Best countries to visit in August 2023

August is peak travel season in the Northern Hemisphere, with kids streaming out of school. For families, we recommend multi activity vacations in places such as Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park, Croatia, Greece or rural Spain. Expertly organised itineraries include activities as varied as canyoning, white water rafting, whale watching and zip lining.
From African game reserves to turtle beaches in Costa Rica, August is a fantastic month for wildlife vacations.
There’s a running theme for our August vacation ideas that kids (and teachers) will be very familiar with: escape. Escape the crowded cities and get into the mountains where it’s cooler. If you want the coast, small ship cruises are the way to go. And while Spain and Greece are always popular, activity centers give parents the chance to relax and throw themselves into the fun as well. Read our guide to find out more about the best places to go on vacation in August.

August vacation activities

Small ship cruising

August is a popular month for small ship cruises, with sunny weather and calm seas in Europe and North America. Explore the idyllic Dalmatian Coast in Croatia or board a luxury gulet in Turkey. Stylish, comfortable, romantic and relaxing, there are few better ways to travel. And because passenger numbers are limited, you can get to places the bigger ships can’t reach.

Classic African safaris

Responsible Travel’s customer director Tim Williamson reckons African safaris are some of the best vacations in August. From Botswana to Mozambique to Tanzania, the days are cooler, the vegetation is thinner and, crucially, the water is scarcer. That makes it much more likely you’ll see some action around the remaining waterholes.

Family fun

School’s out and activity centers – whether in Greece, Croatia, Spain or Montenegro – are the best places to go in August with kids. Professional instructors keep the fun stuff coming thick and fast with expertly designed itineraries that will leave everyone exhausted but happy. Expect good sleep, big smiles and great memories.
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European touring

Scotland is always busy in August, when the weather is at its warmest and driest. But take a railway tour, and you’ll find there are still parts of the Highlands that are remote and wild. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania can easily be combined on a fascinating small group tour. Even in August, they’re relatively quiet compared to other parts of Europe.

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watching is one of our top August vacation recommendations, when animals are often at their most active. In the Azores, whales and dolphins arrive in huge numbers to feed in nutrient-rich waters. Malaysian Borneo is one of only two places you can see orangutans in the wild. August is a great time for African safaris, and land-based or cruise tours of the Galapagos Islands get you up close with iguanas, sea lions and giant tortoises.
Written by Rob Perkins
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