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.
Where to go on vacation in June
The days are getting longer and sunnier in Europe. It’s balmy beach weather down south so it’s time to get out on the water, or head into the hills for biking and hiking before the crushing heat and crowds descend. In Southern and East Africa, the rains have subsided, the landscape is green, and large herds of animals emerge to drink at the rivers and watering holes. In Borneo, the dry season makes trekking in the jungle that much more comfortable. Where not to go? Mainland Southeast Asia is drenched in monsoon rains at this time of year, while much of the Caribbean is wet, hot and humid.
The icy waters of the Arctic are accessible to small ship cruises for a short window in June and July. This isn’t time for the Northern Lights but visiting the Arctic in June is a real adventure: you’ll be housed on a former working ship so there’ll be few frills, but plenty of thrills – you’ll be able to spot polar bears, walruses and seals.
This is the driest time of the year in Borneo, with average temperatures of 29°C, making rainforest hikes much more pleasant and increasing your chances of spotting orangutans in the wild, when they emerge to pick fruit off the trees in wild tracts of forest. For marine wildlife lovers, this is also the time to see green and hawksbill turtles at the coast.
June is the best part of Botswana’s dry season. It’s before the savannah dries out and starts looking parched, and also before the July vacation season, when visitor numbers start to soar and safaris get much busier. You’ll have a very good chance of spotting leopards, elephants and giraffes gathering by the rivers and watering holes, or in the vegetation.
Early summer sees the best of Croatia. It’s warm enough to swim in the sea and sunbathe, with temperatures in the
mid-20°Cs, yet the school vacation crush has yet to appear meaning you can enjoy the country’s historic cities and beaches and still have space to breathe.
May and June are the best times to visit Spain if you’re looking for warmth and fewer crowds along the coast, although northern regions around the Basque Country and Picos de Europa will still find changeable conditions so pack for every eventuality. June is also one of the best times for festivals and ferias – from flamenco fairs to the incredible castellers human towers of Catalonia.
You can enjoy mountain gorilla sightings throughout the year in Uganda, however dry season – which kicks off in June – is the best time to visit. Yes, it is busy but that’s because the viewing conditions are so spectacular. What’s more, the temperature is also very palatable for a decent hike, with a low of 17°C and a high of 26°C.
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Xania Wear, from our Croatia specialists WearActive, says that June is a good time to visit Croatia’s Vis Island: “For hiking, biking and wildflowers we would suggest May and early June. These months are also good for spending less time on the beaches and more time getting to know the locals in Vis town and Komiza.”
Jackson Araali from our Uganda specialists Chinkara Journeys on visiting in June: “The best time to travel in the year would be June to August. The weather is always perfect, you don’t have a big amount of rain and because it’s the season for tourists, they pay more attention to every visitor who comes to Uganda, so you always experience first-class facilities and everything is in place, rather than traveling in the low season when sometimes the standard has dropped a bit.”
Georgina Howard from our vacation specialist Pyrenean Experience on visiting the Spanish Pyrenees in June: “In June you get midsummer pagan festivals and long, silvery nights. Our walking vacations run from June to mid-October. It’s a crunchy time – the ground crunches with walnuts, chestnuts and is slippery with acorns underfoot. The sheep are out, trying to eat the chestnuts before you can get to them. Everyone picks mushrooms from their secret mushroom patches – they’re out at 6am so no one sees where they go.”
More about Best places to go in June
We’ve done our research and consulted our expert vacation companies to find the best places to go on vacation in June. This is a brilliant time to soak up the best of the European sun before the school vacation crowds arrive, and there’s plenty of wildlife watching to be found across the globe.
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.