If you’re tied to school vacations, keen to miss the monsoon season or hoping to snag an off-season bargain, our month-by-month guide on when to go on vacation where will help you navigate your way around the world, and let you know whether to pack a bikini – or a brolly.
Best places to go on vacation in June 2023
June is the sweet spot when it comes to summer vacations. There’s plenty of good weather in Europe, but the peak season crush has yet to begin. In Southern Europe, take to the waters with a small ship cruise on the Aegean or around the Croatian coastline, or hike in the Spanish mountains before the temperatures get truly scorching. Prefer things a little cooler? Further north, it’s prime time for rail and boating vacations in Scotland or hikes through Finland’s national parks.
June weather is dry and sunny across much of the globe, whether you want to take to the waters of the Aegean or search for the Big Five across the Namibian plains.
For a dose of adventure on the other side of the world, the best places to go in June include Malaysian Borneo, where it’s the perfect time to see orangutans, or Southern Africa, where the dry season brings a host of big beasts to drink at the watering holes of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. For something really adventurous, follow the Silk Road on an extended small group tour.
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June vacation activities
Activity vacationsIf you like your vacations action packed rather than super chilled, then June brings a raft of ideas for activity vacations. You could opt for self guided cycling in Portugal, try something new every day with a multi activity break in Wales, or, for something more offbeat, try a foraging and food vacation in Sweden or salsa dancing in Cuba.
Railway vacationsRail vacations kick into gear as the weather gets warmer and the days longer, with Scotland a popular choice – not only do you get spectacular Highland views from your window, it’s perfect walking weather when you do get off the train. For a classic European rail vacation with a twist, the Balkans is what you’re looking for.
Small ship cruises
Small ship cruises or sailing vacations in Croatia or Greece really take off in June. The weather is balmy and the waters are clear, but the summer vacations crowds have yet to arrive. If you prefer your cruises with a side of changeable weather, then board a traditional ketch boat in the Outer Hebrides for sailing and marine wildlife watching. Or for a real adventure, head for the Arctic – it’s not the right time for the Northern Lights but the days are long and bright and the conditions just right for seeing large icebergs and wildlife.
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WalkingIn Southern Europe things are hotting up nicely – not so much as to make things really sweaty, but enough for you to break up the day with a dip in a lake or in the sea. Take it easy by mixing gentle hikes with another activity such as walking and wildlife watching in the Pyrenees, walking and language lessons in the Picos de Europa, or walking and painting in Crete. Or, for something more hardcore, try trekking in Poland’s High Tatras.
It’s peak safari season in Namibia and Botswana. The rains have gone, and the plains are drying up, so animals cluster around the watering holes. Temperatures are comfortable – mid to high 20°Cs, though you’ll need a jumper for early morning drives. It’s also dry season in Borneo, so this is the time to head into the wild to see orangutans with an expert guide and conservationist, either on foot or by boat.
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Where should you go on vacation in June? Check out our map and highlights for some ideas. Where you go depends on whether you fancy relaxing in the sun, getting active with an activity or wildlife vacation, or even heading on an expedition to the Arctic. Read our guide to find out more.
Take a look at our top 10 June vacations – chosen for their popularity with our travelers. There’s plenty of excitement on offer here, whether you want to cruise the Arctic, negotiate Scotland by train or follow the legendary Silk Road.