carries the prayers and vows of the local people being drifted across the night sky. It’s almost as beautiful as the movies show.
Looking for something fun, electrifying, and exciting? Rio de Janeiro is the place for you.
It takes you from the beautiful, sexy beaches, to the Rio Carnival, and to the Rio nightlife. The Rio Carnival is held annually during the week leading up to Lent where people from all over the world come to join in the carnival.
Ruffle up your feathers and shake your bam bam in the streets of Brazil. Colombia
Columbia is a tropical country that comprises two seasons—dry and rainy season.
The best thing about traveling in February is because it’s typically sunny and dry throughout the country during this month. The average temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas high-altitude cities such as Bogata and Medellin have cooler temperatures.
One of their popular festivals during this month, or sometimes in early March, is Carnaval de Barranquilla in Atlantico.
Are you an adventurer who loves to be close to nature?
Costa Rica is one of the most exciting places you can visit as you’ll be able to experience nature at its best!
From January to April, take a hike up Poas Volcano—one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Costa Rica!
Other than that, Costa Rica is also one of the best places to watch whales. During the months of December to April, the Pacific humpback whales pass through the region annually as they migrate from Alaska (side note: they migrate from Antarctica from August to November).
The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is also a popular spot to watch the leatherback turtles during their nesting period from September till March. The best part is they are the least scared of people during these months.
The must-visit-place in Portugal during March is Portugal’s Douro Valley.
It is known to be the first officially designated wine region in the world. Not only is its port a tourist attraction but also for its picturesque landscapes.
This especially true in March when the blossoms on the almond trees color the valley slopes with its vibrant colors.
South America – Eucador
Eucador is famous for the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Some might even say it is an outdoor enthusiast heaven!
Although it is possible to visit throughout the year; however, visiting during the month of March offers you various special reasons.
First, the month of March offers you an experience of witnessing the nesting of several species, such as sea turtles, tortoises, iguanas (both marine and land), and penguins.
Second, it’s the optimum time for snorkeling and scuba diving because of the excellent water visibility during this month.
Spring in Japan no doubt features beautiful and almost ethereal sights!
First, Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura) are in their blooming season. Its unmatched beauty was dated since historical times and is still one of the main attractions of visitors from all over the world.
Adding to this list of ethereal sights is the famous Ashikaga Flower Park. It is the best place to enjoy the wisteria bloom which is located two hours away from Tokyo. It features 150 flowering wisteria plants of about 20 different species with diverse colors while creating a magical illusion within the tunnel. Kawachi Wisteria Garden is also opened to the public during the wisteria season which is around late April. The garden is most famous for its two 100 meter long tunnels made of wisteria trees of all kinds of colors from white to dark purple.
Along with various vibrant festivals, exciting local activities, and yummy food, Japan is a place that screams anything you imagine is real. And because we’re quite attracted to Japan, we’ve written a traveling guide for beginners.
Thai New Year, also known as Songkran, celebrates the beginning of a new rainy season that will bring great harvest and lower heat.
During this time, the locals (and visitors!) will splash great amounts of water at each other in what appears to be the world’s biggest water battle. Underlying all these, however, symbolizes a cleansing ritual to bring good fortune and luck in the coming year.
Your stay in Thailand will not be complete without shopping at Bangkok’s traditional floating markets! Although they are around all year long, it’s best to avoid the rainy seasons. The best months to go are between November to May when its dry season.
It’s Spring in Netherlands!
During this time, visitors from all over the world come to see the amazing view of millions of blooming flowers in Europe’s largest garden, Keukenhof.
April is also the month where you can witness Easter fires, also locally known as Paasvuren. They are spectacular, huge bonfires lit during Easter Sunday where its size and beauty becomes the highlight of this festive day.
With all its amazing landscapes and architecture, there’s so much to do there in May!
Visit and explore the natural treasure of Provence–Calanques, also known as the French fjords. It is along the coast from Marseille to Cassis and comprises almost 20 kilometers of white limestone rocks, crystal clear azure water, small bays, and deep valleys.
Other than that, how about admiring a one of a kind sunset at the well-known Arc de Triomphe? It’s a biannual phenomenon where the sun sets down right in the axis of the Arc de Triomphe. It’s a beautiful blend of architecture and nature’s best view!
There’s much that Hawaii offers during the month of May.
One festival you can attend when visiting in May is the Lantern Floating Hawaii. It’s a Buddhist custom that attracts nearly 40,000 Hawaiians and tourists to be a part of the Lantern Floating Ceremony in Ala Moana Beach Park.
The ceremony is to commemorate loved ones and create new hope for the future. It’s also worth making a trip to the Haleakala summit to witness the spectacular sunrise and sunset among the volcanic scenery.
Is conquering Mount Everest on your bucket list?
If it is, May is one month to fulfill it!
The month of April and May are dry seasons which makes it perfect for trekking, camping, and granting clear skies for the magnificent views of the peak during both day and night. It is true that the peak of Everest is located in the territory of Nepal, but some of the best views are found in Tibet.
Other than that, you may also visit the wonders of the world and Tibet’s most impressive architecture–Potala Palace. It features many of Tibet’s historical artifacts and works of art, such as murals, antiques, precious sculptures and religious jewelry.
The month of September till May is considered being low season, so tours will last two hours instead of one hour when during high season.
June marks the beginning of summer in Copenhagen. That means you’ll get a lot more sun and some beach time!
There are different beautiful beaches that have their own attraction. The largest beach found in Copenhagen is Amager Strandpark.
Aside from that, join in the wild, fun side of Copenhagen in the internationally known Roskilde Festival. It is the largest music event in Northern Europe that runs for eight days while featuring various activities and entertainment. This is one party you don’t want to miss!
The one thing you can expect from Barcelona in June is going to festivals and even more festivals!
Whether it’s about music, culture, or wine (yes, wine. We’ll talk about that later), there’s something for everyone to take part.
One of them is the world-class international music festival called Sonar. It is a 3-day and 2-night rave that features both internationally leading music artists, advanced electronic music and new media art.
In the town of Haro, the most anticipated wine battle starts on the eve of St Peter’s Day — June 28th. Participants head to the mountainside for the Wine Festival (La Batalla del Vino) as they splash and pour wine on each other while traditionally wearing white shirts and red scarves.
Italy is infamous for the sport Calcio Storico during this month. It resembles football with an added combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling.
The best part is all 54 footballers must dress up in medieval costumes just like it traditionally was back in the 16th century. Four teams that represent the four historic districts of Florence will gather at the Piazza Santa Croce to fight for the glory of their district. Join in the fun as you watch this culturally yet interesting sport!
As Italy approaches its warm summers in June, it is also the best time to explore the beautiful, ancient city in the most iconic way–atop a classic Vespa scooter. It’s exciting and way more refreshing than walking in the heat. If you’re lucky, you might even see Vespa race on the streets!
Also, June is the best time to witness the blooming season of bougainvillea that paints the city of Italy in vibrant colors.
Wales offers exclusive events during the month of July where you can further understand the culture and history of the place.
One of them includes the Royal Welsh Show that celebrates everything about rural Wales. Held in the town of Llanelwedd (Builth Wells), thousands of visitors gather to witness competitions that involve 7,000 livestock while enjoying other entertainment programs such as music, food, Welsh handmade souvenirs, and crafts.
The Big Cheese Festival is also on the top list of festivals in Wales! It takes place in Europe’s largest castles in a town called Caerphilly where they reenact the customs and traditions of old Wales. Expect to join in the medieval carnival with plenty of folk singing, dancing, street entertainers, fire eating, falconry, minstrels and many more!
One more thing, the nearby Skomer Island is famous for the puffins bird that migrates to breed on the island. These exquisite species of bird usually migrate from mid-April until late July. So if you want to have an up-close experience with them, July is your last chance!
Quebec has such an interesting lineup of events in July that it’s impossible to list them all here!
Here are 3 narrowed down lists of world-reputed festivals you really shouldn’t miss: Montreal Cirque Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, and Montréal Jazz Festival (Le Festival de Jazz de Montréal).
First, the Montreal Cirque Festival is an 11 days festival that features the world-renowned circus troupe–Cirque du Soleil, on the streets of Montreal. International leading theatre troupes such as Cirque Le Roux, Les Minutes Complètement Cirque, and FRACAS will also perform their latest works both indoors and outdoors.
On the other hand, Just For Laughs is known to be an annual gathering of the world’s best comedians and performers such as Jim Carrey, Rowan Atkinson, and many more. It also features entertainment shows such as circus performances, carnival rides, and twin parades in creative costumes.
Lastly, the Montréal Jazz Festival is the place to be for all jazz lovers. Holding the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival, over 2 million visitors worldwide gather in Montréal to watch the exciting 600 concerts performed by 3,000 musicians on 20 stages.
Mongolia is best known for its wildlife. It would be a shame if you were to visit the country without experiencing its unique wildlife.
These wildlife safaris include places such as the Gobi Desert, Altai Mountains, and Har Us National Park. Most of the guided wildlife watching tours run from July to September.
If you’d like to experience the traditional nomadic ger camping, July is the best month to do so! Modern ger camps are now better equipped with bathrooms and laundry services. They also have nearby activities such as horse riding, wildlife watching and so on. It’s truly one of the best ways to experience the nomadic Mongolian lifestyle.
Lastly, the Naadam Festival is held annually every July. Somewhat like a Mongolian version of the Olympic Games, men show off their skills at three manly games which are also considered Mongolian national sports–archery, wrestling, and horse racing. During this time, it also offers archery for the public to try. This is your best chance to observe and learn from the world’s finest archers!
Other than it’s amazing wildlife and nature, Indonesia also features its cultural heritage through local festivals where you can take part of.
If you love fashion, the Solo Batik Carnival is the best place to witness the beauty of batik–a handmade dyeing technique on cloth that can be made into works of art. It showcases models wearing vibrant colored batik costumes and Indonesian dances.
Next, the Baliem Valley Festival is a great chance to experience the life of the indigenous tribesmen who live in Papua New Guinea where the influence of civilization is still small. The festival runs for several days that showcases spectacular arts and cultural performances, such as Papuan dances, Papuan traditional music performances, ancient rituals, and many more.
Lastly, Bali Kite Festival is marked with multiple kite events such as festivals and competitions that start from July and end in October. The festival was originally dedicated to thanking the Hindu gods for the abundance in crops and harvest. However, the festival is dependent based on the weather forecast and dates vary every year. It is best to check the exact dates and location before traveling there.
Romania is a relaxing travel destination where you can enjoy mesmerizing mountains and lakes while soaking yourself in its rich culture.
Adding to that, it’s wine season in Romania starting from August! Romanian wine were once served in the Europe royal courts and grape harvest were traditionally a joyful occasion paired with entertainment such as folk singing and dancing. Currently, Romania’s greatest vineyards can be found in regions of Transylvania, Wallachia, Moldova, just to name a few.
The best time to travel for the wine-making season is between August and October.
If you’re interested in having firsthand experience of Romanian folk culture, you are invited to the Prislop Festival which features the celebration of each region with songs, dances, and costumes.
The main highlight of the festival is the Romanian circle dance known as “Hora de la Prislop”, which represents the kinship between Transylvania, Maramures, and Moldova.
As Madagascar is at its peak dry season, it is one of the best times to visit its exotic nature.
Fun fact: Almost 85% of its plants and animal species are endemic. You don’t want to miss your chance when you’re there!
The first animal species you should look out for are chameleons. With half of its species found in Madagascar, the best place for watching chameleons is Parc National de la Montagne d’Ambre, especially for watching the world’s smallest chameleon–Brookesia chameleon.
Next, the Stone Forest Tsingy de Bemaraha is also a popular spot that features its razor-sharp limestone summits and exotic inhabitants. The rarest species to look out for in that region is the Malagasy tortoises.
Lastly, you get to spot humpback whales in August off the coast of Madagascar’s Île Sainte-Marie. During this time, large pods travel to Antongil Bay to breed and calve.
China has a handful of hidden gems you need to see when traveling here! One of the greatest beauty of China is a close-up look on Huanling Limestone that features amazing calcite formations filled with turquoise and azure waters.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head down to the Qiantang River and witness the world’s biggest bore tide in the Tide-Watching Festival. The bore tide goes as high as 9 meters, moves 40km per hour, and crushes 50 meters high in the air.
To enjoy China’s mystical landscape, the Rainbow Mountain is a hubspot that features colorful layers among the mountain. Just so you know, these geological wonders were forming for 10 million years! For more information, you can read about the overview here.
San Diego is a city with much to offer!
For those who love a great hiking experience, Mount Woodson is famous for its scenic views, and most importantly, the Potato Chip Rock! This iconic thin rock that sits 850m high is probably one of the most photographed places in the region.
Remember to get creative when you’re taking photos with it!
If you’re looking for a great lineup of music, delicious food, mind-blowing art, and just having a good laugh, KAABOO Del Mar is not to be missed! It is San Diego’s biggest multi-day festival that features world-class artists and performances that will satisfy your five senses.
There’s no safari like Tanzania, Africa!
One of the world’s miracle is the migration of over 2 million different species of animals such as zebras, lions, elands, gazelles, and many more. This event only happens in Serengeti (Tanzania) and Maasai Mara National Reserves (Kenya) throughout the migration period of August to October.
It’s best to check with the national park authorities on the best dates to come and watch!
Other than that, September is also the start of the breeding season for flamingoes at Lake Natron. It is also known to be the breeding ground of over 75% of the world’s population of flamingoes.
You’ll get to witness thousands of flamingoes building nests and incubating eggs. It’s a sight you don’t want to miss!
Australia, the Land Down Under, is an exciting place to be in October. Let’s start off with its beautiful beaches and gnarly waves! The Victoria Coast offers the best surfing spots in the world, especially on the southeastern coast. Although surfing is an all year round activity, the best months usually start from September to May.
Aside from that, many visitors travel here in October to admire the rose blooming in Victoria State Rose Garden. It is a large-scale botanical garden that only showcases over 5,000 bushes of roses of different species and varieties. The roses bloom from October to May. During this period, an annual two-day State Rose & Garden Show is held which includes gardener seminars, theatre events, and other floral events.
Not forgetting Australia’s leading art event, the Melbourne Festival showcases over two weeks of entertainment throughout the city, such as concerts, dance performances, installations of modern art, readings, and many more.
During autumn in South Korea, the beautiful yet meaningful Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival takes place annually between late September and early October.
The festival features a great exhibition of floating lanterns, all in various shapes and colors. It is celebrated around the Namgang River as it was once used as a form of communication between family members at the area during the Japanese invasion.
Today, the festival honors the 70,000 Korean warriors who sacrificed their lives during the war.
Other than that, it is also the persimmon harvesting period where persimmons are gathered and dried to make gotgam. During this period, you will also be able to observe the process of gotgam making.
At this time, you also cannot miss the Seoraksan National Park. You will be mesmerized by the fall colors emblazoning it in rich red, yellow, and orange hues.
There’s much more than Halloween and Oktoberfest in October when in Germany.
If you’re a big fan of pumpkin, you need to check out the world’s largest pumpkin festival–Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival (Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg)! The festival runs for two months while showcasing over 450,000 pumpkins and all things you can imagine about pumpkin. Art pieces of pumpkin, pumpkin carving, smashing pumpkins, action scenes with pumpkins, and even yummy pumpkin dishes!
Another famous festival takes place in the city of Berlin called the Berlin Festival of Lights. There are over 70 monuments and attraction sights of the city become brightly illuminated by local and international artists for as long as ten days.
The main festival in October is the Ooc Om Boc Festival. It is celebrated by the Khmer ethnic group and is dedicated to the deity of the moon.
The festival features many activities such as banana tree rafts floating with offerings on the water, releasing paper lanterns into the sky, Ngo wooden boat race, and feasting.
As a country with rich cultures, Vietnam also offers serene sceneries. It’s perfect for getaways from the hectic city lifestyle!
In mid-autumn, the mountain pass, Ma Pi Leng, beholds a breathtaking view surrounded by lush greenery. During this time, a vibrant pinkish carpet of buckwheat bloom covers the northern fields of Vietnam, with Ha Giang having the brightest bloom of all fields.
Most people would agree that pictures don’t do the view justice. The best is to go and experience it for yourself!
The Himalayas may seem ordinary from afar, but up close it has a hidden beauty. Challenge yourself and go trekking to witness the blooming season of the fluffy white Edelweiss and the bluish-purple hues of Gentian. Also, a trip to Bhutan would not be complete without seeing the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
For a more relaxing alternative, visit Bhutan’s hot springs to heal your body and soul.
The best time to attend hot springs in Bhutan is in November and May as the weather is perfect and there are lesser crowds.
Gasa Tshachu, Dur Tshachu, and Gelephu Tshachu are namely the top places to enjoy hot springs.
Early November marks the celebration of the dead in Mexico, known as Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It is believed that the souls of the dead came to the world for 24 hours.
Within this time period, cemetery parties take place to please the souls with the things that used to love most in life such as their favorite food, drinks, and music. The locals are usually dressed in traditional Mexican clothes and with intricately painted faces.
Although some celebrations are solemn, the ones held in cities are lively and energetic with much dancing. Despite not belonging to a celebrating family, you are still welcomed as long as you respect and follow the common rules.
The season for bullfighting also runs starting from March to November. Although there are many debates on unjustified cruelty towards animals in this sport, it is still legal in Mexico. The Plaza México is home to the world’s largest bullring and is known to be the best place to watch a bullfight.
The holiday festivities are tangible in the air during this month!
Whisk yourself to Winter Wonderland and set your sights on this magnificent view at the Fisherman’s Bastion on the Castle Hill of Budapest. It is especially beautiful in the winter as you take in some of the sights on the Pest side of the city including the Parliament, the brides, the Gresham Palace, and many more.
If this isn’t enough to get you into the Christmas spirit, head to Vörösmarty Square and be part of the festive crowd at the Budapest Christmas Market. Here, the whole Budapest is transformed with lighted Christmas decorations, market stands, and the aroma of traditional Hungarian food.
The most spectacular show happens each day between December 1st and 23rd where the facade of the Gerbeaud building is transformed into a huge advent calendar. Accompanied by music and light shows, the windows of the building one-by-one as the countdown to Christmas begins.
If you’re looking for something different to experience other than the Christmas festivals, Guatemala is the place for you!
The Fiesta de Santo Tomás takes place for an entire week between December 13th and 21st in honor of a Catholic Saint. Saints mean a lot to the Guatemalans.
With that being said, the celebrations held in their honor are vibrant with amazing fireworks and colorful parades. However, the main event is set on the last day of the festival where pole flyers swing around on the ropes from the top of a 30-meter pole to the ground as marimba music is being played. This traditional dance known as “el baile de palo volador”.
When it comes to Christmas Markets, Vienna takes the top spot!
Local legend has it that they’ve been hosting ‘Krippenmarkt’ since 1298. Vienna has more than 20 Advent Markets to visit from mid-November till late December.
The Vienna Christmas Dream that takes place at City Hall Square is known as the most famous and biggest Christmas Market.
If you’re looking for a more traditional market with traditional souvenirs and crafts, you may visit the Christmas Market at Freyung that was held since 1772.
Adding on to the Christmas list, Vienna also features beautiful Christmas lights that are both stylish and classy.
Tis the season to be jolly because it’s also ball season in Vienna! There are about 500 balls that take place where you can visit.
Some are famous while others are smaller with traditional waltzes. Either way, you’ll have an experience you won’t forget!
Jet, set, go!
Phew! That’s a lot to digest. But don’t worry!
You may use this like a calendar. Whenever you’re ready to fly off to somewhere new, just open this up and point your finger to the place your heart desires.